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    • janeys
    • By janeys 29th Jan 18, 8:38 AM
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    Latest flea treatment for cats
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    • 29th Jan 18, 8:38 AM
    Latest flea treatment for cats 29th Jan 18 at 8:38 AM
    Hi does anyone know which is the current most effective flea treatment for cats please? My friend treats her cat monthly with Effipro spot on active ingredient Fipronil, but her cat comes in from outside and she has fleas on her. The cat is crying because she has been bitten, my friend grooms her and removes the fleas, there are no eggs. My friend is in her 70's and is finding it upsetting to see her cat in discomfort and the routine is tiring. The cat wont stay in and wont use a litter tray and my friend doesn't want to keep her in there are quite a few other cats in the area I think these other cats have fleas and my friends cat is picking them up by being in shared spaces. I'm looking for any advise I can give my friend that will help her and her cat, I think I read sometimes flea treatments become ineffectual and new ones are needed. I didn't know whether she should be using a spray as well as the spot on, I've never had cats so was unsure what to advise.
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 29th Jan 18, 12:38 PM
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    Not the spray and spot on at the same time that's for sure- they could react- these are relatively toxic chemicals so you don't want to overdose.

    I've got dogs and there have been many reports that the most popular spot on-name escapes me at the moment - is not very efficient now.- Just remembered Frontline.

    The most effective action (I agree not the cheapest) would be to get advice from the vet and buy a product from them- at least for the present. You may find that the drug recommended is available online from a reputable UK vet supplier. Some of the most effective drugs are POM so of course can only be obtained from the vet (or a scrip for them)
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    • Bradden
    • By Bradden 29th Jan 18, 1:11 PM
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    • 29th Jan 18, 1:11 PM
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    • 29th Jan 18, 1:11 PM
    Advocate for cats is recommended by most vets now.

    https://www.viovet.co.uk/Advocate-Spot-on-Solution-for-Dogs-Cats/c294/

    https://www.animeddirect.co.uk/prescriptions/advocate-40-for-small-cats-up-to-4kg-pack-of-3.html


    There are similar products available.. but they are all prescription only.

    It may be cheaper to get a long prescription from the vet and then buy online.
    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 29th Jan 18, 1:39 PM
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    • 29th Jan 18, 1:39 PM
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    • 29th Jan 18, 1:39 PM
    One of my cats has vet prescribed flea treatment due to other skin conditions meaning she HAS to stay flea free, she had the Comfortis tablet but she's a nightmare to catch to give it to. Now she has Bravecto drops, which are very expensive, but only needed every 3 months, these seem to work wonders on her, active ingredient is Fluralaner

    The others all have Advantage, which works just fine, active ingredient is imidacloprid, same as Advocate but available without prescription.
    Last edited by peachyprice; 29-01-2018 at 1:42 PM.
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    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 29th Jan 18, 7:28 PM
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    • 29th Jan 18, 7:28 PM
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    • 29th Jan 18, 7:28 PM
    Frontline's main ingredient is Fipronil. It stopped working on our cat about 7 years ago. We use Advantage on our current cat, although you'd think we were attempting murder when applying to the back of her neck, but it does work. I get it from Animed.
    • NickC1984
    • By NickC1984 14th Feb 18, 4:37 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 4:37 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 4:37 PM
    We use Bravecto on our cats, after one of them seemed to have an allergic reaction to Advocate. Bravecto may be more expensive, but it's more than made up for by the fact that it's only needed once every 3 months, instead of every month - much less stress for both them and us!

    Also, our vet is part of a scheme that does 4 for 3 on it - so you get a whole year's supply for the price of 9 months..
    • Boba_Fett1
    • By Boba_Fett1 2nd Apr 18, 12:25 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 18, 12:25 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 18, 12:25 PM
    The problem here is that your friend isn't treating her house. I use frontline-plus (which contains Fipronil which kills adult fleas and (S)-methoprene which inhibits egg laying - so minimal house infestation) and indorex household spray which lasts 12 months and also contains these two ingredients and I only spray twice a year - which will combat anything that slips through the net and into my home. Using a spot on treatment alone will not do and you MUST treat the house too .

