The Dangers of Fleas and Ticks for Cats
Fleas and ticks are not just a nuisance for cats but pose serious health risks. These pests can cause skin irritation, rashes, and even transmit diseases. Infestations can quickly spread throughout the house, and indoor and outdoor cats are susceptible. The Green Dog Veterinary Center recommends preventative measures like Program, an injectable treatment for cats that prevents flea eggs from hatching, and Bravecto, a topical solution that kills live fleas. For dogs, they recommend Sentinel, a chewable that also prevents flea eggs from hatching and protects against worms and heartworm disease.
Prevention and Treatment
Green Dog stresses the importance of prevention through education and the right products. Signs of infestation in cats include visible fleas or ticks, scratching, and skin irritations. Veterinarians recommend oral tablets and spot-on treatments, while flea collars, powders, and sprays are generally considered outdated and less effective.
Some products made for dogs are lethal to cats, so use species-specific treatments. With the influx of various untested flea and tick treatments, especially after 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a warning due to the increased risk of toxic reactions.
In summary, flea and tick prevention is crucial for your pets' health and should be discussed with your veterinarian to determine the most effective and safe options.