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There are 2 friendly cats ive mentioned here - one i only see 2 in the morning - so its not very often.

The one I see everyday is now allowing me to pet him!!! I questioned whether i should even do that because i dont want him to be too friendly around people. But he loves it. (still working on trying to find him a home too)

ANYWAY should i get them flea collars??? Just wondering if thats safe to do in the wild due to them wandering in the woods - i think of them getting the collar hooked on something. Is fall even a time of year when they would need one? (I live in NJ)

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most people now think flea collars are little unsafe, for the reasons you mention and because the flea poison on them can be bad for cats. if you can touch the cats, I advise getting something like Frontline to put on the back of their necks. a dose lasts a month and it's safer than a flea collar. even better is Revolution with also kills ear mites and worms. you can get that without a prescription on petdrugs.com. good luck!
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The only problem with that is the expense. I have a dog and cat that I buy all the expensive medications for. I really cant afford to do so with these cats as well - sadly.

I actually had been thinking what will i do when the time comes and these cats need a vet due to illness or old age.
I havent spoken to the organization i work with - I hope they are able to help out - because i dont know that Ill be able to do much. I want to help these cats as much as i can - i feel taking them to be neutered and feeding them everyday is about the limit right now. In fact during the winter months Im lucky if I get 15 hours a week of work....

Actually I just remembered walmart sells this type of medication for about $10 - that should be good enough - right????
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The problem isn't just flea collars per se, but the toxins that are used in mass distrib/supermarket products. Anything that kills a flea, tick, or internal parasite is a type of poison, and it's just an issue of which are more safe than others (meaning, in trials on cats, which ones have less adverse reactions and/or death as a result of the application). Unfortunately, inexpensive products use toxins that have more adverse reactions in cats than the Frontline or Advantage.

What I would do if you can't afford Frontline or Advantage is nothing.

On the other hand, I would try to take cute pics with kitty looking happy being petted and put some flyers out to see if you can find a home for the one or two friendlies.

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I was at a natural food store yesterday and noticed they had an all-natural flea collar for cats. I know the collar isnt recommended - but what if i could find a spray - would that do for ferals???

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