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I was taking a walk a few weeks ago, when I was cat-sitting my parents’ cat Sox, and I came across a feral cat. For a moment, I thought about taking it home to give my parents’ cat a friend. Pets need friends too! I leaned down to pet the feral cat, and then thought better of it. The cat could have fleas … and fleas was not something I wanted to deal with while I was cat-sitting.
If you happen to end up dealing with fleas, it’s not fun. But it is something you can take care of at home without having to call in professional help.
What To Do If Your Cat Gets Fleas
Spray your home.
You can pick up a flea spray at your local grocery store. As soon as you realize your cat has fleas, purchase that and spray it on your sofas, rugs, pillows, etc. Follow the instructions on the back of the bottle to find out how frequently you need to spray.
Comb the cat.
Hunt down your feline culprit and comb it. I know, it sounds silly, but you actually should comb your cats on a regular basis anyway. You’ll remove a bunch of hair from him or her, which is great. That means less hair for you to sweep up and less hair for your cat to lick off, which means less hairballs. For now, if you keep your cat’s fur tidy, you’ll be able to better see the fleas and see if everything else you’re doing is working.
Apply flea medication.
You definitely want to apply flea medication as soon as possible. If you have an outdoor cat, you’ll actually want to apply it on a regular basis, not just when there’s an infestation. Check with the medication on how to apply, but most will tell you to pull up the skin on the back of your cat’s neck and apply it on the skin.
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Get a flea collar.
It’s a good idea to have a flea collar on your cat when there’s an infestation going on. If you have multiple cats, but only one is dealing with fleas, you’ll still want to put flea collars on all of them to be safe. Most only last for a certain amount of time, so as with everything else, be sure to read the package to make sure you are using it properly.
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