To successfully kill fleas on cats, you'll need a good quality cat flea treatment and an insecticidal home flea spray. Additionally, your cat must have monthly treatments to safeguard them.
How do you know if your cat has fleas?
Identifying fleas on your cat can be difficult because there are some symptoms, some of which may pass for "normal cat behavior." For instance, instead of seeming like they're giving themselves a decent scratch, they can over groom or rub themselves against furniture or carpet to relieve the intense itching brought on by fleas.
Common signs of fleas on cats include:
- Dark specks or movement in their fur
- Scratching, chewing, or biting at themselves
- Loss of fur or bald patches
- Skin irritation, redness, or a change in texture
- Swellings on their bodies or lips (known as eosinophilic plaques)
- Irritability or restlessness
Try our 3-step flea check.
- Check for any movement in your cat's fur. Fleas can occasionally be seen jumping on your cat's coat!
- Use a flea comb. Fleas are tiny and like to hide, making them difficult to spot. Any dark specks on your comb could be fleas or 'flea dirt' (flea feces).
- Place dark specks onto a damp white tissue to confirm that they are flea dirt. If a red ring appears around the edges, this is digested blood, and you can be sure your cat has fleas.
What do fleas look like on cats?
Fleas are reddish or dark brown, so they're easier to spot on cats with lighter-colored fur, mainly because they're only 1.5-3mm long. Look for tiny darkish specks, also known as' flea dirt.' That's an excellent way of saying 'flea feces,' which is digested blood.
What's the best flea treatment for your cat?
You'll find a range of cat flea treatments available online designed to kill fleas on cats and keep them at bay with continued use. However, not all flea treatments should be considered 'the same,' and they won't all suit your cat.
Choosing the proper flea treatment for your cat is essential to supporting their health.
It makes sense to research the product's reputation, pricing, and manufacturer of the cat flea treatment. These are all excellent indicators of quality.
Remember, the most expensive options will be better. Similarly, the least costly solutions won't be either.
We recommend spot-on cat treatments at Protect My Pet because they're fuss-free and easy to apply. Flea tablets are also available but are much more challenging and time-consuming to dose as most cats won't take them willingly.
The most reputable brand in the United Kingdom for killing fleas on cats is Frontline Spot on Repels, while Advantage is another well-known industry leader. Other more cost-effective and highly effective options that we recommend are Imida Flea Spot-On Solution and Flea Screen Combo.How do you kill fleas in the house?
- Follow the instructions with an excellent quality home insecticidal flea spray like Indorex.
- Bedding, blankets, and soft toys for your pet should be washed above 60 degrees. Pet bedding can also be vacuumed, although a hot wash is advised.
- Wash everything else in your home (bedding, cushion covers, clothing, and anything that may have been exposed to your pet). Tumble-drying on a hot temperature will also help.
- Vacuum carpets, flooring, and sofas, paying extra attention to cracks and crevices. Do this every other day for at least three weeks.
- Clean your vacuum cleaner! Unbelievably, flea eggs can survive inside a Hoover bag or cylinder. Clean washable parts with hot water if you're using a bagless vacuum.
It's essential to note that more than washing and hoovering alone is needed to eliminate fleas in your house. You must use an anti-flea household spray in every room to kill cat fleas completely. A can of Indorex will treat the average 79 square meter, 3-bedroom house and lasts up to 12 months.
How do you get rid of fleas permanently?
The only way to keep your cat, home, and family flea-free forever is to treat pets regularly. Cats given a good-quality flea treatment each month will prevent fleas from reproducing and multiplying.
The best treatments will kill fleas on cats on contact, so your cat doesn't need to be bitten for the fleas to die.
Treatments for cat fleas disrupt the flea life cycle and reduce the possibility of an infestation in your house.
There's a common misconception that if your cat lives in a clean environment and rarely goes out, they're not at risk.
However, fleas can jump onto your cat in all places as they wait for an unsuspecting host. This could be in your garden when they're out and about or mixing with other animals.
Flea treatments for cats and the home
Our team of veterinary professionals only uses cat flea treatments that we know to be the best non-prescription products in the industry for quality, efficacy, and value for money.
Find out how we can help you eliminate fleas on your cat and in your house – and prevent the problem from returning with regular treatments.
How long does it take to get rid of fleas?
It takes up to three months to completely eradicate an established flea infestation. Within a day, fleas on your cat will be eliminated with a spot-on treatment.
A home spray will instantly kill all eggs, larvae, and adult fleas hiding in your home. However, no treatment can kill a flea in its pupa stage.
These fleas must first hatch to be exposed to the home spray or jump onto your pet to be killed by the spot-on cat flea treatment. Vacuuming frequently creates vibrations that aid in the pupae's hatching.
Are fleas dangerous for cats?
Fleas are only life-threatening to heavily-infested young kittens. Fleas, however, make any cat's life extraordinarily unpleasant and will lower their quality of life.
Repeated exposure to flea bites can lead to the development of flea allergies. They may result in severe itching, hair loss, edema, and anxiety.
In addition, fleas can carry tapeworms, which can further impact a cat's well-being. Cat fleas can also have other diseases affecting humans, such as Cat Scratch Fever.
Can you get rid of fleas naturally?
Once your cat has fleas, no natural method is compelling enough to eradicate them. Spraying apple cider vinegar and baking soda onto your pet will not kill fleas on cats and will likely be unpleasant for your pet.
You can reduce flea numbers through daily flea combing; however, a single female flea can lay 50 eggs daily. They multiply rapidly and can survive most of their lifecycle in your home environment.
You can only eliminate fleas on cats and in your house by combining your cat's flea treatment with a home insecticidal flea spray.
Can you get rid of fleas without bathing your cat?
Yes. Treating your cat for fleas shouldn't involve bathing them at all.
It is advised not to bathe cats after a topical spot-on flea treatment application as this will dilute the product, making it less effective and putting insecticides into the waterways.
Flea shampoos are not recommended either.
How do you treat a kitten for fleas?
Kittens must be treated with a product suitable for their age and weight. It's, therefore, essential to weigh your kitten regularly to ensure they receive the correct treatment dose as they grow.
If your kitten is younger than three months, we recommend you take them to the vet to be treated. From 3 months old, they can join Protect My Pet to receive their regular treatments in the post.
Can humans catch cat fleas?
Cat fleas will bite humans but cannot live or breed on them. If you have fleas in your home, you may often discover red bites on your skin – particularly on ankles or wrists – in three sets.