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« on: June 02, 2013, 02:53:15 PM »

Hello everyone I haven't been on Itchmo in about a month. I have 3 cats and I was wondering what's the best flea treatment. My vet gave me some info on a new flea collar called Seresto that's supposed to last for about 5 months. It's pretty expensive but if it really last that long then it's worth the money. Has anyone used this product yet and if so does it work? What's the best method for fleas. My cats are strictly indoor but I want them to be protected. I'm on a fixed income but I'm willing to spend a reasonable amount on my babies. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 04:04:25 PM »

deedee- I have no experience with Seresto, but have had many bad experiences with the old flea collars . I stick with Advantage or Frontline, although they are toxic these 2 seem the safest . I have asked my own vet & several others about the new cheaper generic brands & they have had many complaints about them. Some of the natural products seem to work well for dogs , but they are all based on essential  oils which can be a huge problem for cats .
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 04:45:29 PM »

I have to agree with Lesliek. Flea collars, no matter what the type, are known for causing reactions in cats. They can cause skin tumors at the site of contact, for example, and I have read any number of stories about awful reactions such as weakness or partial paralysis.  I agree that Advantage from the vet (make sure it's the cat formula), while not fool-proof, is probably the least likely to cause problems of the topical remedies.

There is also a pill called Capstar that is safe enough to be given to kittens that are at least 2lb/4weeks. My vet prescribed it for a litter of kittens and their nursing mom, and they showed absolutely no ill effects. Capstar does not kill the eggs, so you need some other treatment for your environment if you already have fleas (diatomaceous earth is a good one).
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 05:36:18 PM »

Thanks, I've been using Pet Armour I think, but my vet said fleas had built some immunity to it. He was raving about this new flea collar, he said it's totally different from the flea collars that have been on the market. I'll do some more research before I make a decision tis week. All feedback is welcomed! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 06:10:36 PM »

I have mixed feelings about the need for indoor cats to use anything for fleas except if you live in a warm part of the country where they are active year round and more likely to get into your house.  I guess that is because I had cats for over 45 years and never used anything and did not have a flea problem except on one occasion and I took care of that in a few days. Very mild problem.  I would rather do that then subject kitties to the pesticides for their entire life if they do not go outdoors. That is just my opinion, of course.  I do have a daughter who lives in Florida and has an indoor kitty. She uses Revolution, and I wish she did not have to, but bugs of all kinds are so prevalent in that weather that I guess I have to accept that there is more of a possibility of fleas than where I live where they are killed off in the Winter months. She had used Advantage for a previous kitty and dog. 

If you do have to use something, though, stick to the topicals that you obtain from your vet, and I also don't think the flea collars are the best thing to use.  However, I don't know anything about the new one you mentioned, so I will do some reading about it.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2013, 08:16:28 PM »

Rudi developed an allergy to Advantage last summer and I went back to the old method of flea combing.  It works great, and is non-toxic.  A quick comb a few times a week around the chin/ears & down the back took care of bad case of fleas for him.  Might be a good one to consider if you decide to stay away from the toxins.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 09:57:48 PM »

I did do a search and read about this Seresto collar.  I found a number of reviews on Amazon about it.  The reviews were mixed, but a fair number were positive. I did see one review about a cat who got bad chemical burns on her neck from it.  I suppose any animal can have an adverse reaction to certain chemicals. If you want to try one of these collars, you might want to look on Amazon to purchase it.  I don't know how much your vet is charging, but it is expensive to pay full-price. I saw prices of $70-78 full price, but places on Amazon are selling it in the range of the $30's to 40's. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2013, 02:00:46 AM »

The applied med (we used Frontline Plus when the need arose) targets all flea lifecycles and is only applied once a month when and if needed.
One of our cats did get a skin irritation that disappeared in a few days once the med was absorbed and no longer sitting on top of the skin.

The problem with flea collars is the poison is contacting the animal all the time every day and doesn't target all the flea lifecycles.

Even with buying the Frontline Plus at an animal hospital and not online, enough for all four cats was only about $70 I think.
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