Best Flea Collar for Cats Buying Guide

Our Top Pick

Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar

This flea and tick collar is the best collar in this Buying Guide and in our opinion, one of the best on the market in general. It boasts a sensational 8 months coverage (the active ingredient is released in small doses over 8 months), and promises to help in preventing in re-infestation by also repelling fleas and ticks. It seems to keep true to what it promises with thousands of happy customers, and we could not make a clearer recommendation!

Our Top 4 Picks

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Product

Our Rating

Price

1

Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar

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2

Hartz UltraGuard Plus, Flea & Tick, Cat Collar

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3

Hartz Mountain CHZ90745 Flea and Tick Cat Collar, 13-Inch

4/5 See on Amazon

4

Pet Gallo Flea & Tick Cat Collar

 3.5/5 See on Amazon

Why & When Should You Use A Flea Collar?

It is important to note that flea collars traditionally were only meant to be an additional tool in fighting flea infestation and is not meant as the only method or even the main method for treating a flea infestation. The flea collars on the market before were only useful over the span of a few days, and even then the beneficial effect was dubious.

Flea collars (both insectoidal and IGR) were meant to be used as a short term treatment, and according to The University of Florida, it should only be used for six days or less at a time and stored in a sealed jar in between use. New advancements in the field have been made, however, and the biggest representative of this progression is our number 1 pick, the flea collar from Seresto. It offers a revolutionary 8 months(!) coverage against fleas and promises to also help in preventing re-infestation, something that the older flea collars never could.

Cats and kittens older than 10 weeks can use flea collars. If your cat has any allergies or other medical conditions, consult with your veterinarian before you use a flea collar.

Types of Flea Collars

There are two types of flea collars – insectoidal or flea collars with insectoidal Growth Regulators (IGR). Flea collars that are only insectoidal. These kill adult fleas with pesticides but do not prevent re-infestation or continued growth of immature fleas. IGRs prevent new eggs to hatch into larvae and suppress the maturation of fleas into adult fleas. There are several IGRs on the market like Percor (methoprene) and XXX (XXX).

What Makes a Good Flea Collar (How did we score our picks)?

These are the criteria which we have judged the flea collars after as we believe that these are the most important factors for whether a flea collar is a good choice or not:

    • Does it protect the cat for an extended period of time?
    • Is it safe to use? *
    • Is it good value for your money?
    • How effective is it at killing fleas?
    • Does it help prevent re-infestation?
    • Does it use IGRs to prevent hatching or maturation of eggs or larvae?
    • Is it waterproof?
  • Does it have a security mechanism to release the collar if your cat should get trapped/choked?

* Every flea collar has a risk connected to using it. Your cat may get allergic reactions or burns from using the collar. If you suspect this to be the case, stop using the collar immediately and contact your veterinarian.

#1 Bayer Seresto Flea & Tick Collar

Our rating

This flea and tick collar is the best collar in this Buying Guide and in our opinion, one of the best on the market in general. It boasts a sensational 8 months coverage (the active ingredient is released in small doses over 8 months), and promises to help in preventing in re-infestation by also repelling fleas and ticks. It seems to keep true to what it promises with thousands of happy customers, and we could not make a clearer recommendation!

Pros

    • 8-month protection is unmatched among the competition. Point 1
    • Promises to also repel fleas and ticks as well as kill them.
    • The collar is water resistant.
  • Has a safety mechanism that triggers if the cat is stuck.

Cons

    • Some cats can have adverse allergic reactions or the collar can cause burns, which some customers have reported. This is, unfortunately, a risk with every flea collar. Stop using the collar immediately and contact your veterinarian if your cat shows sign of allergy or burns after using the collar.
  • This collar is quite a lot more expensive than the competition, but we believe that you get what you pay for.