    No fleas here in over 6 years.

    A full year of coverage for my pet and whole house is about £33.
    Last edited by Boba_Fett1; 02-04-2018 at 12:33 PM. Reason: updated details
    • Oddjob
    • By Oddjob 14th Apr 18, 9:11 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 9:11 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 9:11 PM
    Please don't use any spot on treatments, they burn, they melt paint (try it) and burn holes in metal.
    If you get garden pesticide on your hands, you should wash it off immediately, so why risk putting it on your pets to have it go into their bodies?
    Why do you think pets start shaking their heads when you put it on them - because its hurting them!!
    Anyone on facebook, just type in Bravecto, Advantage or any of the other things you use and see how many dogs/cats have been killed.

    Please, please, if you love your pets, use natural flea treatments, there are lots about, try Billy No Mates. Put a drop of cider apple vinegar in their water, comb their coats with it, use a fine tooth comb. Garlic in moderation is good for keeping fleas away, joints and heart.
    Coconut oil brushed into the fur - Lauric acid in coconut oil has a strong repellent effect, which makes your dog or cat very unattractive as a host for ticks and fleas. And this is a great advantage compared to the chemical treatments, that are based on !!!8220;poisoning!!!8221; the insects. (they often contain neurotoxic poisons, which can even cause seizures and other very serious side effects)


    Don't risk burning or even killing them for the sake of a few fleas!!
    Last edited by Oddjob; 14-04-2018 at 9:22 PM.
    • Oddjob
    • By Oddjob 14th Apr 18, 9:20 PM
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    • 14th Apr 18, 9:20 PM
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    We use Bravecto on our cats, after one of them seemed to have an allergic reaction to Advocate. Bravecto may be more expensive, but it's more than made up for by the fact that it's only needed once every 3 months, instead of every month - much less stress for both them and us!

    Also, our vet is part of a scheme that does 4 for 3 on it - so you get a whole year's supply for the price of 9 months..
    Originally posted by NickC1984
    It also kills - see - http://www.isbravectosafe.com/bravectotruefacts.htm
    Last edited by Oddjob; 15-04-2018 at 12:51 PM.
    • Shoshannah
    • By Shoshannah 14th Apr 18, 9:59 PM
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    Nice peer-reviewed, evidence-based website there...
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 15th Apr 18, 7:25 AM
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    Please don't use any spot on treatments, they burn, they melt paint (try it) and burn holes in metal.
    If you get garden pesticide on your hands, you should wash it off immediately, so why risk putting it on your pets to have it go into their bodies?
    Why do you think pets start shaking their heads when you put it on them - because its hurting them!!
    Anyone on facebook, just type in Bravecto, Advantage or any of the other things you use and see how many dogs/cats have been killed.

    Please, please, if you love your pets, use natural flea treatments, there are lots about, try Billy No Mates. Put a drop of cider apple vinegar in their water, comb their coats with it, use a fine tooth comb. Garlic in moderation is good for keeping fleas away, joints and heart.
    Coconut oil brushed into the fur - Lauric acid in coconut oil has a strong repellent effect, which makes your dog or cat very unattractive as a host for ticks and fleas. And this is a great advantage compared to the chemical treatments, that are based on !!!8220;poisoning!!!8221; the insects. (they often contain neurotoxic poisons, which can even cause seizures and other very serious side effects)


    Don't risk burning or even killing them for the sake of a few fleas!!
    Originally posted by Oddjob
    Please donít follow this advice, garlic is extremely poisonous to dogs.
    • Oddjob
    • By Oddjob 15th Apr 18, 12:48 PM
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    Please don!!!8217;t follow this advice, garlic is extremely poisonous to dogs.
    Originally posted by GwylimT
    Actually, that is not true, you can get garlic tablets and liquids from https://www.dorwest.com They have been specialising in pet products since 1948. They do a range of things containing garlic for a range of conditions.

    I asked my dog's vet why you could give garlic to dogs but onions were poisonous when they were from the same family. She said that it was a case of HOW MUCH you give them.
    Garlic is a well known flea repellant, it is also good for heart, joints, skin conditions, bronchial problems etc.
    I said in my post - 'Garlic in moderation' - obviously smaller amounts for small dogs.
    I have given my dogs garlic tablets from Holland and Barretts with permission from the vet.

