Consult your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has fleas. It is important that all of your pets are treated for fleas, including indoor and outdoor cats, and that the environment is treated as well. Once your veterinarian confirms the diagnosis, a treatment plan may include the following:
- Topical or oral treatment or the use of shampoos, sprays and powders on the pet.
- Thorough cleaning of your house, including rugs, bedding and upholstery. Severe cases may require using a spray or a fogger, which requires temporary evacuation of the home.
- It is very important not to use products on your cat that are intended for dogs.
- Lawn treatments may also be needed if your pet keeps getting re-infected every time it goes outside.
- Use a flea comb on your pet and wash his bedding once a week.
- Keep the outside of your house free of organic debris, such as rake clippings and leaves, and remember that fleas like to hide in dark, moist, shady areas.
- There are many preventative flea control products available, both as prescription and over-the-counter formulas.