This lovely weather means that flea season is upon us! Conscientious cat owners are preparing for the battle, armed with what they THINK are safe medications for their pets – but the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association strongly cautions that they need to learn how to use ‘spot-on’ tick/flea products safely:
- NEVER apply 45-65% permethrin “spot-on” products to cats, even in small amounts. Highly concentrated permethrin can be extremely toxic to cats.
- All flea/tick “spot-on” products – even ones with nearly identical brand names – are not alike. Check the label to identify the active ingredient before you apply it to your cat. Make sure it is labeled for cats.
- Read and carefully follow all pesticide label instructions. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the treatment.
- If you have both dogs and cats in your household, you should be aware that using a permethrin “spot-on” product on a dog may cause illness or death in a household cat.
- Symptoms of pesticide overdose include vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, seizures, and respiratory problems. If your cat shows any of these symptoms after the application of flea treatment, seek immediate veterinary care.