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Trying to get rid of fleas - what am I missing?

post #1 of 8
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My kitten - Nigel was full of fleas the other day, so went straight out got the flea killing pills, spot on treatment, flea spray etc

I first bathed cat in bath, fully dried him.

Then gave him flea pill which killed off all the fleas on him within 24 hours and have flea combed him to get rid of anything.

I have then put the spot on him, and then fully cleaned the house removing furniture and bleaching floors etc.

I have also re-sprayed the house with the flea spray (which is meant to be effective for 12 months and do very regularly anyway)

It is now 3 days later and he was just drinking in the bath and I noticed the little red dots in the bath after (flea poop) so have flea combed him again and have got 3 more fleas off of him.

Am I doing this all wrong? Have I missed something?

What should I do?

I really love him snuggling with me in my bed but dont want to get it all flea infested too....

Edit: He is an indoor cat, no other pets, and our last kitty was flea free for 2 years using our normal routine...
post #2 of 8
What brand spot on are you using? I suspect it's Hartz, Bio spot, Adams, ect-the crap you get from the store never works the way it should. It also is responsible for pets being poisioned. I use to use that mess before I came on here and learned about the risks and how Advantage & Frontline really work and last a month.

I use Advantage and it works GREAT, lasts a month. Frontline works just as well, but it costs a little more.

ETA: Please rethink bathing your cat in flea shampoo. It is essintially poision, and even if the lable says it's safe there is still a chance that you miss a spot washing and they ingest too much.

I hope you get rid of the fleas soon, Good Luck!
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
The flea stuff I could get on short notice this time was Bob Martin stuff (uk) which I have heard might not be as good as vet rated stuff.

Would never bath him in the pet shampoo or any other. I wash him in a organic cucumber solution. Does not strip his oils or change his PH and has no chemicals what so ever.

I will get some Advantage/frontline asap - will I be ok re-applying a spot on formula within a week of eachother?
post #4 of 8
Fleas only spend 10% of the time on the animal - rest of the time its in the carpet, etc. So you might have to redo the house again. Keep combing him for the fleas.


BTW we use BioSpot for our dog and she's never had fleas or ticks on her.
post #5 of 8
Fleas are horrible this year...

Is there a way you could take all of youe pets out for a few hours and "flea bomb" your house? Also I love the spot on Revolution. It is wonderful. My new kitten had fleas and I used it...two days later no flea...also works great for my dogs!!
post #6 of 8
[quote=davecat;2393756]The flea stuff I could get on short notice this time was Bob Martin stuff (uk) which I have heard might not be as good as vet rated stuff.

Would never bath him in the pet shampoo or any other. I wash him in a organic cucumber solution. Does not strip his oils or change his PH and has no chemicals what so ever.

I will get some Advantage/frontline asap - will I be ok re-applying a spot on formula within a week of eachother?[/QUOTE]

Honestly a week might be too soon. It all depends on how old your kitten is. I would double check with your vet before doing any more treatments.

Have you ever heard of Diatomaceous Earth? Basically it is a 100% natural "insecticide" but it's not a chemical so it's a fantastic alternative to using bleach, sprays etc. all which can be harmful to your kitty. Here is a link that explains it really well:

http://www.shadowridgedonkeys.com/perma_guard_what.htm

I don't know if you can get in the UK, but if you can, get the fossil shell type that is edible by humans and animals (very important).

Here is another link that has good information about fleas:

http://www.fleasmart.com/fleasrx.htm

Hope this helps! Oh! one last thing please do not *over treat* your kitten, it could kill him. Once again, check with your vet. Better safe than sorry
post #7 of 8
No, don't put more flea stuff on her untill it's due to put more on. Meaning if it is a monthly application, wait until the month is up.
post #8 of 8
Talk to your vet prior to re-applying any flea preventative/meds!!!!

You will most likely have to wait a month....just please consult your vet prior to doing much else.....too many harmful chemicals on the cat/in it's environment can be very dangerous.
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