How do you know if a cat is going have an allergic reaction to a topical flea and tick product?
Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer. Your cat can have a reaction to the first exposure to a product, to a later application of the product, or never. While reactions to topical drops are rare, they might result in mild skin irritation. It is important to observe your pet for the first 24 hours and contact your veterinarian if you note any abnormal reactions.
Can an indoor cat get fleas?
Yes, indoor cats can also get fleas. It is very easy for a flea to hitch a ride on your clothing, bottom of shoes, or come in with your dog after he’s been out playing. Therefore, it is important to use preventative products such as Hartz¨ UltraGuard Pro¨ Flea & Tick Drops for Cats even if you have an indoor cat.
I have a young kitten that already has fleas. How old does a kitten have to be before I can use one of your flea and tick products?
Kittens must be at least 12 weeks old in order to use any of our flea and tick products.
I have a 16 year old cat, is she too old for topical flea and tick treatments and, if so, what do you recommend I should do now to control her fleas?
We do not recommend using Hartz UltraGuard Flea & Tick products on aged cats without the consultation of a veterinarian. Please work with your vet so they can determine which product is best to use on your cat.You can, however treat your home environment with Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea & Tick Home Spray to kill fleas that are around your home and prevent new ones from developing. Additionally, vacuuming will help to reduce flea eggs that develop into adult fleas.If your cat goes outdoors, you can treat your yard with Hartz UltraGuard Yard Spray. This will provide you with an additional layer of protection for your cat. Be sure all products have dried before you allow your cat back into the area.
What if my cat licks or grooms itself after I’ve applied any flea and tick product?
It is important to apply the product in a location that your cat cannot easily reach while grooming. It is also recommended that you prevent your cat from grooming immediately after product application. If your cat does happen to groom itself, you may see some drooling or foaming at the mouth due to the product taste. If these signs continue or become more severe, contact your veterinarian.
What if my cat drinks some of the bath water during the bath?
If your cat does get a few drinks of the water before you can stop it, this should not likely cause a problem because the bath water will have diluted the shampoo. However, it is possible to have some gastrointestinal upset (vomiting or diarrhea) from the soap in the shampoo usually within 24 to 48 hours of the bath. Contact your veterinarian if the signs persist for longer than 48 hours or if they become worse.
Can I use your flea and tick products on a pregnant cat?
No, it is not recommended to use our flea and tick products on pregnant cats; read the product labels for full precautions.
Should I be concerned about mosquitoes biting my cat?
Yes, mosquitoes are not only a nuisance but they can also carry diseases. Most concerning is their ability to transmit feline heartworms. Dr. Melinda recommends the use of Hartz UltraGuard Pro or Hartz UltraGuard Plus to kill and repel mosquitoes on contact.
How many different types of intestinal worms can attack my cat?
As a cat owner, it’s important to know about the different types of worms and their potential effects on your cat’s health. The most common are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms. See Intestinal parasites and your cat
How does my cat become infected with intestinal worms?
How your pet becomes infected depends on the type of worm. Kittens may become infected with roundworms while in uterus, thus they are already infected at birth. Otherwise, they can become infected through their mother’s milk. This is also true of hookworms. To become infected with Tapeworms cats need to ingest an infected flea. See Intestinal parasites and your cat