By Resa Jade Calo (Bow & Wow Ayala Center Cebu)

 

You might catch your pet with the occasional itch, but excessive scratching could be a sign that something else lies beneath their fur: fleas.

 

 

Despite staying indoors, your pet is still susceptible to catching the fleas. These opportunistic creatures can spread from other animals and even latch on your own clothes. Once they make their way into your home, better be wary! They multiply very quickly.

 

It won’t be long before you’ve got a full infestation, so make sure to prevent them before they spread.

 

Signs That Your Pet Has the Fleas

How can you tell if your cat has fleas? There are several physical and behavioral signs you can look for, including the following:

·         Frantic and intense scratching

·         Biting or chewing the skin and body

·         Excessive grooming, particularly around the tail

·         Loss of hair in patches on the neck, legs, and base of the tail

·         Avoiding rooms with carpet or upholstered furniture

·         Edginess or restlessness

·         Red and inflamed skin, lesions, or scab-like bumps

·         Anemia (pale gums, muscle loss, and lethargy)

·         Pepper-like specks in the fur (flea dirt)

·         Red spots on bedding and upholstery

·         Visible black or reddish-brown insects crawling on cat

 

As a pet parent myself, I observed some of these behaviors in my Persian-mixed cat, Calix, when I suspected that he had the fleas. He may have caught them while running outdoors and into bushes. Luckily, his white fur made them visible and easy to catch.

 

 

I tried to brush his hair with a flea comb to manage the infestation, but to my dismay, it only got worse. So, I then decided to try out flea shampoo because I’ve read that it was the most effective way to kill the fleas.

 

How to Choose a Safe Flea Shampoo

There are different flea shampoos in the market, but as pet parents, it’s a responsibility to choose only the safest. From my experience, I’ve used the Natural Chemistry Flea Shampoo for cats. It contains Natural Botanical ingredients, such as, natural essential oils, and it is also pesticide-free with guaranteed efficacy.


 

Based on research, this shampoo works because its ingredients are scientifically proven to damage the protective exoskeleton of fleas and ticks—killing them quickly and effectively.

 

Are These Ingredients Safe for Cats?

Though both Cinnamon and Clove Oil are natural essential oils, they are known to be toxic to cats because they contain Phenol, a chemical compound that cats cannot metabolize when ingested in higher concentration. But not to worry, the shampoo contains low amounts of these oils and won’t cause any harm to your cat. Cinnamon, Clove, and Cedarwood Oil are natural flea and tick repellants. The vanilla extract in the product also relieves flea bites.

 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), is known and widely used in cosmetics, shampoos and soaps as surfactant, typically used to break water tension. It allows the essential oils to mix with water and remain stable. There are records that SLS can cause irritation but only in high concentration. With Natural Chemistry, the percentage used is very low, making sure that it’s safely formulated. The SLS in Natural Chemistry Flea Shampoo is naturally derived and does not post any harm to pets.

 

How to Bathe a Cat with Fleas

Cat parents understand the struggle of giving their pets a bath, as felines are widely known to hate water; nonetheless, you must do what you must do.

It’s important to find a good flea shampoo to use. One that would not only kill the fleas, but also prevent eggs from developing and nourish your cat’s dry and irritated skin.

 

So, how do you give your cat a flea bath? Here’s how:

1.   Place a washcloth or a small towel on the bottom of a large sink or tub to give your cat some traction

2.   Fill the sink or tub with a few inches of lukewarm water

3.   Carefully place your cat inside, and wet down his coat all the way to the skin, from the base of his neck to the tail – you may use a cup to pour water or a handheld spray

4.   Put a good amount of flea shampoo on your hand, and lather it onto your cat’s fur, down to his skin

5.   Work your way up to the base of his neck, then tail; all while keeping his head dry

6.   Let the shampoo sit. For best results, wait for 5 minutes

7.   Thoroughly rinse off the shampoo, making sure not to leave any residue that might cause his skin to dry out

8.   Use a fresh towel to dry off the moisture, then let his fur air dry or use a hair blower

 

As I bathed my cat with Natural Chemistry Flea Shampoo, I could see the fleas (loads of it!) drowning together with the water. I could tell that the product worked its magic, and my cat would be relieved from all the itch.

 

About the Author

Resa Jade Calo, or Jade, is a Pet Care Advisor at Bow & Wow Ayala Center Cebu. As a loving cat parent herself, she is always happy to assist fellow pet parents and share her knowledge of pet care.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.natural-wonder-pets.com/

https://www.thesprucepets.com/

https://breedsy.com/

https://www.wondercide.com/