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#2 Hartz UltraGuard Plus, Flea & Tick, Cat Collar

The Hartz UltraGuard Plus, Flea & Tick Collar comes in at a solid second place in our buying guide. It offers 7 months of protection which is just one off Seresto and it costs much less. This collar also has IGRs in it, which is a big plus as it prevents eggs from hatching and become larvae. More customers, however, reported the killing of fleas to be inefficient with this one, compared to flea collar from Seresto.

Pros

    • 7-month protection.
    • Has IGR, preventing eggs from hatching.
    • The collar is water resistant.
  • Has a safety mechanism that triggers if the cat is stuck.

Cons

    • Some cats can have adverse allergic reactions or the collar can cause burns, which some customers have reported. This is, unfortunately, a risk with every flea collar. Stop using the collar immediately and contact your veterinarian if your cat shows sign of allergy or burns after using the collar.
  • Some customers report that it is less efficient at killing fleas.

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#3 Hartz Mountain CHZ90745 Flea and Tick Cat Collar, 13-Inch

This flea collar is essentially the same flea collar as the Hartz UltraGuard, but the difference is that it does not contain any IGRs and as such does not offer protection against re-infestation. It is, however, still great value for your money if you are looking for another tool to fight flea infestation.

Pros

    • 7-month protection.
    • Very good value for money.
    • The collar is water resistant.
  • Has a safety mechanism that triggers if the cat is stuck.

Cons

    • Some cats can have adverse allergic reactions or the collar can cause burns, which some customers have reported. This is, unfortunately, a risk with every flea collar. Stop using the collar immediately and contact your veterinarian if your cat shows sign of allergy or burns after using the collar.

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#4 Pet Gallo Flea & Tick Cat Collar

This flea and tick collar from Pet Gallo is a cheaper alternative to the more established brands in this industry. It promises 6 months protection and whilst it is 2 months less than the collar from Seresto, it is still quite a lot of protection especially when you factor in that it retails at half the price of the collar from Seresto. Some customers have complained however that it is not effective for that long. While it is waterproof like the others, it is not a breakaway collar like the top 3 collars in this Buying Guide are, which is a negative.

Pros

    • Decent protection at 6 months
  • Good value for money.

Cons

    • Some customers complain about its inability to kill fleas.
    • Some customers complain that it falls off their cat or dog easily.
  • No breakaway Mechanism.

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Best Cat Nail Clippers Buying Guide

Our Top 5 Picks

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Pet Republique ® Professional Cat Nail Clippers

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2

JW Pet Company GripSoft Cat Nail Clipper

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3

Safari 770045 Professional Nail Trimmer

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4

Cat Nail Clippers Trimmer By Boshel

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5

Simply Cats: Kittynails Nail Clipper

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Why You Should Clip Your Cat´s Nails?

Cat´s maintain generally maintain a decent length of their claws/nails by scratching objects around them and chewing off the outer layer of their claws, this is also why you should always provide your cat with plenty of surfaces to excercise their need for scratching such as scratch pads or scratching paws.

Older cats that are more immobile and cats that are not able to scratch on nearby surfaces are suseptile to claw overgrowth, which is when the claw or nail grows into the paw pad. This can cause infections and pain. If your cat has long untrimmed nails they also increase their risk of getting their claws stuck in surfaces like carpets, which may hurt them. Cat´s also have what is known as a a “dewclaw” which grows on the inside of their front leg (see picture below). This claw does not get worn down by scratching and therefore needs to be trimmed by you.

  • It helps maintain a good length of nails for older and less active cats
  • It prevents infections that can occur because of overgrowth and when the nail grows into the paw pad.
  • Your cat does less damage to your furniture if they scratch.
  • You lessen the risk of your cat getting their nails stuck in surfaces like carpets and hurting themselves.

