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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Is Advantage really safe to use on my baby?

I have never used flea treatments before.

I read to put Borax on area rugs. I have hardwood floors throughout with several rugs. My cat practically lives on the rugs. How do I treat them with Borax when she rolls around on them? Is it safe for her after I vacuum the Borax up? Is there something safer I can use to treat the rugs?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-15-2008, 11:13 PM
 
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Re: Is Advantage really safe to use on my baby?

some alternative/compliment to expensive topical flea mediations;
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=2750693
http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.j ... Id=2751933
I just adopted 2 cats, so I'm also using something like Advantage.
Once my cats have been isolated in my home for a few Months,
I will discontinue these Monthly topical medication altogether,
so it may have more to do with where you cat is from, and what
is he exposed to, in determining how vigilant flea protection is.
that's a more important issue than wondering what's in your rugs.
In TN where you don't have much freezing winter, fleas and ticks
are a year round problem, so if you let your cats outside, you may
need to use a topical medication which have proven to be safe.
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Re: Is Advantage really safe to use on my baby?

Sorry, petspy, but I would NOT use any over the counter flea treatments on a cat. Both the products mentioned have pyrethrins in them which can be toxic to cats. I think Advantage is much safer.
As for Borax, I have hardwood floors and have used it. I put the cats in the bathroom, sweep it around the floor (so it gets in the cracks) and then vacuum very well. It's very safe and will work on your rugs as well.
Just a note though, since I have been using Advantage, I haven't had to treat my house at all. If you don't have a bad infestation, it should take care of the problem by itself.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-16-2008, 09:54 AM
 
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the products mentioned have pyrethrins in them which can be toxic to cats.
Interesting that topical medications are potentially safer than over the counter powders and shampoos.
I'm sure the toxicity you mention is isolated or in excess, as both products are marketed by pet suppliers.
are there equivalent strength carpets powders and pet shampoos that do not resort to the use of pyrethrins?
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There is a sticky at the top of the page about pymethrins. While the number of documented deaths are not huge (in the hundreds), it would be huge to me if it were my cat that was affected. I don't see any reason to take the risk when there are safer products available.


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Re: Is Advantage really safe to use on my baby?

What is the best price I can get on Advantage? Is there a reputable seller on Ebay that anyone knows about?

I have not seen any fleas at all on my cat or the rugs. I am going to forget about the Borax treatment because I did the water test last night and had no fleas in the rugs. I do let the cat outside every afternoon for an hour or so. She usually stays on the sidewalk or porch but sometimes goes into the yard. I just think I probably need to use something for prevention of fleas.

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http://www.deadfleaz.com/Advantage-p-1-c-1.html
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Wow, those prices are good. I usually pay about $45 for a 4 pack.
I don't know an alternative OTC product that is as safe for cats as Advantage or Frontline. Unfortunately, a lot of the testing done on these products is done for dogs and, although many cats can use them safely, many can't. I used to work at a vet and we had an alarming number of cats come in with severe reactions to OTC flea products, some died, and it's not a nice death. It's just not worth the risk for a couple of bucks. Besides, i don't think any of them work as well anyway, so it probably ends up costing the same in the end.

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Yes I have heard baaddd things about many of the pet store flea products. My parents tried something from walmart and all the kittehs got sick for a few days. Reviews for advantage are generally very positive.

Hm yes that deadfleaz is a good price. Have you ordered from there? I get the impression it ships from Australia, just wondering if there are any duties to pay when it arrive in the u.s. or anything? I've been getting it from drugstore.com
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OT: I order everything from prescription medication and fish food, toys, computer parts, and even live shrimp and aquatic plants from South East Asia and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand) and have never once had a problem. It arrives as a regular USPS parcel, sometimes requiring a signature, sometimes not. Most dealers will replace any orders lost in transit or randomly confiscated, and you'll never be required to pay duties or postage due. keep in mind I order for shipment to the continental US, and you must be willing to wait 1-3 weeks for delivery.

today I ordered Bach's human rescue remedy shipped
from Australia for less than half what is costs here;
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