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medic Sun 22-Sep-13 13:24:08

This year, for the first time ever we have a cat scratching all the time and dropping fleas that bite us! We gave him a flea killer tablet and he went berserk. He is always hypersensitive to perfume. hairsprays etc. I have put flea powder on the carpets and hoovered after 30 minutes and bought a tooth comb to catch the fleas but flea eggs must be hatching - a dreadful problem.

shysal Sun 22-Sep-13 13:42:15

The vet can supply a liquid flea killer to be rubbed in if the cat will tolerate it. Although I use Frontline spot-on monthly, one of mine once came home from a week-long absence with large fleas lined up around her ears, which I had to pick off with a tick remover. For the house the best option may be room fogger/bombs, to be done an area at a time, moving around the house.
I shall never forget as a child coming home from holiday to find my faux fur bedside rug absolutely jumping with cat fleas! My vet neighbour says a poorly or elderly cat has less resistance which could lead to infestation despite preventative measures.
Good luck!

kittylester Sun 22-Sep-13 13:47:35

medic - nightmare isn't it.

We use spot on but also buy a flea-collar to wear all the time. We attach bells to the collar to try to give mice and baby birds some warning. The small wildlife round here are all deaf. sad

Tegan Sun 22-Sep-13 14:24:13

shysal; what are fogger/bombs? My dog had fleas this summer for the first time I can recall. I had got a bit slack with the Frontline as she very rarely comes into contact with other dogs and we no longer have cats. I don't think she'd had them for long as I noticed a few lumps on her head and I was worried that she'd got another kind of tumour [she had some benign ones the other year]; was horrified to realise she'd got visitors. Sprayed the rooms and the furniture but only with stuff bought from a pet shop, really needed something from a vet. I won't be so complacent again. My daughters cat has an injection when he has his annual check up that kills them [I'm sure she's not getting it mixed up with an injection for worms]. It really is horrible, isn't it [and embarrassing blush]. The joys of owning pets confused.

AlieOxon Sun 22-Sep-13 14:38:21

The embarrassing thing if my cat gets fleas is - I don't react if I get bitten,as I suppose I do.
Which means that I only know about it when someone else, a visitor, gets a bite.....

whenim64 Sun 22-Sep-13 14:43:55

Frontline Combo is good and you can get one that ensures fleas are obliterated throughout their cycle so any eggs laid in your house don't hatch.

flowerfriend Sun 22-Sep-13 15:36:24

My DiLs cats get an injection every six months for fleas.

Just had my son and his spaniels here for lunch and they were only treated for fleas yesterday after evidence earlier in the week. I can't stop scratching.

HildaW Sun 22-Sep-13 15:37:25

Frontline on back of neck has always worked for our Moggies. Its been a joy to be flea free for years...can remember the days before frontline....on hands and knees hoovering the blighters up!

annodomini Sun 22-Sep-13 15:39:11

Last year, on our return from holiday we found my DS and DiL's house infested with cat fleas. My DiL rushed down to catch the pet shop before it closed and came back with 'bombs' to set off in each room. We had to sit outside for a couple of hours but it was a pleasant afternoon!
Alie, I didn't leave your house with flea bites so you're off that hook.

AlieOxon Sun 22-Sep-13 15:43:24

That's good.
What I do is replace her flea collar rather more often than they say!

Tegan Sun 22-Sep-13 16:57:58

We used to use a spray called Nuvan Top [sp] on the cats. I'm sure it's a banned substance now [for once I'm not going to google it because I don't want to know] but holding a struggling cat at arms length whilst trying to spray it [and attempting not to breathe at the same time] was a nihhtmare. I suppose in the past houses didn't have carpets and they were much colder so there wouldn't have been such a problem. Given that I've got moths in my clothes, fleas on my dog and rats in my compost bin I feel as if I'm under siege.....[although I am using various things to fight back]

annodomini Sun 22-Sep-13 17:11:47

I can go one better, Tegan, having found a large slug in my kitchen a couple of weeks ago. No idea how it can possibly have got there. blush

nightowl Sun 22-Sep-13 17:22:38

You're right, Nuvan top is banned Tegan. I don't know why but I'm sure it was something pretty toxic - to us as well as the fleas. It worked a treat though didn't it?

I think in the past dogs and cats lived outside, so it wasn't such a problem. Except for those belonging to the aristocracy and my mum always said they were a mucky lot anyway.