    It is far safer than the spot on things that burn your dogs and also tablets, both of which put pesticides internally which build up over time to cause cancers, allergies and break down of the immune system.
    Obviously if you don't care about your dogs than carry on, your choice.
    Last edited by Oddjob; 15-04-2018 at 12:51 PM.
    • Oddjob
    • By Oddjob 15th Apr 18, 1:04 PM
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    Nice peer-reviewed, evidence-based website there...
    Originally posted by Shoshannah
    Listen to the video of DR Judy Morgan who is well respected.

    There are lots of facebook sites telling of the dangers and problems people have found with all the others.
    • Shoshannah
    • By Shoshannah 15th Apr 18, 1:10 PM
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    Never heard of Judy Morgan but Google tells me she's a 'holistic' vet who sells her own alternatives to products like Bravecto. Hmm....

    Facebook groups full of unsubstantiated stories? Hmmm...

    What about the scientific literature? What about the SARS reports from the VMD?

    I've used Bravecto many times without issue, if my anecdotal tale is worth as much salt as the others...
    • Oddjob
    • By Oddjob 15th Apr 18, 5:29 PM
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    Your pets, your choice but people should know the other side of these products, why are you told to wash it off immediately if you get it on yourself? Try putting a drop on paint.

    Did I say you should buy her products? - No.

    I'll say no more, make up your own minds. If you want to put your pets at risk, you do that. I love my pet too much to risk it when there are natural products available, and much cheaper - this is a money saving site is it not?.
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 15th Apr 18, 5:45 PM
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    Actually, that is not true, you can get garlic tablets and liquids from https://www.dorwest.com They have been specialising in pet products since 1948. They do a range of things containing garlic for a range of conditions.

    I asked my dog's vet why you could give garlic to dogs but onions were poisonous when they were from the same family. She said that it was a case of HOW MUCH you give them.
    Garlic is a well known flea repellant, it is also good for heart, joints, skin conditions, bronchial problems etc.
    I said in my post - 'Garlic in moderation' - obviously smaller amounts for small dogs.
    I have given my dogs garlic tablets from Holland and Barretts with permission from the vet.

    It is far safer than the spot on things that burn your dogs and also tablets, both of which put pesticides internally which build up over time to cause cancers, allergies and break down of the immune system.
    Obviously if you don't care about your dogs than carry on, your choice.
    Originally posted by Oddjob
    I do care for my pets, which is why unlike you I donít attempt to poison them or advise other people to poison their pets.
    • Shoshannah
    • By Shoshannah 15th Apr 18, 8:36 PM
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    I prefer to spend my money on products that work.
    • Shoshannah
    • By Shoshannah 15th Apr 18, 8:40 PM
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    And you have missed my point - I have no intention of buying her products. I just find it interesting that she is investing time denigrating a product that could be seen as a rival to her own. Some might say she has a vested interest in the ruination of Bravecto and its ilk.
    • boots_babe
    • By boots_babe 25th Apr 18, 3:45 PM
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    We use Bravecto on our cats, after one of them seemed to have an allergic reaction to Advocate. Bravecto may be more expensive, but it's more than made up for by the fact that it's only needed once every 3 months, instead of every month - much less stress for both them and us!

    Also, our vet is part of a scheme that does 4 for 3 on it - so you get a whole year's supply for the price of 9 months..
    Originally posted by NickC1984
    Same here. Used Frontline for years, became ineffective so switched to Advocate. Few years later that also stopped working. Luckily Bravecto just became available at that time, we've been using it ever since and had no problems at all! Great that you only have to apply every 3 months too.

    • rachpid
    • By rachpid 3rd May 18, 10:49 AM
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    Our vets give our cats a flea prevention injection every six months. It works like a flea contraceptive so stops them laying eggs etc. Our eldest cat has had this for about 7 years and we've never seen a flea on him so obviously works! Means you don't have to faff about with remembering to do drops, but obviously you do have to take them to the vet twice a year.
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