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Hello,

My kitty, Snickers, just went to the vet today (pictured). Her behavior for the past two week has been "classic flea symptoms." (A flea has yet to be discovered.)

Anyway, the Vet was really pushing Frontline. She said it was the best, and anything along the generic line is "dangerous."

I have two cats- and they need to be treated for 3 months. 1 month is $18 at our vet....so, it adds up.

My money situation is tight. I want something safe and effective, but if I can do it for a lower price, that would be brilliant.

Can anyone offer me some advice or share their experiences with any flea medication? Thanks so much!!! :smile:
 

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I use Revolution on all my animals except the goat, mini horse and donkey. It's also a bit pricey, and if I had to buy individual doses for 20 critters, I'd be in big trouble. What I do is but the largest dog dose and dispense it with a 1mL syringe. Revolution gets rid of fleas, flea eggs, mites and some parasites. Unfortunately, it doesn't kill ticks, which Frontline is supposed to do.

Since you only have 2 cats, you probably should just go with the regular single doses. Revolution does run promos occasionally through the vets where you can buy six doses (1 box) and get a dose free.
 

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Advantage for fleas, Frontline for ticks.
Frontline is not as effective as Advantage for fleas.
Revolution for fleas, ticks, ear mites and worms.

Please don't succumb to the temptation to buy some inexpensive Hartz or generic products that might harm your cat. Not saying you would ever do that, but you did mention your lack of experience with treating fleas.

I buy my pet meds on line from Australia. For some reason they are cheaper. These are authentic products.
 

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There haven't been any fleas at all on the cat??

Have you considered a gentler, cheaper method? Diatameceous Earth can usually be bought in most towns, it is a natural product used to kill fleas/ticks/buggies in general. We sprinkle it around baseboards, around the outside perimeter of our house in good weather and if a dog/cat is acting itchy (havent had to do this last part in 3+ years) we coat their bodies in it. The only main issue is the D.earth is not good to inhale, so some precautions have to be made (masks for people, keeping pets faces from inhaling it).

The other thing we use yearly for fleas is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar With The Mother. We had a capfull to every water bowl in the house, every time we clean/fill bowls. This is also a natural way to combat fleas and mosquitos (which cause heart worm!).
 

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I am all for the food-grade DE as well.
You can dust their bedding with it or rub some in their fur. It is safe for them to lick off - so safe that I add it to cat food to prevent worms.

Sometimes it's hard to find fleas, especially on black cats, but I too would be suspicious if I never saw a single flea, either on my cat or on the white bed sheets, etc. Fleas leave droppings that look like dirt. Try combing your cat and see if you find any.

Thanks for the tip about apple cider vinegar, Muzby.
 

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Ack yes, I forgot to specify FOOD GRADE D. earth ONLY - NOT pool grade!!! I know many people who actually eat the D. earth themselves to help any intestinal "buggies". LOL

The ACV is just such a wonderful product! It has soooo many health benefits, and it works for people to - re: mosquitos. Just drink a few drops in your water daily and you wont have bites in the summer. :)

A site for info on pets: 10 Good Reasons to Give Your Pet Apple Cider Vinegar | The Real Owner



  1. ACV contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes important for keeping animals healthy.
  2. ACV neutralizes the acid in dogs and cats. Adding apple cider vinegar to their food.

  1. It will help keep those brown tear stains for forming under their eyes and eliminate the brown patches on your lawn by balancing your pet’s PH.
  2. A solution of half water and half ACV added to the skin after a http://therealowner.com/health/10-good-reasons-to-give-your-pet-apple-cider-vinegar/#bath will get rid of fleas. Let the fur air dry and, to be sure fleas don’t return add a table spoon of ACV to their drinking water. (4 to 5 cups of water) Adjust amount of vinegar for small animals.
  3. For itchy skin use a solution of half water and half ACV on your pet’s skin as well as adding it to their drinking water.
  4. For Ringworm, sponge affected areas twice a day with one third water and two thirds ACV.
  5. You can ease the pain of arthritis and stop hot spots by adding ACV to your pet’s drinking water.
  6. Spray your barn with Apple Cider Vinegar to keep flies away. Also, sprayed on farm animals to keep flies, and other pests away.
  7. A bit of vinegar in their food or drinking wate keep kidney stones from forming especially in cats.
  8. Spray ACV to horses hooves to dry up thrush.
  9. Spray your pet’s bed and bedding with ACV every few days to keep fleas from moving in and to keep it smelling nice.
Your pet depends on you for it’s well being so it is important to remember that small animals such as birds, cats, and small dogs need a lot less ACV than larger animals. Adjust the dose according to your pet’s size and work them up slowly to the recommended dose. If you are not sure how much ACV to use talk to your animal health professional.



Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits...The many Uses and Amazing Health Benefits of ACV.

Vinegar and Acid Reflux

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
 

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I would also verify fleas before going any further, a plastic flea comb(normal combs really won't work) and maybe the dreaded "bath" could the flea behavior just be dry skin, minnesota=very cold=heat on full all time=very dry house(hey I grew up in that part of the world...
 
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