Hope we haven't got any aristocratic gransnetters shock

nightowl Sun 22-Sep-13 17:25:29

That's just made me think of what you said on another thread kitty about your mother being Hyacinth Bucket. I think my mum was Hyacinth Bucket in reverse if that makes sense. She was very suspicious of anyone with middle class leanings or above grin

shysal Sun 22-Sep-13 17:40:23

flea bomb/fogger . I avoid Bob Martin products which I feel are not powerful enough.

JessM Sun 22-Sep-13 18:34:36

I'm wary of insecticides myself. I had a breast cancer in my 40s. We all search for reasons I know. But I did wonder whether using flea powder (for the dogs) containing lindane was one of the factors.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindane
Looking back I wonder why I put that powerful nit killer on my kid's scalps, which also contained organochlorides.
Hoovering carpets and furniture very enthusiastically and regularly, and boiling or changing any pet bedding should break the life cycle of fleas - the eggs and larval stages develop in such places and not on the animal.

nightowl Sun 22-Sep-13 18:40:16

I have just googled Nuvan Top to find it contained organophosphates. I am now wondering if that's what caused my dog to suffer liver failure and die at the age of 5. I agree with Jess that these products could be very dangerous and we should be careful about their use.

We have just had our workplace de-flead. I am wondering what they used and whether it's safe to go back.

flowerfriend Sun 22-Sep-13 19:11:52

Probably someone you might call my closest friend has a baby snake problem. Our view is that her cat is bringing them in. But we don't really know. After the first four and a break of four days she thought that was it.

Three baby snakes later. Maybe there are more as I haven't spoken to her for almost 36 hours.

These are baby versions of a harmless (unless you are a slug, snail, puppy dog's tail or a small rodent) snake that can grow to over a metre long.

flowerfriend Sun 22-Sep-13 19:13:03

Meant to add that the snakes, although sound horrid, are not the problem that fleas are.

JessM Sun 22-Sep-13 19:34:25

not slow worms? Grass snakes? They may be drawn by the warmth. Not really a problem unless you step on them (I bet they are a protected species), or are snake phobic, is it? Lovely creatures - catch them an put them near the compost.
I once found some squashed lizards under a carpet. I think they crawled in via the air brick.

annodomini Sun 22-Sep-13 20:08:32

My DS's cat, when young, frequently brought in grass snakes and DS put them back into the woodland over the fence. He could never be sure if it was the same snake that she kept bringing back or if she had found a nest of them.

numberplease Sun 22-Sep-13 21:58:56

I`d be thrilled with the snakes! We always knew if our animals had fleas, I was the only human who got bitten! But now we know about Frontline, we`ve had no trouble.........touch wood!

telboy1944 Fri 27-Sep-13 23:58:21

This year is the year of the CAT FLEA,
The new MAY FLEA is at present all over the country and infects cats from long grass, flower beds and bushes.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO......
1: Get the strongest spot on Flea treatment from your Vet and apply at the back of the cats neck.
2: Vacuum everywhere, carpet and rugs both on top and underneath.
3: Vacuum all floors taking special care with skirting boards, move all furniture and vacuum underneath. Laminate and wood floors vacuum between the joints. Vacuum stair carpets and bedrooms, beneath all beds and skirting boards. Wash all cats bedding and your bedding at 60 degrees temp in your washing machine.
4: BUY 500 ml cans of INDOREX. vets charge £20 per can but
www. medicalanimal web site has the same for about £10. Spray all cats baskets, floors, skirting boards, carpets on top and underneath, beneath beds and all other furniture.
5: Throw away all cat brushes and buy new ones, one for each cat and mark them with their names.
6: Buy a Firminator and stroke you cats fur gently to remove all loose hair and clumps of hair. Flees hide in hair clumps especially around their rear, tail areas and back legs.
7: Buy a fine cat flee comb with a handle and twice daily comb every inch of the cats body in every direction. Do this twice daily.
I have gone through this procedure for the past week and it works.
every time I touched one of my cats she started biting her front paws aggressively. when I checked for flees she was riddled with them and she is a house cat. I know this sounds severe but it's the only way to get rid of the flees.

Terry

Anne58 Sat 28-Sep-13 02:30:23

How can you spray underneath fitted carpets to get rid of fleas ?

