Fleas are one of the ectoparasites that pester cats. If your kitty is being attacked by fleas and the constant scratching is already causing bald spots on its gorgeous coat …if the pet is also showing signs of worm infestation, would you consider using a flea collar on your pet or would opt to use another anti flea treatment? Flea collars were introduced in 1964. At the time the flea collars were introduced in the market they were viewed as an effective method of flea eradication. But do cat flea collars really work? This has been a point argument between cat owners. Cat flea collars work but this flea infestation remedy is considered to be the least effective among all the flea control products.
Fleas are wingless insects but their long and strong hind legs make these pests excellent jumpers. Fleas would not only make the life of the pet miserable but the cat’s owner’s life as well. This is why cat owners would try shampoos, dips, sprays and medications to eradicate these pesky parasites from the pets. Cat owners would also use cat flea collars to make the fleas flee. Cat flea collars are impregnated with pesticides. Pesticides are of course poisonous to cats (and also to other pets). These collars would slowly release the flea deterrent chemicals. The need to replace the flea collar after the prescribed period confounds the danger of this flea control device to the health of the pet. The constant rubbing of the collar against the cat’s neck would cause an irritation so that the cat can have permanent hair loss on the area where the collar sits. The cat will develop a condition known as flea collar dermatitis. But the most dangerous effect of flea collars is the possibility that the toxic chemical on the collar will be absorbed by the cat’s skin. Pet parents should be aware of the fact that these chemical can make the cat ill. Long term exposure to the poisonous chemical on the flea collar would result to drooling and breathing difficulties. Once the immune system is compromised, the weakened cat can seize…a condition that can result to the death of the pet. Additionally, these chemicals can also have dangerous effects on children that hug and cuddle the pet.
Cat parents that have used flea collars on the pet have corroborated the statement of cat experts that this method of eradicating the pesky bloodsuckers from the pet is the least efficient among the all the flea control methods. This special material impregnated with poisonous chemicals would be placed on the neck of the cat. Fleas appear to be cunning bloodsuckers. Fleas would be found on the back, on the rear end of the cat and on body parts that cannot be easily reached by the cat’s sharp teeth. As the fleas are not confined on the head and on the neck of the cat, this flea control product is obviously placed on the wrong end of the pet. Flea collars therefore would not efficiently kill the fleas. Cat owners certainly need to resolve the flea infestation of the pet but flea collars are not the only method that would eradicate the pesky insects. There are other flea control products that are more efficient and would have no dangerous effects on the pet.