Why do I need monthly flea treatment for cats?
When controlling fleas, it’s continually said that prevention is better than cure. Through regular use of a quality spot-on flea treatment product, you will prevent fleas living on your pet for long enough to multiply. A monthly flea treatment such as Advantage Spot-on or Frontline Plus consistently will mean that any flea which finds your pet will die without laying eggs. This breaks their life cycle.
How do fleas take hold?
Once fleas have become established it can be tricky to remove all traces of them. Fleas only spend their adult lives on your pet. It is the flea eggs, larvae, pupae, and immature adults that take up residence in your cat’s environment. This can include your garden, your home, your cat basket, even your bed. A cat who has fleas will scatter flea eggs everywhere they go, so if you only find one adult flea on your cat, there will be a hundred more in your home or garden. The complete eradication of fleas takes at least three months and requires regular cleaning and treating of the home, as well as using a quality spot-on treatment product at monthly intervals.
I only treat my cat for fleas when I see them
Do not wait until you see fleas before treating with a flea product. This is not an effective approach and is often too late. Fleas love to hide away in thick areas of hair cover, and it can be tricky for cat owners to spot the presence of fleas until their pet either develops a hypersensitivity or the infestation has become difficult to hide. Quite often, bites on human ankles are the first sign of fleas living in the sofa or floorboards.
In the vet practice, most diagnoses of flea infestation come as a surprise to the owner. It is easy to miss the signs of fleas, especially if you are a new pet owner with no experience dealing with a flea problem. If you would like to know more about how to spot the signs of fleas, click here to read.
My cat does not encounter other cats, so she won’t catch fleas
Even if your cat is antisocial, she can still catch fleas from a number of sources. Fleas do not usually leap from cat to cat. Instead, they tend to wait in the environment for a host to come along. Then they use their powerful legs to jump onto the animal to feed and reproduce. Fleas may be lying in wait in any number of locations, in your carpet, under a bush, or even at their favourite neighbour’s house.
Dogs and ferrets are other potential hosts, so it’s good practice to make sure all your pets are treated for fleas at the same time. This will prevent a build-up of the many lifecycle stages of a flea in your home.
Why monthly flea treatment subscription is the perfect solution…
A monthly flea subscription box for your cat means that you will never forget to treat for fleas again. The flea spot-on product will simply arrive in the post when it’s time to dose. You can rely on Protect My Pet to remember which product and dose your pet requires, ensuring 24/7 protection against fleas.
Using Protect My Pet’s subscription service also allows you to spread the cost of flea, tick and worm treatments across the year, commitment free. No more bulk buying of expensive treatments that you might forget to use. At Protect My Pet we use the best flea treatment for your cat to make protection against fleas completely hassle-free, so that’s one less thing for you to remember.
Protect your cat, and home, against the hidden dangers of parasites by joining our flea and worm subscription service today.