JessM Sat 28-Sep-13 07:47:39

Just keep vacuuming. I agree the above advice a bit excessive - named brushes for each of your cats??!! There are starving children in the world!
Adult fleas live on animals and don't sit around on brushes. If they are off the animal they will be either laying eggs in "bedding" - beds, carpets, sofas etc or trying to hop on a passing animal.

MrsJamJam Sat 28-Sep-13 07:51:36

My last cat had an injection every six months from the vet. This was not an insecticide, but rendered any flea which bit the cat infertile. In a very short time this broke the life cycle of the fleas already in the carpets/furniture and if any new flea was brought in it couldn't have babies. Worked brilliantly and I was much happier not having to fill the house with noxious chemicals.

Tegan Sat 28-Sep-13 09:15:17

Adult fleas only hop onto cats/dogs for a meal they then live in the bedding or surrounding area [that's what I've always thought]. Is there a similar injection for dogs, I wonder? Going to the vets today so I'll ask.

shysal Sat 28-Sep-13 09:34:33

Has anyone else who contributed to this thread noticed all the flea treatment adverts popping up all over the place? There is one at the top of this page now.

JessM Sat 28-Sep-13 09:48:56

This is clever internet stuff shysal. I cant see the cat flea ad, but I can see an ad for create your own website, in fact a site I was looking at yesterday. GN has to earn its keep (several salaries worth of keep) somehow. "cookies" are, I believe, behind this clever marketing technique - GN will get some income for this - don't quite understand how it works. Maybe we need to click on the ads for them to get the money?

Deedaa Mon 14-Oct-13 21:50:33

Mentioned to my vet today that all my neighbours are having trouble with fleas and he said he thinks some fleas are becoming resistant to Frontline. He says he has seen a change over the last five years. He suggested treating with Frontline every two weeks is worth trying if doing it monthly isn't working.

Eloethan Mon 14-Oct-13 23:25:22

Surely the more often you use the treatment, the more resistant the flea population gets?

Iam64 Tue 15-Oct-13 07:33:30

Our vets now sell Advocat because fleas are now resistant to frontline. It's used the same way as frontline, simply pop it on the dog/cats neck once a month - problem solved. Some of my dog loving pals only use non chemical treatments. My dogs have all lived to 15 or so, despite the last 2 being rescues and in a poor state when they joined the family, so hopefully the chemicals haven't harmed them too much. They've certainly made sharing our lives with dogs a more pleasant experience. Visiting homes where the cats/dogs were flea ridden meant we'd often get flea bites and it isn't pleasant. It also must be very unpleasant for the animals who are flea ridden.

Tegan Tue 15-Oct-13 11:53:53

I bought some Prac-tic [pyripole] for my dog and, for some reason beyond me [she wasn't coming into contact with other dogs and didn't seem to be getting fleas] didn't use all of it. I've got three lots left, all out of date and not sure if I dare use them [I don't think they would be dangerous, but perhaps not so effective now]. Also not sure if I can use it when I've just used Frontline on her confused. Is Advocat pyripole, Iam? I was so shocked to find she had fleas but, as she's a bit under the weather at the moment I don't want to bombard her with more chemicals.

kittylester Tue 15-Oct-13 17:06:01

Is anyone else itching?

DD2 was allergic to cat flea bites and got huge wheals (sp). She was also allergic to flea treatments. We had no cats for about 3 years then risked it again and she seemed to have grown out of it.

Tegan Tue 15-Oct-13 17:34:52

The S.O. has been seeing several doctors for weeks due to a reaction to bites [and blaming my dog] but the bites that have really caused him a problem are mozzie bites. He started to turn into the Elephant Man. Strangely enough, although I get a bit of a reaction to mozzie bites, they also induce a feeling of well being in me because I associate them with holidays abroad.

Anne58 Tue 15-Oct-13 17:41:08

Every cloud, Tegan every cloud..............

Iam64 Tue 15-Oct-13 17:52:52

every cloud is good. It's also good to hear about your daughter and cats kitty. I honestly wonder if exposure is good for some allergies. When I was about 4, I was evidently allergic to strawberries. The GP told mum to give me loads, and I'd grow out of it. I did. I'm so glad mum was sensible, and had a sensible GP. I know some allergies are deadly, and I'm not a huge risk taker. One of my daughters had asthma as a child and our GP said don't get rid of the rabbits, or stop her horse riding (both big causes evidently) because he didn't want her to lose things she loved. The asthma wasn't a huge problem and she now only occasionally is bothered by it (she is in her late 20's) I was thankful for a good GP as I would have done as advised if we'd been told to keep her away from riding, which she loved and was good at.

