I bet you’re itching just reading the word fleas! These pesky little critters are a perennial nuisance for cat owners. They can even be harmful, especially to kittens. So what can you do about them? Fear not (and scratch not), there are solutions. Here are various methods of controlling them.
1. Use a Flea Treatment
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These can be obtained from your vet (at a price), or found cheaper on eBay. Do use a quality brand though, as those found in the supermarket are often less effective. Make sure that you treat your cat regularly, or the fleas may return. Also follow instructions carefully, and apply on the back of the neck where the cat cannot reach.
2. Wash bedding
It’s important to treat the environment as well as the cat. Bedding can harbor eggs, so wash regularly on a high temperature and vacuum the mattress as well. Also wash and vacuum any furnishings.
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If you have carpeting, this provides another nice hiding place for fleas and their eggs. So be sure to vacuum regularly. Steam-cleaning is another excellent method of getting rid of eggs.