Cat Care – How to Treat a Flea Problem

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Treating a flea problem on your cat or in your home is far more simple than you might have imagined and with a couple of tips and some sound advice I can help you get them gone very quickly and easily which can only be a good thing.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

Believe it or not you are not the alone in searching for information on getting rid of animal fleas or treating a flea problem. These nasty little parasites are far more of a nuisance than anybody likes to think about but, let us be honest here who wants to broadcast the fact that they are having to deal with them?

So, tip one is very simple do not panic. I know it might all seem a bit overwhelming when you are in the middle of an infestation due to your lovely cat bringing them home and it can be pretty alarming when you look at the sheer numbers involved but once you start your mission on killing them in the right way you will soon be flea free.

When it comes to cat care and flea problems it is important to take a few factors into question prior to taking any action, after all you would not want to put your cats health at risk. For this reason I would not recommend using any of the highly publicised animal treatments such as chemical collars or drops.

The fact is that in some cases there have been some pretty nasty reactions and we are not trying to add to the cats or your problems here, but instead resolving your poor cat’s uncomfortable situation while eradicating the problem from your home as well.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

For this reason tip two involves using a flea trap to sort out your problem very quickly and efficiently and if you look at reviews it is easy to see why they are an extremely popular way and one of the top methods of dealing with fleas and eradicating them for good.

They may look like a very innocent piece of plastic but their innocence and simplicity hides the fact that they are very good at what they are designed for and that my friend is getting your flea problem gone.

How do they work? Put very simply, they mimic a fleas food source (in this case your cat) very effectively by emitting enough warmth and vibration (and sometimes light depending on the make and model you decide on) to fool your nasty little visitors into thinking that dinner is nearby.

The fleas are lured to the trap and fall either through a grid onto a sticky capture pad or directly onto the pad itself never to bother you again.

One of the biggest comments that you see come up time and again has to be the fact that because you can see the very visible results, from a psychological viewpoint it is really reassuring to know that you are dealing with them so quickly and are winning the war against them.

Also, and pretty importantly, they are environmentally friendly and pose no threat or danger to you, your family or any pets of your own that you may have either.

Tip three is to look online to give yourself the best chance in caring for your cat and getting rid of his or her fleas whilst cleansing the home of them too. You can take advantage of a good selection and choice of flea traps and other products to sort them out really quickly and all very economically too.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
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