Fleas can be more than just a nuisance to cats; excessive scratching can lead to infected wounds and make life a real misery. It’s important when picking a treatment to know what chemicals are included, if they work and how to use them.
The accepted best practice to prevent fleas is generally a monthly dosage, making it easy to fit into a routine. In many cases, flea treatments also combat other pests such as ticks and lice so it’s well worth taking the time to ensure you pick the right one, although some treatments for other parasites such as worms need to delivered at different times.
Sentry FiproGuard Plus Flea & Tick Squeeze-On – Our Best Pick
Sentry FiproGuard is easy to deliver and provides a full-spectrum treatment, targeting fleas and ticks at all stages of their life cycles including egg, larva, adult and pupa. This helps to prevent reinfestation when the next generation hatches.
The instructions are easy to read and information about possible human and animal toxicities are displayed on the packaging. The treatment itself if delivered by squeezing the liquid onto the base of your cats neck.
- Covers fleas and ticks
- Targets all stages of the life cycle
- Easy to apply
- Not the cheapest
Sentry PurrScriptions Plus Flea & Tick Squeeze-On for Cats & Kittens – Best Value Choice
Our pick for the best value cat flea protection, this product is a all-round applicator protection system which uses a different combination of ingredients. It kills fleas and ticks and even repels mosquitoes for up to one month.
It also acts to kill eggs and larvae for up to 3 months per application, thanks to the use of pyriproxyfen. This a growth inhibitor that has been found to be safe for humans and animals, but some owners may be wary of using it.
- Good all-round protection
- Mosquito protection.
- Cheaper than rivals
- Contains pyriproxyfen
Frontline Plus Flea & Tick Cat & Kitten Treatment
This cat flea treatment is similar to the Sentry Fiproguard product above. In fact it does exactly the same job, using the same ingredients. The only downside is it tends to be more expensive than the Sentry option, but if it’s available on offer, it can be a good alternative.
- Can be used for kittens as well as cats
Frontline Gold Flea & Tick Treatment for Cats
This is a slightly different applicator-based product which includes an extra active ingredient; Pyriproxyfren. This is a growth regulator, used to prevent the growth of eggs and larvae, adding to the full life cycle protection.
Frontline is so confident in its gold treatment that it offers a “Satisfaction Plus Guarantee” after 3 months usage. Benefits include a “refund, product replacement or a free home inspection and home treatment by TERMINIX, if necessary”.
- Active ingredient for targeting eggs and larvae
- Satisfaction Plus Guarantee
- Much more expensive than similar products
Vet’s Best Cat Flea & Tick Home Spray
This is a very different, all-natural flea and tick spray containing no chemical ingredients. If you’re looking for a no-chemicals solution for your cat, it’s designed to do the same full life cycle protection job as other flea treatments with a lower chemical risk.
- No chemicals
- Cheaper than rivals
- May not be as effective as chemical treatments
Sentry Capguard (nitenpyram) Oral Flea Control Medication
Sentry Capguard (nitenpyram) Oral Flea Control Medication is an orally delivered flea treatment, which is advertised to begin working within 30 minutes. This is an FDA-approved flea treatment, but is only designed to kill adult fleas.
- FDA and veterinarian approved
- Has to be administered orally
- Only targets adult fleas