Types Of Cat Flea Treatment
This is by far the most popular option when it comes to cats. It can be tricky to give them a tablet or put something in their food that they won’t be able to detect, so spot-ons are generally the best way forward. The majority are weather-proof and can last for up to three months before they need to be reapplied
An oral tablet is good for anyone who has already mastered the art of giving their cat tablet medication. They are often the fastest at killing the fleas (in as little as 15 minutes) and can provide the longest results too. Many can’t kill eggs, so they’re best as a treatment rather than a prevention
This is often added to food for any cats who need something which doesn’t disrupt their lifestyle or behaviour too much. There is also a chance that your cat has sensitive skin so can’t have topical treatment. Most are undetectable but if you have a fussy cat, they could detect it and it could also be hard for you to ensure they eat everything
These are sprays, foams or powders applied to the skin of your cat, which kills fleas on contact. Often not recommended as they are quite potent with chemicals and it can be tricky to get them applied correctly. Some may last for a few weeks, but only for days is more common. Cats may not like getting wet or the application process so it could be tricky for fussy moggies
These are generally not recommended. Many can be too strong for long-term wear against the fur and skin, causing irritation. They can’t deal with many fleas and are usually used as a preventative measure, but are not as effective as other types of protection. Your cat can also lose theirs when out and about. The best option is something vet-approved such as Seresto, on our cat collars page
Great for removing fleas currently on your pet and relieving skin issues. Most fleas will be killed on contact, especially when water is involved. The only downside is that fleas can hide in hard-to-reach places so there is no guarantee every one will be removed. It could also be tricky to get your cat in a bath. Wipes are available too, but again, fleas can slip from the trap
The long-term option, and for cats who have usually tried everything else. You can take your cat to the vets for an injection which offers around 3 months of protection, but this can be pricey. There is also the small matter of getting your cat to go to the vets which could be impossible or uncomfortable
Preventative flea measures can actually be quite cheap, which is great as seeing they are a regular necessity.
They can start at around £5 for one treatment/pipette, whether this is as a monthly subscription or a pack of four retailing at £20. This could go up to around £20 per application for something which lasts longer than one month.
Tablets can be more costly but these are a short-term cure as opposed to long-term prevention.