Can your cat go outside after flea treatment?

Fleas may be small in size, but they can be a big nuisance to our cats.

Known for being the most common external parasite found in small animals, fleas are attracted to felines like moths are to flames.

Infestations are completely normal, but if your cat is suffering from one it is vital they’re treated immediately. 

And depending on the type of flea treatment used, you may need to keep them indoors for anywhere up to a week afterwards.

Here’s why:

Why is it best not to immediately let your cat go outside after flea treatment?

If you have an outdoor cat then it’s understandable you’d want to see them back outside exploring and enjoying themselves as soon as possible. 

All that fresh air and exercise is bound to be good for them after all? And it is. Just not straight away. 

It is worth noting there are a variety of flea treatments available for cats – from topical solutions and sprays to shampoos and oral medications – and all will come with their own guidance. It is essential you follow these instructions fully. 

Naturally, these directions will differ, but we would always advise against letting your cat back out into the world immediately following treatment.

That’s because cats are far more likely to be exposed to fleas – and other parasites – while in an outdoor environment.  

Keeping them indoors for a few days ensures the chemicals are given a chance to work their magic, ensuring your cat benefits from the optimal protection. 

Also, if you are using a spray or a spot on solution, and your cat is caught out in the rain, the product could be washed away and the treatment rendered completely ineffective.

Can my cat still get fleas from the outdoors after it has already has treatment?

It is pretty much impossible to stop fleas from hitching a ride on our cats.

Regardless of which type of treatment you use, those pesky critters are always going to be looking to make that daring jump from an infested environment to a lovely clean coat.

The odds of a fur invasion, therefore, are going to be significantly higher if your feline is hanging around areas where fleas are commonly found, like gardens and parks.

And remember, no pet is immune from fleas.

So, if one of your furry housemates picks up an unwelcome hitchhiker while enjoying some outdoor play, your home has every chance of becoming a parasite playground.

That is why we highly recommend year-round flea prevention. By receiving monthly treatments, it means fleas don’t get the chance to set up camp on your cat. Regular checks will also help detect any potential infestation. 

Keep an eye out for the signs

All cats are susceptible to flea infestation. Age, breed, gender; none of these things make the slightest difference. 

As already discussed, prevention is always better than cure when dealing with fleas. But if your cat has become a victim of infestation, it’s not always easy to tell. Some of the main signs to look out for include increased scratching, hair loss, rashes, fatigue, and stress.

If the problem becomes a persistent one – in spite of repeated treatments –  then speak to your vet who should be able to advise accordingly. 

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