How to Prevent Fleas

As fleas can be very difficult to get rid of once they have settled in, it’s best to take precautions against your cat getting them in the first place: preventative treatment is the best way to fight an infestation.

This can be done by regularly treating your pet for fleas; ask a vet, or one of Pets at Home’s Flea Fighters, to recommend the most suitable treatment. They will weigh your cat, but to keep the stress to your pet at a minimum, a handy tip is to weigh yourself holding your cat, weigh yourself separately, then deduct the latter from the initial weigh-in to give your cat’s weight. Products like Frontline, which comes in a “spot-on” solution, is a very effective preventative measure. Cats should be treated once every month.

You can also reduce the chance of fleas establishing themselves in your home by vacuuming regularly, which helps to catch eggs and larvae, and washing your pet’s bedding above 60 degrees centigrade.

Stopping a repeat problem in your home

Removing the fleas from your cat’s coat and bedding is only the start of the battle; flea eggs can lie dormant for months and it’s common for infestations to come back long after you’ve forgotten about them. Regular vacuuming will help to get rid of the eggs, but to make sure you’ve got them all it is best to use a household flea treatment, such as foggers or sprays.

Before applying these treatments, make sure all pet food and water dishes, toys and clothing have been removed from the area to be treated. People and pets should also leave the area for as long as the manufacturer’s instructions state - usually a few hours.

It’s important to apply household treatments thoroughly and to all areas that might be housing eggs or larvae - these include carpets, throw rugs and any nooks and dark spaces behind furniture. As an extra precaution, you may want to replace your pet’s bedding. Keep vacuuming thoroughly every day after this treatment to catch any survivors.