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Cats have fleas...now what to do?

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  • Cats have fleas...now what to do?

    I was petting my cat this morning and all of the sudden a flea crawled by its ear. I have never had a pet with fleas and give them frontline once a month. I don't understand how this could have happened. I looked at my other cat and sure enough found one flea.

    I gave each of them a bath. Found 6 on the one cat and one on the other cat.

    Since I have never had a pet with fleas, I don't know what steps I should take next, however I can call the vet in the morning.

    Thank you,

  • #2
    Revolution...get it from the vet, controls fleas, ear mites, some types of worms (not sure which) and heartworm. Now that you have fleas, use it every month.


    • #3
      We have had a terrible time with fleas this year. You need to also clean your environment -- vacuum, throw the bag away outside the minute you are done (or I read put it in the freezer if you want to use it again), mop, wash all bedding, etc.


      • #4
        Originally posted by LauraKY View Post
        Revolution...get it from the vet, controls fleas, ear mites, some types of worms (not sure which) and heartworm. Now that you have fleas, use it every month.

        My cat got a really nasty infestation really quickly a few years ago. We figured it was from the neighbor dog coming to visit since he is an inside cat.

        Anyway, I put him on Revolution, and the fleas were dropping dead on the floor in what seemed like minutes. Everything that had been in the house was dead very shortly as well.


        • #5
          I used Pet Armour (generic Advantage, available at Walmart) on the barn cats, and haven't seen any fleas since. It doesn't protect against Heartworm, but since we're so dry out here, mosquitos aren't really a problem for us.

          Whatever you do, don't use Hartz products or products with Pymethins.


          • #6
            I've heard that Frontline isn't as effective as it used to be. Maybe get some Capstar (kills them within 24 hours but doesn't get eggs) and then use Revolution or Advantage/Pet Armour.

            And vacuum the house over and over.
            "Dogs are man's best friend. Cats are man's adorable little serial killer." -- theoatmeal.com


            • #7
              You can also have your house sprayed by your local pest control company.

              I came home from a deployment once and found out the girl who was living in our house in exchange for taking care of our pets hadn't been administering their flea control. They were covered. So they all got treated and I had our pest control company come and spray the carpets too.


              • #8
                I second the revolution. It's priced about the same as Frontline.

                I am not enamoured with frontline at all: When I used it on my dogs they seemed to drink it up and 2 weeks later they were back in full force...

                Also, having found fleas in the house, you probably have to go through the whole routine of fogging teh house, etc....
                Dumpin vacuum cleaner bags...


                • #9
                  from their website

                  say hello to the same
                  flea and tick protection as
                  frontline® for a lot less.*

                  PetArmor™ contains the same active ingredients as
                  Frontline® in the same concentrations, so it's just as
                  effective against fleas and ticks.

                  ---- in my area Frontline (and thus PetArmor) is no longer effective
                  Nothing says "I love you" like a tractor. (Clydejumper)

                  The reports states, “Elizabeth reported that she accidently put down this pony, ........, at the show.”


                  • #10
                    Advantage for fleas.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                      Advantage for fleas.
                      This. As I wrote in another topic, I was leery of putting chemicals on my cat, but I had a great experience with Advantage and would never use anything else. It's a bit pricey, but worth it.
                      I saw the angel in the marble and I set him free. - Michaelangelo


                      • #12
                        Thank you to all of the replies!


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dalpal View Post
                          Advantage for fleas.
                          Advantage for cats works great.

                          I also recommend purchasing Sophitrol Plus Flea spray or defogger from Valley Vet. I used to only be able to buy this from my vet, and so when Valley Vet started carrying it, I was sooo happy! It rocks. I always keep an extra can on hand now.

                          I use the premise spray. Wash all your bedding and the pets bedding in hot water. Vaccuum and throw away the bag when you are done. Then spray your carpet, furniture and anywhere the cats rests.
                          "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
                          "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
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                          • #14
                            revolution house here!

                            for the cats and dogs. even the barn cats are on the monthly revolution

                            no fleas, ear mites, heart worms, etc....


                            • #15
                              Ditto previous posters that Frontline seems to have lost its effectiveness. We used to have both our dogs and our cats on Frontline, and they started getting fleas anyway. Our vet swore it had nothing to do with the effectiveness of the Frontline but increased both the dose AND the frequency with which we were applying it, to no avail. Vet was, for whatever reason (payoffs from the Frontline company?), not a fan of Advantage/Advantix, but I ignored him and ordered Advantage (for the cats) and Advantix (for the dogs) from Valley Vet... Voila, flea problem solved.

                              Just be careful, Advantix is toxic to cats, so they must be kept separate from the dogs after applying, at least for a little while until it dries (a few hours?)... Our cats are not fond of the dogs and don't willingly come into contact with them, so this hasn't been a problem for us (and we've been doing Advantix/Advantage for a year now)...
                              *friend of bar.ka

                              "Evidently, I am an unrepentant b*tch, possible trouble maker, and all around super villian"


                              • #16
                                I agree that the Frontline seems too wimpy lately. I also was using the pills for the dogs (darn, what is the name of those pills!?) - Confortis! They worked great last year, but the dogs do not want to eat them no matter what I do (breaking them up and putting them in yummy things and even making them into a powder and mixing), plus they also seem less affective this year. I havd 4 indoor cats, on in/out cat and 4 farm dogs who are in and out. The fleas situation seems to get out of hand once or twice a year and I am RELIGIOUS about treating them all monthly (Advantage for the cats, Confortis or Frontline for the dogs and Advantage Multi for the chihuahua). Costs me a fortune and still keep the premise spray on hand (great to know Valley Vet carries is as I use the Siphitrol spray as well).

                                Lucky you to be dealing with this for the first time. Don't bother counting the fleas - if you can see 1, it is an infestation. Trust me on this lol.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by SGray View Post
                                  from their website

                                  say hello to the same
                                  flea and tick protection as
                                  frontline® for a lot less.*

                                  PetArmor™ contains the same active ingredients as
                                  Frontline® in the same concentrations, so it's just as
                                  effective against fleas and ticks.

                                  ---- in my area Frontline (and thus PetArmor) is no longer effective

                                  You wont be able to buy Pet Armor any longer they have violated Frontlines patent.
                                  --Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity--


                                  • #18
                                    Be careful about baths. Don't bathe two days before or after a flea treatment. The topical treatments work via the oils in the fur, which are stripped away through bathing. It takes a day or two for the oils to build back up after a bath, which is why you should wait that amount of time before applying a flea treatment. The package instructions don't warn about this, but they really should!

                                    I let my dog swim in a swimming pool and within a day, he had fleas. This was only a week and a half after I had applied his monthly topical. Luckily I discovered it right away and avoided getting fleas in my house.

                                    Our vet won't sell Front Line anymore because it's ineffective in our area. I've used Advantix and Advantage - they both work well.

                                    Good luck!