Tegan Tue 15-Oct-13 18:07:13

My neighbour had cats for years but when the last one died she became allergic to cats [she found this out when she came round to look after mine].

Iam64 Wed 16-Oct-13 18:34:37

When my now husband began to spend time at my home, I had 2 cats. He said he sometimes felt his chest was a bit tight, but put it down to 'other things'. 5 years later, we had no cats. Soon after this, he developed an allergy to cats, running eyes, asthma within an hour of being in any home where a cat has been. Odd isn't it.

Tegan Wed 16-Oct-13 20:48:20

Just had a bad thought. Given that my dog is sneezing and coughing a lot, could she have developed an allergy to humans? In which case, will I have to move out into the shed confused?

Deedaa Wed 16-Oct-13 21:43:23

Our vet used Advocat on one of our cats who had very persistent fleas and I have to say it was very effective. However I later read some really scary stories about cats dying after using because of kidney damage. I know they say on their website to have a vet make sure the cat is fit before you use it, but I've not been tempted to try it again.

Iam64 Thu 17-Oct-13 08:20:42

Tegan - oh dear, is your shed one of those posh ones, with a heater and electric socket for your kettle.

Tegan Thu 17-Oct-13 11:57:08

I used to live in one like that [I really did; it had a baby belling cooker as well] and it was lovely [apart from not having a bathroom confused]. Visions of dog sitting on sofa with cup of tea watching telly with copy of 'Dog World' on the coffee table now....

Tegan Thu 17-Oct-13 11:57:48

...me shivering in hovel....

numberplease Thu 08-May-14 18:14:06

Sorry if this starts you all itching again, but here goes. We have a white cat, and have had her for 19 months, with never a sign of a flea, and her being white surely they`d be easy to spot? Anyway, as from last Friday, we seem to be infested with the little sods, although it`s only me who gets bitten. We can`t see any sign of fleas on the cat, and she isn`t scratching at all, so I`m sure she isn`t the source, but if not, where the hell are they from? And, more to the point, how to get rid? We Frontline Mia regularly, and I`ve sprinkled the carpets and furniture with flea killing powder then vacuumed off after 30 minutes, but to no avail. We wondered if they are from someone visiting who`s dog or cat has fleas, but it offends folk if you ask if their beloved pet has fleas!

GillT57 Thu 08-May-14 18:27:25

My vet said that Front-line doesnt work anymore as the fleas have become resistant to it. I was mortified shockwhen the dribbling and swollen lower lip on Felix the cat was said to be caused by over grooming because he had fleas. I protested that I front-lined regularly and that was when she told me, and gave me some Profender which did the trick. However, my dog, despite not mixing with other dogs, and despite having just had her annual shampoo and set, has started scratching, so will have to start all the washing bedding, vacuum rugs process again. Cat is fine.

TriciaF Thu 08-May-14 18:30:03

Are you sure they're fleas? Have you seen them?
If so you need to treat the whole house, as well as the animal that you suspect is carrying them.
This involves vacuuming all soft furnishings including carpets and mats. Burn the contents of the vac. You might have to burn mats (we did.)
Then set off a "bombe" in each room that's affected. We got them from the vet's. Do it at night before you go to bed because the room needs to be closed off for several hours.
It's a nightmare, hope never have to do it again.

Iam64 Thu 08-May-14 19:03:13

I grin of support for tallboys post.

I share the concerns about the strong chemicals used. However, 30 years ago I came home from holiday to find the rug in the hall and carpets in the sitting room jumping. A friend had been feeding my cat, it was a warm Easter, and the fleas loved it. I followed the approach Tellboy suggests. Since then, my dogs/cats have been treated with anti flea stuff prescribed by the vet. It's expensive, but worth every penny. Our vet isn't prescribing Frontline because fleas are becoming immune to it. I think our current stuff is called Advocat. You simply pop a spot in the animals neck, once a month and never see a flea again. Even cats would accept this, as it can be done so quickly. My dogs, inevitably, see it as a treat, as it means human contact. They line up on flea night!
Good luck medic - I sympathise

numberplease Thu 08-May-14 21:26:20

Unfortunately, the "bombs" aren`t an option for us, our daughter sleeps downstairs in the front room, and I have to get up several times a night for the loo, which is downstairs, plus the possibility of Mia needing her litter tray. And if we do it during the day, it`s not possible for us all to vacate the house for several hours as daughter is disabled, and hubby isn`t able to drive right now. What is Profender?

