Fleas are ectoparasites that are most common among dogs and cats. They live in a pet’s coat and are most often picked up through their excrements, which are tiny black or brown grains. When you brush your cat, flea excrements will fall to the white surface, giving it a reddish tint. Although fleas are difficult to kill, you can eliminate the infestation with certain measures.
The first step in getting rid of fleas is to inspect your pet’s bedding and furniture. If there are any signs of fleas, wash it immediately. Once you have done so, jump in the shower. Lastly, you should clean your carpets regularly, as fleas can hide in the fur and confuse it for animal fur. Regular vacuuming can keep fleas from settling in your carpet for long periods of time.
Fleas can also be killed by applying dish soap to the pet’s fur. The detergent works by breaking down the flea’s exoskeleton, which kills it within minutes. Apply the solution to your cat’s coat and body, and the fleas will be killed within a few minutes. Be sure to use a cat-safe dish soap.
Flea treatments are available in a variety of forms, including pills, topical “spot-on” solutions, shampoos, and collars. It’s important to read the product label carefully. Some are only suitable for dogs, while others can be safe for puppies and cats. Many also have anti-tick properties and control internal parasites. Your veterinarian will recommend the right treatment for your pet.