Types of Nail Clippers

There are different types of nail clippers that you can use to clip your cat´s nails/claws, but the most common ones are guillotine type clippers, scissor type clippers and human nail clippers. We recommend using scissor type or guillotine type clippers for cutting your cat´s nails. Another thing to consider is the size and design of the clipper. There are clippers with scissor type handles as well as those with plier like handles. This comes down to personal preference for what to choose, but we find that the smaller the clipper, the easier it is to handle and the less obtrusive it is in terms of getting a good view when cutting your cat´s nails.

What Makes a Good Nail Clipper (How did we score our picks)?

These are the criteria which we have have judged the clippers after as we believe that these are the most important factors for whether a clipper is a good choice or not:

  • Small size for easier handling and less obstructions or the tool getting in the way.
  • A reliable grip that reduces the risk of accidents while trimming the nails.
  • Stainless steel to ensure that the blade stays sharp.
  • Sharp blade that makes it easy to cut and does not splinter or crack the claw/nail.
  • Good value for money
  • A safety mechanism to prevent accidental injury to you or your cat.

#1 Pet Republique ® Professional Cat Nail Clippers

 

With its short stainless steel blade and rubber anti-slide rubber grip, this nifty little clipper earns the top spot in our buying guide. We like the overall solid build quality coupled with the small size and easy handling; the value isn´t bad here either as it is competitively priced compared to the rest of the Clippers in this guide.
We especially like that Pet Republique promises to donate 15% of the profits to the American Animal Rescue Society so that you can feel good about helping to rescue cats and dogs while clipping your cat´s nails!

What We Like:

  • The small form factor makes it easily to handle and the clippers will not obstruct your view.
  • It´s size and reliable grip makes it easy to clip precisely, reducing the chance of accidentally cutting into the quick and hurting your cat.
  • When you purchase a product from Pet Republique, they donate 15% of the profits to the American Animal Rescue Society, which helps rescue cats and dogs.
  • Good value for your money.

What We Don´t Like:

  • A small percentage of customers have complained about the build quality.

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#2 JW Pet Company GripSoft Cat Nail Clipper

 

These small and handy clippers from JW PetCompany, are excellent value and the best for those on a budget. Their low price is not a reflection of their build quality, however, as this product as a good overall build quality and sturdy feel to it. Because of their size, they won´t obstruct your view when cutting your cat´s nails/ claws and their rubber grip increases your control further.

What We Like:

  • Very good value for money. The cheapest clippers in our guide.
  • Rubber grip that makes these easy to handle and easier to clip your cat´s nails/claws.
  • Small size that do not obstruct your view when clipping.

What We Don´t Like

  • A small amount of customers find the grip for these too tight.

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#3 Safari 770045 Professional Nail Trimmer

 

The Safari Nail trimmer is the only one in our buying guide with “plier-like” handles, so if you find these types of handles easier to work with, this should be your pick. Solid overall and good build quality get these a spot in the top 3. The safety lock on these is a good feature to ensure that you do not unintentionally cut or clip your cat. We recommend that you get the smallest version they sell for your cat.

What We Like:

  • Good Grip with the rubber handles.
  • Safety lock to prevent unintentional damage while clipping.

What We Don´t Like

  • Some people may find these a bit to large or prefer a different grip.
  • Some customers complain about the blades not being sharp enough and shattering the nail/claw.

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#4 Cat Nail Clippers Trimmer By Boshel

 

These neat little clippers have a good solid feel to them, and the angled blade can be helpful in the clipping depending on your preference. The rubber grips help prevent them slipping during clipping. Boshel offers a 30-day hassle free money back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied. The main drawback on these is the high price compared to the competition, and they are therefore not in the top 3 in this buying guide.

What We Like:

  • Overall good build quality
  • Angled blade can make it easier to cut the nails/claws

What We Don´t Like

  • The most expensive of the clippers we reviewed.

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#5 Simply Cats: Kittynails Nail Clipper

 

The Simply Cats: Kittynails nail clipper was designed by two veterinarians and is specifically designed to cut the nails of cats and other small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. It´s small form factor and shortened scissor blade makes it easier to make precision cuts and avoid accidentally hurting your cat in the nail clipping process.

