• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Do indoor only cats need flea control?

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Do indoor only cats need flea control?

    I have 4 cats who never go outside. I am considering forgoing my usual monthly flea treatments (purchased from vet) due to the expense. Is this a stupid move?
    What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

  • #2
    I usually never give my house cats flea stuff, no dogs come in normally. I never see flea eggs and they don't scratch either. I keep a close eye for this, however.

    Many many years ago, my fav. cat got sick from too much flea stuff and now I prefer not to use chemicals if not indicated.
    ********
    There is no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast.

    Comment


    • #3
      Only if they have fleas I wouldn't worry unless I saw any signs of scratching or bites. Just have to be aware when around other's animals, if you pet someone's critter who has fleas you could bring them home. But if you don't have a problem now, probably safe to stop treating!

      Comment


      • #4
        I have never treated my indoor kitties with flea meds. And they've never had fleas. I did have a vet strenuously try to convince me that they could still come up heartworm positive without monthly treatment...but, I find that highly unlikely and I'm willing to chance it in exchange for exposing them (and us) to less chemicals (that I think are pretty much totally unneeded).

        Now, if you have dogs or other animals going outside and coming in that may expose them to fleas and ticks? Then I might consider it. But for only indoor kitties? Nah.
        Caitlin
        *OMGiH I Loff my Mare* and *My Saddlebred Can Do Anything Your Horse Can Do*
        http://community.webshots.com/user/redmare01

        Comment


        • #5
          I've had indoor-only cats since the early 1990's. Have never seen a flea. No meds or any sort of insecticide required.

          Comment


          • #6
            I have to keep my two indoor only cats on flea meds. We live in an old farm house and the field mice that make their way inside bring fleas with them

            Comment

            • Original Poster

              #7
              Only other animal is my horse and he doesn't get to come in the house!
              What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Marshfield View Post
                I have to keep my two indoor only cats on flea meds. We live in an old farm house and the field mice that make their way inside bring fleas with them
                Ditto this. I live in the converted milk parlor of an old dairy farm which is actually connected to a barn. I had no flea problems with my indoor cats before I moved in but now I have to be vigilant. I got a break over the winter but saw my sensitive guy scratching over the weekend so I guess it's time to resume.
                Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.
                Starman

                Comment


                • #9
                  My 5 indoor cats are on flea control because of the 4 indoor/outdoor dogs. Fleas are a real problem for me - I often have to premise spray the house and deal with infestations even though all are on monthly flea products (Trifexus for the big dogs, Advantage Multi for the chihuahua and regular Advantage for the cats). It is a PITA and very expensive, but there is no not treating for it - the fleas get really bad if I don't stay right on top of it.

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    My kitties, all indoor get advantage from June to September ... only because fleas are rampant outside and I keep my windows wide open in the warmer months. The kitties hang in the windows all day. They never had fleas but better to be safe than infested

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Nope, I dont flea treat indoor cats.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        In our case, the dogs were all already on Revolution when the indoor cats got fleas. I also saw two large dead field mice (Jeeves at least takes out the invaders) crawling with fleas. so, now it's Revolution all around and we stocked up on flea bombs at TSC's end of season clearance.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          SOMETIMES ~ DEPENDS ON THE SUMMER ~ NOT USUALLY ~

                          SOMETIMES I WILL APPLY THAT RUB-IN FLEA CONTROL TO MY INDOOR CATS ...
                          BUT NOT USUALLY ..

                          DEPENDS ON THE SUMMER AND THE GENERAL BUG QUOTA ~~~

                          LIKE PERHAPS THIS YEAR AS THE FLIES ARE ABOUT THE SIZE OF SMALL CARS ALREADY ~
                          Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            I use it. My cat is indoor only, never goes outside, and is never around other cats. Yet she still managed to have tapeworms show up one year in her checkup, and the vet said they come from fleas. The fleas can come in on your clothes or possessions and it only takes a few to cause a problem. I have not had a problem since using the Revolution.
                            Flickr

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Depends largely on what area of the country you're in. In Texas, it's flea season year round. When I had cats in my apartment that never went outside, I still had flea treatment done on the carpets and used flea treatment on the cats, because apparently I was bringing them in with me. Now, with the two indoor-outdoor dogs, we have to flea-treat everything except ourselves.

                              Oddly enough, we didn't see a flea last summer, with the horrific drought. This year, lots of rain, lots of fleas. Think I'd still choose the fleas, though.
                              In loving memory of Laura Jahnke.
                              A life lived by example, done too soon.
                              www.caringbridge.org/page/laurajahnke/

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X