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post #1 of 16
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I've never had to use any of those 'behind the neck' flea treatments for Elora in the past. However, since we've moved out here into the woods, fleas do seem to be a problem...I guess maybe we bring them in on our shoes, socks, etc. My sis recommended I try Revolutions or Frontline. I got the Frontline at a feed store closeby. I just applied Elora y Mia's 3rd treatment in as many months. I'll tell ya what though...I'm not terribly impressed with Frontline. I still find a flea or two on them from time to time. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to deal with this? Oh yes, and as far as putting that stuff in between their shoulders...they both can still reach that area and end up licking...foaming...salivating. Is it better to maybe put it closer to the back of the neck instead?

Thanks for you advice and help y'all!
Hilda >^..^<
post #2 of 16
I always used Advantage on Sambo, but he was a dog.

I would probably be better if you applied it closer to the neck, that way they couldn't get to it.

And my vet told us that when the flea bit the animal the flea would die.
post #3 of 16
My suggestion would be to only get it from the vet as those sold elsewhere are not usually full strength, or they are unsafe.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
My suggestion would be to only get it from the vet as those sold elsewhere are not usually full strength, or they are unsafe.


I agree, we only buy stuff from our vet.
post #5 of 16
ummmm that is strange I always use Frontline and it works very well. I live near some open land and there are a lot of wild rabbits - full of fleas & ticks - which unfortuntely The Princess likes to catch occasionally A wandering farmer brings his goat/sheep heard through about every 6 weeks, and they bring he fleas too. So I apply as recommended and the cats are fine.

umm interested to see what other members might say
post #6 of 16
have you tried Capstar?
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Nope, as I said, this is really the first year we've ever done this with any of our cats.

I've also heard alot about that mail order company...1-800-Pet-Meds...you can also reach them on the internet I've heard. Do any of y'all get your supplies from them?

Hilda >^..^<
post #8 of 16
I acutally use K9 Advantage on my girls. The one for small dogs. And here's why the ingredients in it are identical to the ones for the kitties. The only difference is the packaging and pricing. What i do is get the k9 Advantage for small dogs and once a month i apply 4 drops to the back of each kitties neck. It completly keeps fleas and everything else off of them and the dose is small- it won't hurt them. We do this at 3 of the shelters i volunteer at- it's a little trick here in the south we've all picked up on. I caution though- this ONLY should be done with Advantage!! No other brands. Also- we only use 4 little drops on each kitty (which from one tube will do between 10-12 kitties- this is why shelters like using it- you get more for your money and it's safe.) It has been ok'd by 3 of the vets we use. However- do not use more than 4 drops per kitty. Also- the caution on the boxes are for using the whole tube...as long as you only use 4 drops and it's the only formulated for small dogs you should be good to go. I will say thoguh- if you have any doubt use one formulated for kitties.....just whatver your prefernce is. Also- nothing OTC like Hertz or cheap stuff- it does not work. One more thing- it sounds like your Frontline for your kitties is working- see, because it will kill those fleas. Fleas will still jump on a kitty reguardless of treatment- so it's not uncommon for you to see one or two on their fur- but what the flea treatment does is kill the fleas and repel them- so they should jump on then get right off.
post #9 of 16
My guys are indoor only so I'm not even sure if the flea meds work or not, however I use both Advantage or Frontline on Patches and I dont see any fleas anymore.

Zoey can always STILL get to it somehow and ends up foaming at the mouth sometimes, which is quite scary. Even if I put it high on her neck she scratches her neck with her back paw and then licks her paw. It's like DUH Zoey, it tastes terrible and you know it, why would you want to lick it??
post #10 of 16
when I had 3(late 97) cats my brothers friend gave us cat supplies cause his cat died. that was only time I used frontline and since it was a few more dollars then advantage at vet I never went back to it. It seemed to work the same. Fast foward ten years...I use The large dog advantage and split the doses for my now 23 cats. I only dose if I see fleas/dlea dirt(usually after a stray is added fleas run through the house) Few hours later all fleas are gone and usually don't have to dose monthly. last time I used it was about a year ago. btw-love the smell of advantage lol!
post #11 of 16
Sometimes switching between brands helps to kill off the last few fleas. If you've been using Frontline, try Advantage or Revolution for a month or two.
post #12 of 16
Frontline seemed to wear off quickly for Sho too, and I was unimpressed with Advantage (still have 3 tubes of this somewhere..) as it made him sort of sick. Tomas had fleas when I found him, Revolution killed those and the ear mites quickly.

