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Do you flea treat your cat?

post #1 of 29
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Just wondering how many of you treat your INDOOR-ONLY cats for fleas... and why. Thanks for the input guys!
post #2 of 29
I have 2 indoor-only cats. I treated them for 2 months for fleas only because my new kitten had fleas at that time. Otherwise, I will likely not treat them for fleas unless they have them.
post #3 of 29
Several years ago I was confident that we were "flea free", but then our sweet Katie became covered in them - and she was an indoor cat. The only thing we could figure out was that my son was bringing them in on his clothing from the neighbor's yard where he sometimes had to go to retrieve a stray soccer ball. They had a big dog.

Now we say, "Better safe than sorry!"

We treat with Revolution monthy.
post #4 of 29
I live in flea-central - midwest on 10 acres in the country surrounded by fields and woods and typically get overrun with fleas each year. I have dogs that go in and out and sometimes bring in fleas and ticks. The dogs are treated religiously starting in spring and until flea season is over. I start the Advantage treatment on the indoor cats when I first notice fleas on them and quit when flea season is over. I also use a non-toxic powder on the floors (boric powder) which helps a lot.

Last year for the first time, I didn't have to use Advantage on the cats. Over the entire summer, I found 2 fleas on them - on 2 different cats at 2 different times. I simply plucked them off and watched them all closer after that. And it was also the first summer that I didn't have to treat them all for tape worms.

I personally don't like to use chemicals on the animals, and if they don't need them, I don't use them. Reason? Too many years of hearing how chemical/drug use adversely effects humans and if it applies to humans, it has to apply to cats, which are far more sensitive than we are. If they have fleas, I'll risk their use to avoid any medical problems caused by fleas. It's the lesser of 2 evils.
post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
I personally don't like to use chemicals on the animals, and if they don't need them, I don't use them. Reason? Too many years of hearing how chemical/drug use adversely effects humans and if it applies to humans, it has to apply to cats, which are far more sensitive than we are.

See, I'm wondering if it could be harmful to keep putting chemicals on her if there's no chance she's gonna get fleas.

But I also had a bad flea experience a while back and I don't know if it's just that there were fleas there before and they just randomly decided to start attacking me (doubt it though) or what... I'm thinking better safe than sorry but then again, don't want to keep spending the money and exposing her to chemicals if I don't have to.

Then again, how will I ever know if I'm really flea-free, ya know? Catch-22, I think.
post #6 of 29
Not sure what part of Texas you are from, but when I lived in Houston, we often brought them in the house from the yard - they were everywhere there and would jump on our legs and we'd carry them into the house. So didn't matter if our cats were indoors only, they still got them.

If you are cautious about using chemicals and only start using them when you see fleas, you need to be prepared to treat them for things like tapeworms also, as they usually come along for the ride. I have found over the years that if I really keep the environment clean thru lots of vacuuming and using the powder in the carpets, that I have better success at keeping them away from the cats in the first place.

But I am overly cautious about using chemicals after I poisoned one of my dogs one time. I was using a spot flea treatment on a sofa that was a major brand and supposedly totally safe for pets (you could spray direct on an animal and there was no caution to remove your pets during treatment). The dog was a greyhound, which are generally very sensitive to chemicals in the first place, and after I sprayed the sofa, I noticed that he walked up and sniffed it (briefly). 2 hours later we were rushing him to the vets from foaming at the mouth and shaking throughout his body. After that I swore off chemicals unless they really needed them.
post #7 of 29
We do not have fleas, so Sierra is not treated. If I ever noticed a flea, I would then consider treating her with one of the monthly flea treatments.
post #8 of 29
The only time i give Rosie and Sophie a dose of flea treatment is after they've both been to the vets for their jabs.

It's because of all the other cats and dogs in the surgery and you never know what might jump off them
post #9 of 29
All three of mine were treated 24 hours before I brought them home from the shelter, and I've never seen a flea on them. The kitten I had fostered at Thanksgiving was covered in fleas (they were crawling all over my face at one point - eek!) even though she was supposidly treated with flea meds. I kept an eye on my three after that, but it's been almost tow months and they've never showed sign of having fleas. (They let me "groom" them like a chimp, too, so I'm sure there's nothing there.)

I won't use a flea treatment unless I positively have to. We had a cat for nine years that used to go outside with my mom, and she occationally had a something that bothered her, but a bath always took care of her itching, so I seriously doubt she had fleas. I just don't like the idea of using flea meds on my three. For how much they roll all over my bed and clothes, and how much they're rubbing me, I really don't like the idea of being exposed to the chemicals, too. (I'm allergic to just about everything at this point, and knowing my luck I'd wake up covered in hives or a burn or something.)
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Momofmany
Not sure what part of Texas you are from, but when I lived in Houston, we often brought them in the house from the yard - they were everywhere there and would jump on our legs and we'd carry them into the house. So didn't matter if our cats were indoors only, they still got them.

If you are cautious about using chemicals and only start using them when you see fleas, you need to be prepared to treat them for things like tapeworms also, as they usually come along for the ride. I have found over the years that if I really keep the environment clean thru lots of vacuuming and using the powder in the carpets, that I have better success at keeping them away from the cats in the first place.
Wow so sorry to hear about your dog! He was okay though right?

