The first step to determine if your cat has fleas is to check for flea dirt. Flea dirt is found on cats’ backs, belly, and tail. It is often hard to detect with a naked eye, but a fine-toothed comb can help you find flea dirt. It may also be accompanied by a white or irritated area on your cat’s body.
Another sign of fleas is an excessive amount of grooming. Your cat might appear to have bald spots on its neck, tail base, or legs. Checking for fleas can help you catch the problem before it becomes more severe. Once you have identified the flea problem, you can treat the underlying symptoms.
If you suspect fleas in your cat, you should visit your veterinarian for treatment. A veterinarian will have many treatments and prevention methods. Depending on the type of infestation, the vet may recommend a course of flea control. You can also try prevention methods, including flea collars and shampoos.
Once you’ve identified fleas on your cat, you should use an anti-flea collar that features a safety lock and anti-flea sprays that don’t contain permethrins. These are harmful for cats, so make sure to use a non-toxic product. Always follow the directions on the label to avoid irritating your cat’s eyes or mouth. It is also important to wash your cat thoroughly after treatment.