Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

How Did My Cat Get Fleas and/or Ticks?

ADVERTISEMENT

 

Be Pro-active

 

Because fleas and ticks are so good at what they do, you will need to be extra vigilant during the peak flea and tick season -- typically the warm weather months from spring through early autumn (in the southern states, flea and tick season can be all year long). If you notice just one or two insects on your cat, treat it seriously, before it becomes a full blown infestation.

 

If your cat is very young or old, or if he has any underlying health condition, visit your veterinarian for advice on the best preventive medications and the safest way to use them. Your doctor will be able to show you the proper way to apply these medications and recommend just the right dose for your cat’s age and weight. If you catch the problem quickly enough, you may be able to avoid chemical solutions and try natural solutions first.

 

For the outside, there are some plants that are known for their flea repelling characteristics, and it is worth it to try anti-pest landscaping. But it is often easier and more effective to use chemical pesticides and repellants for yard and perimeter treatment, especially when dealing with an infestation that is already in full progress.

 

If you do already have a flea and tick problem, you might want use the tried and sure chemical remedies for this year, so that you can comfortably enjoy the rest of the season, saving your reliance on flea repelling landscaping for next spring. It’s much easier to start early, keeping parasites from getting a foothold, than it is to try to eradicate them after they have had a chance to breed and establish themselves in your home and on your pet.

 

Image: James / via Flickr

Comments  0

Leave Comment

Flea & Tick Questions
Answered By

Q. Had fleas. Hardly no appetite, lost weight and only wants tuna juice and water out of faucet. What's wrong?

A. Without examination it is impossible to say. If it was a bad flea infestation then...

Read More
Q. Will hot steam kill fleas of all stages around my house

A. No. You need an effective flea treatment for your pet such as revolution, frontline...

Read More
Q. Would Benadryl help my cat with flea allergy symptoms?

A. Benadryl is an antihistamine and can be used in pets to help with allergic response...

Read More
View All the Questions