When the weather gets warmer, your cat will spend more time investigating the great outdoors. Longer days and lighter evenings mean that it is an attractive time of the year for them to roam. It is an equally attractive time to fleas, ticks and biting lice, with the warmer weather waking them from the cold of the winter months.
Whilst fleas are more active in the summer months, they are unfortunately also present in our homes throughout the winter, due to central heating making the home feel as warm as it would in the summer months - that is why it is important to keep your pet protected all year round.
With products, such as Beaphar FIPROtec® COMBO, you can ensure that whatever the weather your home and cat are protected from the nasty parasites, creating a more harmonious home.
Check out our top tips for keeping your cat flea, tick and biting lice free:
- Choose a product that works for you
We all have busy lifestyles and for some, a monthly spot-on is the best route for combating biting nasties. For others, a collar – such as Beaphar Flea Collar – is more convenient to just pop on and go. Whatever your preference, it is important to choose a product that offers all-year round protection for your cat.
- Prevention is better than reaction
Having a monthly schedule of flea, tick and biting lice protection is key to a happy, healthy pet. Despite popular belief, fleas are around all year round. It is true that they prefer warm, damp environments – such as spring and summer months – but with the increasing use of artificial heat in the home, it is often a breeding ground for parasites. It is important to keep a strict regime all-year-round.
- Even indoor cats can get fleas and ticks
You might have an indoor cat that doesn’t leave the home, but did you know that your indoor cat can still get fleas? In some households with more than one pet, or a home that has a dog, the fleas and ticks can be carried on the pet and passed onto your cat. Make sure that you check your cat regularly – when you are grooming or spending time together.
- Check for ticks regularly
Check, check and check again. A tick will start its life as a small bug until it has developed through drinking the host’s blood. The tick will then progress to a large, round, black bump. It is important to check regularly and you can combine this with your grooming routine. Gently run your hands through your cat’s fur, being mindful of any bumps or raised areas along the way. If you do find a bump, gently part the fur to investigate further. A fully grown tick will often look like a wart but on closer inspection, you will see eight legs. If you are unsure, always consult your vet.
- Treat the tick as soon as you find it
As soon as you find a tick, it is important to get them off of your cat as they can cause infection. Never use an appliance that is not for tick removal, as this can be painful, and can also result in the tick staying in the pet, with the mouth parts still attached. The tick will then present itself again within a day or two. Instead, use a spray such as Beaphar Tick Away Spray, which is a non-toxic product designed to stun and freeze the tick so that it drops off of your cat. Simply part the fur, apply the spray at a distance of around 5cm, for no longer than three seconds.
- Check for fleas regularly
It is important to check for fleas and eggs regularly as the flea cycle can evolve very quickly. To check for fleas, part your pet’s hair and brush through with a flea comb over a white piece of paper. Flea dander – which looks like black dots – will show up on the white background. If you are unsure, contact your vet.
- Check your home regularly
Did you know that only 5% of fleas are on the pet and 95% of an infestation is in the home? Prevention will stop this, but if you find yourself in a position of continuous infestations, you will need to check all areas of your home. Pay particular attention to carpets, skirting boards and soft furnishings. You can treat your home with Beaphar FLEAtec Household Flea Spray Home Spray.
What is Beaphar FIPROtec® COMBO and how can it prevent fleas, ticks and biting lice?
Beaphar FIPROtec® COMBO, is non-systemic, meaning the active ingredients are not absorbed into the bloodstream. Parasites are killed when they come into contact with the active ingredients. This could be on the skin’s surface or in your pet’s coat. Cats must be 8 weeks of age and weigh 1kg or more.
What other options are available?
Beaphar has a range of on-animal flea and/or tick control products for cats and dogs. The range includes:
- Beaphar FIPROtec® Spray, which is suitable for kittens and puppies from 2 days of age.
- Beaphar FIPROtec® Spot-On, Cats must be 8 weeks of age and weigh 1kg or more.
- Beaphar Soft Flea Collars, which are suitable for cats from 12 weeks of age
For more information visit www.beaphar.com