I'm not a big fan of spot-on flea meds, either, as it only makes scientific sense that some will survive and be resistant to the poison (as with bacteria and abx).
I've only had to use them (Advantage, which my vet said is the safest for cats, but your mileage may vary) once when we had a flea infestation that was spreading a red blood cell parasite and taking down the one who originally had it. When I had some pound kitties come in with fleas, I only had to give them one Capstar (works for one day and kills only adult fleas). In both instances, I also cleaned up the floor--which harbors 90% of the fleas (in egg/larvae form)--with a solution of food-grade (note NOT pool grade) diatomaceous earth, water, and non-toxic soap. I have concrete floors, so I just painted this on. (When I use DE dry, it messes up my sinuses and causes headaches, and isn't that good for kitty lungs, either.) I have not had a problem for 2--3 years now. If you have carpets, I've read that vacuuming every day (and disposing of the bag or emptying the canister) will also get most of the eggs. You can also sprinkle DE or salt onto the carpet, brush it in, and leave for a day before vacuuming. On Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM, Joslin Potter <joslinir...@yahoo.com> wrote: > Honestly, I found that a good old fashion bath with dawn dish soap > and flea comb has been our best defense this year. ( along with a few house > bombs) It sucks having to give everyone a bath but i like it more then > putting greasy drops on my pets. > > *From:* Cindy McHugh <ci...@furangels.org> > *To:* email@example.com > *Sent:* Friday, October 5, 2012 7:55 PM > > *Subject:* Re: [Felvtalk] Flea Products > > I bought Frontline for my foster cats last summer and it was > completely ineffective. The next time I was at my vet’s office, I mentioned > it (because that’s where I bought it). The vet on duty (not my regular) > said she had recently heard many similar complaints and surmised that fleas > in our area were building an immunity to it. > > I switched to Advantage and it’s worked well. However, since then, I > found a source for a generic equivalent and I’ve been using it for about a > year now with no complaints. It’s $10 (free shipping) for 18 treatments for > small cats or 9 treatments for larger cats. If anyone is interested, the > company is http://www.fleakiller.co/ > > I have no personal interest in this company or site. I’m just a very > satisfied customer. > > Cindy > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > -- ---------------------------- Go Get a Life---Go Get a Shelter Animal! If you can't adopt, then foster "bottle baby" shelter animal, to save their life. Contact your local pound for information. <http://www.laanimalservices.com/volunteer_fostercare.htm> If you can't bottle feed, foster an older animal, to save their life, and to free up cage space. Ask your local animal pound to start saving over 90% of their intake by implementing the No Kill Equation: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/no-kill-equation/<http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/> Here's the current growing list of true No Kill communities: http://www.nokillhouston.org/no-kill-shelters-in-north-america/ Legislate better animal pound conditions: http://www.rescue50.org More fun reading: http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/shelter-reform/guides/ More fun watching: http://vimeo.com/nokill/videos especially http://vimeo.com/48445902 Local feral cat crisis? See Alley Cat Allies' for how to respond: http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=537
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