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Old 11-17-2012, 07:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello guys i have a problem, Lily the kitten I adopted has Fleas, i already bathe her with Hertz Ultragaurd and Spray and 30 days Tube thingy but she still seems to have Fleas, i don't know what to do and we have other cats in the house i don't want them to catch it because they are not mine, they belong to the Landlord and a roomate. Please help!
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First of all...NO! NO! NO! to Hartz products. Seriously....bath her again immediately to get the stuff off her. There are all kinds of adverse reaction reports for Hartz products, many of them leading to death of the cat. I don't see permethrins in the ingredients for this product, which has been the culprit previously, but I wouldn't trust a Hartz product, ever.

I'm going to post this so you see it and get her into a bath. Will create another post later (dinner time) with info on better treatments.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Huh really! She has had it for a day so far so good. I'll treat her with something else then but what? Thanks doodlebug
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You will need to use something like Dawn dish soap to remove the oil from the Hartz product. The good news is that it also kills feas.

Get a good flea comb - which is the same as a lice comb. Just make sure the teeth are metal and close together.

You have to treat the environment too. And repeat it in 3 weeks. Wash all of the bedding in hot water. Vaccum daily and toss the bags.
Because out house is fairly large, with lots of places for fleas to hide, we have always chosen to use flea bombs. They've gotten better over the years. We give the pets each a Capstar (from the vet) before they get in the car. We set the flea bomb and everyone leaves the house for 8 hours, with the AC/heat turned off. After 8 hours, we return to air out the house for 4 hours (all windows open, the ceiling fans and AC fan going full blast). We usually just hang out in the SUV, with a couple of movies for the DVD plays, laptops for internet and water bowls for the pets. We also treat the yard at that time.
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Ok thank you so much Mom of 4
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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But you DID wash the Hertz off, right???
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:34 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I will today it was too cold last night
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Been there, done that so I feel your pain.

I would use Advantage or Frontline topical once a month along with a flea comb.

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Old 11-21-2012, 10:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use Advantage II. Ive had better luck with it then Frontline. Recently Ive also been using Revolution on my kitten. Its for fleas and it gets rid of worms if they have them. In my area the Revolution is slightly cheaper too.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:56 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I suggest Advantage II or Frontline Plus. I try to rotate. One of my reasons for using these brands is the dog versions are safe for cats and it's cheaper for me. We have 3 small dogs (4, 8, and 8 lbs) and an adult cat.

I wrote a post about Advantage II: If you use Advantage II for fleas, check this out.

Using the dog version of Frontline Plus is a little more complex so I don't suggest you try it without fully researching it.
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