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10 Ways to Fight Fleas and Ticks on Cats

Fleas and ticks are a nuisance that every cat parent must think about (yes, even if your cat is indoor-only!). Luckily, there are ways for you to fight fleas and ticks and stop an infestation before it starts.

Dr. Arnold Plotnick  |  May 10th 2018


There are many ways today to fight fleas and ticks. These options can be used separately or in conjunction with each other. Not all options are safe for kittens. Check with your veterinarian about the best option for your cat.

1. Keep flea prevention and elimination in mind as you clean

Kitten on vacuum.

Kitten on vacuum. Photography by IrinaK / Shutterstock.

Vacuum the house regularly. Wash all rugs, blankets, bedding, etc. in hot water.

2. Get a flea comb

A flea comb is a special fine-toothed comb. Use it daily and in the neck, stomach and base of tail areas especially.

3. Use diatomaceous earth to kill fleas

Off-white powder that dehydrates and kills fleas. Use food-grade DE to sprinkle on carpets and floors and then vacuum.

4. Buy flea sprays or create your own flea sprays at home

You can buy sprays at the store or create homemade ones using vinegar or lemon. Read all safety instructions first before using.

5. Use a flea bomb

Fleas bombs should be used for massive flea infestations in the home. Not to be used on cats. Be very careful about using them; read and follow all safety instructions. Remove both you and your pets from the area before using.

6. Try using a shampoo

Read label carefully to make sure it is safe to use on kittens. Some include chemicals, and some are all natural.

7. A powder might do the trick

Not all powders are safe for kittens. Read label carefully and check with your veterinarian.

8. Flea and tick collars can help repel pests

Flea and tick collars are created to repel fleas and ticks. Not all collars are safe to use on kittens. Effective for a finite period of time and then must be replaced.

9. Use topical anti-flea and tick products

Topical flea and tick products are placed typically behind the shoulder of the cat. Read label carefully, as not all are safe for kittens.

10. Try anti-flea and tick pills

Usually taken once a month for prevention. Read label carefully. Not all are safe for kittens.

Tell us: What are your tips to fight fleas and ticks on cats?

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