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I felt so bad that it came to this! I made them homemade cat food, vacuumed, and brushed them with a fleacomb on the porch. I gave them nutrional yeast, garlic and other things I read would combat flea's.

They are indoor only cats and the flea's were so bad. One cat seemed allergic and was losing the fur on her chin and had welts on her neck (vet said it was an allergy to fleas).

I bought Advantage on Friday. Put the stuff on one cat's shoulders and she promptly turned around and licked it!?!?!?! She started foaming at the mouth and leaping around the room. I was freaking out and thought I'd killed her. I called the vet who said that was normal (?!). She said to ignore the directions to put it on the shoulders, and aim for the base of the neck. So I did the second cat this way and she didn't have a problem.

With 24 hours all the flea's are FINALLY GONE. It's been 3 days and I no longer have flea bites walking in the book room (The cats room).

The welts are gone from her neck and the bare spot is no longer raw looking.

I am both relieved and sorry. I know Advantage is considered (by the FDA) to be much safer than organophosphate based flea products. I just don't think the natural approach helped at all which is discouraging. I've seen many people say that healthy cats won't have flea's and I don't agree. These cats are well cared for and they both had them badly, despite never going outdoors.

Hopefully if I continue vacuuming and cleaning and mopping with vinegar I will kill any eggs left. I'm hoping this treatment will last until winter comes and kills off the flea's outside. Then maybe they won't need this again until next spring.

Sigh. Darn flea's.

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Heartmama, I totally understand! When my kitty started losing chunks of her hair a few years back I took her to the "holistic" vet who prescribed huge doses of fatty acids and a special diet. It didn't help, was very expensive, and poor kitty was miserable. I had asked him specifically if the problem might be flea-related (I had looked for fleas but didn't find any) and he looked her over carefully and said definitely not.

Well, he was WRONG. Short of the story is, only Advantage got rid of the fleas, and it got rid of them quickly. I did as much research into the active ingredients as I could do online, and I really feel that it is pretty safe - MUCH MUCH safer and more effective than the older chemical flea treatments.

Now I don't give it a second thought; I use it on my cats once every few months (they are inside cats and don't need it every month) and they stay flea-free.

This came up on a Yahoo group I belong to dedicated to Natural Living and the consensus was that there are no "natural" products that are anywhere near as effective as Advantage.
 

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You may be able to stop using Advantage eventually, or as the PP suggested, every few months. But make sure for now to do at least 2 consecutive months of treatment, Id say. Healthy cats can absolutely have fleas, if they are present! Dont feel bad about using it, its working for you and you and your cats will be happier!
 

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My dh is an environmental scientist and a complete control freak about chemicals. But, we use advantage on the cats and frontline on the dog, but only in the summer months. We have a cold enough winter to not worry about it then. We start it on all of them when it is warm enough for them to come into contact with other critters. I don't worry about using them. I have lived through flea infestations enough as a kid ( and flea bombs, flea baths, flea powder, flea collars, special diets, you name it) enough to know that using these products is way better than having a flea infestation in your home.
 

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we are living with a fleas right now..and we just went and got Revolution (same type of thing as advantage) Myself and my one son are covered in flea bites
We tried natural apporach for preventon..they got them, then i tried a natural approach to getting rid of them and they have gotten worse!!
Don't feel bad about using it...I didn't want to use it either but nothing else worked. so cross your fingers for me too that this stuff finally kills them all!!!
 

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We use Advantage on our furbabies four months a year
: We always used to try natural flea remedies, but after a full-on house infestation in 2004 we decided to use a "big gun." We've been flea free for the last two summers and we only use the stuff May, June, July, and August. If we see fleas at any other time, we'll put it on again.
 

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Don't feel bad, when it comes down to it, happy flea free animals is always better than flea ridden sick, balding unhappy animals.

When I was younger there was another cat in between my 2 boys (Oce was the grandfather, then Rebel was his son, and in turn, Lightning was Rebels son) and he had an allergie to fleas as well, the hair on his lower back would fall out and the skin underneith would get raw and scaly and he was VERY unhappy. We used advantage as well, because in short it worked, and wasn't too harmful. We have since then moved somewhere a lot colder and they socialise a lot less with other cats, I haven't seen one flea on them in about 3 years (And haven't used advantage on them in that time - and they have never worn flea collars or had any other sort of flea treatment) so they are lucky. Although I do have a bottle of advantage somewhere just incase the need ever arises..!
 

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Don't feel bad. I tried all kinds of natural remedies as well but one of my dogs has a severe flea allergy. He gets almost completely bald and bites himself so much it starts oozing. So we are using the Advantage as well...
 

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I've used it - on both cats and dogs. And I am about as holistic as they come. My dad is a veterinarian and also about as holistic as veterinarians go. But, quite honestly, sometimes you need more than just natural methods for getting rid of fleas. Growing up we had lots of animals in the house, at the peak we had about 8 large dogs and 6 cats. Some of them were fosters, some of them were ours. All of them were primarily inside. There was NO way we could combat the flea problem during the summers without advantage.

Also, your vet is right, forget the shoulders for cats. They can reach that. If you use it again, put it on top of your cat's head. Don't get it into their eyes or ears ... just spread it on top of their head. That's the least likely place that they will reach with their tongue. It's what we did for our cats during the summers. The neck is also a good place, but not as good as the top of their head. Though I know it might sound sketchy to put it there.
 

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We use Frontline Plus - it's the only chemical crap I have in the house. My cat, though, is EXTREMELY allergic to fleas, and the stuff works, as you discovered. My cat acts as an early warning system - when he starts getting the scabs again, we know it's time for the frontline. I do NOT use it monthly, just when the cat starts scratching. We only have to use it maybe 2-4 times a year, rarely if ever in the winter, and that much only because I have two dogs, one of whom goes to the dog park regularly, and we think a neighbour's dog is infested, because since moving into this place the fleas have been much worse.

We put it on the back of the head/very tip top of the neck, in a little strip between the fur. On the dogs we put it more on the neck. Our biggest problem is actually keeping the animals from licking it off each other - all three of our guys roughhouse a fair amount, and it's not uncommon for the small dog to start just giving the cat an all-over bath (I love my little freaks
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How long did it take, after applying frontline/advantage on your pets, for all the fleas in your house to disapear? They are seriously driving me batty. We only applyed the stuff yesterday, and my cats are flea free..but we are not

It doesn't help that it has been 35* celcius here even at night time...much more itchy in the heat.
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Vacuum alot to get rid of the eggs; you might need to apply something to the carpets to kill any juvenille fleas, but they will all die soon. Sorry youre itchy!
 

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After we applied the Advantage, it took about 2 days for their fleas to go away. I then went ape sh*t crazy trying to get rid of them by washing my bedding, vacuuming my mattress and furniture, and cleaning the rest of the house. They were totally gone about a week after application.
 

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Wow thanks for so many helpful replies. I guess I'm in good company.

The kitty who foamed at the mouth now has a round knot on the side of her mouth. I hope she didn't have an allergic reaction to this too.

It is a huge relief to be rid of these fleas. The stuff works. That's for sure.

To answer someone's question, we let the cats run all over the house to pick up any stray flea's so they'd die once on the fur. Within 3 days no more fleas were seen. We don't have carpeting though, which may make the difference.
 
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