Tips for Using Flea and Tick Treatment Products on Cats

It’s no secret: flea and ticks are just about some of the worst things that could happen to a cat. Luckily, there are ways to prevent them from happening, especially by using the different flea and tick prevention products out there. When making the decision on which cat tick and flea treatment products to use, make sure to carefully read the labels on all products. It’s very important that you purchase the correct dosage for your cat, and that you use only products that have been approved for your cat’s particular age, weight, and health status. If in doubt with a product, be sure to consult your veterinarian for the utmost safety and care for your beloved feline.

Here are some safety tips for using flea and tick treatment products on your cats:

– Be sure to only use the dosage amount recommended.

– Monitor your kitty post-application for any harmful effects. Several hours following the application of a flea and tick preventive product, keep an eye on your cat for any possible negative reactions or sensitivity to the product, especially when using it for the first time. Keep the packaging for the product for at least a day after application so that you have access to information such as the kind of ingredients used as well as contact information for the company that manufactured the product.

– Be aware of the negative side effects possible. Signs of sensitivity to pesticides may include:

  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Stumbling or incoordination ataxia
  • Drooling excessively or foaming at the mouth
  • Trembling (seizures)
  • Lack of appetite
  • Severe depression

If you notice any strange behavior shortly after applying the product, call your veterinarian immediately. It can also help to bathe your cat completely using soapy water, rinsing its coat with copious amounts of water.

– If you believe your cat has had a bad  reaction to a product, call your vet and report the problem right away. Your vet has access to a national reporting center that will inform the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You may also want to inform the company that manufactured the product. All manufacturers are required to report any incidents to the EPA. Contact information should be clearly indicated on the product’s packaging.

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