Fleas are a common problem for many pet owners, especially when the weather starts to get warmer. They thrive in a warm environment, and can cause serious health problems for your cat. As well as causing itching, fleas can cause other more serious health problems.
Many cat owners are not aware that their beloved pet has a flea infestation until they see it scratching, or biting itself. Some cats are very sensitive to the saliva from flea bites and even a minor contamination can cause serious irritation. Other cats may not be overly bothered even when heavily infested.
Fleas can have a serious impact on your cats health and comfort. Repeated biting and scratching can cause skin damage, resulting in bacterial infections which can lead to other more serious ailments.
If your cat swallows a flea while licking or biting, he could develop a tapeworm. These are parasites that live in the animals intestine, and use up the valuable nutrients your pet needs for a healthy life.
Bartonella infection, often called cat scratch fever, can affect dogs and humans as well as cats. Your pet may become infected when bitten by a flea carrying the parasite that causes the disease.
It is therefore very important to ensure that your pet is free from flea infestation, to avoid theses considerable health problems that not only affect your pet, but also you, your family and any visitor to your home.
The adult flea lives permanently on its host, and they can live for about two years. Fleas can feed for up to three hours from one site, and drink up to 140% of their own bodyweight in blood. Young kittens in particular can die from anaemia due to blood loss from the feeding adults.
The eggs, larvae and pupae, can be carried around the house on the soles of your shoes, thereby spreading the contamination. Since fleas are one of the most common causes of distressing skin problems in pets, they must be killed and re-infestation prevented.
One of the best ways to ensure this is to use a flea shampoo regularly on your pet. Below are the best four cat shampoos to use for ensuring your pet is kept healthy and free from infestation.
1) Adams flea and tick cleansing shampoo
This is an excellent shampoo that kills fleas, flea eggs, Brown Dog ticks, American Dog ticks and lice. It breaks the flea life cycle of the flea as it prevents flea eggs from hatching for up to four weeks. This is a very important factor when it comes to ensuring that your pet remains free from infestation.
This shampoo should be lathered well, and left in the coat for about five minutes. Rinse your pet thoroughly with clean water and repeat every 7-10 days as necessary, to make sure your cat is free from contamination. Once you have cleared the fleas, the shampoo can be used every two — three weeks to keep your pet free from further infection.
This particular brand really works. It is well worth the price and does not have an overpowering smell like some other cat shampoos. Your cat will smell fresh for several days after bathing, and it leaves the coat soft and glossy. It is also safe to use on kittens over 12 weeks old.
To ensure your pets health and safety, follow the manufactures instructions for use. A great product. Highly recommended.
2. Pro pet works hypo allergenic shampoo and conditioner
This organic oatmeal and aloe shampoo and conditioner is recommended by vets, and is specially formulated for pets with dry, sensitive or itchy skin, or those will allergies to food, grass and flea bites. Your cats coat will be soft and smell fresh for several days after bathing.
This is a quality product with all natural ingredients, and has a lovely scent of cherry and almond. The organic aloe vera and almond oils are therapeutic, and soothing for your pets skin and coat, leaving it soft and easy to brush after bath time.
It lathers well and is easy to rinse off, and leaves your pet smelling clean and fresh for several days afterwards.
This shampoo not only kills fleas but deters them as well. A good product.
3. Wahl 100% natural pet shampoo
A flea and tick shampoo made with rosemary, cedar oil and mint, which gives it a pleasant smell. It cleanses the skin and coat thoroughly leaving it soft and shiny, and bright in color. This shampoo is specially made to soothe dry, itching or irritated skin, helping your pet achieve healthy skin, and a glossy coat.
This is a shampoo concentrate so you don’t need to use much, resulting in a bottle lasting quite a long time. It lathers well and rinses off easily. A good alternative for cats who are allergic to the chemicals in other flea and tick shampoos. A good product that works well.
4. Adams plus flea and tick shampoo with precor for dogs and cats
This pet shampoo kills fleas, ticks, flea eggs, flea larvae and lice. It prevents flea eggs from hatching for four weeks, and also acts as a cleanser and deodorizer. Made with oatmeal, lanolin, coconut extract and aloe, it has a pleasant smell which lasts quite a long time. The shampoo leaves the skin soft and conditions the coat leaving it glossy and easy to care for.
It helps to remove loose dandruff, dirt and scales from your pets fur. For best results massage into the skin and coat for at least five minutes, then rinse your pet thoroughly. It is safe to use on kittens as well as adult cats.
It is important to follow the manufacturers instructions and measure out the shampoo according to your pets weight. It can be used full strength or diluted with two parts water. Best when used as part of a regular flea control regime.