flea dirt

Flea dirt is a great sign that your cat has fleas.

Even inside cats can get fleas, especially if you have dogs that go outside. I have had a time battling fleas with Moe. At any given time, I could pluck off 10 or more fleas from his head. His long hair is a breeding ground for fleas.

I tried Frontline and flea shampoo, but the fleas didn’t go away.

Even though the fleas were really affecting Moe, I have a Yorkie that has a major flea allergy. I had to keep searching for a new treatment, so I asked co-workers with cats. I ended up buying a two-pack of Advantage, and the fleas were gone in hours.

This may not be the option for you, but it’s an option that has kept the fleas away.

If you don’t treat the fleas, you may run into other medical issues.

  • Tapeworms: Fleas carry the larval stage of tapeworms, and if your cat(s) eat the fleas, they can become infested with the worms.
  • Adult fleas can transmit parasites and other infectious agents.
  • Because the fleas feed off your cat(s) blood, a severe infestation can cause anemia.
  • Flea allergies may develop.

You need to kill any fleas in your home. Even if you treat your cat(s), if the fleas have laid eggs elsewhere in your home, your cat may become infested again. Vacuum and steam clean your carpet, rugs and furniture. Take wipes to your floorboards and hard surfaces.

There are different types of flea treatments. Advantage is a topical ointment that kills adult fleas, larva, and eggs.

If you want to use a natural treatment, diluted white vinegar and lemon juice is said to help reduce fleas. You can mix the vinegar or lemon juice in with your cat’s bath.

Flea collars, garlic and brewer’s yeast are said to work, but they are not quite effective.

Never use flea treatment that is sold for dogs, and always read the instructions if you are purchasing a flea treatment.