“Flea and Tick Season” is Here - What To Do for Your Cats
Flea & Tick Preventions Drops or Collars -vs- Natural Remedies
Which One do I Choose: Flea Drops or Collars or Natural Remedies?
Since we are entering “flea and tick season" I thought we would discuss what's the best cat flea and tick prevention; collars, drops or homemade remedies? Although I don’t usually collar my animals, however, the only time that I do collar them is to calm them down if they get too wild and I find that this works like a charm. Once they settle down, I take the collar off!
Even though Sammie is an indoor cat, I still need to make sure she has some type of flea control because fleas can hitch a ride on human clothing. This happened to my household a few years back, my oldest son was weed-eating outside and when he was done, he came in the house and changed his clothing and brushed off his shoes. It didn’t take but a few days for our cats to get fleas.
Now my cats are indoor cats, so how did they get this flea infestation? We finally came to the conclusion that some fleas hitched a ride on his pant legs and decided to set up shop in our home, feasting on our lovely, innocent cats!
So, my friends, fleas can and will hitch a ride into your home and you wouldn’t even know it!
*Note: all information can be used on Dogs too!
Did You Know?
Fleas don’t have to bite your cat for the fleas to die. Advantage drops will kill the fleas in multiple life stages to get rid of the whole “tribe” altogether!
Flea & Tick Control Drops
Research shows that the number one flea and tick control for cats are Bayer’s Advantage II Flea Prevention for Cats. While Advantage is a well-known brand I was surprised to find out that Bayer was the manufacturer of Advantage. Awesome, we have a very good, well-known company making flea drops for cats.
Fleas don’t have to bite your cat for the fleas to die because Advantage drops will kill the fleas in multiple life stages to get rid of the whole “tribe” altogether! As a result, a single application starts working within 12 hours and works up to 30 days. The package has 6 treatments and if you have one furry child then, of course, this box will last you 6 months.
How to Apply the Drops on Your Feline
PETARMOR Plus Flea & Tick Prevention for Kittens
The number one seller for kitten flea prevention is a company I have never heard of and that is: Petarmor Plus for Cats and can be used on kittens over 1.5 Pounds. Both work the same way: they work within 12 hours and lasts 30 days. Just reapply once a month behind their head/necks.
What I don’t like about flea drops is that you are using insecticides that will kill fleas on contact and you could easily over-medicate your cat.
But what can I do? You might ask?
Collars vs Drops
What flea prevention/control do I choose for my kitten and guess what? Bayer has one called: Advantage II Flea Prevention for Small Cats, 5-9 lbs. I do believe that Sammie will be about 5 pounds or less. Some people prefer using drops and it is a fact that drops are easier to use and you only have to reapply it in 30 days.
There are a lot of good flea collars out there and you may just prefer that for your cat but there is “chance” your kitten or cat getting the collar caught on anything when they are playing. and If your feline gets outside their collar might get caught on a tree or fence and it could possibly hang them.
Worst case scenario, yes. But, I wouldn’t want to take that chance and lose my cat!
Did You Know These Collars:
Advantage, Frontline, Revolution, Serato, and Sentry. collars tend to work a little longer than the drops.
Variety of Collars
You may be a cat parent who prefers to use a collar. By all means, get one that works really well. Here are some companies you may very well have heard of:
Advantage, Frontline, Revolution, Serato, and Sentry. collars tend to work a little longer than the drops. Seresto is rated number one for flea collars for cats. The collar will last up to 8 months and is safe for kittens 10 weeks of age and older. Now that is not bad at all!
Collars are good for about 6-8 months. Be careful when you put the collar on your darling cat, make sure you wash your hands afterward as to not get any of the poison on your hands and possibly your eyes.
I Don't Like Collars or Drops - Now What?
Fleas can impact your cat/kitten during any season. Winter, Spring or Summer. Mostly in Spring. We've talked about Collars and Drops and they both work the same way and do the same things.
They prevent and kill fleas and ticks and their eggs or larvae including all life cycles of the pest. And they don't have to bite the animal for the flea to die. Some collars are fragrance-free and waterproof. Collars are extremely easy and convenient to use. The collar releases a substance that is absorbed through the fat layers of your cat.
I know it’s just a personal preference for all cat parents. You stick to the one you think is best for you and your cat. The one thing that I don’t like about collars is that they tend to rub the fur off the neck of your cat and can become irritated and could lead to much bigger problems.
So Now What to Do?
Homemade Flea & Tick Spray:
Homemade Flea and Tick Prevention Recipe's
Homemade flea spray is a really good alternative to the collars and drops and what I've found to work and prevent fleas on your pets and in your home are the following two simple recipes:
Homemade Flea Spray
- Get you a small spray bottle.
- Add 1/2 water and 1/2 organic apple cider vinegar (with Mother in it).
- Let it sit overnight.
- Shake the bottle before applying it to your cat.
- Spray your cat making sure to rub it into the skin.
- Let your cat’s fur air dry.
It’s OK to let your cat lick its fur with this remedy, not only will it repel and kill the fleas, by ingesting this remedy, it will balance your cat’s pH levels and will also work as a preventative in flea control.
You Wanna Do What to My Hair?
Homemade Lemon Flea Spray:
- Take a couple of lemons 1 to 3 depending on how potent you want your flea spray
- Wash the lemons off really good and slice them super thin.
- Put the lemon slices in a pint of water and bring to a rolling boil.
- Let it steep overnight in the fridge.
- Pour into a spray bottle. Shake before spraying your cat. You may add a bit of apple cider vinegar to double the action!
- You can even put a capful of apple cider vinegar in their drinking water. But don’t put in too much or your furry child will not drink it.
- Try this: Add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon to a cup of water in their water bowl.
- If your cat refuses to drink the water, then try adding a pinch of baking soda to it and it will balance it out.
Did You Know?
Add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon to a cup of water in your cat's water bowl and If your cat refuses to drink the water, then try adding a pinch of baking soda to it and it will balance it out.
Don't Forget to Spray Their Bedding
There are a lot of ways to help your kitty with flea and tick prevention methods. I explained why I don’t like pesticide drops or collars. Have I got some good news for you! You can make your own home remedies that are less harmful to your cat and there are some powders that you can make too and you can powder their bedding with your carpet or couch and it won't hurt your cat and her family!
When my cats get fleas I'll give my cats baths and spray them with the homemade flea spray then take a flea comb and comb their fur just to make double sure no flea is hiding anywhere on my cat/kitten. Keep a cup of water with a couple of drops of Dawn dish soap so the fleas can't jump out of the cup!
I had success with doing all of this and especially when we were fighting to get our cats flea free – (that time when my son brought them in on his pant legs.) I was spraying my cats and their bedding with the homemade flea prevention spray and then flea combing them and in no time we were all flea-free!
I know times are tough and isolation is even worse, but don't forget to look at the beauty that is all around you, listen to the birds sing songs of Springs, dogs barking, cats meowing and enjoy the quiet.
Remember your Guardian Angel is always with you and God says He will never leave us alone or forsake that he is always there!— God bless you all, Donna Rayne
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2020 Donna Rayne