Best treatment for cat fleas (on cat)

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Found 6th Aug 2008
I have a cat and a kitten and now that its warm they seem to keep getting fleas. Normally i get frontline from the vets but its a 4 weekly treatment which is quite expensive and can be difficult to get there. I do brush regularly with a nit comb but wondered if there is any other treatments - herbal etc which may work.

Help please!!

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You need to ensure you de-flea your home after de-fleaing the cats

Best product is Acclaim which I only have to use twice a year, this kills any eggs/fleas in the home and so won't reinfect the cats.

But Frontline is the best option for getting rid of the cats fleas...you use less if you follow the above tips

Acclaim about £12

http://www.petvetcare.co.uk/acatalog/acclaim.jpg

Frontline can be bought in big (500ml) spray bottles,lasts ages and works out alot cheaper than the pipetts. fleas (like nits) dont like garlic lol so if you could get your cat to take garlic tablets this may help. but as with worms i would always use a "proper" treatment.
they advise the regular treatment in kittens because fleas are capable of killing small kittens

hth

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They do industrial strength flea killer at your local vets. The 'pets at home' stuff wont rid your house of them.

You need to register with a vet before they will give you the stuff. But spray the carpets and upholstery of your home entirely (get kids out first). Then flea treat your cat with a decent flea killer, both spray and spot

The more expensive the better when it comes to flea treatment i'm afraid

Original Poster

Hi
Thanks, i have laminate flooring throughout (with 1 rug, which i reg use a vax on) and leather sofas so it is just mattresses that i worry about but i do steam those so i am pretty ok there. There must be some herbal deterrant or something to put on the cats?!

If you are poor or know someone who gets council tax or housing benefit you can buy it at cost from pdsa vets, they sell to anyone with a cat registered with them, no need to bring the animal in.(think its stronghold).

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choc1969;2691053

Acclaim about £12




Is this for the home or the cat?

frontline is the best option in my opinion & there is a version you can use that will deflea your home too but it;s more expensive.

You can buy it online nowadays so checkout petmeds.co.uk/ and places like that - there are often vouchers on here for them & it's cheaper to buy in bulk too. Also fronline can be used 6 weekly instead but this isn't often enough if they are either still getting fleas\ticks or are hunting cats.

This reminds me mine are due again - expensive innit

worto.

*scooby*;2691107

Is this for the home or the cat?



Acclaim for the home....works within hours.

Use Frontline for cats/kittens

*scooby*;2691095

HiThanks, i have laminate flooring throughout (with 1 rug, which i reg … HiThanks, i have laminate flooring throughout (with 1 rug, which i reg use a vax on) and leather sofas so it is just mattresses that i worry about but i do steam those so i am pretty ok there. There must be some herbal deterrant or something to put on the cats?!



things like tea tree you mean, im affraid the fleas soon get used to the smell :x, my girls cost me a fortune in flea and wormers etc wouldnt be without them tho!!!!

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wendyak;2691098

If you are poor or know someone who gets council tax or housing benefit … If you are poor or know someone who gets council tax or housing benefit you can buy it at cost from pdsa vets, they sell to anyone with a cat registered with them, no need to bring the animal in.(think its stronghold).



I can take the the cats to the PDSA but they do want to see them every 6 months which is a pain. I know from experience with kids and nits that the stuff you can buy is really no good and the best practice is to comb and comb again. I just prob want to find the impossible which works and is not so expensive. Lol.

Dog Fleas?

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foxymissroxy;2691150

things like tea tree you mean, im affraid the fleas soon get used to the … things like tea tree you mean, im affraid the fleas soon get used to the smell :x, my girls cost me a fortune in flea and wormers etc wouldnt be without them tho!!!!

Wormers i would not try and find another solution - that def needs to be done for cat and for the people in the home

i have always used bob martin products so has mum and it is also a 4 week treatment but is only 2 pounds from tescos/asda they sell the house hold stuff as well but is more expensive and i can honestly say the cats have never had them as of yet (touch wood) but thats from the 4 week liquid and the collar
hth
http://www.britishfooddirect.com/images/38-196-bobMartinFleaCollar.jpg

My neighbour is very poor and crushes up fresh garlic and puts it in the cat food, she says they eat it ok and never have fleas.

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mumzyleah;2691239

i have always used bob martin products so has mum and it is also a 4 week … i have always used bob martin products so has mum and it is also a 4 week treatment but is only 2 pounds from tescos/asda they sell the house hold stuff as well but is more expensive and i can honestly say the cats have never had them as of yet (touch wood) but thats from the 4 week liquid and the collar hth



My older cat doesn't wear a collar as i have bought about 6 safety collars and he seems to constantly try to hang himself so i figure as he is microchipped and not v friendly he is prob ok. I think he would go mad if i put a flea collar on him now lol

hiya. i found the most success i've had with my cats fleas was the expensive one.. but it kept them away for longest. i used the acclaim in the house, and the frontline stuff about once every 2 or 3 months, made sure he's wormed and has a flea collar. they havent been back for ages. I was spending loads on carpy shop bought treatments, all of it a waste. think i spent about £30 at the vets and he's been flea free for over a year now.

I never put collars on my cats, they are both micro chipped and insured

i have always found both flea collars and bob martins spot on useless. Frontline is by far the best flea product you can buy.
Genuinely....i have used this a couple times on cats and dogs, and always within 1 hour the animal i noticed is very at ease, my dog was very very irritated with fleas. scratched constantly, and the house was flea free within a day. a good thorough hoover each day helps also. but with frontline, if the flea makes contact on the animal.....its dead
i remember seconds after applying frontline to my dog, a flea must have jumped ship..straight onto my finger holding the little tube....it died instantly lol.

So.......the majority agree:

Step 1 - De flea the cats with Frontline
Step 2 - De flea the home with Acclaim

Total cost approx.£22......flea free for 6 months......bargain

ps The Acclaim will do a standard sized family home twice, so only really £12 a year

Frontline or Advantage are really good

Original Poster

I have just gone onto the petmeds website and was looking at the strength of the stronghold on there (1 pipette of 0.5 ml per cat (approximately 7.5 - 15 mg/kg). Out of interest i got out the stronghold that i have from the vet which is a 45mg pipette then it states 0.75ml (60mg/ml) so this is stronger and bigger??????
Will the one from petmeds be sufficient or am i confused

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NEVER get the stuff from the vets as they normally mark things up by 50-100%

csiman;2692898

NEVER get the stuff from the vets as they normally mark things up by … NEVER get the stuff from the vets as they normally mark things up by 50-100%



like anti-biotics etc these things are perscription only but you can ask for a perscrption from your vet to buy else where, tho i have looked at the frontline i buy and there is about £1 difference

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I have just bought some frontline x 6 pipettes (for fleas) and ten drontal tables (for worming) for my two kittens. These two are apparently the best treatments you can get out there, so I spent all afternoon trying to find the best internet deal. It worked out just under 31 quid for both on vetuk.co.uk

choc1969;2691025

You need to ensure you de-flea your home after de-fleaing the catsBest … You need to ensure you de-flea your home after de-fleaing the catsBest product is Acclaim which I only have to use twice a year, this kills any eggs/fleas in the home and so won't reinfect the cats.But Frontline is the best option for getting rid of the cats fleas...you use less if you follow the above tips


Exactly right

foxymissroxy;2699761

like anti-biotics etc these things are perscription only but you can ask … like anti-biotics etc these things are perscription only but you can ask for a perscrption from your vet to buy else where, tho i have looked at the frontline i buy and there is about £1 difference


And the vet is entitled to charge a prescription charge if he wanted.
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