One of the most worrying aspects of owning a pet is the existence of blood-sucking parasite in their fur. Be it a cat or a dog, the occurrence of such insects in the fur is a very common but nonetheless removing them is a feat which becomes even more difficult if one has to deal with two different kinds of animals.
The methods, techniques and products of removing fleas from cats and dogs varies greatly in many aspects; ingredients, weight and environment and it is strongly advised not to use one product on another. Following are the main differences in flea prevention methods for cats and dogs which makes it easier for pet owners to understand the right way to get rid of the parasites.
Difference in Ingredients
The first main difference in tick-removal products is of the constituent ingredients. For instance, permethrin is an insecticide found in flea removal products for dogs whereas pyrethrin is an insecticide used for cats. Some people mistake permethrin for pyrethrin not realizing that the former can be toxic for cats when used in higher concentrations. It is for this reason that flea-removing products that contain permethrin are labelled to be only used for dogs.
Difference of Weight
Most of flea-removal products have their dosage calculated according to the pet’s weight. Since cats weight comparatively less than dogs, therefore the product made for one is not suitable for another.
Difference in Environment
Most of the flea products are to be bought according to the location. Since such products contain ingredients that only kills fleas but also repels mosquitos and other insects and therefore less potency is preferred for cats that stays indoors as compared to dogs that stay outdoors.
To sum it up, flea products for dogs are not suitable to be used on cats because the latter have a sensitive metabolism which can be adversely affected by unsuitable products.