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post #1 of 28
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Hi ladies

I have just had a pretty nasty time with fleas on INDOOR cats... they have both been treated with advantage as well as my entire house, yet I still am noticing FLEA OR 2 HERE AND THERE.... i UNDERSTAND i CAN REAPPLY IN 30 DAYS

which do you prefer... frontline or advantage, and why please....
post #2 of 28
My vet said that Advantage on dogs will poison a cat that goes near the dog.

Now, get this, if the Advantage is on the dog and a cat goes near the dog and gets poisoned, how poisonous is it to the cat??

I prefer Frontline Plus.

If I were in that situation, I would be vacuming furiously, bathing my cats in mild soap or shampoo, (baths alone will drown the fleas, no need for flea dip). I HATE fleas!!
post #3 of 28
i guess frontline is safer, cuz it is recommended even for kittens (from the 1st day of life) plus it kills worms!
post #4 of 28
Another 2 suggestions

Get a fine toothed flea comb and keep combing them once or twice a day.

Get a flea collar, cut it up and put one/two pieces in the vacummn and the other pieces under the couch cushions.
post #5 of 28
Used frontline in past and its been good enough however we recently got a kitten and when we went to vets had Advocate given for her and been using it on other cats as well. So far this one seems as good with it including some forms of worms. In case your wondering about prices too we got 3 lots in a pack at 16 pounds but was for small cats set
post #6 of 28
forgot to add we once used a zapper flea comb however it didnt last long as its not pleasant watching them being zapped
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Cynni View Post
Hi ladies

I have just had a pretty nasty time with fleas on INDOOR cats... they have both been treated with advantage as well as my entire house, yet I still am noticing FLEA OR 2 HERE AND THERE.... i UNDERSTAND i CAN REAPPLY IN 30 DAYS

which do you prefer... frontline or advantage, and why please....
Personally,I would rather use frontline,as it kills adult fleas AND eggs/larvae ONLY.....but...my cats are sensitive to it,so I use Revelution. Advantage is great for a indoor cat with flea allergies,since it only kills adult fleas but NOT the eggs or larvae. Revolution is the only one that will take care of fleas and the eggs/larvae,ear mites,roundworms,and heartworms (I believe). So,more than likely.....the advantage you used only killed the adult fleas and the eggs/larvae have now hatched!
post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by ddcats View Post
My vet said that Advantage on dogs will poison a cat that goes near the dog.

Now, get this, if the Advantage is on the dog and a cat goes near the dog and gets poisoned, how poisonous is it to the cat??
I use Advantage. The formulas for cats and dogs are the same so I am not sure why when applied to a dog, it would poison a cat? My mother had cats and dogs all treated with Advantage with no issues.

Seb is allergic to fleas so I have to be careful. Advantage keeps him flea free.

I have heard the new Advantage Multi is supposed to treat fleas, hookworm, roundworm and ear mites as well. Not sure how effective it is though.
post #9 of 28
vet likes frontline for the dog ....
post #10 of 28
I have been using Advantage for years from May thru October. I never had a problem with it and never saw another flea. Don't know how a cat can get poisened with it since you have to apply it on the neck where she cannot reach it.
post #11 of 28
I have heard of Advantage Multi also and will ask my Vet if she has it next time I go there.
post #12 of 28
I was skeptical the first time I tried but it is fantastic. My vet usually reccomends frontline for dogs. More oil based I think.
Before taking gimpo, when he finally let me pet him. I manage to put some advantage on him. Trying to keep him flea free until I got a better hold

As it is I take my cats outised on a leash but not w/out putting advantage on first. And their shots of course.
post #13 of 28
Correction from previous post.

I used to use Frontline Plus for my indoor cats, and now only use it for the dog. I found after I put it on the cats they seemed quiet, slept more, I don't know, they just did not seem right, especially my 9+ year old cat. I don't have fleas now, but I did in the past. Instead of medicating the cats back then, I gave them a bath whenever I saw them itch. And vacumed like a mad lady.


I have read that a raw diet, or a premium food diet (not supermarket and not major pet store food) will keep fleas away because the pet is receiving maxium nutrition which helps boost the immune system.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by ddcats View Post
Correction from previous post.

I used to use Frontline Plus for my indoor cats, and now only use it for the dog. I found after I put it on the cats they seemed quiet, slept more, I don't know, they just did not seem right, especially my 9+ year old cat. I don't have fleas now, but I did in the past. Instead of medicating the cats back then, I gave them a bath whenever I saw them itch. And vacumed like a mad lady.


