No one wants their precious kitty to end up with fleas; it’s not good for the cat, or your home. Cat owners are always on the lookout for something that will prevent or–even better– get rid of the irritating little critters for good. There are many different options to pick from.
Flea collars are by far the simplest and most cost-effective way to keep your cat safe from fleas. Cheaper collars work by emitting a gas that is toxic to fleas. It kills them, or at least repels them, but only if they are close to the collar itself. So although these collars work, they can take longer to dispose of the nasty little creatures.
Spending a little more on a good flea collar gives you a different method of flea annihilation. This kind of collar releases a substance that absorbs through your cat’s skin. It spreads through the skin’s layers so that no matter where the flea is on their body, it will get the full effect of the poison. These collars may have to be prescribed by a vet.
Flea collars have always been popular. This partly to due to their affordability. Even the more expensive ones are a lot less money than spot treatments. They are also easy to use, plus they do the job they are supposed to do. After all, if your cat is going to wear a collar anyway, you may as well make it work for you. We’ve rounded up some of the very best flea collars on the market to give you an idea of exactly what’s out there for all budgets.
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Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar For Cats
The Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Cats seems to have it all. To start with, it kills fleas instantly. As soon as it’s put on, it begins to do its job. This is probably the most fast-acting flea killer out there. It’s speedy, and that’s what counts with fleas. No one wants to pick a flea collar that’s within budget, but that takes a long time to start working. Imagine how many more eggs can be laid in that time!
Another reason for choosing the Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Cats is that it lasts. Some collars run out of juice after just a handful of months, but this one lasts for up to eight months altogether. There are no top ups required, no new collar needed – just place this collar around your little one’s neck, and you’re set for up to eight months. Plus it keeps its effectiveness. It doesn’t work perfectly for a little while and then deteriorates over the rest of the time that it’s worn.
Some collars stink. It used to be an unpleasant fact of kitty-owning life, but these days there are enough odor-free collars on the market to make that a thing of the past. The Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Cats is one of them. There is no nasty smell, so you can cuddle up with your kitty like always (only without the fleas for extra company).
Finally, this collar is lightweight, adjustable, and totally safe for your cat to wear. If they do get into a jam while wearing it, the collar is made to immediately release. Your cat can escape their problem without any issues, but you’ll probably need to purchase a new collar.
The Zodiac Breakaway collar is another great choice for your cat’s protection from fleas. It lasts for seven months before it needs to be replaced, which isn’t bad at all – only one month less than the best collar in our selection. It’s less expensive too, but remember: over time you’ll end up paying more because you will need to buy more collars. However, as a good, budget piece to improve your kitty’s health, the Zodiac Breakaway is a great idea.
Another bonus of this particular collar is that it’s water resistant. Even if your little one is caught out in a downpour, the collar will still work. Plus, it begins to work right away, so the fleas will stop biting immediately.
Finally, as the name suggests, this collar is extra-safe, since it will break away if it gets caught up in anything.
Although it can take as much as two weeks for the Adams Plus cat flea collar to get to work, once it does get going, it’s pretty good. It doesn’t just work on fleas but attacks their eggs. The Adams Plus also works on ticks. It’s perfect for cats that like to go outdoors but often come home with uninvited guests.
This collar also has a great lifespan of up to eight months. It is moderately priced, so your budget can afford this particular collar. You won’t have to find the funds for another for a while yet.
Unfortunately, this collar does have a rather strong smell. That’s a shame because there are plenty on the market that don’t and can be used instead. However, if you don’t mind the smell – or you think you can get used to it – then as budget cat flea collars go, the Adams Plus is one of the best.
BioSpot Advice Care
If you are looking for a long lifespan, the BioSpot Active Care cat flea collar is up there with the longest lasting at seven months. It’s a breakaway collar, so you know your cat will be safe even if they do go wandering. If they get caught in anything, the collar will snap open and the only thing you will lose the is the collar itself.
It is, however, recommended that this collar is used as well as flea shampoos and supplements, so it’s not as strong as many of the others on the market. Regardless, it’s still an excellent choice, particularly for those who like to save their money. It may take a few days to start working, but once it does it’s a powerful flea deterrent.
Only Natural Pet EasyDefense
Since the Only Natural Pet Easy Defence cat flea collar does has the word ‘natural’ in its name, it seems right to begin with this positive point. It combines natural ingredients – no nasty chemicals here – such as citronella and cinnamon oil to ward off fleas and ticks.
While this collar is effective, it only works for three months. Chemicals might be harmful to your cat’s skin, but they’re also much stronger when it comes to killing fleas. If you want to go the natural route, you will end up buying more collars and spending more money. If it means your cat’s skin stays healthy, then that might be a sacrifice you need to make.
The good news is that this collar is water resistant, so the rain and terrain won’t force you to buy another even sooner than you might have expected. It’s adjustable, so any and all of your cats can benefit from the same type of collar.
Finally, the Only Natural Pet EasyDefense smells good, giving off a herbal aroma rather than a chemical one, so if nothing else, this may sway you to use it.
Becoming Flea Free
Having a cat without fleas is a much better prospect than the alternative, so a flea collar could well be your best bet. They are tried and tested, and they work. Some work faster than others, some cost more than others, but they all do the same job.
While the Bayer Seresto is the best in our books, there are lots of great options. Dependent on your budget and needs, there is a collar out there that will suit you and – perhaps more importantly – your cat.