What We Like:

  • Allegedly designet by 2 veterinarians.
  • Small and easy to handle.

What We Don´t Like

  • Some customers complain about poor build quality.
  • More expensive than some of the other choices.

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How To Clip Your Cat´s Nails

Do not expect your cat to like trimming their claws, and do not feel discouraged if you have to cut all of their claws over multiple sessions as your cat may try to get away frequently. If you feel to nervous about cutting your cat´s claw or would like to observe it a few times done by a professional first, consult your veterinarian or a professional groomer to have them show you. We have made a list of steps you should follow to ensure that the clipping process goes as smoothly as possible below:

Step 1: Pick The Right Time

If you want the clipping session to go as smoothly as possible, it is a good idea to start when your cat is either tired or sleepy (after a meal for example).

Step 2: Prepare Equipment

You should have set of clippers ready, styptic powder or a styptic pencil in case of bleeding. Some cats are calmer if they are wrapped in a towel during the session as well. The clipping should be either done on a smooth surface where your cat can´t easily get a grip and get away, or on your lap. What you need is: A pair of clippers, some styptic powder in case of bleeding and a towel to help your cat calm down and sit still.

Step 3: Get Your Cat Ready

If your cat is not used to getting their nails clipped or even their paws handled, it might be a good idea to practice with pushing down on the paw pads to reveal the nails, and get both you and your cat used to this before actually clipping the nails.

Step 4: Expose The Claw(s)

Cats have retractable claws, this means that you are not able to see them right away, but you have to expose them. To expose your cat´s claws, press down on the top of their paw pad, like we show in the picture below. The red area you see is called “the quick” and is a very sensitive area for your cat. You should NOT clip into this area, as this can cause bleeding.

Step 5: Cut The Nail

Cut the nail by positioning the clipper to cut in the area that is about halfway from “the quick” to the tip of the nail, as shown in the video below. If you accidentally cut into “the quick”, apply styptic powder or a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding. If you do not have stryptic powder, apply pressure to the area for some time stop the bleeding.

Do not forget the “dewclaw”. Cats have a small claw on the inside of their paw (see image below), this claw also needs to be trimmed as it does not get worn down by normal scratching and can grow into the paw pad.

Step 6: Reward Your Cat

After you are done with the session (or you can do this after each nail), reward your cat either with praise or a treat – or both!

Thats it! You have successfully clipped your cat´s nails. Well done!

PRO TIP

It is okay if you are not able to cut all your cat nails in one sitting. If your cat is new to getting their nails clipped, you may only be able to clip one or two nails at a time. Take your time, and reward your cat when you are able to clip a nail with praise or a treat.

A Few Words About De-clawing (And Why We Think You Should Never Do It)

There are those that for various reasons have a lot of problems with their cat´s scratching in an unwanted manner. Some of them have a veterinarian perform a de-clawing of their cat to completely remove the claws. This is a brutal and irreversible procedure that is illegal in some states in the US.

The way the claws are removed during a de-clawing procedure is by removing the entire outer most joint of the paw (like cutting of the tip of your finger), in essence amputating part of the paw. If your cat is declawed, your cat is now at a severe disadvantage when it comes to defending itself, therefore, keep a declawed cat exclusively indoors. Please, do not declaw your cat, instead trim their claws naturally and provide them with scratching posts and scratching pads.

If your cat still is scratching in an unwanted manner , talk to your veterinarian or consult a cat behaviorist.

Final Thoughts

As you can see there is not too much that differentiates our top 5 picks from each other (especially the top 3) and it really comes down to personal preference with any of those three and if you would prefer plier-like handles like the Safari over scissor like handles of the Republique or JW´s Pet Company trimmers. We are confident however, that you will find a clipper you are satisfied with out of these 5 picks and wish you the best of luck in trimming your cat´s claws! If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to comment below or contact us by going to the contact page.

