Cat flea collars

In the fight against fleas, cat flea collars are one of the first lines of defence. This Loving Your Pet guide will hopefully tackle the how and whys.

Fleas are amazing, not only can they jump two hundred times the length of their own body length, but female flees are capable of producing up to fifty eggs every day! Not such amazing news when your pet is concerned. If your cat is allergic to fleas, just one bite can send them into an itching agony.

Why do fleas bite?

It's fair to say fleas aren't just being malicious. They bite their host for blood meals. Contrary to popular belief, fleas spend a majority of their life cycle off the pet.

What causes the scratching?

Some animals are allergic to a flea's saliva and suffer a condition know as allergic dermatitis resulting in soreness and hair loss. Other conditions linked to flea bites include skin infections, tape worm and anemia.

"If your cat is allergic to fleas, just one bite can send them into an itching agony."

How do cat flea collars work?

A cat flea collar releases a powdered chemical that is fatal to fleas. It works on the cat's skin and fur, sharing a similar potency to a household flea spray. It also proves fatal to ticks. Pulling and stretching the collar activates the chemical. Most collars need to be replaced after about six months.

It's important to buy a flea collar that's been manufactured specifically for cats as other types of flea collar might be harmful.

Are cat flea collars easy to fit?

A flea collar fits like a normal collar and can be adjusted to comfortably fit your cat. It's important to make sure the collar is snug and not too tight around its neck.

Do they work?

A flea collar might not be the first suggestion from your veterinarian, in fact, it's fair to say they divide opinion; one of many options now available. Because fleas generally congregate towards the rear end of an animal, the position of a flea collar has raised doubts over its effectiveness. Cat owners might also be concerned by the toxicity of a collar and look for safer alternatives. Flea collars are also considered less effective when wet.

The general verdict on flea collars for pets, suggest they are 'quite' effective at combating the problem of fleas. It goes without saying that if you think your pet is showing the signs of carrying fleas (scratching, itching and gnawing) to seek the advice of a veterinarian.

Where can I buy a cat flea collar?

There's a wide choice of collars available online, with brands such as Beaphar and Armitage offering a range of colours and finish. Websites like Amazon have a huge selection, and pet shops like Pets At Home will too.