Best Ways and Methods to Treat Cat Lice

Lice, commonly known as insect parasites, also attack the skin and coat of cats. These parasitic creatures may cause skin infections, itchy skin and several other health issues in cats. It is very easy to get rid of lice in felines via using a topical insecticide. Don’t forget to consult a vet because the vet can effectively help you decide which treatment will work best for your feline friend. The treatment recommendations from a vet will be based on the cat’s temperament, age and the nature of the lice’s infestation.

Feline Lice

The biological lice that attacks cat is called Felicola subrostrata. It is pertinent to mention here that lice are generally not zoonotic, which means that feline lice don’t infect humans and human lice won’t infect felines. These parasites are passed through indirect contact with bedding or grooming tools for pets containing the lice itself or their eggs or direct contact with an infected cat. Alike human lice, feline lice also feed on the cat’s skin. This causes too much itching, dry coat, hair loss and even severe infestations including anaemia. You can easily spot these light-coloured parasites and their eggs on your kitty’s skin and coat. Lice are visible to the human eye. So, it is important to take your cat to the vet for proper examination because the vet will determine the intensity of the suffering and the best treatment for your cat.

Pyrethrin Treatment

The most common treatment for lice is to bathe the kitty with a shampoo, rich in pyrethrin, a cat-friendly insecticide. If you bathe your cat with this shampoo, it will immediately remove all the adult lice from your cat’s coat. Once the fur of your kitty dries after the bathe, spray your cat’s coat with a pyrethrin-rich spray or powder to kill the remaining lice. Make sure, you repeat the bathing treatment within 10 to 14 days. This is because the life cycle of an adult louse is 21 days and pyrethrin is ineffective on lice eggs. So, you should treat your kitty more than thrice to get rid of all the lice.

Lime Sulfur Dips

If Lime sulfur dips are performed every alternate week, it will kill both nits and adult lice. These dibs are no doubt very messy but these works best for kittens. The pyrethrin products may be unsafe for kittens younger than 12 weeks old but the lime sulfur dips doesn’t only kill the lice, but the lice eggs are also eliminated from your kitty’s coat. You just need to pour the solution over your feline friend and give sufficient time to let it dry naturally. To prevent your cat from licking the dip until it’s dry, make sure you use an Elizabethan collar if necessary for this purpose.

Besides the above-mentioned treatments, topical insecticides including fipronil, imidacloprid and selamectin are very effective against feline lice. According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, once you apply these medications between your cat’s shoulder blades, the lice and lice eggs are removed instantly. These treatments should be applied every two weeks for almost four to six weeks because treatment with these products is usually on monthly basis. Treating your kittens in such intervals ensures that the products are effective in killing the successive generations of lice until they are gone. It isn’t difficult to apply these products on your young feline friends.

Environmental Cleanup

If you somehow get to know that one of your cats is infested with lice, you’ll need to treat all cats in your home for lice as cats re-infect from these parasites from one another. Make sure you wash and clean your cats bedding in hot water and use a disinfectant while washing. In case, your cats have been severely infested with lice, make sure you use a foggier to treat lice at your home.

 

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