Best Flea Shampoo for Cats Buying Guide

In this Buying Guide we will cover our top four picks for flea shampoos as well as go into detail about what fleas are, how to detect them and how to get rid of them.

A Flea Shampoo is useful for getting rid of fleas that are on your cat, and whilst they will not solve your flea problem entirely, they are a good tool to have in your arsenal, and a quick way to give your cat some relief.

Our Top Pick

 

Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor for Dogs and Cats

The Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor gets the the number 1 spot in our buying guide. This shampoo is very efficient in killing the fleas on your cat or dog* to give your cat some much-needed relief. The addition of Precor (an Insect Growth Regulator) is an excellent addition that sees it top this list just ahead of the other flea shampoo from Adams.

* A flea shampoo will not completely solve your flea problem, but only kill the fleas that are on your cat. It is meant to be used in conjunction with other Flea Treatment solutions to combat flea infestation. Read more about that in our Best Flea Treatments for Cats Buying Guide as well as further down in this Buying Guide.

Our Top 4 Picks

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Product

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Price

1

Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor for Dogs and Cats

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2

Adams Flea and Tick Cleansing Shampoo

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3

Four Paws Magic Coat Flea and Tick Cat Grooming Shampoo, 12oz

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4

Sentry PurrScriptions Flea and Tick Shampoo for Cats, 12-Ounce

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What Are Fleas?

There are thousands of different flea species in the world (over 2000), but the most bothersome and common one to torment our cats is Ctenocephalides felis, better known as the cat flea. Fleas, once attached to an animal, spend the majority of their life on the animal, feeding on the blood of the host and laying eggs (if female).

Ctenocephalides felis, picture by Katja ZSM under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

The Ctenocephalides felis (cat flea), female.

Image Credit: Katja ZSM under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Lifecycle of a Flea

A flea´s lifecycle is roughly a month, sometimes longer or shorter depending on the climate. Fleas prefer warm and humid environments. During its life it passes through several stages in development to become an adult flea. It starts its life as an egg before hatching into a larvae before transforming into a pupae ( a cocoon) as the final stage before adulthood.  The eggs once layed, usually fall of the animal before the flea jumps to a new animal once it is in its larvae or adult state.

Eggs, Everywhere!

According to William Miller Jr., VMD in this article for The Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine website, an adult flea lays a minimum of 20 eggs per day, half of which are females [1] and these female fleas can lay up to 1 egg per hour. Because of this high reproduction rate and fast growth, you can be pretty sure there are plenty of friends nearby if you spot a flea on your cat. In fact, you can usually expect 100 immature fleas in the vicinity of a single flea.[2]

Carriers of Disease

Fleas can be carries of bacteria and infectious agents such as the dog and cat tapewom and the bacteria that causes cat-scratching in humans. [3] The blood loss a kitten can suffer from being infested by thousands of fleas can cause anemia. It is therefore important that you always have a flea control routine and take action if you spot a flea. You can read more about how you spot fleas further down in this article, and all the treatments available in the Best Flea Treatments for Cats Buying Guide.

What Makes A Good Flea Shampoo (How We Scored Our Picks)?

There are many flea shampoos out on the market, some more efficient than others. We have picked only shampoos that are suitable for cats as cats have a heightened sensitivity to the toxicity of the pesticides found in these types of shampoos. Never use flea shampoos that are only meant for dogs on your cat, as these can be lethal to your cat.

Insect Growth Regulators

Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) are synthetic growth regulators that help limit the growth of fleas (for example, stops a flea from maturing from a larvae into adulthood) and they are an important and useful tool to combat flea infestations. They are normally only found in other flea treatment solutions but one such IGR, Precor* is in the ingredients of our number one pick. These IGRs are completely harmless to your cat.[4]

* The active ingredient in Precor is Methoprene.

