How To Give Your Cat A Flea Bath

Keeping your cat well-groomed and clean is vital for their health. If your cat is a lover of the great outdoors, there is a good chance they have come into contact with a few vermin and parasites. Giving your cat a good flea bath is the best way to ensure a healthy and happy pet. In some cases, you may see the fleas crawling on your cat's skin, just beneath their fur. You may even spot them in their ears. If this is the case, be sure to get ready to give them a flea bath sooner, rather than later. By understanding what supplies you need and how to properly wash your cat, you can effectively rid them of fleas at home.

Get The Right Flea Shampoo

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Choosing the shampoo may seem like an insignificant part of the process, but in reality, it's the most important step. There are three major types of flea and tick shampoo: organic, natural, and chemical. Each cat's skin has its own level of sensitivity, and the shampoo you choose is really a personal preference according to your cat's needs. Ideally, you want the strongest shampoo possible, yet not so strong that it causes discomfort or harm to your cat's skin. Organic flea shampoos are typically made from oils, most commonly peppermint, melaleuca, and clove oil. Natural shampoos are usually made from citrus-based minerals, the most common one being d-limonene. Chemical flea shampoos usually contain pyrethroids, which are man-made substances that are effective at killing fleas. Flea shampoos work by essentially smothering the fleas to death as they breathe through their protective exoskeleton. The shampoos permeate the shell, cutting off their oxygen. The shampoos also work to kill off flea eggs that are yet to hatch. In addition, you will need to select the right conditioner to make sure your cat's skin and fur remain moisturized throughout this process.

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