Stacy, I used to use Frontline on my 5 kitties but was always worried about
the toxicity of it. I started researching and found a great list about the
toxicity of flea and tick products on the NRDC (national resource defense
council) website. I've always questioned the safeness of those topical
treatments, and was reassured by my vets, but, come on, how can they be safe
when they say YOU should not get them on YOUR skin? Anyway, I decided to go
with Program. The one I buy is the kind you mix in their food. I was leery
that they wouldn't eat it, but all 5 cats ate it w/no problem. It was one of
the products on the list that was considered to have very low
toxicity. Here's the link:  It lists them in order of
risk. I have had no problem with fleas this year, and 4 of my 5 cats go

On Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM, Stacy Zacher <>wrote:

> Thanks to everyone for the ideas, I will run them past my vet today and
> confirm if he does have fleas or not.  He eats from only stainless steel or
> ceramic bowls but could have been bitten by something to cause the lump
> under his chin.  So far I've found "natural" flea products with neem oil,
> clover oil, thyme oil, rosemary oil, citronella oil, celery seed oil,
> eucalyptus oil, cedar oil  (combinations of these).   I will ask the vet
> about testing for FIA/Hemobart if he does indeed have the fleas.
> Hope to be flea free,
> Stacy and Spanky
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> Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:51:23 -0400
> From: Natalie <>
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> Subject: [Felvtalk] Help- need advice on fleas
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> . The animal can be sprayed directly with no harm. All
> kinds of natural products.
> - Look under flea control - we use their product to
> spray
> around the house so that no fleas can be brought inside and the cats can
> use
> the outdoor enclosures safely. We use Frontline only on cats that are
> introduced to the fold...and of course, we check if they have fleas.
> The fewer chemicals you use on cats with a compromised immune systems, the
> better!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Natalie []
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> If you see something under the chin, it could be chin acne, often mistaken
> for flea dirt.  Comes mostly from using porous feeding dishes...try using
> only ceramic, stainless steel...There are many non-poisonous alternatives
> against fleas....the cedar one is good.  We use nematodes to spray around
> the house and with so many cats, have no flea problems.
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> Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 10:44 PM
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> I use advantage. FeLV cats are very prone to Hemobartonella, which will
> cause severe anemia & comes from fleas. ALL my cats get Advantage every
> month & I have never had a problem. Fleas also cause tape worms which will
> deprive the cat of nutrients.
> Beth
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> Hi all...I suspect Spanky may have fleas. I found some flea dirt looking
> dust and a lump under his chin and also have been seeing little red bugs
> around but no fleas when I comb him. Some were flying so I thought, they
> couldn't be fleas.  I also have a dog and it has been unseasonably warm
> here
> in WI this week.
> Please let me know how you treat an felv kitty with a weak immune system
> for
> fleas.  I am terrified at the prospect of having to spray my home and treat
> him.  He used to get one of the topicals years ago but vet didn't think
> that
> would be good for him now.  We have a vet appt tomorrow for ltci injection
> and bloodwork.   I am taking some of the sample bugs I collected for
> identification.
> Thanks for your help, Stacy and Spanky
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