Fighting Fleas Starts When Your Pet is Asleep

Fleas can be a big problem for any furry critter in a home. If you own a cat or a dog, you are at a huge risk for parasites to attack your pet. Because domesticated pets often roll around in grass outside and come in contact with other animals, it makes them susceptible to come in contact with fleas or ticks on a regular basis.

Many pet owners know the importance of a regular flea treatment, which is necessary to keep fleas and ticks away, but if you haven't properly guarded your home, it is likely they could strike again.

"If you are not preparing, you're preparing to fail," said Benjamin Franklin.

According to the Princeton Veterinary Hospital in Indiana, your pet is just as likely to come in contact with a flea inside your home than outside. Even if your cat or dog wears a flea collar, has a regular treatment and is bathed with flea and tick resistant shampoo, it is still very possible to have a flea problem in your household.

Some pet owners believe that fleas and ticks only show up in dirty homes with filthy carpets, however this couldn't be further from the truth. As a responsible pet owner, it's important to regularly vacuum all of your carpeted floors, as well the hardwood surfaces. Fleas enjoy burrowing in the cracks of hardwood and vacuuming is the most effective way to get them out.

Additionally, Princeton recommends that pet owners who have a flea problem in their home should wash all of their bedding and blankets intensely. This is also true about towels, bath mats and any toy that a cat or dog has used.

Keeping Fleas Off Your Pets' Beds

You would think that when your pet closes its eyes the worries of fleas and ticks might take a rest, too. Unfortunately, this is when parasites are most active because their host is too busy dreaming to itch and scratch them away from biting their skin. Plus, the soft and supple material of most pet beds can make it easy for them to burrow in. Additionally, even after a flea treatment or flea bath, there may be eggs or mature fleas still inside their beds.

According to pet experts, the best way to make sure that fleas don't make a second home inside your pet's bed is to ensure that you invest in a snooze pad that can be easily washed and is made from material that won't appeal to pests. Pet beds, especially those with thick cushions, are some of the favorite hiding places for fleas. Luckily, some trusted pet brands have taken the time to develop different styles of snoozers to keep fleas at bay.

Investing in a Flea Resistant Bed

Today, there are dozens of Pet Beds on the market to keep Fido or Mr. Kitty happy while they snooze. If you have a flea problem in your home, there are a couple of things to consider when you're looking to buy a new pet bed. It doesn't matter if you have a cat or dog, you want to make sure that you purchase a bed that can be easily washed, has nylon material or is lifted off the ground to keep away pests.

Here is a list of some recommended pet beds for owners who want to put fleas at bay:

  • Outdoor Beds: If you have a pet that loves to take a snooze in the grass or dirt, you have a problem. Grassy areas are a haven for fleas. An outdoor bed lifts your pooch away from ground while they take a rest on the comfy nylon base. Plus, you can easily wash the surface and not worry about rust. Additionally, it's made from chew-proof materials.

  • Kitty Sill: They may look funny at first, but Kitty Sills are the purrrfect snoozing spot for any cat. First, it allows your cat look out a window while they relax, and it keeps your feline friend off your sofas and bedding, which prevent a further infestation of fleas. Plus, the Kitty Sill is raised out of reach from fleas and it comes with orthopedic bedding that can be machine-washed.

If the constant use of flea treatment pills, shampoos and flea collars isn't doing the job, you know you need to look to other solutions. Fleas can carry dangerous diseases and they can cause your pet serious pain. Looking for another sleeping arrangement is one of the easiest ways to start your war against fleas. By washing their sleeping spot and keep your pet away from "high threat flea zones" you can assure that your pest problem will only be a temporary dilemma.

If you're looking for a new pet bed, but don't know which one is right for your pet, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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