I live in San Antonio but I feel like most parts of Texas are the same weather and critter wise. And Baylee did have a tapeworm back in October, which is what caused me to start using flea treatment... I never knew cats could need it til then!
post #11 of 29
I've never had to use a flea treatment on Jamie, probably because he's an "only cat", stays in our yard on a leash when he goes outside, and generally only has contact with the neighbors' dog. I do comb him thoroughly with a flea comb after he's been outside or with the dog (or, for that matter, at the vets' office).
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Wow so sorry to hear about your dog! He was okay though right?

I live in San Antonio but I feel like most parts of Texas are the same weather and critter wise. And Baylee did have a tapeworm back in October, which is what caused me to start using flea treatment... I never knew cats could need it til then!
Thanks for asking, Tyler was fine the next day, but it scared us pretty bad. One of the few times that we had to make an emergency trip to the vet.

San Antonio is at least dryer than Houston so you probably don't get hit quite as bad, but you don't get a freeze to kill them off in the winter so you will have them year round. One of the things I didn't like about Texas.
post #13 of 29
I voted other because we Flea Treat with Frontline or Advantage every two months with ALL our animals. We have four inside/outside dogs and an inside/outside cat. On the frontline we use it says treatment will last up to six weeks, so that's why we do not flea treat monthly.
post #14 of 29
I use Revolution on all 3 boys. I use Revolution because it protects the boys against more things than Frontline Plus. I also live in an area where there are a lot of dogs and I could bring the fleas in and spread them to the boys. "Better safe than sorry" is my motto.
post #15 of 29
Use Frontline but not monthly. It's been a year since the last application.
post #16 of 29
I flea treat only if we've had friends dogs around - I am never too sure!

But other than that, we've had no problems with fleas (although both Tibby and Molly were crawling with the things when I got them! ewww)
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikonu
I use Revolution on all 3 boys. I use Revolution because it protects the boys against more things than Frontline Plus. I also live in an area where there are a lot of dogs and I could bring the fleas in and spread them to the boys. "Better safe than sorry" is my motto.
Really? I haven't heard about Revolution... is it really that better?
post #18 of 29
I normally don't treat the boys as they are both indoor kitties but last month I saw flea on Gandalf, I'm almost positive I brought it home from my cousin's house as her indoor outdoor cat evidently caught them and brought them into the house for the rest of the cats to share and they couldn't treat all that effectively as her female cat had just had kittens in Nov. Now that the kittens are all homed, they have started treatment though. I figure I will treat my boys one more month and then just keep an eye on them.
post #19 of 29
I don't use flea protection on Dori at all right now. The only time I did use it was when we were switching apartments and I didn't know if the people who lived there before had an animals. We are moving in the next few months to a house and plan to make sure Dori has flea protection for the move this time as well. Other than that I prefer not to use it unless I found a flea on her.
post #20 of 29
Meeko and Esmeralda have been flea-free for years and years, and Phineas and Henry were both treated with... Advantage, I think it was, at the shelter, before I brought them home, so we're totally flea-free here, and I don't want to treat them just as a precaution, so no treatment here.
post #21 of 29
We used to use flea collars on Buttons and Patches who were indoor/outdoor cats at my parents, but with my cats now they are all indoor only cats and we are "flea free" so unless we see a problem and find out we have gotten fleas there is just no reason to spend any extra money we dont have to prevent something we dont have from happening.
post #22 of 29
My guys are indoors only, but Oreo had fleas. I have an exterminator come every month, yet he still got fleas. I used Advantage on everyone. I remember seeing something about a botanic spray that is not toxic. Does anyone know about this?
post #23 of 29
No flea treatments needed for my kitties so far! They're indoor only kitties. But I live in New Mexico so I'm really lucky! I grew up in East Tennessee and there the fleas, ticks, and mites are soo hard to get rid of...dang things! That's one thing I definately don't miss from Tennessee!
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by pinkdaisy226
Really? I haven't heard about Revolution... is it really that better?
I haven't used anything on my youngest 2 yet, but Baker needed revolution when we first got him.
Revolution is good for fleas, ear mites, worms... there might be more...
My Mom uses it on her cats and dogs and its our vets choice out of them all.
Revolution Their site has lots of info
post #25 of 29
i treated both Pixel & Mouse when they 1st came to live with me, 8 years ago. i lived in an apartment, & the fleas appeared by magic when the girls moved in. i tried topical, but wasn't having much luck. then they got a 6 month shot from the vet's. this worked great - no more fleas after about 2 weeks ( i treated the apartment at the same time).
when Cable came to us, she had fleas & got 2 flea baths, her 1st 2 days. but my house has all hard floors, no carpet, & i've never had fleas there. so once i killed them on her, no problems. they never go out, so have no chance to pick up new ones. the cats are my only pets.
post #26 of 29
I've used Advantage in the past, but not for at least 2 years and have not seen 1 flea.
post #27 of 29
I use a all natural powder for fleas and a spray for ticks fleas and mosquitoes much less toxic than the drops and just as effective
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by sharky
I use a all natural powder for fleas and a spray for ticks fleas and mosquitoes much less toxic than the drops and just as effective
What do you buy and how often do you need to apply it?
post #29 of 29
maverick is a flea magnet! i treat the house, i treat her but if i miss a month she will without fail catch fleas. it must be due to either my garden or my brothers friends bringing stoaways in on their clothes
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