I noticed a couple people have mentioned using Revolution intended for dogs on their cats. I thought this was extremely dangerous. I remember watching an episode of Emergency Vets or one of those shows on Animal Planet where a cat died because someone used a flea product intended for dogs on it. So *please* be very, very careful when doing this and speak to your vet first about adjusting the dosage.

Cindy & Angel Jackpot

From: molvey...@hotmail.com
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: RE: [Felvtalk] Pet Armor
Date: Tue, 31 May 2011 19:18:36 -0400




It's so funny that this conversation has come up because I was just discussing it with my feline asthma group.

Beth, I'm in GA also and having major major flea problems. I have a cat fence up so all my cats go in the backyard. That is making things ten times worse. I've been using Revolution for several years now with no problems. Like you, I work in a rescue and have a lot of cats so I buy the dog size and split it up between the cats. I don't know if the Revolution isn't working this year or if it's just an especially bad year for fleas. If you say Advantage isn't working then maybe it's just an especially bad year. Some people in the other group were talking about how sometimes switching products can help because either the fleas have built up a tolerance to the current flea meds or maybe the cat's system is processing the flea stuff differently because they've had it on them for so long. Who knows. If you've been using Advantage maybe you should try Revolution or Frontline Plus. I believe Frontline Plus kills fleas and larvae so it kills and breaks the life cycle so that might be a good one too. I hate using all these chemicals on my cats but there's no way around it for me because I've got so many plus a few ferals that live here that I can't touch.

I've never sprayed my yard but since this year is so bad I've got to do something. I'm trying to go natural first because like everyone else is saying all these chemicals for yards say "don't get on skin, don't get in eyes, don't inhale, etc. etc. and keep pets and children off until it dries" and that really scares me. If my cats didn't go out I'd spray the yard with every poison I could find because I hate the fleas so bad. But since they do, for now I'm trying the beneficial nematodes and I just bought the food grade diatomaceous earth. I've been using Flea Stoppers in the house which is a borax type of product. Well, I just sprayed the nematodes last week so I can't tell if they're working yet because they just eat larvae so they don't kill adult fleas so it'll take a while to make a difference. But if anyone wants to try them I got them at Pike's nursery for $39.95. I think you can order them online also. I don't remember if the nematodes do anything for ticks.

The diatomaceous earth I got from a local feed store. It's the food grade and a lot cheaper than ordering online, so if any of you are thinking of trying it check your feed stores first. I got a 50 lb bag for $39.95 and this stuff will last forever. I can't believe how little it takes. I didn't need a bag that big but that's all she had. I'm using it outside to try to hopefully kill the adult fleas and putting a little in my cat's coats. It's very very very dusty so you definitely need a mask on when messing wtih it. I am hesistant about using it in the house because it is so so dusty. That's why I went with the borax inside in the carpets. I did put the diatomaceous earth on the cat trees and their bedding though. The DE is the consistency of flour. Feels just like it and is dusty just like it. I put some on some of my cats and when they shake you can see a dust cloud around them. So for now I'm glad I didn't put it everywhere in the house. I think the Flea Stoppers with the borox has helped but I'm also vacuuming every couple of days which makes a big difference. I've put the diatomaceous earth on several of my cat's then checked them when they come in from outside. They are still coming in with fleas but I don't think it is as many. The DE doesn't kill the fleas right away either. It just cuts them and the fleas dehydrate and die so I'm thinking it will take a week or more before it really starts cutting down the flea population. If anyone puts it on their cat I'll just warn you that it does make the coat dry feeling. Still better than fleas if you ask me. Of course the cats are going to clean themselves and injest the DE so it's very important to get the food grade stuff. They use it in other forms, like in swimming pools, and it's very toxic.

I haven't put the DE in my cats' food yet but a woman in my feline asthma group swears by it and she uses it and puts it in her cats' food and has for years and says they always test negative for worms. She puts it in her coffee and says she can see differences since she started using it.

Well, just thought I'd share the things I'm trying. I'm still putting Revolution on the cats because I've got a lot of it but if I don't start seeing a difference soon I'll probably switch to either Frontline Plus or Advantage. Nothing has made a big difference so far, except the borax and the vaccuming, but I think that's because there are so many fleas outside that every time the cats go out they pick up 100 more fleas and it takes time for all those fleas to bite the cats and die. I don't know. I would think the flea products would kill the fleas that get on them pretty quick but honestly it's not. I'm hoping once I get the yard under control that will bring the flea population down tremendously. Well, I'm off now to go finish spreading more DE in the yard. I'll let you guys know if it makes a difference.



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