Wondercide products, like Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home, are completely safe to use around your home, children and pets. However, cats are naturally more sensitive animals, so we recommend testing a small amount of product first, then observing for signs of cat sensitivity. Here’s what you should look for, and what to do if you cat shows signs of sensitivity.
What are the signs of cat sensitivity?
Cats are naturally more sensitive than dogs. When a cat has a “sensitivity” to Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home or any other Wondercide product, this does not mean your cat has been poisoned or exposed to toxins.
Instead, “sensitivity” often means a gastrointestinal (GI) response has occurred. Because cats groom themselves regularly, they tend to ingest whatever is on their fur. Some cats, especially those that are old, have more sensitive digestive tracts, so they may have a GI response after product is applied. The most common GI response is excessive salivation. Other signs include decreased energy or appetite, runny stool or vomiting, and red eyes.
These symptoms could also be signs of over-dousing—spraying the cat with too much product. If you find it necessary to use heavy doses or require frequent applications in order to keep fleas or ticks off your cat, this could indicate a pest infestation. In these cases, we strongly recommend treating the environment to eliminate pests in your home or lawn. Because the flea life cycle is four stages, 95% of fleas in an area are invisible to the human eye!
Remember, signs of cat sensitivity are not a toxic response. Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home contains only food-grade, generally recognized as safe (GRAS) ingredients, so the spray will not harm your cat’s stomach, liver, kidneys, or other internal organs. It is not known to cause short or long-term internal damage.
What if my cat shows signs of sensitivity?
Immediately stop spraying Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home and any other products on your cats. Consider bathing your cat with a mild soap to wash away the product. Your cat should return to normal behaviors within 24–48 hours. If symptoms persist or worsen, consult your veterinarian. Continued symptoms could indicate other health issues.
What should you do to eliminate pests if your cat has sensitivities?
If you’re fighting an active pest population, use Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home in your home and Flea & Tick Control for Yard + Garden on your lawn to treat the environment and eliminate the root of the pest problem (bugs originate outside, after all). If you don’t have fleas in your home or lawn and want to use Flea & Tick Control for Pets + Home as a preventative, lightly mist your cat 2–3x per week or as needed to protect your cat from getting fleas and ticks.