Toxicity

Toxicity is a factor both when it comes to how efficient it is at killing the fleas and whether or not the toxicity level in the shampoo is dangerous to your cat. Cats are more sensitive to this than dogs and it is therefore vital to consider the level of toxicity, as well as to follow the instructions for use very carefully. In this Buying Guide we only recommend shampoos that are specifically okayed for use with cats. Some flea shampoos designer for dogs only are in lethal to cat, so if you have a dog in your household that uses such a shampoo, keep your cat away from the dog while this shampoo is on them.

If you accidently overdose on the amount of shampoo (read the label carefully) or your cat has an unexpected sensitivity to the pesticides in the shampoo, your cat may show signs of toxicity​. Symptoms of this include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, sluggishness, weakness, or abnormal behavior. [5]

​http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/small_animal/dermatology/factsheets.cfm

Effectiveness

How efficient a flea shampoo is in killing the fleas on the cat is of course an important factor in deciding which flea shampoo is the best. Both the Adams shampoos gets top marks from us in this regard.

#1 Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor for Dogs and Cats

 

The Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor runs away with the number 1 spot in our buying guide. This shampoo is very efficient in killing the fleas on your cat or dog* to give your cat some much-needed relief. The addition of Precor (an Insect Growth Regulator) is an excellent addition that sees it top this list just ahead of the other flea shampoo from Adams.
* A flea shampoo will not completely solve your flea problem, but only kill the fleas that are on your cat. It is meant to be used in conjunction with other Flea Treatment solutions to combat flea infestation. Read more about that in our Best Flea Treatments for Cats Buying Guide as well as further down in this Buying Guide.

What We Like:

  • Very efficient at killing the fleas on your cat (if applied correctly, and repeated if needed)
  • The addition of the Precor IGR is a good bonus. This prevents eggs that are laid on your cat to hatch.
  • Good value for your money.

What We Don´t Like:

  • Nothing.

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#2 Adams Flea and Tick Cleansing Shampoo

 

Much like our number 1 pick, this shampoo from Adams does the job when it comes to killing the fleas on your cat and providing much-needed relief and respite from these pesky insects. You can´t go wrong with either of these shampoos from Adams.

What We Like:

  • Very efficient at killing the fleas on your cat (if applied correctly, and repeated if needed)
  • Good value for your money.

What We Don´t Like

  • No IGR included in the ingredients.

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#3 Four Paws Magic Coat Flea and Tick Cat Grooming Shampoo, 12oz

 

Rounding out our top 3 is the Four Paws Magic Coat Flea and Tick Cat Grooming Shampoo. This shampoo does a good job in both killing fleas and grooming your cat´s fur while it´s it at it, making it deserving of a top 3 spot. It is a minus however that you cannot buy it directly from Amazon but have to buy it through private vendors on Amazon.

What We Like:

  • It cleans your cat well and kills most fleas.

What We Don´t Like

  • Some customers complain about the effeciency in killing flees, reporting that it doesn´t kill all the fleas.
  • Can´t buy directly from Amazon itself.
  • No IGR included.

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#4 Sentry PurrScriptions Flea and Tick Shampoo for Cats, 12-Ounce

 

This shampoo in addition to killing fleas is rich in coconut conditioners and acts as a good grooming shampoo for your cat as well and this earns it a spot in this buying guide.

What We Like:

  • Cleans and kills most of the fleas and cleans your cat well.

What We Don´t Like

  • Some customers report that it doesn´t kill all the fleas on the cat.
  • No IGR included.

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How To Detect Fleas

Detecting fleas on a cat can be difficult since cats can be infested with hundreds of fleas without showing any symptoms of infection. Therefore, you should think of flea prevention as a continual process and not wait for your cat to show clear symptoms, as this is usually an indication that the problem is already quite severe.

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Symptoms of Flea Infestation

Many cats will not show any sign of flea infestation until the infestation is well underway. Some cats are sensitive to flea bites and may develop an allergy to the bites, where symptoms include excessive scratching that may cause sores that can be vulnerable to infection. Kittens as mentioned are especially at risk for developing anemia due to the blood loss suffered from fleas feeding on their blood.

