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post #1 of 8 Old 07-15-2012, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Need recommandations on getting rid of fleas

I have 3 cats that are primarily indoor except for 2 that are known to be good escape artists. All three have fleas and I need a good spray or product that will kill them. Something to bathe the cats in, spray on them, get rid of them in my house. I don't have a lot of money to spend on trying out what works and what doesn't. So what products have you used that seem to be successful in getting rid of fleas? Also, one of my cats has scabs on his body where he keeps scratching himself and pulling his hair out. Any product I can put on him to help these scabs heal? Thanks!
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If you can get the original Advantage spot on I've used it many times and have seen fleas dead in the first ten minutes of applying it. If you've got a good relationship with your vet they can sell you the large dog size and give you the correct dosage for a cat. All you need is a 1ml syringe and a very small glass vial to pour it in and store it in. Much cheaper than buying individual cat doses and if you can't find Advantage, Revolution is another good one and the dog size will also break down to a cat size dose safely.
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Once they are in your house, it's a struggle and expect to be at it a couple months.
- vaccuum carpets every day to get as many fleas and eggs as possible.
- after vaccuuming dust the carpets with boric acid. It's cheap and you can find it in the garden section.
- bath them with a flea shampoo. Something like Adam's from Walmart is fine.
- start using a topical product every month. Even the cheap ones work well if you do it every month, even in the winter.
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I spent at least 1200.00 over a year trying everything to get rid of fleas and the worms that follow. All the bio spot stuff, spraying my home, pills you name it I did it. The only way I could finally get rid of them was a 6.00 flea collar from Walmart.

My dog gets Trifex and some new collar from the vet and the cats do not get anything but the collar from walmart.
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I like to use lice combs over my fine haired animals (obviously not possible for the curly haired labradoodle LOL) every now and then to check for fleas... but I've also gotten rid of fleas from my outside cats using the louse comb.

Just another tool idea for your arsenal, good luck, flea's are a itchy pain in the butt >.<
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Once they are in your house, it's a struggle and expect to be at it a couple months.
- vaccuum carpets every day to get as many fleas and eggs as possible.
- after vaccuuming dust the carpets with boric acid. It's cheap and you can find it in the garden section.
- bath them with a flea shampoo. Something like Adam's from Walmart is fine.
- start using a topical product every month. Even the cheap ones work well if you do it every month, even in the winter.
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Boric acid? Would that be harmful to pets and kids? I've heard of using Borax (found in the laundry aisle) which I've been using on our clothes. Might have to start vacuuming more often than I do now. That might help.

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I like to use lice combs over my fine haired animals (obviously not possible for the curly haired labradoodle LOL) every now and then to check for fleas... but I've also gotten rid of fleas from my outside cats using the louse comb.

Just another tool idea for your arsenal, good luck, flea's are a itchy pain in the butt >.<
Ohhh that's a good idea. I might have one of those laying around. Didn't think about that.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-16-2012, 12:14 AM
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Be very careful that the flea products you use on cats are FOR cats- dog product can be toxic to cats and result in an ER visit and a whopping bill if you want to save your cat.

I live in South Texas, aka flea hell, and the only thing I use and recommend is Revolution. Frontline doesn't seem to work, flea collars don't do sh--, and the little buggers are everywhere. Revolution on every cat once a month, vacuum all carpet and cracks in floors/wood/tile, bomb the house and wash all the bedding where the cats spend time in hot water and dry on hot. If you have any other furry pets, those will need to be treated too. Baths are great... if you can do it to your cat without getting killed, but they only kill the fleas ON the cat, they don't prevent new ones from hopping on and starting to reproduce 2 hours later.
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I agree, I livein south texas as well and when I used to walk into our garage, for the slightest second you'r in there you wil have millions jump on you. We have tride vrything, but we tried ne more thing
Springstar S102 Flea Trap - Walmart.com
And it worked great! Now ou walk in tereand you gt NO fleas on you. Im not sure what you can put on you'r kitties,butthis ill do wonders inyour home r outside and is completely harmless to you'r pets!
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