Not sure what we mean? You may be a first-time cat owner. But it won’t be long before you find her in some, well, interesting situations. After all, whether this is your first cat or your next cat, bringing home a new cat means there’s always something new to learn about her personality and her care. How do we know this? We love cats, too, and understand every home-at-last experience is unique.
As you get to know each other, you’ll see how everyday things such as curling up on the bed together and simply stroking her nose forms your forever bond. Proper attention to your cat’s health is another way to show your love. We look for ways to help protect our pets against threats that distress and harm them, for a better life and more meaningful time together.
It’s the little things
What you don’t see can still affect your cat. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes may be tiny, but just one bite from the wrong one can cause discomfort or even pass diseases, some of which come with lasting difficulties. It doesn’t matter if your cat is a kitten, a senior or mischievous teen, exposure can happen at any age and in a wide range of environments.
- Fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), an allergic reaction that can lead to crusty scabs over the neck and back, patches of hair loss and excessive scratching or grooming
- Ticks can transmit deadly diseases such as Cytauxzoonosis and Ehrlichiosis
- Mosquitoes can transmit harmful heartworm disease
- Heartworms can trigger an intense allergic reaction, resulting in respiratory distress, discomfort and sudden death; unlike dogs, there is no FDA-approved treatment for heartworms in cats
- Ear mites can lead to partial or complete hearing loss and can even spread to other pets
Make it routine
Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes and heartworms are seemingly small nuisances that can quickly become a large problem. And contrary to popular belief, they may be found year-round, in all parts of the country and even indoors. It’s not too early to establish a complete wellness routine to help stay ahead of any issues they can cause your cat. When you’re making your new cat shopping list, select prevention and treatment products that best fit his lifestyle. Then create reminders for ongoing protection so you can spend more time with a lap cat and less time with a vet cat.
The right fit
Collars, topicals, sprays and shampoos. New cat owners have many options to guard against fleas, ticks and heartworms. While all can be effective, none will work if they don’t get the chance. Proper application and administration makes all the difference. Your preferred prevention method should make sense for you and your cat.
- Collars: An easy-to-apply collar is a convenient way to deliver the active ingredients needed to kill and/or repel fleas and ticks. Collar technology has come a long way, with new innovations in design and delivery. Some collars provide continuous protection for months at a time, making this a good option for busy families. Choose a collar that is non-greasy and odorless so you’ll be more likely to keep it on your pet and replace as directed.
- Topicals: Applied to the skin, monthly topicals can’t be lost, chewed or spit out. Topicals can also go the extra mile, providing broad-spectrum protection against external threats (think fleas and ear mites) and internal threats (think heartworms, hookworms and roundworms). Check the product label for indicated parasites.
- Sprays and shampoos: More reactive than proactive, sprays and shampoos allow you to treat your cat as needed. See fleas? Kill the fleas. After you have killed the fleas on your cat, choose a preventive to help protect your cat from reinfestation.
A big impact
Your cat gives you her best and deserves your best. Fleas, ticks and heartworms can cause discomfort and disease, and that is no way to spend your time together. Parasite protection products are easy to find and purchase, simple to administer, and an effective defense against these troublesome trespassers. It only takes a few moments to make a difference in your cat’s life.