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Do flea collars work?

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I still have (4) adult cats that stay outside all the time. I can handle (3) of them but the other one won't even let me get close to her. They're scratching quite often so I'm thinking that it's most likely fleas, although when i examine the hair/skin of the (3) I can handle, I really don't see any. Anyway I thought perhaps if I bought some flea collars and put them on the (3) it would give me a good indication if it's a flea problem or not. But do they work? Especially on cats that stay outside all the time?


post #2 of 8
They do work sometimes but you always take the chance that they will be unstable and end up causing hair loss and poisoning your cats. Its a chance you take. If you do buy some, at least try to get name brand.
The better choice would be drops. Once again, name brand otherwise you have a chance of poisoning. There are also other natural options, like herbal collars and some kind of dirt you sprinkle around. I cant remember what its called.
As for the cat that doesn't like to be held, you could try swaddling him/her in a towel to give you a chance tolook for fleas/put on drops. Im sure there are youtube videos out there that can show you how.
post #3 of 8

I would never use a flea collar on my cat or dog or anything.  Ask your vet.  Advantage ...Revolution are the top two.  They are the drops you put between their shoulders.


Nothing over the counter...although Advantage is now available in pet stores.


Never buy Hartz....notorious for making cats ill. 


The only "name brand" in my house is Advantage.

post #4 of 8
I would never use or recommend the flea collars, hun. They don't work well and have the potential to make cats sick, IMO. Better off using the spot on treatments from the vet. smile.gif In the past when I had a problem with fleas, I put a flea collar in the vacuum bags as that works on any fleas you vacuum up!!!!! wavey.gif
post #5 of 8
For feral cats you can't approach or handle, I recommend using Capstar (by Novartis). Just add it to food, an individual bowl and capsule mixed in the food per animal, so you're sure they each eat their appropriate portion.
post #6 of 8
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Have never heard about Capstar before this. With the difficulty I have handling these guys this seems like a good method to use. Thanks!

post #7 of 8

Several years ago my vet told me not to use flea collars. He said it might kill fleas at the head, neck but the fleas on them would more than likely run to the cats rear end. Basically you wouldnt solve anything. 

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Sometimes you just don't have a clue unless you ask - that's why I like the saying "there's no such thing as a dumb question".

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