How To Deal With Fleas For Cats And Kittens

 

Fleas are annoying small flat-bodied bugs that can be found in almost every corner of the world, and in every element. Unfortunately, there are over two thousand different species and subspecies of fleas, as well as ticks, that can be found all over the world. They are challenging to exterminate, due to their ability to jump and scurry around very fast. They also have incredible endurance, as well as stamina, and have even been known to hop as many as ten thousand times in a row before stopping.

Fleas have a tendency to attack cats, dogs, gerbils, mice, and all sorts of other mammals because of the soft and warm fur that is found in animals. This perfect environment provides fleas, ticks, and ‘house fleas’ an excellent habitat to eat, harvest, and reproduce. These little pests grow in dark, humid, and most importantly warm environments. This reason makes fall and winter the perfect seasons for fleas to infest your home, and for you to get an infestation, due to the increased temperature in the home.

1. How To Check Your Cat For Fleas
Place your cat on a white surface. If you do not have a white surface readily available, any sort of bright or illuminated surface will most likely work just fine. You can also lay out bright (or off-white) newspapers or sheets of standard printing paper out on a flat surface.

After you have done this in one way or another, find for yourself a comb or brush. You can then place your cat on the surface and brush (or comb, depending on what you have) repeatedly. Look out for small black or brown specks. If they continue to appear the more you brush, this means that your cat (or any other animal, as this trick tends to work for all animals) has fleas.

A list of common symptoms for cats (or other animals) with insects includes constant agitation, stress, uneasiness, black specks on the cat’s fur, red spots on the cats bedding, loosened and falling out of fur and hair, as well as excessive scratching and itching. Other stenches due to uncleaned fur, diseases of some sort, and fleas may arise.

With all of the technical parts out of the way,  take a look at a couple ways to naturally give your cat instant relief. Find more in this article.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very popular and well-known remedy that is as natural as it is healthy and green! To get some form of temporary relief for your cat, You can mix a two to one ratio of apple cider vinegar and water. This provides immediate (and we mean immediate) relief for your little feline.

(Natural Remedies for getting rid of fleas)

2. Flea Comb
This solution is one of the most popular ones out there for getting rid of fleas, ticks, gnats, and other little pests when it comes to our little feline friends. Once you have a flea comb, gently comb through your cat’s fur at least once a day or once every two days (at least) until you can properly get rid of all of the little buggers.

There are a lot of ways to get rid of fleas, and we have listed a couple of them for you. Fleas can be painful, agitating, stressful, and annoying to your cat, so as soon as you start to see signs of insect infections developing on you, your cat, or in your home, please do try to get it resolved as soon as possible.

How to Raise a Happy Cat

As the one who provides and is the caregiver, you play a significant role in curating the happiness of your cat. By satisfying your cat’s basic needs, both emotionally and physically as well as environmentally, it will allow your cat to exhibit it’s ‘normal’ personality. Your cat has the same range of emotional and physical needs as you, to a degree, so tending to those (and then some) is the secret to raising a happy, healthy, and emotionally stable life-long friend! Here are five ways for you to make a positive difference in your cat’s life.

1. Security
The survival instinct is the strongest instinct in all living animals, and especially in ourselves. Without feeling safe and free from infinite possibilities of imminent danger, no creature can safely eat, sleep, drink, and rest. Here are a few ways you can improve your cat’s feeling of security.

Does your cat like to go up on top of the fridge, or maybe climb into the linen closet, or even crawl under blankets? Most cats tend to do these things, and here’s why; it is a natural instinct for your cat to want to feel ‘on top’ of everything, and they do this by hiding in spots that they know or feel are secure. This is why going into enclosed dark and warm places is so important to cats. Consider making them a small hiding place somewhere and trying to get them used to the spot, as well as buying some cat furniture. Cat furniture is perfect for giving your cat a safe place to feel secure.

Routine plays a significant role in the feelings of security that animals and your house pick up on naturally. If they are used to the same morning routine with you or the other members of your family, moving, having guests over, or major redecorating can severely screw with the cat’s sense of security, schedule, and routine.

