How to Safely Get Rid of Fleas on Cats and Kittens

While it may seem unusual, cats are also susceptible to getting fleas. Most house cats spend their time indoors so aren’t prone to flea infestations as dogs are but they can still get affected if fleas find their way inside homes. This guide will take you through step-by-step the process of getting rid of fleas on your cats and kittens.

Step 1: How to Tell if Your Cat Has Fleas

The first step is to identify all the fleas on your cat or kitten and understand the extent of the infestation problem. It’s important to identify the pests as soon as possible as they aren’t easy to eliminate. Some cat flea infestations can take months to fully get rid of.

There are three things to look out for. The first is to do a careful examination of your cat’s whole body and get rid of the adult fleas that may have already made themselves at home in your cat’s fur. An efficient way to do is to use a flea comb, which are specifically-designed to pick out the fleas and flea eggs that are lodged in your cat’s fur.

The second thing to look out for is your cat’s behavior. They will start to exhibit certain symptoms and signs if they are affected by fleas. These signs include excessive grooming and licking, head shaking, restlessness, fur loss, and red bumps along the body.

The last thing to look out for is your cat’s surrounding environment. Fleas don’t only spend time on cats. They may also be found in warm dark places around the home where they can easily hide until feeding time comes along. This includes the cat’s bedding, the spaces underneath the furniture, and the carpet. Make a note of all the places where you find the fleas. It will be important for later when you need to do regular inspections of your home for checking the flea control progress.

Step 2: Contain the Cat Flea Invasion

Once you have a good understanding of the flea problem, it’s time to contain it. There are a couple of steps that can help you prevent the fleas from spreading all over your home.

“Quarantine” Your Cat

Ideally, isolate your cat to one area of the home until the flea problem is fully eliminated. The space should be fairly open with little space for fleas to hide if they decide to jump out of your cat’s fur.

Vacuum Every Inch of Your Home

If you haven’t already been doing so, now is a good time to start vacuuming your home every day. Don’t leave any stones unturned. Make sure you also vacuum the spots that aren’t easy to get to such as the gaps underneath or between furniture.

As an additional step, we would suggest steaming certain parts of your home on a regular basis. The heat from the steam will help eliminate the flea eggs that may be hidden in fabric-based household items like the carpets and rugs.

Step 3: Treating Cats and Kittens with Fleas

Cat flea treatment requires a lot of consistency and patience. As a cat owner, there are two things you can do aside from visiting the vet for consultation. The first step is to regularly use a flea comb (at least once a day) to pick out the fleas and flea eggs.

When using a flea comb, we suggest starting from your cat’s neck and work your way towards the tail. This will prevent fleas from jumping onto your cat’s face as they try to escape. It would also be a good idea to have a bucket of soapy water beside you as you brush your cat’s fur.

Any fleas that get caught by the comb should be immediately killed by dunking the flea comb into the soapy water. You can also pick out the fleas separately and toss them into the water. The soap breaks the surface tension of the water, which will prevent fleas from escaping their watery doom.

In addition to combing your cat regularly, you may also need to give him a flea bath. Cats, however, don’t like to get wet so you may have better luck wiping your cat’s fur with a wet rag in order to kill the fleas. Contact the vet for an assessment of your cat’s health and the risks associated with different flea control methods. The vet will be able to suggest the safest product for your cat based on this assessment.

Step 4: Preventing Future Cat Flea Problems

You have done all you can to get rid of the fleas on your cats. You no longer see any fleas on your cat nor in the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, your job here isn’t done just yet. The most important step to eliminating pests is to prevent them in the first place. Moving forward, you should take a number of preventive measures to keep your cat free of fleas. Here are some suggestions.

Check Your Clothes

Before you step inside your home, do a quick check of your clothes to make sure no fleas have hitched a ride. This is a must-do if you were previously spending time outdoors or if you were spending time in the vicinity of other dogs and cats.

Keep Your House Clean

Unlike other common household pests like roaches and ants, fleas aren’t necessarily attracted by the scent of food and organic debris. That said, you should still keep your house as clean as possible to discourage fleas from getting attracted to your home. As mentioned earlier, we suggest vacuuming your home regularly and washing your cat’s bedding and toys on a regular basis.