Are flea control products dangerous for my cat?
Currently on the market, there are no longer the number of pest control products to fight against external parasites such as fleas, ticks and lice, these bugs that suck and infect your cat's blood. Unfortunately, there are also some problems associated with the use of these anti-fleas, so more and more masters are worried and wondering about the dangerousness of these products.
Let's take a look at what these problems may be due to and whether the pest control products we use on our cats are genuinely toxic, along with some alternatives and practical advice that will help you get around the issue.
What is the problem with flea control?
Most of the accidents that occur with anti-fleas for cats are related to the use that the owners make of them. Most often the problem is due to misuse, without knowledge of the product, and for too long.
Overdoses given by the masters
It is often the first cause of problem with anti-fleas! Indeed, as you can imagine, excess is harmful! So, whether natural (like essential oils), or artificial (like chemicals sold in stores and supermarkets), flea control when given in overdose can dangerously harm your health. little feline, or even kill it.
You will therefore need to be very careful with the dosages and know when to stop the treatment. If you are concerned, do not hesitate, speak to your veterinarian.
Self-medication without knowledge - Case of anti-fleas for dogs given to cats
Both cats and dogs are prone to flea attacks, but the treatment is different in each species. Many medicines used to control fleas in dogs contain insecticides such as permethrin which, although harmless to dogs, is toxic to cats. Permethrin is actually the cause of neurological disorders such as tremors, loss of balance and seizures in cats, which can lead to death.
You are therefore warned: it is prohibited to use an anti-flea for dogs to deworm your cat. These are medical treatments that should not be applied without knowledge, especially in homes where cats and dogs live together.
Long-term treatments without need
Flea control is a treatment that you use for a certain period of time, and again, when it is needed. It is not always useful to treat your cat if it is not necessary. Preventive treatments are to be used only in certain situations, do not see fleas all over the place when there are none.
Overall, will treating my cat with an anti-flea product endanger him?
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No, treating your little feline with a flea killer doesn't have to be dangerous. Using a good external pest control to rid your pet of fleas, ticks and lice is undoubtedly the best solution. The danger lies only in the misuse of the product.
Flea control products for cats are designed and recognized to be harmless to them, provided they are used correctly. You must therefore always follow the instructions for use.
However, it is also recommended to stay tuned to be informed of any alerts given by studies carried out on these products. It can turn out at any time that a product after study finally discovered and reported as not that harmless.
How exactly does anti-flea treatment work?
Flea treatment works like most treatments out there: it can be given as a preventative or curative. You will notice that there are also both preventive and curative treatments.
It is always better to prevent flea infestation in cats, because prevention is better than cure! Preventive treatments are usually given during hot periods. They exist in the form of sprays to be sprayed on the body of the feline, of pipettes which are applied behind the neck of the animal, of collars to pass on the neck of the cat, or in the form of tablets to be ingested.
Similarly, curative treatments also exist in the form of sprays, pipettes, necklaces, or else in the form of tablets, to eliminate these bugs. They should be applied as soon as you notice the first fleas in your cat's coat. Their duration of action varies between 4 and 6 weeks or less if no flea is observed.
Are homemade or natural flea killers good alternatives?
If you use a natural homemade flea repellent or a natural pharmacy flea repellent, it is difficult to rule out the danger to the health of your 4-legged friend. Indeed, who says natural does not necessarily say harmless or non-toxic : there is always at least one risk linked to the way you use the product, or linked to the type of product.
- essential oils used in high doses can kill a cat
- Diatomaceous earth is not recommended for animals with breathing disorders, because it can aggravate their pathology
- Extracts of margosa or neem (prohibited in agriculture ) are potentially carcinogenic and harmful.
Homemade products are therefore not without risks. Therefore, it is strongly recommended not to mix several of them to treat your cat, because you should not play the sorcerer's apprentice with your pet's life.
In addition, these homemade products are not 100% effective, nor as fast as specific products in treating flea invasions and other external parasites. Indeed, they only repel fleas without killing them completely, at the risk of seeing them infest your home and having to treat your home against fleas.
On the other hand, the adapted anti-flea products contain substances which make it possible to sterilize the parasites (and thus to block their proliferation everywhere in the house and on the body of your cat) and also to neutralize them.