Best Cat Flea Treatment
Best Cat Flea Treatment Overall:
Flea infestations are uncomfortable and irritating. Cats with a hypersensitivity to flea bites can experience fur loss and skin damage. If left untreated, the infestation can spread to your home and will begin attacking humans in addition to the animals of the house. The most effective flea treatments will kill the adult bugs and prevent eggs and larvae from developing. They are easy to apply and remain active for several weeks, even after baths, swimming, or rain exposure. They are reasonably priced and available without a prescription. The most effective treatments often contain pesticides or insecticides which worries some consumers although the National Pesticide Information Center merely recommends a thorough hand washing after applying the treatment to your feline to ensure you don't get any in your eyes. Products without pesticides often do not kill the eggs or larvae, need to be applied more frequently, and are generally less effective. The flea treatments on this list were chosen based on ease of purchase, price, customer reviews, and whether or not they kill other bugs in addition to fleas.
Frontline Plus for cats is the best flea treatment on the market. It is effective, reasonably priced, and kills ticks and lice in addition to eradicating fleas. Read Full Review
Sentry Fiproguard MAX is an effective topical flea medication for killing fleas, ticks, and lice. It is affordably priced and produced in the U.S.A. Read Full Review
Advantage II is an effective method for killing adult fleas, larvae, and flea eggs. It is affordably priced, widely available, and safe for use on cats and kittens 8 weeks or older. Read Full Review
Capstar is an oral flea medication which is effective for killing adult fleas but does not attack larvae or eggs and must be used in conjunction with an insect growth regulator. It is less messy than topical medications, but like them, it contains pesticides. Read Full Review
Vet's Best Natural Flea & Tick spray is an effective method for killing fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, but a bit harder to apply properly than traditional topical flea medications. It is very affordable, but only available at select retail locations. Read Full Review
Best Cat Flea Collar:
Flea collars are not the most effective way to treat a flea infestation in one's home, but they can be a key component in repelling fleas from a feline who is not currently infested. Unfortunately, many of the more powerful flea collars are made with harsh pesticides and chemicals which can irritate your cat's skin and/or cause illness without a significant increase in effectiveness. Furthermore, a cat able to reach its collar while grooming or a child snuggling too closely might accidentally ingest the toxins meant to harm only the fleas. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recommends avoiding collars which include chlorpyrifos, dichlorvos, phosmet, naled, tetrachlorvinphos, diazinon and malathion among their list of ingredients. These organophosphate insecticides have been linked to health problems in cats, including skin irritation, difficulty breathing, cancer and poisoning. That is why I recommend only using flea collars with the goal of repelling fleas and utilizing safer oral or topical methods to treat a flea infestation. The least expensive flea collars often are made with these harsh chemicals and equally little care for safety in design. The best flea collars for cats will be free of harsh chemicals and include a break-away mechanism so the feline can untangle itself from fence lines and tree branches if needed. The collars on this list were chosen based on their treatment method, design, price, and online reviews.
The Seresto flea collar for cats repels fleas without the use of harmful organophosphate insecticides, lasts for eight months, and includes a break-away mechanism. Its effectiveness, availability, reasonable price, and attention to safety lead me to declare it the best flea collar on the market. Read Full Review
The Zodiac Breakaway Flea Collar repels fleas effectively for up to 5 months utilizing propoxur, a non-systemic insecticide which has proven safe for cats. It is inexpensive and widely available at pet stores. Read Full Review
The Adams Plus Breakaway Flea Collar avoids the use of harsh organophosphate insecticides while repelling pests for up to eight months. It is inexpensive, widely available, and includes a breakaway device to keep the cat safe in case the collar gets snagged on a tree branch or fence. Read Full Review
The Natural Research People Herbal Collar is a low cost, natural option for repelling fleas. Unfortunately, the collar only comes in red plastic and does not include a break-away device. Read Full Review