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Flea and Tick Season is Here - What to Do for Your Cats!

Donna has been a cat parent and writer for many years and her passion is to share her love for cats with others.

Flea & Tick Preventions- What Works Best?

What is best for my cat - drops, collars, or natural remedies?

What is best for my cat - drops, collars, or natural remedies?

Protecting Your Cat from Fleas & Biting Insects

Flea and tick season is upon us and it's time to protect your cat from those annoying biting insects. For indoor cats, a cat parent might think that they don't need to worry about fleas and ticks but- did you know that fleas and ticks can be brought into the house by other pets, or they can latch onto humans' clothing or shoes? And not only do they make your cat itchy, but they also keep biting and hurting repeatedly. If a flea is ingested, it can also cause tapeworms which leads to other health issues.

Then there are outdoor cats who need the most protection (or if your cat is allowed to go outside) there are a variety of precautions to take to aid in preventing flea infestations.

In This Article

  • Flea and Tick is Here - Biting Insects
  • Bayer Advantage II - Large Cat Flea Drops
  • PetArmor Plus Flea & Tick Drops for Kittens
  • How to Apply the Drops on Your Feline
  • Seresto Flea & Tick Collar
  • Hartz UltraGuard Collar
  • Top Flea & Tick Collars and Drops for Cats
  • What If I Don't Like Collars or Drops?
  • Homemade Flea & Tick Prevention Recipe
  • Homemade Lemon Flea Spray
  • Precautions to Take When Using New Ingredients
  • What is Your Favorite Flea & Tick Prevention Method?
  • Don't Forget to Spray Their Bedding

Flea and Tick Season is Here - What to Do for Your Cats! - Biting Insects

Keep in mind that both collars and drops kills fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, ticks and chewing lice and they also help to prevent fleas and ticks from biting your cat. Fleas and ticks are parasites that can cause all sorts of problems for cats, and they can carry and spread harmful diseases, injure pets they infest and leave open wounds vulnerable to secondary infections.

However, did you know that biting insects can also carry Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and several other diseases that can be transmitted to your beloved cat causing all sorts of health issues?

To combat fleas, ticks and biting insects it is recommended to use high quality flea & tick protection brands from collars, drops or sprays to home remedies. Although some methods are better than others, it all depends on what is best for you and your cat!

But what remedy is the best?

Top Veterinarian Rated

Top Veterinarian Rated

Bayer Advantage II Large Cat Flea Drops - Once a Month Treatment

The Bayer Advantage II is the number one recommended Flea Treatment. The drops kill fleas upon contact and destroys flea eggs and larvae to break the flea life cycle. It is also recommended by veterinarians and is suitable to be used on kittens (over nine pounds) eight weeks old and adults.

It starts working within 12 hours after application and lasts up to four weeks and is waterproof so you can bathe your cat without having to remove their flea collar. However, it is not suitable for kittens under eight weeks old and it can cause some minor skin irritations and it's expensive as well.

PetArmor Plus Flea & Tick Drops for Kittens Over 1.5 Pounds

PetArmor Plus is the number one selling flea prevention for kittens over 1.5 Pounds. The drops stop the life cycle of the flea and kills adult fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, ticks, chewing lice and prevents the development of flea pupae for up to 12 weeks.

It's Easy-to-use, waterproof, fast acting works within 12 hours on application and can last 30 days. Make sure to reapply the drops once a month behind their head/necks.

Just take the appropriate precautions before you decide to use drops.

How to Apply the Drops on Your Feline

Separate the fur on the back of the neck and place drops on your cat’s skin. Make sure you put it where they can’t reach it!

Separate the fur on the back of the neck and place drops on your cat’s skin. Make sure you put it where they can’t reach it!

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Seresto Flea & Tick Collar for Cats

Seresto Flea & Tick Collar for Cats and Kitten 10 Weeks or Older

The best overall flea & tick collar is veterinarian recommended! One collar offers eight months of continuous protection. This collar is adjustable, easy to use, non-greasy, and odorless and can be worn with a leash collar as well. It kills fleas and ticks on contact without the flea having to bite the skin first! This collar quickly kills fleas within 24 hours of initial application.

Seresto's unique design allows for a continuous, low-dose release of pest-repelling ingredients that provides a protective shield around your cat for up to 8 months with proper use.

Hartz Ultra Guard Flea & Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens (12 weeks or older)

Hartz Ultra Guard Flea & Tick Collar for cats and kittens 12 weeks or older. This breakaway safety release snap purple collar keeps your cat safe from getting snagged onto something and it effectively kills and repels fleas, ticks, flea eggs and flea larvae, and even prevents flea eggs from hatching for seven months. Plus, it's water-resistant, can be worn with a leash collar, and has a clean fresh scent that won't irritate your cat's nose, and it's affordable!

Top Flea & Tick Collars & Drops for Cats

BrandLife StageActive IngredientsDuration

Seresto - Collar

Kittens over 10 weeks old, adults, seniors

Imidacloprid, flumethrin

8 months

Hartz - Collar

Kittens over 12 weeks old, adults, seniors

Tetrachlorvinphos, (s)-methoprene

7 months

PetArmour - Collar

Kittens over 12 weeks old, adults, seniors

Tetrachlorvinphos, (s)-methoprene

7 months

Bayer Advantage II Large Cat Flea Treatment - Drops

Adult

Imidacloprid, pyriproxyfen

1 month

Advecta Plus Flea Squeeze - Drops

Adult, senior

Imidacloprid, pyriproxyfen

4 months

Advantage II Flea Spot Treatment for Small Cats - Drops

Adult

Pyriproxyfen. Imidacloprid

1 month

Homemade Flea & Tick Spray

What If I Don't Like Collars or Drops?

