Whether your cat stays in the house sleeping on a cat bed or spends time outside, he or she more than likely requires cat flea and tick medicine. While there are lots of different options available, it can be hard to determine what will work best for your cat.
Why Use Flea and Tick Preventative on Cats?
Many people simply assume that because cats bathe themselves, they’ll take care of any fleas or ticks that try to catch a ride. Unfortunately, when cats ingest fleas, they can get tapeworms, which are hosted by the fleas. In addition, some cats are terribly allergic to the pests, and can suffer from itchy, painful dermatitis after just a single flea bite. Another reason cat flea and tick medicine is so important is that fleas and ticks like human blood just as much as they enjoy feasting on our pets. Using preventative helps everyone in your home stay healthy.
Selecting the Best Brand
In many places, fleas have mutated and are resistant to some of the least expensive brands of flea and tick preventative. Cheap brands available in stores often do nothing to put a dent in the flea population, so be sure you pick a brand like Frontline, Top Spot, Program, Advantage, or one of the other veterinary approved products that we carry.
Be Sure to Select the Right Size
Cat flea and tick medicine comes in prepackaged doses, so that your cat gets the right amount. Be sure to choose the right size to avoid over or under dosing your pet. If you don’t know how much your cat weighs, there’s an easy way to find out. Get on your bathroom scale while holding your cat, and make a mental note of the weight. Let your cat go, and subtract your own weight from your combined weight, then place your order.
Once your cat flea and tick medicine arrives, be sure to read the instructions carefully prior to administering the medication. Some products are designed to be taken internally, while others are designated for application. Follow the directions on the label, and soon your pet and your home will be free of nasty pests.