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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Cats

January 26th, 2012 Pets

Quickly and decisively dealing with fleas is important to ensuring your cat's happiness. The telltale signs all present themselves pretty quickly - your kitty may scratch herself until she bleeds and you may see tiny black specks of "dirt" in her fur. You might even see fleas leaping around in your carpet! However, these pests are more than just an irritation - if you let them stick around for too long, your cat can develop serious health problems. If your cat has contracted fleas, here's how to get rid of them in one fell swoop.

First, head to your local pet shop and pick up a flea comb. Give your cat a thorough brushing - don't worry, chances are she'll love it! For the sake of thoroughness, keep a small bowl of heavily diluted bleach nearby. Dip the comb inside every now and then to ensure that any fleas you gather are definitely killed. You can also find topical flea-controlling collars that can be applied for 24 hours at a time.

You may also want to wash your cat's bedding in hot water and dry it on high heat to ensure that any leftover fleas are eradicated. While you're at it, vacuum any bedding and sheets that your cat has occupied which you weren't able to throw in the wash previously. Make sure you empty out the canister each time you vacuum so that errant fleas don't have a chance to escape.

If the problem is really bad, think about using a flea bomb or hiring a professional exterminator. Hopefully it won't come to this, but you can never be too safe!