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Author Topic: Help! Glory has fleas and Phantom is 21 years old! What's safe for her?  (Read 174 times)
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« on: September 01, 2017, 05:21:30 PM »

So, it appears that Glory was not flea-free, or else had remaining eggs, when we got him. We've now found fleas on him, and Phantom and Cara are scratching. I need to start flea treatment ASAP. I have no worries in treating Glory or Cara (ages 1 and 4) but I am definitely worried about how to treat Phantom.

I do not want to haul 21-year-old Phantom to a vet just for flea meds. Much of the reading I've done says that Advantage is safe for senior cats. When we last had fleas (20 years ago) that is what we used, with great success, but it was a prescription med at that time. Does anyone know if it is sold OTC now?

Has anyone treated fleas in a cat as old as Phantom? If so, what did you use?
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2017, 06:32:04 PM »

Advantage II is sold OTC on-line and in pet stores.  I guess it is also available at the vet's office.  I think it is a little different from the original Advantage, but the ingredients in it are suppose to be safe for pets and humans.  Even if you don't take Phantom to the vet, you might want to call and ask for an opinion on the best product for a senior cat.  Here is one article about it with some comments:

       https://www.consumersearch.com/flea-control/advantage-ii-for-cats
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2017, 02:39:58 AM »

Aw, cr+p, Catbird.  I'm so sorry.  That totally s*cks.

I checked out my thread fancily titled "Fleas"  Cheesy from 2013 (wow, has it already been 4 years since we had our fleas?).  I was giving Revolution and Drontal.  These were recommended by my beloved Dr. Ueda.  I can't imagine it would be different for different aged cats but I don't know.  The Larges were about 6 years old at that time (and the Tinies were younger).

I washed everything and vacuumed daily for a while.  But I'm happy to say (KNOCK ON TONS OF WOOD) that they did not return after that one time.

Sending lots of good luck over there...
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2017, 06:03:13 AM »

I used Advantage II on Punkin until he passed at 24. Per my cousin [a vet ] his vet & both independent pet supply stores , it was the safest choice for a senior. Don't forget to totally clean & empty the vacuum into a sealed bag outside. A small shallow dish of water under a nightlight will attract them & they will drown .
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2017, 08:54:20 AM »

Thanks, everyone, for your very valuable help! I'm especially reassured by the fact that you used Advantage on Punkin, lesliek, and that two vets gave you positive advice about it. Back in the day, it was the only flea treatment my cat-specialist vet (sadly, now out of business due to a corporate buyout and an "urban renewal" project that tore down the building she was renting and replaced it with a fancy pub) would use for cats, except for Capstar for nursing females with young kittens.

Glory's vet assessment about 10 days before we got him, per the paperwork I was given, said "flea dirt found; has been treated." You could tell that he'd had fleas from the broken-off hairs in his coat; that got much better within about 3 weeks. He was also treated for ear mites. I am guessing that there may still have been a few eggs on him, and I don't know what the rescue treated him with--perhaps something that did not keep the fleas from laying eggs as they died off--some products don't. Or maybe he should have had a second treatment.

The fact of the fleas solves another mystery--why Cara threw up two hairballs in the past two weeks, and has been shedding. Cara has never had hairballs before in her life. (None of my cats ever get them, which I attribute to a high-quality mostly wet food diet with minimal grain.)

Going out this afternoon to spend a bundle on Advantage at a pet store that I think carries it.  Tongue  I will of course watch Phantom closely--at least it's Labor Day weekend, and I will be around her a lot more for 3 straight days.
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2017, 10:18:40 PM »

Just wanted to add that Cara could be shedding due to stress. When we come back from a trip, everything ends up being covered in hair, and within a day shedding goes back to normal.

In addition to treating everyone for fleas which should definitely be done, not sure if you are trying Feliway diffusers (how many you need will depend on the area of your home). Some cats have zero response to Feliway, my Stefie was like that but for him Pet remedy (diffuser with some calming oils) diffuser worked.
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