Like it or not, fleas are an almost inevitable consequence of owning a pet dog or cat! Despite the fact that almost all cats are exposed to fleas, many do not receive regular flea treatments. This can be serious as the fleas can transmit diseases as well as being a source of irritation to both cats and people. Some cats are also exposed to ticks, but fortunately many treatments used will eradicate both fleas and ticks.
Many extremely safe and highly effective medications are now available to treat fleas, and these are often applied in a ‘spot on’ formulation, applied to the skin often on a monthly basis. However, it is important to only use products designed for cats. Never use dog treatments on or near your cat as some can be highly toxic to cats. Also be aware that not all products are very effective. For these reasons it is always best to seek advice from your vet about what products to use, how to use them, and how frequently to use them. Reviewing regular flea treatments will be part of the routine healthcare visit.