WARNING: Popular Flea Products Can Harm Your Cat

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 11:30am

Listen up, cat parents! We know spot-on flea and tick products are popular and rightly so. They're fast, easy to use, and effective. But are they safe?

As long as they are used according to label instructions, says ASPCA veterinarians. But when flea products for dogs are applied to cats, even a few drops can lead to an overdose.

Keep your cat safe from fleas this season with these expert tips:

  • Talk to your vet about choosing the right, species-specific flea treatment for your pet, and never use products made for dogs on cats, or vice versa.
  • Never use insecticides on very young, pregnant, ill or elderly animals without consulting your veterinarian.
  • Avoid applying flea powders and sprays in addition to a spot-on treatment. The combination of chemicals in different products can cause an adverse reaction in your pet.

Twitching or muscle spasms may be the first sign of an overdose. If you suspect your pet is having a reaction to a flea infestation or topical flea product, contact your veterinarian, or call the ASPCA’s poison control hotline at (888) 426-4435.