• How to protect your outdoor cat from fleas this winter
      How to protect your outdoor cat from fleas this winter.
      How to protect your outdoor cat from fleas this winter
      January 02, 2013

      While most veterinarians will tell you that it's best to keep your cat indoors where he or she can be protected from myriad environmental factors, there are still plenty of individuals who allow their cats to roam free outdoors. If your cat has free reign of your yard throughout the winter, you may think that he or she doesn't have to worry about fleas and ticks in the frigid temperatures. In actuality, these parasites aren't completely wiped out in the winter and could pose problems for your pet if you don't take the appropriate steps. Here are a few ways to stay on top of your cat's flea care in the coming months.

      Perform visual checks
      Whether your cat is simply hanging out in your yard or prowling through the brush, he or she could come in contact with a variety of insects and other outdoor parasites. When your cat comes back indoors, get in the habit of checking your pet's skin. Check for signs of fleas and flea filth, the small black dots that the bugs leave behind, as well as checking for impacted ticks. This could help you prevent a major health issue while it's still in its early stages.

      Bathe frequently
      As a general rule of thumb, you should make an effort to bathe your outdoor cat each month to keep his or her coat in tip-top shape and remove some of the dirt and debris that comes with roaming in the outdoors. On the other hand, if you happen to notice that your cat has signs of fleas or flea filth, make sure you have a bottle of Hartz® UltraGuard® Rid Flea & Tick® Cat Shampoo in your home. This flea shampoo will kill fleas and ticks at any stage of their life cycles and prevent reinfestations in the future.

      Use topical drops
      To provide another barrier of protection against outdoor parasites, topical drops are the best option for your outdoor cat. Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Drops for Cats are a monthly topical treatment that are placed at the skin level of your cat's neck. The drops will effectively eliminate fleas and ticks at any stage of their life cycles, as well as repel mosquitoes for up to 30 days after application. With all of the potential risks your cat could run into outdoors this winter, this product could be a wonderful way to safeguard him or her from a variety of pesky parasites.

      This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz. We offer complete flea and tick protection for your pet, home and yard.