We have problems with fleas riding in on our pantlegs here too, I'm guessing that Texas has an even more mild winters so that doesn't help either. Vacuuming with a flea collar in the vacuum bag might help with stray fleas and eggs. I can't remember exactly, is it 6 months that fleas can live without a host?
If they're really bad outside you might consider some sort of insect repellent on your pantlegs when you're going to be outside in the yard for a bit.
If you search online there may be some sort of solution for getting them out of your yard or keeping animals that track them into your yard out.

I hate it when the sand fleas get really thick here, they have no interest in cats or dogs, humans are the prefered snack.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Interesting. I've never heard of putting a flea collar in the vacuum cleaner bag (or container as mine is bagless)...what a neat idea! I'll definitely give that a try!

Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions...please keep 'em coming!

Hilda >^..^<
post #14 of 16
I heard about doing that years ago, not sure where, it's also suggested on here quite a bit as opposed to using them on your cat. Vacuuming and washing cat beds and blankets will help keep the flea numbers down so you don't have to keep retreating the cats as much. There's also flea traps or you can make your own with nightlights and a small container of soapy water. They jump in and drown in it. I've not used it, but you may be able to use diatomaceous earth in certain areas, dark places that fleas may hide and your kitties can't get to. Boric acid can be used in rugs to kill fleas but it is very toxic to animals and humans, so I don't suggest that one at all. If you're having a lot problems with fleas on the cats a lot you may want to ask your vet if you should deworm you kitties too.

If you're ever unfortunate enough to get sand fleas they're whole 'nother problem compared to cat fleas. I only mention them because they're more of a problem in the south. When I was 15 the whole block was infested, people had to treat their yards, fog their houses, or call professionals in to get rid of them. It was awful. We dreaded having to go outside cause they would cover out pantlegs. Upside of that, it makes cat fleas look tame.
post #15 of 16
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There's also flea traps or you can make your own with nightlights and a small container of soapy water. They jump in and drown in it. I've not used it, but you may be able to use diatomaceous earth in certain areas, dark places that fleas may hide and your kitties can't get to. Boric acid can be used in rugs to kill fleas but it is very toxic to animals and humans, so I don't suggest that one at all. If you're having a lot problems with fleas on the cats a lot you may want to ask your vet if you should deworm you kitties too.
Ooo, I like this, especially since I'm one for using homemade stuff rather than buying things. I will most definitely give the nightlight/soapy water a try! I've also consider using DE and thought that I could use the kind we use in swimming pools but that's not the case. The one for treating for fleas is much finer and won't harm kitties paws from what I've been able to find out. We use Boric Acid outdoors to discourage scorpions from coming inside in search of water. Naomi found one in her bedroom last year and she was terribly distraught over it!

Thanks for all you advice y'all!
Hilda >^..^<
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by Hilda>^..^< View Post
I've never had to use any of those 'behind the neck' flea treatments for Elora in the past. However, since we've moved out here into the woods, fleas do seem to be a problem...I guess maybe we bring them in on our shoes, socks, etc. My sis recommended I try Revolutions or Frontline. I got the Frontline at a feed store closeby. I just applied Elora y Mia's 3rd treatment in as many months. I'll tell ya what though...I'm not terribly impressed with Frontline. I still find a flea or two on them from time to time. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to deal with this? Oh yes, and as far as putting that stuff in between their shoulders...they both can still reach that area and end up licking...foaming...salivating. Is it better to maybe put it closer to the back of the neck instead?

Thanks for you advice and help y'all!
Hilda >^..^<
Medications that you buy over-the-counter are not usually as effective as the meds from a vet - sometimes they can cause harm to the cat. We use Revolution and apply it monthly from April to November. We apply to the back of the neck more than the shoulder blades and we separate the kitties overnight so they don't lick each other.

Frontline, Advantage, Revolution are applied monthly.
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