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How do cat flea collars work?

Fleas are unfortunately a fairly common problem for cats and their owners. It doesn't matter where you live, how often your cats go outside, or even how often you vacuum; fleas are annoyingly skilled at finding a way to make your life miserable – usually at the worst possible time.

Luckily, there are plenty of cat flea treatment options available to make sure you don’t have to deal with cat fleas. Drops, tablets and sprays all look reassuringly like they’re actually doing something, but flea collars just look pretty much like normal collars. They might be easier to put on than other treatments – and they might last longer – but how do you know they’re actually working?

Firstly, not all cat flea collars are the same. Seresto is an advanced modern collar which has been built using cutting-edge technologies that enable storage of the active ingredients inside the collar which can work over longer periods – killing both fleas and ticks for eight months at a time.

The Seresto cat flea collar contains imidacloprid (which kills adult fleas and flea larvae) and flumethrin (which repels and kills adult and immature stages of ticks). Both ingredients work together through simple contact to kill fleas and ticks – which means the parasites don’t have to bite your cat before they’re affected. The Seresto collar works by gradually releasing a low dose of its active ingredients, to keep your cat protected at all times. This release starts once the collar comes into contact with your cat’s skin or coat and as the active ingredients diffuse into the skin's natural lipid layer, killing fleas on cats within 24 hours and preventing further infestation for 8 months.

The active ingredients are bound into the collar’s fine polymer matrix. This matrix ensures that controlled doses of imidacloprid and flumethrin are slowly released as and when your cat needs them, a much-needed improvement from older flea collars. Because the collar is odourless, you might not see or smell it working, but Seresto remains effective for eight months at a time.

Safety-closure mechanism for cat flea treatment and prevention

Cats are adventurous and agile creatures; they like to jump over fences and climb through small spaces when they’re exploring. So it’s important to get a collar that isn’t going to get snagged on anything. Seresto is equipped with a safety-release mechanism to prevent accidental injuries for these little adventurers. Seresto has a closing mechanism that opens with a hard tug (and a pre-determined breaking point for any serious struggles) so you don’t have to worry about your pet getting stuck.

So in fact, if you buy the right cat flea collar, you won’t have to think about cat flea treatments or prevention for months. No fleas, no worries, no top-ups.

Find out more about Seresto flea treatment for cats on the Cats page. Dog owners can also benefit from Seresto flea collars, whether they encounter them at the dog park, out on walks or even from the occasional nap with their cat counter-parts in the house.

Dog flea collars make your life that much easier

With so many different flea treatments for dogs available, why are collars so popular? 

If you’ve got a dog, fleas are probably a constant worry. You regularly pick through his coat, you check your comb under a magnifying glass and you sometimes start to imagine every bit of stray black fluff is suddenly going to start jumping. 

The fact is if you do find a flea, you know you’ve got a problem. Not only will it mean that you’ve got to spend the next few weeks constantly vacuuming, and washing everything in the house, but there’s also a risk that your dog will get flea tapeworms, flea allergy dermatitis or a secondary infection after scratching at bites.

If you’re a new dog owner, you’ll probably go to the pet shop and come away armed with every spray, tablet and dropper you can find. There are plenty of options around if you’re after flea treatments for dogs.

Types of flea treatments for your dog

However, these readily available tablets and sprays may not always be the best solution for keeping your pets safe from fleas. Treatments which are given by mouth to your dog require fleas to bite before they are affected, and sprays can be challenging as they need to be applied over the whole animal, wetting the coat.

Spot-on drops are a great way of keeping your dog protected against parasites – especially if you choose a brand like Advantage that kills fleas through contact. But much like tablets and sprays, you do need to remember to top them up regularly – usually every four weeks.

Seresto is a modern flea collar which offers the advantages of a spot-on without the need for top-up treatment – remaining effective for 8 months.

The Seresto flea collar for dogs kills fleas and ticks through simple contact for eight months. It’s water-resistant, odourless and looks just like a normal collar. Built using an innovative technology that slowly releases controlled doses of two different active ingredients, Seresto makes sure your dog stays protected.

How does the Seresto flea collar work?

Seresto flea and tick collars work by gradually releasing a low dose of its active ingredients (imidacloprid and flumethrin), keeping your dog protected at all times. This release starts once the collar comes into contact with your dog’s skin or coat and as the active ingredients diffuse into the skin's natural lipid layer, killing fleas on dogs within 24 hours and preventing further infestation for 8 months.

Why Seresto?

There are plenty of other flea collars around, but none work quite like Seresto. Unlike other collars, Seresto kills fleas and repels and kills ticks through simple contact, which means the fleas and ticks don’t have to bite your pet before they’re affected. Seresto is an easy to put on and fuss-free treatment that offers protection that lasts for eight months, meaning there’s no need to remember any regular top-ups. The collar doesn’t smell (unlike flea collars in the past) and is water-resistant, offering protection against not only fleas, but also ticks for your pet, and peace of mind for you.

Find out more about how to use the Seresto flea collar for your dog on the Dogs page. Cat owners can also benefit from the Seresto flea collar, by providing any indoor or outdoor cats protection from fleas they may pick up from the outdoors or even from their fellow furry housemates.