Does the Seresto Cat Flea Collar Work?
For a vast majority of users, the cat flea collar works great in keeping away fleas and ticks as well as lasting for its promised eight months. For users where the collar didn’t work, they reported seeing an allergic reaction on their cat’s skin near where the collar was placed. We recommend consulting with your veterinarian before purchasing any flea-repellent products for your cat. While this product is known to be safe and effective, you need to make sure it’s an option that is suitable for your pet. Just like if you were purchasing any cosmetics or topical products for yourself, you should also test the product on your cat before committing to full-time use.
Many users reported their cats itching within the first few days of wearing the collar, but this is usually due to them getting used to it. If any itching or discomfort persists for more than a week, stop using the collar and consider consulting a veterinarian.
When you purchase the Seresto collar, read the instructions and packaging to make sure you understand how to use it, and when to replace it. Place the collar on your cat’s neck and adjust the size so that you can fit two fingers between the collar and your cat’s skin. During the first week of use, continuously monitor your cat to see if they’re having any pain or discomfort. There may be some itching around the collar, but that should go away within a few days once they get used to it. Once you know your cat has adjusted to the collar, continue to monitor them when they come inside to determine that the collar is working to prevent fleas and ticks. After you’ve verified that the collar is working, you can sit back and let it do its work for up to eight months. Around six or seven months, we recommend starting to check back to see if the collar is using any of its effectiveness. Even if it still seems to be offering full protecting at eight months, replace the collar with a new one to ensure proper use.
How Do Cat Flea Collars Work?
Most flea collars you find on the market work similarly to the Seresto collar, but have varying levels of effectiveness. While this collar distributes ingredients throughout the cat’s skin, others may emit gas into the air that similarly works to repel bugs. Though these ingredients should be tested thoroughly by the companies using them, they still recommend not to use flea collars on kittens (usually ten weeks or younger). The chemicals may be too harsh for their growing bodies. They will also have higher chances of strangulation since it’s hard to fit the collar properly on a young kitten.
The ingredients in the Seresto collar are imidacloprid and flumethrin. Other common ingredients that you may see listed in flea collars includes Amitraz, Preventic, and pyrethrins.
Some allergic reactions in cats have been reported for most types of flea collars. With any pet treatment that includes using chemicals, there may be the risk of a reaction. For any flea collar, it’s crucial to monitor your pet continuously, at least for their initial usage. If you notice any unusual behavior or physical differences, stop using the collar and contact your veterinarian.
Flea collars can also utilize a combination of different features. While most users prefer unscented options like the Seresto collar, other options include scents that are pleasant to people. If you opt for one of these collars, make sure the scent doesn’t bother your cat. Most collars will also be waterproof or water-resistant. Though waterproof offers more protection than water-resistant, that feature isn’t usually necessary unless there’s a chance your cat will submerge itself in water. Some collars are one-size-fits-all options, and we do not recommend these collars since you can’t ensure that it will fit your cat. If the collar is too tight, it will cause discomfort, and if it’s too loose, it may fall off.
Overall, cat flea collars are a great option when developed with the proper ingredients, features, and safety measures.