Finding Them On Your Cat

You should have set of clippers ready, stryptic powder or a stryptic pencil in case of bleeding. Some cats are calmer if they are wrapped in a towel during the session as well. The clipping should be either done on a smooth surface where your cat can´t easily get a grip and get away, or on your lap.

Combing

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Another way to spot and remove fleas is to comb your cat with a comb like this. If your cat is infested with fleas, you should be able to spot the fleas on the comb if you look closely.

Looking for Flea Dirt

Another thing to look for in addition to the fleas themselves is “flea dirt”. Flea dirt is just a nicer way to describe the feces of the fleas. The fleas will defecate on your cat, and these excrements looks like tiny black spots in your cat´s fur. You may observe red trails next to the flea dirt. This is because the feces is filled with blood that the fleas sucked out of your cat.

How To Get Rid of Fleas

Dealing with flea infestation problems and preventing them is an ongoing and multi part process and is never solved completely with only a treatment option such as a flea shampoo or a flea collar. Be sure to visit the other Buying Guides in this series on flea related products for more information, as well as reading the general tips below.

Clean Your Cat With The Flea Shampoo

We recommend you follow the exact instructions on your flea shampoo closely as the recommended procedure may change based on the product. If you are using one of the Adams flea shampoos they recommend the following procedure:

 

1. Soak your cat under warm water, making sure you soak your cat completely and do not miss any spots spots.

2. Apply the shampoo on your cats head, ears and lather. Repeat the procedure on the neck, body, the behind, finishing off with the legs at the end.

3. Let your cat stay with the shampoo applied for 3-5 minutes. This step is crucial for it to work effectively. Stay with your cat the whole time to make sure your cat does not remove or ingest any of the shampoo.

4. Rinse your cat thoroughly and be sure to remove any trace of the shampoo. Depending on the level of flea infestation on your cat, you may need to repeat the entire process several times.

Clean Your House & Your Cat´s Environment

As mentioned above, using a flea shampoo will only kill the fleas on your cat, and does not solve your flea infestation problems completely. It is also vital that you clean your house and your cat´s environment (the garden and outdoor areas). This requires frequent and meticulous vacuuming and you may need to apply flea killing products such as flea sprays to areas of your house or property if you spot fleas there.

To make your efforts more efficient, target areas that are more likely to be flea infested areas. Indoors this includes bedding areas, feeding areas and in general the areas where your prefers to spend the most time.

Be sure to remove any toys, food bowls etc before applying the products and vacuum very well. Outdoors you should look in and treat shaded and moist areas since fleas thrive in these types of areas. Read more about how to clean your house and outdoor area in the Best Flea Treatments for Cats Buying Guide.

If you are still not able to get rid of the fleas in your house and or property, consider calling a professional exterminator.

Other Flea Treatments

There are other types of flea treatments such as flea collars, topical treatments (treatments that are applied directly on affected areas) and flea sprays. Please read more about this in our Best Flea Collars for Cats Buying Guide and Best Flea Treatments for Cats Buying Guide (overall guide).

Final Thoughts

In this Buying Guide the Adams´shampoos were the clear winners and they are our top recommendations for the best flea shampoos. Be sure to check out the other Buying Guides related to flea prevention and treatment mentioned in this article, since a flea shampoo can never solve the problem of re-infestation. We hope you have found this buying helpful. We welcome your feedback and suggestions on potential improvements, additions or other feedback, so do not hesitate to contact us via email or leave a comment below.

Sources

 

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/CW_Fleas.cfm

​http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/small_animal/dermatology/factsheets.cfm

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/families_and_consumers/getting_rid_of_fleas.shtml – Link no longer active

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/fleas – Link no longer active.

https://www.adamspetcare.com/smarter-pet-care/frequently-asked-questions