Fleas can impact your cat during any season and once the infestation starts it's hard to get control over the situation. But it can be done with either drops or collars to help combat, prevent, and manage fleas and ticks from getting out of control and to rid them off your cat completely!

Collars and drops and they both work the same way and do the same things. They prevent and kill fleas and ticks and their eggs or larvae including all life cycles of the pest. And they don't have to bite the animal for the flea to die. Some collars are fragrance-free and waterproof, easy to use and convenient. Plus, the collar releases a substance that is absorbed through the fat layers of your cat to prevent fleas from biting them.

Cons- collars tend to rub the fur off the neck of your cat and can become irritated and might lead to bigger problems.

Apple cider vinegar and water

Apple cider vinegar and water

Homemade Flea and Tick Prevention Recipe

Homemade flea spray is a suitable alternative to collars and drops and but what works best to prevent those fleas that irritate and cause pain to your pets?

Homemade Flea Spray

  • Small spray bottle.
  • Add one-half water and one-half organic apple cider vinegar (with Mother in it).
  • Let it sit overnight.
  • Shake the bottle before applying it to your cat.
  • Spray your cat, making sure to rub it into the skin.
  • Let your cat’s fur air dry.

It’s OK to let your cat lick their fur with this remedy, not only will it repel and kill the fleas, by ingesting this remedy, it balances your cat’s pH levels and will also work as a preventative in flea control.

Homemade Lemon Flea Spray:

  • Take a couple of lemons 1 to 3 depending on how potent you want it
  • Wash the lemons off good and slice them super thin.
  • Put the lemon slices in a pint of water and bring to a rolling boil.
  • Let it steep overnight in the fridge.
  • Pour into a spray bottle. Shake before spraying your cat.
  • Add a bit of apple cider vinegar to double the action!

Note:

  • Add one-half – 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in their water bowl. If your cat refuses to drink the water, then try adding a pinch of baking soda to it and it will balance it out. This works from the inside-out because the apple cider vinegar changes the PH levels in their bodies which goes through the skin and prevents fleas from biting your cat!

Precautions to Take When Using New Ingredients - Homemade Remedies

Although some ingredients may be classified as safe for cats, it doesn't mean that it's safe for all cats. Your cat may experience an allergic reaction to certain ingredients that are used. So, to be sure your cat won't have an allergic reaction, spray the new homemade recipe on an item in your home or on a small area on the skin or fur of your cat.

If your cat shows any signs of an allergic reaction, stop using the product and contact your cat's veterinarian. If your cat does not display an allergic reaction, then it is safe to use.

Homemade Remedies

Flea and tick season is here!

Flea and tick season is here!

Don't Forget to Spray Their Bedding

There are a lot of ways to help your cat with flea and tick prevention methods. From buying the best flea collar or the best rated drops to any type of preventative measures are recommended.

You can even make your own home remedies that are less harmful to your cat and there are powders that you can make too, and you can also powder their bedding, carpet, or couch, and it won't hurt your cat and your family!

If your cats get fleas, give them baths, and spray them with homemade flea spray and use tweezers or a flea comb to comb their fur just to make double sure fleas aren't hiding anywhere on my cat.

Helpful Hint: Keep a cup of water with a couple of drops of Dawn dish soap so the fleas can't jump out of the cup when you put them in the cup!

I've had success with doing all of this and especially when fighting to get our cats flea free – Just remember to spray their bedding with the homemade flea prevention spray and then combing your cat to get rid of any stragglers (fleas) and in no time, your cat and house will be flea-free!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2020 Donna Rayne

Comments

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on April 30, 2020:

Thank you too, William!

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on April 30, 2020:

Brenda, I've heard of adding Lavender, I will have to try that. Thank you for reading my article.

Blessings,

Donna Rayne

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on April 30, 2020:

Thank you so much, Ms. Pamela. I appreciate that!

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on April 30, 2020:

I'm so sorry that happened to your cat. Glad he is doing well!

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on April 30, 2020:

That's good, Eric. Hopefully, they aren't bad here in my new home :)

Donna Rayne (author) from Sparks, NV on April 30, 2020:

Awesome Clive!

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 19, 2020:

WE've used collars in the past but found they don't always work. We use Advantage II. Thanks for an interesting read, Donna.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 16, 2020:

Donna,

You have done an excellent job on this informative article.

I like advantage because the fleas don't have to bite the kitty first.

I love your homemade recipes. I would always spray around house and bedding.

I did add a touch of lavender though...maybe that was just for me.

I also used a steam cleaner...the steam seems to kill fleas too.

Great information. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 16, 2020:

I have always used Advantge Multi also. My last cat was not an outside cat but I have had others that were in and outdoors. Fortunately, I have never had a flea problem. Your article is very good as it list so many good choices.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 15, 2020:

I just put Advantage Multi on our 6 cats. We let two of them go outside in the yard so they all need the extra worming protection. I would strongly caution anyone regarding a flea collar. I once had a cat who got outside—this was before they recommended break away collars for cats. When he returned, his leg was caught in his collar and it was grown into his skin. It required surgical removal. Happily, he lived to a ripe old age and stayed inside forevermore!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 15, 2020:

What a bummer ticks and fleas are. Cool solutions here. We get them around here but no bad.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 15, 2020:

I gave my dogs front-line plus last week. They good now.

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