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Fleas!!!

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Helen catcat, Sep 17, 2020.


  1. Helen catcat

    Helen catcat PetForums Newbie

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    Our cat brought fleas back from the vet and we’re still not rid of them! We tried a spot on but it hasn’t worked and I know we can’t try again too soon to avoid overdosing. Tried hoovering and spraying the house. Agghh! I despair! I don’t know what to do now, any ideas please?
     
  2. gemlin83

    gemlin83 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, thats sounds frustrating! Have you considered one of those flea collars? Not sure how they/if they work but may be worth a look.
     
  3. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Which spot-on did you use? Advantage is a good make and can be bought over the counter. If you used a make that contains the insecticide fipronil, it is no longer effective in some parts of the UK.

    Have you used a good make of household insecticide in the home e.g. Indorex, Acclaim or RIP Fleas? The whole house needs spraying, room by room. Once is enough to last for a year.

    Bear in mind the Pupal Window. No insecticide kills pupae, you have to wait until they hatch into adult fleas. Then they will be killed by the spot on, on your cat, or the insecticide you sprayed in the home. The frequent hoovering encourages the pupae to hatch.

    http://www.ripfleas.co.uk/pupal-window/

    http://www.ripfleas.co.uk/r-i-p-fleas-extra/


    Empty your hoover bag into an outside bin every time you have hoovered.
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Flea collars are actually quite useful for putting in the hoover bag to kill any fleas or eggs that are hoovered up. (cut collar into several pieces) :)

    Unfortunately on a cat the collar can cause a nasty skin irritation on the cat's neck. The Seresto collars have been known to cause neurological issues, we have had several cases in the past of forum members' cats becoming very ill after wearing a Seresto flea collar.
     
  5. gemlin83

    gemlin83 PetForums Newbie

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    Wow, thats awful but very good to know! Thank you.
     
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    Callidora PetForums Member

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    @chillminx what a fabulous tip! I haven’t used flea collars in years because about 20 years ago it caused such a severe irritation that my boys neck became bare! But I never would have thought of putting one in the vacuum.
    As for flea products, I always use what the vets are currently selling-they’re usually up to date with the products that work (they can also give you the appropriate dose for the age and weight of your cat) When we adopted our new kitten she came with fleas, so we used the advantage spot on and RIP fleas house spray
     
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