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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-23-2015, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Cats don't have fleas?

I live in a warm climate and my cats go outdoors but they don't seem to have fleas. I have used Revolution and Advantage on them but maybe only every 2-3 months or even longer. Is it possible that stuff really works so much longer. One of my cats is white and no flea dust and neither bite or scratch themselves. ???
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-24-2015, 01:52 PM
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Could it be they've been just lucky so far??

No other clue.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-24-2015, 03:42 PM
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Hi. We live in the ME and fleas are very rare here too. They thrive in temps between 21 and 30 degrees. As most of our evening temps are higher than this, let alone daytime, they don't do well.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-02-2015, 09:46 AM
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It's possible that the cats are so quick to eat them that you don't see them and they aren't on the cats long enough to cause problems.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2015, 06:43 AM
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I personally would never leave things up to "luck" or the climate and would use a monthly flea treatment even if you never see a flea in your environment.

Your yard may not have fleas present, but all it would take was for some OTHER critter coming into contact with your cat - a raccoon, a possum, a rat, a mouse, another cat - and if that animal HAD fleas, your cats would likely be bitten. Fleas carry WAY too many diseases - both for humans and cats - for me to feel comfortable not treating an indoor/outdoor cat with something like Revolution.

As an aside, I have a 17-year-old cat who has kidney disease (CRF/CKD) along with a host of other chronic illnesses. I apply Revolution once a month. I have been using Revolution for years and I have never seen a single side effect. My cat is indoor/outdoor, but at her age she rarely wanders and spends most of her time in the garage, where she does not encounter any other critters. However, at my most recent vet checkup (early September), the vet gave her a once-over with the flea comb and found a dead flea! So, even sheltered indoor/outdoor cats can have contact with fleas/flea-bearing animals. I was glad that the flea was dead - shows the Revolution is doing its job!

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