What Do You Use For Flea Control On Your Cat?

Last Updated on July 15, 2021 by Jenny

Charlie scratching
Charlie scratching

First published May 19, 2011

Last year Charlie and Trigg got fleas because I wasn’t putting a flea control product on them.  Of course, preventing fleas is a lot easier than getting them.

They are now on Revolution.  I hate putting it on them,  but also don’t like the fleas and don’t want them to have heartworm.  As weird as it sounds, it also helps with Charlie’s allergy itching.

With all that said, I am still not really excited about putting chemicals on the back of their neck once every six weeks.  So I have tried to find an alternative and have even considered bathing them once a month with products such as ecoPure Naturals Flea & Tick Shampoo.  Has anyone ever tried that?  If you put pesticides on your cat’s neck, how do you feel about it?

What Do You Use For Flea Control On Your Cat?

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13 thoughts on “What Do You Use For Flea Control On Your Cat?

  1. Patti Johnson says:

    We don’t do any flea treatments for Miss Pink Sugardoodles as she is strictly an indoor cat who never goes outside. We rarely have any windows or doors open in our apartment either as we don’t want her to accidentally scratch the screens if she gets excited about something she sees flying by…

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Miss Pink Sugarbean 🙂 <3

  2. Susan Marie says:

    I have two rag dolls. They are indoor cats. I have just discovered one of them has a moderate flea infestation. :(. I used to treat them with frontline but my vet did not think that to be necessary so I stopped. So to answer the question some are asking here. YES!!! Indoor cats CAN get fleas. Not sure how I am going to treat them yet. Going to talk with a vet tomorrow.

  3. Denise says:

    Tessa does get Revolution every month. It’s a trying event, takes 2 people but it works really well. I would never be able to pill her and she really knows how to fight and she is a very picky eater.

  4. Christiane says:

    I like Capstar – but my Binx doesn’t like pills, so I have to crush it up and hide it in tuna or chicken. I found that it’s much more effective than Frontline Plus or Advantage.

  5. Shadie Kaye's Mom says:

    Melody … fleas are very tiny black moving things you will see when you blow/separate the fur

  6. Jill says:

    It is unfortunately possible for cats to get fleas if they don’t go outside. Our cat is indoor only and had a few fleas on his neck and near the base of his tail last summer. I bathed him (just in CA Baby baby shampoo), checked him obsesively and vacuumed constantly. I guess we can bring the fleas in from outside and if they sit in an open window it’s possbile to get them that way too. I have been thinking about what to do this summer – we live in New England so fortunately it only seems to be a problem in the summer. I don’t like the idea of putting chemicals on them…..but being infested with fleas is not appealing either. I may read up on the Advantage products.

  7. Melody says:

    This may be a dumb question but is it still possible for your animals to attract fleas when they never step foot outside? I assumed that they would not contract any fleas if they were kept indoors at all times but I just wanted to double check. Thanks!

  8. June says:

    When Dakin was a kitten, he became infested with fleas. I used borax – an inexpensive whitening agent found in the laundry department at the grocery store.I basically sprinkled it all over the carpet and then brushed it into the carpet with a broom.It worked – no more fleas. I have always treated the carpets with borax and have not had a problem with fleas since. I live in Florida. Dakin lived to be 17 and Lucy is just over 18 years old. The borax doesn’t appear to have affected them adversely.

    • Jenny | Floppycats.com says:

      I am aware of Borax – so how did you get them off Dakin when he was infested? This sounds like a good solution for treatment, but prevention?

  9. Michelle Spayde says:

    I will ONLY use Advantage (original) for flea control. Prevention is much easier to deal with than an infestation is. I will not use any product that goes completely through their system, such as Advantage Multi or Revolution. I actually have a cat that had an acute pancreatitis attack (TWICE) after applying Revolution! It took the 2nd attack to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

    I don’t like using a poison on my pets, but I have not found anything natural that is effective. I’m in FL, so fleas NEVER die off and are a big problem all year long. My cats are indoor only and still have to be treated monthly. NOTE: I have one cat that tested a strong positive for Bartonella, and he has to be treated a few times a year as his immune system cannot keep it in check. The treatment is FAR more expensive than prevention.

    • Kate Weinberger says:

      I currently have a nine month old foster kitten that got pancreatitis after Revolution. I have not found reference to a similar occurrence other than you. Did your vet say how the revolution caused it?

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