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How To Keep Cat Fleas Away — 6 Comments

  1. Monty’s vet tries very hard to sell me that Frontline Advantage stuff that you put on a cat to prevent fleas. But I’ve never found a flea on Monty. Why put a chemical on him, which comes with a certain amount of risk, when he’s never had a flea? If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. If he had a reaction to the flea treatment and got sick or died I would never forgive myself. If he gets fleas, we can deal with that, and at that point, a chemical might be the best option. But I’m not taking a risk like that for Monty with no reason. Some risks you have to take– like a rabies vaccine. Rabies is just too scary and it can be spread to humans. Plus, it’s the law to have him vaccinated. But is the chance he might get a flea worth the risks of the flea treatment? I don’t think it is. And right now, everything is frozen, so no fleas anyway.

    • I agree Ruth. Some people treat their cats with a drop on treatment every month because their vet recommends it, it makes my blood run cold thinking of all those chemicals on the cat every month! It must affect them.
      It’s easy enough to treat the cat and the house nowadays if a flea problem ever does occur, I’d rather do that than use all that risky to the cat’s health, prevention treatment.

      • I agree Ruth. To continually put a nasty chemical into a cat via its skin to kill fleas seems a bit desperate and could hurt the cat. I think it is a careless way to deal with fleas. It is easier than dealing with the whole house etc.. An instant fix that is not really an instant fix. Spot treatments are good for a while I believe but not as a permanent treatment. Better to deal with fleas in a more natural way.

    • There we are, some places and homes are flea free, while others constantly fight with infestations. I wonder if the climate where you are (very cold winters) is a big barrier to the flea life cycle functioning. For me, I am sure that a large rug we had in the living room harboured fleas and when that was removed we removed the flea bit allergy that hurt Charlie. He is fine now. I have since moved and he is still flea free. This is v.important for him because the flea bit allergy is awful.

  2. I have all wood floors but I recently put a very natural hemp or some such ..carpet on the living room floor because it bothers me that they cannot grip the floor. When they run around and chase eachother they are very limited by having nothing to grip on. I think it’s a little frustrating for them – and they really love to let go on the new big carpet so I am glad for it at the moment.

    Fleas are dormant, or more dormant at least – in winter and it’s a good time to get rid of them. In Canada I had huge problems with fleas. I’m not sure what happened in the end but Gigi seemed ok after a while and was without fleas and I have no idea why they stopped bothering her or living on her. Its impossible to get rid of them. I agree – get rid of carpets if it’s bad in your house. I heard they live in grass, so if you have a lawn/grass by your house like most people then there’s really nothing you can do about it except try and minimise – and if you really must, then give the cats front line/advantage etc..

    • I am making a pretty bold statement but feel I should. A lot of homes don’t have fleas and therefore dealing with them in a bold way is irrelevant but for those homes where they constantly have flea problems the carpet is reservoir for the life cycle of the cat fleas.

      I have rugs on a hard floor (like you) but no fleas. If I had a cat flea problem I’d take the rugs out or at least minmise them.

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