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Are you worried your Bengal cat might have fleas? Then you’ve come to the right place, human. I’ll teach you everything you need to know to keep your furry fur-end flea and tick free.
Fleas may seem like more of a nuisance than a serious issue, but they actually pose great danger to your cat. Flea infestation can lead to serious health problems not only for your Bengal, but also to all members of the household.
That’s why it’s very important for you to know how to deal with flea problems when they arise.
A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day. They use their hosts—cats in this case—to scatter their eggs around the household and pretty much everywhere their host goes. When their eggs are spread around your home, you’ll end up with a flea infestation when they hatch. It’s important for you to take action right away because the problem will just get worse if left alone. The fleas will continue to increase in number and make it so much harder for you to make them go away.
Fleas can sometimes carry diseases or tapeworms that can get your cat sick. They can also spread to humans and cause mild to severe itching and discomfort as well as skin infections.
Being a cat owner, you should make sure to find the right flea treatment for your Bengal cat. There are many flea treatments in the market and finding the right one for your cat depends on certain factors.
First of all, flea treatments for dogs are not always good for cats. Some are even toxic to cats and should be avoided. So I highly recommended equipping yourself with enough information on how to get rid of these pesky parasites you humans call fleas once and for all.
How do you know your cat has fleas?
Cats with fleas are usually very irritable and always seem to be in a bad mood. If you want to find out if your fur baby is positive for fleas, here are several things to look out for:
- Scratching/biting when touched or picked up
- Incessant grooming/hair loss
- Loss of appetite
- Red skin lesions/bumps
If you’ve noticed any of the above mentioned, your cat probably has fleas.
How do we get rid of the fleas?
For topical treatments, I recommend two that has worked amazingly for me:
- Vectra for Cats and Kittens
- Can be used on kittens (as young as 8 weeks)
- Fast-acting (kills fleas in 6 hours)
- Can even be used for small dogs
- Kills fleas that may transmit diseases (Tularemia, Tapeworm, Bartonellosis)
- Cheristin for Cats Topical Flea Treatment and Prevention (Spinetoram)
- Kills up to 98-1005 of fleas within 12 hours
- Fast acting
- Can be used on kittens
- Continues killing fleas a month after application
Product Application Instructions:
1. Hold the applicator tube upright and press cap down until it clicks, indicating the tube has been punctured.
2. Remove the cap and make sure there is an opening at the tip of the tube.
3. Part the hair on your cat’s neck at the base of the head until skin is visible.
4. Place the tip of the tube directly above the skin and squeeze 2-4 times to dispense the contents directly on the skin.
Other Application Tips:
• Do not use more than a single dose per month on an individual cat.
• For best results, apply at the base of the head, not between shoulder blades.
• Avoid getting Cheristin in your pet’s eyes or mouth.
• Do not allow your cat to ingest Cheristin.
Flea Collars for Cats
You could also use a flea collar. They’re pretty easy to use and require less effort.
My top picks are:
Seresto Flea Tick Collar Cats
- Allergy free
- Up to 8 months flea and tick free
- Handy and easy to apply
- Up to 13 inches long
LOVATIC Flea Collar for Cats
- 100% Natural and eco-friendly
- Fast-acting (kills fleas and ticks within 24 hours)
TORRIX Cats Flea and Tick Collar
- Flea and tick protection for up to 8 months
- Collar length is up to 13 inches
There are also oral flea medications for cats, as well as flea sprays and flea shampoos, but I find topical flea treatments and flea collars work best. They’re a lot safer and more convenient to use.
I do hope this article helps you win your battle against fleas and save your kitties, human.