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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Cats

how to get rid of fleas on cats

Is your cat scratching relentlessly, and you have tried everything, but nothing works? Have you experienced flea bites too? Well, you are in luck! I have the solution for you. Here you have the most effective process on how to get rid of fleas on cats in a few simple steps. No matter how severe your cat is infested with fleas, this process will leave your cat completely cured of fleas.

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Step 1 - Combing your Cat

Removing fleas with cat comb
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You will begin by combing your cat; make sure to have a small bowl with soapy water handy; after each stroke, quickly submerge the flea bowl in the soapy water. It only takes about 15 to 30 seconds for a flea to drown, and promptly doing this helps avoid any fleas caught in the teeth of the comb to jump away.

Be sure to comb your cat very gently and slowly from head-to-tail to avoid hurting your cat if they have irritated skin due to the flea bites.

Step 2 - Bathing your Cat

cat shower kills fleas
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Depending on your cat, this will be the most straightforward task you will have, and as we know for a fact that cats secretly love taking showers, right? If you prefer, you can read my Article on Removing fleas from your cat Naturally here.

When you are ready to begin, make sure you use a container like a basin or a bucket to control your cat better. Start with shallow water, be as gentle as possible with your cat to keep it calm, use shampoo for the fleas, rub it very well on the cat with your fingertips. Once you are done, rinse it thoroughly and very well off your cat.

Next, begin to slowly raise the water in the container to a safe level and do your best to submerge your cat's body only (not the head) up to the neck. Once the cat's body is underwater, massage your cat's entire body, and try to keep it under for at least a minute or two.

This will drown all adult fleas in your cat's body. Then once you are done, help your cat dry up with a towel completely.

Step 3 - Topical Flea Prevention

After your cat has completely dried up, apply the topical flea prevention behind your cat's neck just below the skull. Be very careful not to get the treatment on your cat's eyes or mouth, and don't allow your cat to ingest it.

Depending on which topical flea prevention you decide to use, this will help your cat kill fleas for a month. Be sure to apply this monthly until your flea problem is gone.

Step 4 - Applying Soothing Cream

Apply the soothing cream where you see the flea bites or where you see the irritated skin. When you apply this cream, it will help your cat's irritated skin due to flea bites and excessive scratching by helping it rehydrate and heal faster. It will also give your cat a much-needed relief.

Be sure to apply the cream daily as needed; it will provide immediate and long-term moisturizing, also boost and support the skin's natural functions.

Step 5 - Applying a Flea Repellent

Now, it is time to apply some repellent all over your cat by spraying it directly into your cat's body. The formula works the best when massaged into the cat's coat to reach the skin. Make sure to rub your pet's coat in the opposite direction of hair growth, and avoid spraying it into your cat's eyes.

This will help keep wandering fleas jumping on your cat again; make sure to apply daily once or twice a day to help repel fleas away from your cat as much as possible.

Step 6 - Flea Collar

Flea collars to kill fleas
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After applying the flea repellent, you have to use the flea collar, which will help kill any hidden or new flea in your cat. When you install the cat's collar, check that it is not too tight by placing two fingers between your cat's neck and the collar and adjusting it accordingly. Finally, check that the collar can't be pulled over the cat's head.

It's recommended to daily check the collar on your cat to make sure it's comfortable and make sure your cat's skin does not have an allergic reaction.


So after applying these steps, your cat will be about 95% flea-free. As long as you follow all the steps above, the few fleas left will continue to die and stay off for a while, but unfortunately, it does not stop here.

Fleas are very notorious and extremely resilient; they multiply very fast and become a problem quickly. See The Flea Life Cycle. Basically, this means that if your cat was infected with fleas, your home has been infested too. If you don't do anything about it, it does not matter how many times you do this process; your cat will again end up with many fleas.

What I recommend you do now is to treat your home to remove all fleas. Use this proven process that will teach you How to Get Rid of Fleas from the House.

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