2. A Good Diet

Poor nutrition is, unfortunately, and most likely unintentionally, a serious problem in the cat ownership world. Poor nutrition for an extended period can lead to problems like bathroom problems, gaining too much weight or not enough weight, unhealthy skin and an unhealthy outer fur coat. Symptoms of not having a healthy outer coat of fur include patchiness, grease, lots of fur falling off (even if they are a young cat, which makes it even worse) and clumps of skin as well as fleas.

3. A Comfortable, Warm, Dry, and Clean Environment

This is very important for cats. They are always very uncomfortable if they cannot properly clean their habitat and form it to however they want it. Try to clean the ‘cat box’ as much as possible, and make sure that it never gets too full. Odorous habitats are unpleasant for you, your cat, your family members, and serve as a mortal bane of embarrassment when company comes over!

Should You Keep Your Cat Indoors?

Whether our feline pets should be house cats or allowed to wander outside is a subject people usually have a pre-formed opinion on. For some people, cats are allowed free reign and can go outside night and day. For others, they are kept strictly indoors all the time. Still, other pet owners let them out during the day or under supervision, and keep them in at night.

The question is, who is right? And what’s in the best interests of your cat? To answer this, it’s a good idea to distinguish between our domestic pets and their wild ancestors. Whilst wild cats lived and hunted outside, cats have been domesticated since ancient times. Not only that, many have been bred to create certain characteristics of color and style. Consequently, they are very different animals. Our domestication and interaction with them, as loving owners who feed, look after, cuddle, and pet them, has had an impact on their psychology, personality, and behavior. Add to this mix the fact that the outside environment natural to them is now gone. In its’ place is a world with automobiles, pet thieves, toxic chemicals, dense population, and other dangers.

In short, not only are our cats different, but the world we share with them is. As a result, it is generally recommended that cats be kept indoors at all times. House cats tend to live longer, they are less susceptible to catching diseases which could be deadly to them, and they avoid the dangers of getting into fights with neighboring felines over territory.

However, because cats often want to go out, many owners think they are depriving their cats of adventure. And perhaps they are, though cats that are provided with a lot of toys and cat trees, can still live happy lives. Many owners also get a second kitten as companionship, so their pets have someone to chase and play with, and so they aren’t alone all day when their humans are at work. Ultimately, it comes down to weighing up the dangers with the benefits.

This is a topic that is hard to generalize, as we each live in such unique locations. Some will be in high rise apartments, or near busy roads, or simply in dangerous neighborhoods. In these situations, the choice becomes very clear – keep your cat in the house at all times. And play games with your cat when you get home. They love chasing hands under the doona, or pieces of string attached to a stick (to keep your own hands safe)! And if your house or apartment has some great windows, house cats can still bask in the sun and enjoy the fresh air.

If you are fortunate enough to have a backyard, you could consider setting up an enclosed run or pen so your cat can go outside but still be safe. Some people have even erected them on the perimeters of buildings or through gardens so that they can really explore the world outside but not escape.

Some breeds are said to be better suited to being indoor cats. For example, Tonkinese are considered to have poor road sense. Having said that, I let my Tonkinese cat, as well as my 3 mixed breeds, out to play when I am at home during the day. I don’t live on a busy street, however, and I don’t let them out the front. Plus, I keep an ear out for any sounds of fighting. They always come in before it gets dark, too. I think because they have each other to play with there, they are less likely to look for trouble out of boredom.

Whether your pet is a house-only cat is a matter of individual choice. The benefits to their health and lifespan have to be weighed against possible disadvantages like disease. Plus, your own individual circumstances should be factored in. One thing to keep in mind is that cats do roam at night. This is when a lot of fights happen and is one of the reasons it is recommended they stay indoors then. One thing is for certain though – with a loving owner who makes sure their pets’ needs for affection and play are still met, a house cat is still a happy cat.

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