Aka Thu 08-May-14 22:21:11

I too use a multi spectrum flea, mite, wormer, for our dogs. I think it's Advocat too (or something like that). It's expensive, about £30 per pack but that does 3 treatments. Never had a problem, yet.

Nelliemoser Fri 09-May-14 14:42:38

I had this in a flat, our cat had been sent off to my parents while we were away on a work placement for a few weeks, when we returned for a weekend the fleas were desperate for a feed and jumping everywhere.
We used an insecticidal powder on the carpets then.

I have no idea what is was but it seemed to work. This was back in the early 1970s. Something like Malathion and I think carbaryl, nasty chemicals both.

There was no such thin as these spot on animal flea prevention measures in those days.

I do wonder what hit then next tenants after we moved out with the cat.
Wicked grin

numberplease Fri 09-May-14 17:44:54

Well, for some reason, and I`ll probably be proved a liar soon, I`ve not seen a flea, or had a single bite today. Last night, before going to bed, I sprayed the floor in front of my chair, plus the footrest, with fly spray, then on the way upstairs I sprayed the stair carpet, then this morning I sprayed our bedroom carpet, plus the bed itself. Don`t know if that`s why, but, fingers crossed, still no more bites.

Iam64 Fri 09-May-14 19:50:27

I remember being advised to keep up the hoovering/cleaning regime, and re-use any furniture treatments again in a month. Is it true that flea's can live for 3 months without feeding, or is it an urban myth?

numberplease Fri 09-May-14 21:36:15

A district nurse once told me that they can live for up to 2 years without feeding, in cracks between floorboards, horrible thought! Tonight I got 2 more bites, from 2 separate fleas, in the garage, where the washing machine is, so now we`ve sprayed the garage with fly spray. And tomorrow I`m on a flea spray mission in town.

Iam64 Sat 10-May-14 07:56:35

Oh No number please. That confirms those of us who use Advocat monthly are probably doing the best we can. Good luck with your mission.

shysal Sat 10-May-14 08:30:05

Number, I use Profender on my cats, but it is a spot-on preventative for worms!
I am interested to hear recommendations for Advocat, might try that next time, although Frontline Combo seems to do the trick at the moment. I warm up the pipettes in my bra so that the liquid is at body temperature when applied, so usually they don't shoot away before I have finished. I turned up for my last breast screening with a forgotten dose in my underwear, leaving the imprint visible - we had a good laugh! blush

Nelliemoser Sat 10-May-14 09:30:15

Iam64 Please reassure me it is Advocat and not Advocaat you meant.

I was really puzzling for a moment about why you were putting "A traditional Dutch alcoholic beverage made from eggs, sugar and brandy." over your cat to ward off fleas. grin

Iam64 Sun 11-May-14 08:16:56

Oh sorry nellie - you are 'spot on'. We had a family get together here yesterday to celebrate a number of positive events. I must have been just a tad tired when I posted! My gran always had Advocat in her cupboard, and we children were given a tiny amount to toast special events. Having all the family here yesterday must have had me back in 1954…..

Nelliemoser Sun 11-May-14 09:18:27

You did write advocat, but it really had me wondering there for a few moments.

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grandtanteJE65 Sat 22-Jul-17 16:47:24

I'm a fan of frontline too, as flea collars only work on small cats. On large cats the fleas just move away from the collar. Frontline also prevents ticks.

Remember that fleas can survive quite happily inside the vacuum cleaner, so empty it as soon as you have finished your very thorough cleaning spree.

I have found the fleas unfortunately can lay their eggs in the cracks between floor boards, so wash them in hot soapy water and or ammonia and water.

Anything that can't be washed in the way of cushions, clothing can be wrapped in a plastic bag and put in the freezer overnight.

Please be very careful what you buy of sprays etc. as unless they are specifically stated to be suitable for homes with cats, you risk killing the cat instead of the fleas. Cats are apparently much more sensitive to chemicals than dogs.

I have found washing wicker baskets in warm water just as effective as spraying them.

