Flea & Tick Prevention- Drops vs Collars vs Natural Remedies
Today we are going to discuss Flea & Tick Prevention- Drops vs Collars vs Natural Remedies and since we are entering “flea & tick season” and I got to thinking. What is best for my cat/kitten drops or collars or natural remedies?
Although I don’t collar my animals of any kind and the only time that I collar them is to calm them down if they get too wild. And I find that this works like a charm. Once they settle down, I take the collar off!
Tomorrow is the day I get my new kitten. First thing is to check her for possible fleas due to the fact that she is coming from a home that is upcountry. More country than I am living in right now. (Country living is the best!)
Even though my kitty will be an indoor cat, I need to make sure she has some type of flea control. Fleas and ticks can hitch a ride on human clothing.
A few years back my oldest son was weed-eating outside and when he was done, he came in the house and changed his clothing and brushed off his shoes. It didn’t take but a few days for our cats to get fleas.
Now my cats are indoor cats. We came to the conclusion that some fleas hitched a ride on his pant legs and decided to set up shop in our home, feasting on our lovely, innocent cats!
So, my friends, they can hitch a ride into your home and you wouldn’t even know it!
I am going to take you on a journey with me to find out which works best for kittens and cats for flea and tick control. I think we will start with: Flea and Tick control drops.
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Flea & Tick Control Drops – Is It Safe for My Kitten?
Research shows that the number one flea and tick control for cats are Bayer’s Advantage II Flea Prevention for Cats.
We have all heard of Advantage but I never knew that Bayer was the manufacturer of Advantage. Awesome, we have a very good, well-known company making drops for cats.
I am now going to check to see if this brand is safe for kittens.
Nope, it’s not safe for kittens. The box says “for large cats over 9 pounds”
Now I know for sure my little kitten will not be 9 pounds or larger and it will work for bigger cats and the fleas don’t have to actually bite your cat for them to die.
And Advantage drops will kill the fleas in multiple life stages to get rid of the whole “tribe” altogether!
As a result, a single application will start working within 12 hours and will work up to 30 days. The package has 6 treatments and if you have one furry child then, of course, this box will last you 6 months.
Hey Watson, I Think I’ve Found It! Kitten Drop Treatments!
I wanted to find an answer on getting flea prevention/control for my new kitten and Bayer has one called: Advantage II Flea Prevention for Small Cats, 5-9 lbs. I do believe that my kitten will be about 5 pounds or less.
Some people really do prefer using drops. They are easier to use, you only have to reapply it in just 30 days. You won’t “chance” your kitten or cat getting the collar caught on anything when they are playing.
If your furry child gets outside for one reason or the other, their collar might get caught on something, a tree or fence and it could possibly hang them.
Worst case scenario, yes. But, I wouldn’t want to take that chance and lose my cat!
There is one more company that is the number one seller for kitten flea prevention is a company I have never heard of and that is: Petarmor Plus for Cats, and it can be used on kittens who are over 1.5 Pounds.
Both work the same way: they work within 12 hours and the last 30 days. Just reapply once a month behind their head/necks.
And you won’t have to worry about it for at least a month.
What I don’t like about flea drops is that you are using insecticides that will kill fleas on contact and you could easily over-medicate your cat.
But what can I do? You might ask?
Who Makes the Best Flea Treatments for My Cat?
You may be a cat parent who prefers to use a collar. By all means, get one that works really well. Here are some companies you may very well have heard of:
Advantage, Frontline, Revolution, Serato, and Sentry. collars tend to work a little longer than the drops.
Seresto is rated number one for flea collars for cats. The collar will last up to 8 months and is safe for kittens 10 weeks of age and older. Now that is not bad at all!
Collars are good for about 6-8 months. Be careful when you put the collar on your darling cat, make sure you wash your hands afterward as to not get any of the poison on your hands and possibly your eyes.
Fleas can impact your cat/kitten during any season. Winter, Spring or Summer. Mostly in Spring, what do you think?
Collars or Drops? They both do the same thing. Prevents and kills fleas and ticks and their eggs or larvae. All life cycles of the pest. And they do not have to bite the animal for it to die. Some are fragrance-free and waterproof.
Collars are extremely easy and convenient to use. The collar releases a substance that is absorbed through the fat layers of your cat.
I know it’s just a personal preference for all cat parents. You stick to the one you think is best for you and your cat.
The one thing that I don’t like about collars is they tend to rub the fur off the neck of your cat. It can become irritated and could lead to much bigger problems.
So now what am I to do?
Home Flea & Tick Prevention – Natural and Organic!
Homemade flea spray is a really good alternative to the collars and drops that I told you about. What I have found to work and prevent fleas on your pets and in your home are the following two simple recipes.
Make sure to rub it into the skin. Let your cat air dry. It’s OK to let your cat lick its fur with this remedy, not only will it repel and kill the fleas, by ingesting this remedy, it will balance your cat’s pH levels and will also work as a preventative in flea control.
Lemon Flea Spray: Take a couple of lemons 1 to 3 depending on how potent you want your flea spray to wash the lemons off real good, slice them super thin. Put the lemon slices in a pint of water and bring to a rolling boil.
Let it steep overnight in the fridge. Pour into a spray bottle. Shake before spraying your cat. You can even add a bit of apple cider vinegar to double the action!
You can even put a capful of apple cider vinegar in their drinking water. But don’t put in too much or your furry child will not drink it.
Try this: Add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon to a cup of water. Or their bowl of water, which is what I do.
If your cat refuses to drink the water, then try adding a pinch of baking soda to it and it will balance it out.
Your Homemade Flea Prevention Spray – Your Cat will Love You!
There are a lot of ways to help your kitty with flea and tick prevention methods. I explained why I don’t prefer pesticide drops or collars.
You can make your own home remedies and there are some powders that you can make too. You can powder their bedding and your carpet or couch.
I give my cats occasional baths and spray them with the homemade flea spray then take a flea comb and comb their fur just to make double sure no flea is hiding anywhere on my cat/kitten.
I had success with doing all of this. Especially when we were fighting to get our cats flea free- that time that my son brought them in on his pant legs.
I was spraying my cats and then flea combing them and in no time we were all flea-free! 🙂
Please remember to spay or neuter your pet to prevent unwanted animals.
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