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Frontline Flea and Ticks for Cats and Dogs : Your solution to the problem of flea and tick infestations in your pets
|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.
The most common name in flea and tick control, Frontline flea and ticks for dogs and cats is the generic name for the monthly topical flea and tick preventative for cats and dogs. Frontline is available as Frontline Plus, Frontline Spray, Frontline Spot On and as Frontier Spray. All of them contain Fipronil as well as S-methoprene. Fipronil is a widely used insecticide which attacks the central nervous system of the parasites, while S-methoprene is an insect regulator that kills the eggs as well as larvae of fleas and ticks. But sometimes, Frontline comes separately for dogs and cats because the chemical content in the Frontline Plus for Cats is lesser than that of the Frontline Plus for Dogs. Flea as well as ticks can cause a variety of problems in your pets. In a day flea can suck in more blood than the weight of its body and the same flea can bite your pet more than four hundred times. A single flea bite can lay down hundreds of eggs not only in your pets' fur but also on household rugs and curtains as well. Apart from being a nuisance, fleas can also turn out to be very dangerous and cause diseases like allergy dermatitis. Ticks on the other hand are small arachnids i.e. they belong to the spider family. In case of a tick infestation, your pet might suffer from the Rocky mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, etc. To combat this problem, you can use Frontline flea and ticks for cats and dogs, the most popular form of pet medication against flea and ticks.
|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.|
How to differentiate between Frontline Plus for Cats and Frontline Plus for Dogs
- Read labels – Always try to read labels properly. See which one is Frontline Plus for Cats and which one is Frontline Plus for Dogs.You will find that the labels can be written in a very confusing way or the graphics might might be too small to read or understand. In case you find any difficulty in understanding the instructions or contents of the product, approach the pharmacist or a veterinarian. Along with the 'dog only' and 'cat only' criteria, consider the age requirements.
- Avoiding certain chemicals – Frontline for dogs might contain Permethrin. So this can be used on dogs but never on cats since it will turn out to toxic for cats. If a cat is applied to products containing Permethrin, the cat will have seizures and tremors within hours of its application. So, in case your cat accidently comes in contact with Permethrin, take him/her immediately to the vet.
|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).|