A cat flea and tick collar can be an inexpensive way to protect your cat from ticks and fleas. But, a flea and tick collar offers both advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages Of A Flea And Tick Collar
A flea and tick collar can be an effective way to prevent ticks on cats. In fact, these collars can provide anywhere from five to seven months of protection.
A cat flea and tick collar offers several advantages. First, they are easy to find, as they are available in almost every pet store, in drugstores and even some grocery stores. Second, they are easy to use because you simply fasten the collar around the cat’s neck and then cut off any excess material. Third, they work well with outdoor cats as most of them have a “breakaway feature” so that if the collar becomes entangled in a bush or shrub, a cat can easily pull itself free.
Disadvantages Of A Cat Flea And Tick Collar
There are two disadvantages to a flea and tick collar. First, many will kill only adult cat ticks. However, the best collars contain an insect growth regulator (IGR) that will actually interfere with the tick’s lifecycle and, thus, prevent them from reproducing.
Second, these collars contain very potent insecticides. So, depending on your cat’s age, weight and general health, they could actually have a harmful effect on a cat.
Popular Cat Flea And Tick Collars
Here are some of the more popular flea and tick collars. All of these are generally available in pet stores and many of them can be purchased online.
Hartz UltraGuard Reflecting Flea And Tick Collar
This product from the Hartz Company is probably the most popular collar available. It will kill fleas and ticks for up to seven months and includes a safety release snap. It provides the added benefit of nighttime safety for the cat as the collar reflects direct light for up to 300 feet.
Bio Spot Flea and Tick Collar For Cats And Kittens
The BioSpot Collar is said by its manufacturer to provide eight months of flea and tick protection. It is said to kill even those ticks that carry Lyme disease and contains an IGR to kill eggs and prevent re-infestation.
Zodiac Breakaway Flea And Tick Collar For Cats
This collar will kill ticks, including those carrying Lyme disease, for up to five months. The collar has a unique, patented breakaway safety design that minimizes the risk of injury to your cat.
Zema Flea and Tick Collar
This collar features a double layer, sustained release system that provides long-lasting head-to-tail protection, fast action and quick kill. It is available in a 12-inch length for cats and is said to provide a fresh clean scent.
Removing Ticks From Cats
If you find that a cat has become infested with one or more ticks, it is important that you remove them immediately. Removing ticks from cats requires a set of fine-tipped tweezers. The trick is to grasp the tick firmly with the tweezers – as close to the cat’s skin as possible – and pull it straight out using a steady, even pressure. Be careful to not twist or jerk the tick as this can cause its mouthparts to break off and remain attached to the cat. If this happens, you will need to use the tweezers to remove the mouthparts.
Choosing A Cat Flea And Tick Collar
As you have read, when it comes to a cat flea and tick collar, there are a number of options. However, before you choose a collar, be sure to talk with your vet as she or he is best qualified to help you select the collar that would be best for your cat, given its age and health.