Many cat owners have had to deal with fleas, and most have dealt with it by using chemicals. The problem is that some of these chemicals can cause birth defects in pregnant cats, so if you’re planning on having kittens in the near future, you’ll want to find a natural alternative.
If you have a pregnant cat, the last thing you want is for her to get fleas. Fleas are not only an annoyance and a pain in the neck but they can also pose serious dangers to your pet as well as your unborn baby. With that in mind, here are some tips on how best to deal with fleas during pregnancy:
The first thing you must do is determine whether your cat has fleas. If you suspect that your pet has a flea problem, the best way to find out is through a thorough visual inspection. You can also use a flea comb or dog brush to comb through your cat’s fur and look for any signs of fleas or eggs.
If you do find evidence of fleas on your cat, it’s important to take steps to treat them as soon as possible. The longer that the infestation goes untreated, the more likely it will become resistant to common treatments like topical chemicals and oral medications (like Advantage).
Picking the Right Flea Treatment
When it comes to getting rid of fleas, the best option is a natural treatment. Natural treatments can be either an all-natural food supplement or a topical spray or shampoo.
When choosing a natural treatment, you’ll want to make sure that it has one of the following ingredients:
- Pyrethrin – derived from chrysanthemums and acts as an insecticide by attacking the nervous system of insects; lasts up to 12 hours in some cases
- Permethrin – another insecticide that is effective against ticks and lice (but not fleas); lasts approximately three weeks
- Imidacloprid – used as both an insecticide and acaricide (to kill mites), but kills only adult fleas on your cat after they’ve bitten her; lasts about six months
Selecting a Cat-Friendly Household Flea Remedy
The first step in choosing a flea treatment is to determine the severity of your cat’s infestation. If your cat has just been diagnosed with fleas, consider using an all-natural treatment that can be safely used on pregnant cats. There are several options available:
- Flea bombs. These bombs explode and spread natural ingredients over your home’s floors, carpets, and furniture surfaces.
- Flea shampoos and sprays contain natural food-grade oils that help prevent water loss through the skin while killing adult fleas in the process of grooming themselves after bathing or swimming in a pool or lake (if you live near one).
- Flea collars are made for cats who spend time outdoors; however, some may still be sensitive enough to cause side effects such as vomiting or diarrhea (especially if there isn’t room left inside). Be sure to read labels carefully before purchasing any items containing chemicals like pyrethrin-containing insecticides—which can cause swelling around the eyes if ingested—or other potentially harmful substances
Choosing an Outdoor Flea Treatment
Choosing an outdoor flea treatment for your pregnant cat is a delicate process. You need to ensure that the flea treatment you select is safe for both your pregnant cat and her kittens. In addition, you’ll want to make sure that it’s safe for the environment and your family members as well.
Here are some examples:
Things to Avoid During Pregnancy
- Don’t give your cat catnip.
- Don’t use essential oils, such as tea tree oil or eucalyptus, on your cat.
- Avoid garlic and onion in her food.
- Keep away from flea collars and dips, sprays, and shampoos — these will only make the situation worse for both you and your pet.
Natural care and extra attention will ensure your cat and kittens are happy and healthy.
Pregnant cats need natural care and extra attention.
- Be extra careful with what you use, especially if it is not a natural remedy.
- Natural remedies are best for pregnant cats, as they are safe and non-toxic to both humans and kittens. The same can be said of human beings during pregnancy (and even after).
The world of natural care for pets and their families is growing every day. You can easily find products that fit your needs, whether you’re looking for something to use indoors or out. With the right combination of flea control methods, you can keep your pregnant cat and kittens happy and healthy throughout the entire pregnancy and beyond.