Did the groomer just notice fleas on your little kitty? Are you moving houses and afraid of bringing fleas with you? Don’t be scared, here are all common questions answered when it comes to moving a cat with fleas
The best method to transport a cat is to sanitize your home and make sure all fleas are disposed. Once this is achieved your cat should be put on preventative flea treatment and transported.
This may involve delaying the move. Even though this seems like an inconvenience, it’s better from a long-term point of view. If you move a flea infested cat untreated, you risk infecting the entire other apartment.
How to not bring fleas when moving with a cat
The horror of finding fleas on your cat is real. Fleas are nasty parasites that need to drink animal blood to survive. Fleas also feast on human blood, but they absolutely need animal blood to live. If you’re moving overseas, some countries require pets to be free of parasites and illnesses. Flea treatment becomes even more important if this is the case. It’s also a major concern if you’re moving in with a roommate.
Here are some ways to not bring the fleas with you when moving with a cat:
- Eliminate the fleas on your pet: Visit your vet and get the most appropriate anti-flea treatment for your fur baby. These are the fastest way to eliminate fleas on your pet. Trust us, your pet will thank you for easing its discomfort.
- Eliminate the fleas from your home: Thoroughly vacuum the entire house. Get in those little cracks within the flooring and the wrinkles of the carpets. Eradicate all adults, larvae and eggs. Dispose of the vacuum bag right away so it doesn’t lead to more spread.
- Eliminate the fleas from your yard: If you have a yard or garage or any outdoor extension of your house, make sure you cover that turf too. You can call professionals for pest control or buy insecticide products and do it yourself
- Final clean up: This is another vacuum, mop, disinfect session with all the furniture, carpet, floors etc. in the house. This makes sure any remnant fleas are also timely removed and taken care of.
Steps you need to take when transporting a cat with fleas
It is not advisable to move a cat with fleas. Fleas are highly contagious and can travel and reproduce in new areas very rapidly. However, if you absolutely have to, here are some steps you can follow to make sure they don’t spread too much:
- Start flea treatments before the move. If you’re moving to a new apartment, continue regular flea treatment for your cat and vacuum the house every day. Use some dish soap and water in a bowl to attract any fleas that have spread to the environment. Try not to introduce your cat to any new people or animals until completely flea free
- Keep the cat in the carrier. Do not take the cat out until you reach your destination. Keep the cat initially isolated/quarantined in a safe place until flea free. Regularly treat the cat and clean the space where the cat is isolating.
- Inform human companions travelling with you like the taxi driver that your cat has fleas so they can clean their car and take necessary precautions to not spread the fleas to their own pet/home.
How to get rid of fleas on cats fast
If you have a cat, it is recommended that you start flea prevention at the earliest. Flea infestations are extremely uncomfortable for your little kitty and prevention is always better than cure. This can be done with spot on treatments available at your vet or shampoos and sprays (not as effective as spot on)
You need to start by confirming it is fleas. Part your cats fur and observe if there are any insects running underneath. If certain tiny black insects are noticed jumping from their fur, it’s definitely fleas.
To treat fleas, take a flea comb and brush through your cat’s hair. This will get rid of the adults as well as the eggs and significantly decrease your cat’s itchiness.
Head off to your vet and get some topical insecticides from your vet. Most of these should kill adult fleas. Their downside is the effect only lasts for a few hours. Repeated usage at prescribed intervals along with flea combing and thoroughly cleaning the house may help you get rid of fleas once and for all.
Along with these, make sure you clean the cat furniture such as cat trees, litter tray, toys etc. Fleas love living in pet beds and cat trees. Flea treatments for your cat would be in vain if they keep being reinfected from their own furniture.
Can fleas move from one apartment to another?
Unfortunately, yes. Although fleas are not fond of humans as we have thinner hair, they may still transmit jumping from a human to another. Majority of the time though, fleas are spread because of pet products, for instance, cat beds/cat trees.
If your cat has fleas, there’s a high chance your furniture and apartment are infested with eggs, larvae and adult fleas. If this cat travels between apartments, it may shed flea eggs or adult fleas may jump off and start reproducing and laying eggs in the new flat.
It is also possible that if you moved into a new apartment, the house was already infested with fleas from a previous owner. Flea eggs can lie latent within little crevices and spaces until they sense a new host.
Fleas can also be transmitted by any flea infested animals even common house pests like rats and mice. Squirrels may also be harbingers of fleas. If an infested animal resides in a corner of a building, the fleas may spread to the nearby apartments.