I have read that a raw diet, or a premium food diet (not supermarket and not major pet store food) will keep fleas away because the pet is receiving maxium nutrition which helps boost the immune system.
UMM NO a RAW diet wont prevent fleas, hence why my dog is useing frontline and the cats will use DEFLEA ... NOR will a premium diet ....
post #15 of 28
I use Advantage on my cats. It's the only spot-on flea medication that is safe to use with CRF cats. Cleo & Maggie are both CRF.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Pookie-poo View Post
I use Advantage on my cats. It's the only spot-on flea medication that is safe to use with CRF cats. Cleo & Maggie are both CRF.
That is new to me ... My vet said my CRF girl could use frontline since it was less likely to be found in the blood than the others... After further discussion I am sticking with my natural flea kill for the cats
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
That is new to me ... My vet said my CRF girl could use frontline since it was less likely to be found in the blood than the others... After further discussion I am sticking with my natural flea kill for the cats
Please tell me what is your natural flea kill for cats??? For future use, as I don't have fleas now, and just in case I get too lazy for the bath thing. Thank you in advance.
post #18 of 28
I use De flea ... it is a soap base with a natural NON permethin action
post #19 of 28
I haven't tried Revolution or DeFlea, but have used the Advantage and it worked great on the fleas, but didn't protect against ticks.

I use the Frontline Plus, because it works for Ticks too and we let our kitties in and out. One thing that I have noticed is that it if I keep it up on a consistant basis there are no fleas in the house. But if I forget until someone brings a flea in, we will find fleas for about a week past putting the treatment on everyone.

I use the Frontline about once every two or three months in winter and every month during the warmer months.
post #20 of 28
I buy a pack of Frontline for large dogs and divide it up to cat doses. One whole pack of (3) large dog doses of Frontline will basically treat 21 average sized cats. In otherwords, my 7 cats for 3 months. If fleas aren't noticed I might go every other month and I am just talking about spring and summer, into the fall. I don't treat in the winter.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by AZ<3Me View Post
i guess frontline is safer, cuz it is recommended even for kittens (from the 1st day of life) plus it kills worms!
i use frontline but still treat for worms? my vet has never said anything about the frontline killing worms? and also the vet and the back of the bottle states that it can be used on newborn kittens from either 2 or 4 days old. i cant remember which , and havnt got a bottle to hand at the moment.
post #22 of 28
While looking for the ingredients in De flea, I found this website. It explains what each medication does and what it does not do. There is an easy to read chart too. The chart is 1/3 of the way down the page.

http://www.peteducation.com/article....&articleid=598


(still looking for the ingredients of De flea)
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post #24 of 28
i use Frontline. we don't need the tick protection, so i just buy the original. i use it every 3 months in the summer. so this year, once in the beginning of april, and once in the beginning of july. when i worked at a shelter a few years ago, a co-worker told me the off-label of frontline was 3 months for fleas. since we are just doing prevention for indoor only cats, that's what i go by.

thanks for the links sharky. i'm going to check into that spray. i've been wanting to switch to something else more natural.

my sister has a cat who is very sensitive to chemicals and other things. she can't use conventional flea treatments. i will have to tell her about DeFlea products.
post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by Jen View Post
I buy a pack of Frontline for large dogs and divide it up to cat doses. One whole pack of (3) large dog doses of Frontline will basically treat 21 average sized cats. In otherwords, my 7 cats for 3 months. If fleas aren't noticed I might go every other month and I am just talking about spring and summer, into the fall. I don't treat in the winter.
is it safe to use the dog product on cats? I was always told by my vet NOT to do that, because the formulation is different for dogs than for cats.
post #26 of 28
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is it safe to use the dog product on cats? I was always told by my vet NOT to do that, because the formulation is different for dogs than for cats.
Cat s require a HIGHER concetration than dogs thus My vet wouldnt sell me dog to do my cats ... oh and unless you have Jen s experience it may not be safe
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by ddcats View Post
My vet said that Advantage on dogs will poison a cat that goes near the dog.

Now, get this, if the Advantage is on the dog and a cat goes near the dog and gets poisoned, how poisonous is it to the cat??

I prefer Frontline Plus.

If I were in that situation, I would be vacuming furiously, bathing my cats in mild soap or shampoo, (baths alone will drown the fleas, no need for flea dip). I HATE fleas!!
Didn't read through the entire thread....but wanted to say. ADVANTIX is toxic to cats, but is avaliabel for dogs. Advantage can be used on cats or dogs.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Cat s require a HIGHER concetration than dogs thus My vet wouldnt sell me dog to do my cats ... oh and unless you have Jen s experience it may not be safe
I would be afraid to try it. I just buy the frontline plus and use that. with only two cats, it's not a big expense and that way I don't chance it. Does Jen work for a vet?
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