Flea treatments?

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Registered: 04-11-2012
Flea treatments?
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Thu, 05-15-2014 - 11:14am

I didn't realize that there were so many options for treating a cat for fleas. Can someone explain the difference in treatments and tell me which brand is best?

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 1:11pm

sorry for the delay getting back to you :)

There are a ton out there. Here is my 2 cents: if your cat has no exposure to the outdoors (ie, going out or you have a dog that goes in and out), don't bother. Beyond that, the rescue where I volunteer uses Revolution. Frontline is OK but it has been noticed that fleas appear to be building up a tolerance to it. If it is a just need to get rid of them thing, a bath using dawn detergent or a pill called Capstar will work. Mine cats are indoor only and I don't treat them.

Hope that helps

 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 6:51pm

I think that any flea treatment you buy form the vet is safe and they all pretty much do the same thing.  I agree with Jeanne in that there seems to be a resistance from fleas with Frontline.  I don't deflea my cats because they are indoors but I do treat my carpet with a product that kills fleas and eggs and is safe.  It lasts a year or so.  I have had such good luck with it.  It goes by the name Fleabuster or Flea Stopper.  I do treat my dogs with flea control since they are outside. 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 05-24-2014 - 7:53pm

My cat is also indoors only but I do apply flea treatment on her during the warm months because there are a few neighborhood cats that hang out in my yard and I can pick up fleas from them and carry them indoors. I use Revolution mainly because it was what I used on the grandcat when he was indoor/outdoors. The clinic vet recommends it year round for all cats even if they don't go outside. The house call vet (who I use now) recommends treating only as needed which is why I stopped using it over the winter.

A few days ago I was out gardening and a flea jumped on me, I caught it and killed it but that was my sign that its time to treat Coco. She is allergic to flea bites and had been scratching a lot lately so she might have already had a flea on her, because after I applied it she's been scratching a lot less.

The Revolution is by Rx and is pretty expensive (around $100 for 6 vials at the vet clinic here) but Costco pharmacy sells it for about $75; and I think you can buy it online. It also kills some intestinal worms, heartworm and ear mites. If your cat goes outside I would recommend it.