ticks/ fleas

by diania
(wynantskill )

How to rid the semi feral cat that will now let us feed every day and touch him a little bit. We can see large ticks on him but we're unable to get the flea & tic med near him. We have reached the point that the cat wants to come inside. but we're worried about our dog. when outside the cat , dog get alone well. we check the dog for fleas / ticks every day/ use treatment on the dog every mo.+ reg visits to the vets so far the dog has had nothing. any thing oral for the cat,he is fixed, unable to get him back to the vet again
he is quite aware of the have a heart cage. thanks Diania

RESPONSE:

When a cat is feral or still has feral tendencies it certainly makes it more difficult to treat them but there are some cat flea & tick sprays you could use.

Remember if you march up to the cat with a spray bottle, he's going to run. So what you have to do is put on rubber gloves that aren't too obvious. Not the heavy type that you wash a toilet with but the light ones that medical people and food handlers use. They won't absorb the spray that you squirt into your palm like a cloth would.

Spray the liquid into your palm and then pet the cat. Try to spread it around if he doesn't run away quickly. Continue to do this over a couple of days trying to cover as much of his body as you can.

There are several brands that are rated fairly well and they are available at normal stores such as Walmart has Adams Flea & Tick Mist for Cats and PetSmart has Zodiac Flea & Tick Sprays. Petco also has a selection. Just be sure to read the safety label instructions.

I haven't tried the sprays for some years since my cats started using the Revolution capsule applied to the nape of their necks. Since all but one cat are indoors only, it is rare that I have to use anything except periodically.

So, give the rubber glove and spray in the palm treatment a try. It should work. Best of luck to you.

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