Product Spotlight: Vectra
Vectra for cats is a topical product that is available for prevention of fleas and ticks. It also treats and prevents biting flies, sand flies, lice, mites and mosquitoes. Vectra kills through contact, which means that the parasite does not have to bite in order to die. However, no flea product is able to prevent every bite because fleas are often very hungry, searching out a meal as fast as they can. The good news is that Vectra for cats begins working within 5 minutes and kills fleas within 6 hours.
By killing the adult fleas, Vectra is able to prevent many of the other stages of fleas, including eggs, larvae and pupae. (For more about the flea life cycle, click HERE). Vectra is waterproof, but can be washed off if soaps or detergents are used during bathing. Most people don't bathe their cats, so this is hopefully a non-issue. If you do elect to bathe your cat, we recommend a soap free shampoo, which typically contains aloe and oatmeal.
Vectra is one of the newer veterinary products that has replaced Frontline. Vectra has a special application tip, which makes it easier to apply the topical product directly to your cat's skin.
Please note that there is another, similar product for dogs, called Vectra 3D. Vectra 3D is NOT FOR USE ON CATS.