If you are really desperate, you can try combing the cat with a nit comb and drowning the fleas you catch in warm water. I hesitate to suggest bathing the cat - I know the chemist sells shampoo for cats, but the only person I have ever known who bathed his cat was severely bitten by the cat for his pains.´

When I used flea collars, I cut a snippet off the new collar and put it inside the vacuum cleaner to kill fleas that were vacuumed up. It seemed to work quite well.

Bayne Tue 05-Jun-18 20:02:21

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LynneB59 Tue 05-Jun-18 22:33:25

I've had cats all my adult life - certainly since I was 21 (38 years now)and only once ever had a problem with fleas. You need to use effective stuff on your cat - mine has a prescription treatment from the vet, as vets are now saying that the usual over-the-counter stuff like Frontline (I always used to use that) is no good as fleas are immune to it now.

You also need to treat the house. A good spray is INDOREX. The skirtings, carpets, rugs, and anywhere that your cat sits or sleeps (settee, bed, blanket, etc) all need to be sprayed. Fleas jump off the cat, lay their eggs in those different places, get back onto the cat (the host), and the eggs can remain dormant for ages. When they hatch, any passing host (your legs, the cat, any other pet, etc) will be bitten.

grandtanteJE65 Fri 15-Jun-18 13:25:36

Our fleas have become resistant to frontline, but Bayer who makes it also makes a similar thing called Advantage and it is working very well indeed, (fingers crossed).

Vacuuming yes, but it isn't the whole answer. Anything that can harbour fleas and which can be washed should be washed in as hot water as it can stand. I add ammonia to the water when I wash our varnished wooden floors.

I have tried the business of combing cats with a nit-comb and drowning the fleas, but it is a good deal easier to try a different make of spot-on treatment, until you find one the fleas are not resistant to.

grandtanteJE65 Fri 15-Jun-18 13:27:43

Oops, sorry, I see I have repeated myself!

JanP72 Wed 26-Sep-18 17:49:28

Hi, re foggy bombs: you can buy them from most large pet stores. They are an aerosol type tin, and can be bought as a single or double pack. You need to vacuum everywhere, and make sure no animals are in the room, and especially not fish tanks. You click the top of the tin and it actives a spray that goes straight up in the air. The instructions with the pack says they'll kill active fleas, larvae and eggs in the room used. Obviously you have to shut the room up and leave it.... can't remember exact time, but instructions are clear.
I used to have 4 cats, that were very friendly with every other cat within a mile radius, so fleas were a problem. It doesn't matter how careful you are, the little devils will bag a lift on the cats. Foggers were a Godsend for us. I bought 4 and did every room the cats went in...... have to admit I got a bit obsessed. We now just have 1 puss left, but no fleas.smile

grandtanteJE65 Sat 29-Sep-18 15:04:09

I find frontline no longer works, our fleas have apparently become resistant to it. Bayer, who make frontline, also make a similar spot on product marketed her in Denmark and in Germany as Advantage. The name rather points to it being intended for the English speaking market.

Put a piece of a flea collar or flea powder into the paper bag of your vacuum cleaner - this helps to kill fleas you vacuum up.

Wooden, concrete, tiled floors can be washed in a solution of soap and ammonia or vinegar. If you are using ammonia, put the cat out or into another room first.

Any clothing, chair covers, bed linen etc that can be washed on the hottest possible cycle should be as fleas jump, as we all know, and may well be lurking in the sofa or your bed.

Fur lined slippers etc. will attract fleas too. Put them wrapped in plastic into the freezer and leave overnight.

Good hunting!

ruddycoly Mon 22-Oct-18 16:00:19

Try to find time to visit vet. Fleas could be a cause of other diseases.

Lynne59 Mon 22-Oct-18 20:36:26

My cat has always had stuff from the vet. 3 different vet practices I've been to (with other cats too) said that they don't sell or recommend Frontline as the fleas have become immune to it.

You need to treat the house. Indorex spray from a vet is good.

You need to do:
the cat's bedding, carpets/rugs, skirting boards, cushion or anywhere that your cat goes on.

peachlili Fri 02-Nov-18 09:37:46

Some cats are really sensitive to chemical means to fight fleas. It can cause different unpleasant side effects so It's better to use natural remedies. Those insects can be scared off with the scent of such plants as peppermint, basil, wormwood, tansy, garlic. Cats don't like the smell of garlic too but it's better than pills. Herbal and citrus sprays are good repellents as well. Here is the article with all the methods of fighting fleas, both chemical and natural. All advantages and side effects are described there.