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Best flea control for outdoor cat?

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  • Best flea control for outdoor cat?

    For those of you who have outdoor cats or indoor/outdoor cats, what do you use for flea control? Something oral? Something topical? A combination? What works best? And do you get it from the vet, or do you buy it somewhere else?

    Long explanation follows for anyone who has time :

    The cat in question is not actually my cat. He's my neighbor's/landlord's cat. I live in a cottage that is next door to my landlord's house. The landlord and his wife lived here when they first bought the property because they were renovating the main house. When they moved into the main house, they rented out the cottage, and I have been living here for three years.

    They have a cat named Felix. When I first moved here, Felix was an indoor/outdoor cat. He was confused about which house he lived in, and would constantly hang around my door wondering what was going on. Now, three years later, the landlords have had two babies and Felix has become a full-time outdoor cat. He can usually be found in my yard or sleeping on my car.

    I sometimes let him in the house, and my wire fox terrier has become pals with him. I had been letting him in more frequently until I discovered two fleas on my dog. I asked the landlord and wife if Felix is on any flea control, "Oh, he was but it doesn't work. Well, one of them worked, but it's too expensive. And we don't have time with two babies!" (OK, don't get me started on these people. They own a 1.2 million dollar property in a very upscale neighborhood of Miami and they work from home, but, yes, flea control is very expensive and time-consuming! Might as well leave your declawed former indoor cat outdoors!) I asked if they would mind if I started administering some kind of flea control. "Oh not at all! Go ahead! Actually, do you want to keep him?? Ha ha!" The keeping him thing was kind of a lighthearted joke, but I think they were half serious. And I would consider it. All he wants to do is come inside, snuggle with the terrier, take naps on the couch, and be loved.

  • #2
    As lousy as it makes me sound, I agree with the couple on one thing: flea control has been priced too expensively and whoever holds the license is making a boatload of money. Which is one of the reasons I won't buy Frontline Plus. However, I will buy Advantage and keep my eyes peeled for sales at Walmart or at Drs. Foster and Smith. It works just as well as Frontline Plus, with no side effects. I tried Pet Armour, which is supposed to be generic Frontline, but ended up with a drooling/foaming cat, so that got discarded.
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



    • #3
      Advantage, topical. And if he's declawed he NEEDS to be an indoor kitty!! He can't defend himself without his front claws.
      What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!


      • #4
        My indoor kitties managed to pick up a nasty infestation from a visiting dog. A couple rounds of Advantage Multi took care of it.
        "Is it ignorance or apathy? Hey, I don't know and I don't care." ~Jimmy Buffett


        • #5
          Well whatever you do, don't put a Hartz flea collar on him.

          One of our barn cats is finally growing his hair back after the collar made him almost bald!

          So pissed at myself for doing that!


          • #6
            I agree with the recommendation for Advantage. We had a BIG problem with fleas last year after we brought home a rescue puppy. Frontline wasn't working on them, but the Advantage did. Somehow the Ohio fleas that arrived with the puppy were resistant to the Frontline as it had always worked for us before.

            NOTHING from the supermarket or human drugstore, the Hartz, etc...stuff is not only ineffective, but it's dangerous.


            • #7
              From the mouth of a vet tech: Okay the BEST flea preventative out there is a product called Assurity from the makers of Comfortis for dogs. Its by Elanco there is one side affect that it can cause hair loss at the application site but all topical products carry this warning. It will kill those suckers DEAD!

              Seeing you're in FL now which only makes me recommend this product more. You must see your veterinarian for the product though.
              --Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity--


              • #8
                I buy the largest dog sized Advantage they have and use the amounts for cats - .4 for 5-9 lbs, .8 for 9lbs and over.

                It's very economical and Advantage is the only one that has worked for me. One large dog tube treats all five of my cats with some left over.

                A friend of mine that is a vet tech told me about years ago and I've been doing it ever since.

                Disclaimer - I am not a vet. Please do your own research!! The ingredients for dog and cat are the same for Advantage, but I know they differ in some other flea/tick topical medications.


                • #9
                  I use Revolution. It controls ear mites too.


                  • #10
                    Revolution or Advantage Multi. Please dont use dog Advantage on the cat unless you can measure SPECIFIC amounts properly.