Do flea collars really work?......................................

United States
October 10, 2008 2:52pm CST
I have flea collars on my cats currently and I have a cat named Louie that loves to venture outside and the fleas that he brings in the house are telling me that the collars don't work. My mom has a cat also and her vet told her that they really don't work. What do you think? Please let me know Thanks and God Bless!
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@dandj929 (424)
• United States
10 Oct 08
When I was little we had two cats (this was back in the 1980's) and we always put flea collars on the cats. The flea collars always worked back then. The way I see it, the fleas have evolved and have become resistant to the chemicals in the flea collars over the years. I have a cat now and the only flea medication that I find that actually works is Advantage.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
10 Oct 08
As was already said, flea collars do not work and are not terribly good for your cat. The only things that will work are Advantage or Frontline. Both of these are squeezed on the back of the cat's neck. Put the flea collars in your vacuum cleaner bag so that you kill the ones you vacuum up. Also, spray your rugs and furniture. Good luck. Fleas are annoying.
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@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Yes, that's the stuff! Thanks mcat! Advantage or Frontline! I couldn't think of the names!
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• United States
16 Oct 08
Thanks mcat19 for the advice. It was very helpful. Take care and God Bless!
@ellie333 (21029)
10 Oct 08
Hi Linda, My cats have never had fleas and all I do is put an ameythest crystal into their water bowl which is great as it is natural and harmless to them but fleas hate it. Citronella oil works well too as fleas are repelled by that but if you have a problem already Frontline which you squeeze from a bottle onto the back of the neck will sort but you must also buy a spray for your furnishings and carpets to rid. Fleas collars work to a degree. Garlic also helps prevent fleas but check with vet to see if ok to give first as some say ok and others say no. Hope you manage to sort. Dog fleas though are totally different and I am behind on discussions but for some reason I am getting dog fleas here rather than cat. The dog (if yu have one) will need to be treated also. God bless. Huggles. Ellie :D
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• United States
16 Oct 08
Where can I get an ameythest crystal from?. I would love to try that.
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Oct 08
Hi Linda, You can usually get this from an eosteric shop, do a search online to find your nearest stockist, get a fair sized lump so that the cats or dogs can't swallow accidentally. Huggles. Ellie :D
• United States
11 Oct 08
Flea collars don't always work very well, especially in places where there is a large number of fleas. Also, flea collars seem more likely to irritate the cat's or dog's skin around the neck. The best thing is the drops that go between the shoulder blades: Advantage, Frontline, or Biospot are three. I wouldn't use Sargent's or Hartz tho.
• United States
11 Oct 08
I forgot to say be VERY careful not to use a dog treatment on a cat -- the dog treatments contain an ingredient that can kill cats or make them very sick.
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@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Hey linda! I'm back with some more flea update info for you! No they really don't work. What you need to get is the stuff that you put on the animals, I forget what it is but I think hartz makes it. You put it between their shoulder blades and that stuff really works! The vet can tell you what to get or just go to Petco or Pet Smart and the will know what it is. The collars are not good once the animal is infested. They really are a waster of money. The medication that I'm telling you about gets rid of the fleas and keeps the animals protected for a certain amount of time. There is one for cats and one for dogs. I used it on my cats and it really worked!
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• United States
16 Oct 08
thank you so much Opal! I need all the help I can get. Have a blessed day!
• United States
25 Oct 08
flea collars are junk.all they ever did for my cats is give them a gigantic contact rash underneath the collar itself. my cats were put on revolution drops,and fleas are now gone.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
12 Oct 08
My cats are all on Advantage. I don't have any flea problems any more. I've never had much luck with the flea collars, and for me this is the best solution. The only time I use a flea collar is I keep one in the lining of my vaccuum, then when I vaccuum if there are any they get sucked up out of the rug and die. I know Advantage costs more than a flea collar does, but I figure in the long run at least I never ever have to flea bomb a house again!! (And that saves a whole lot not having to bomb in the spring and fall!) One thing is that Advantage kills the fleas and the flea cycle, and a flea collar only keeps the fleas off the dog or cat, it doesn't do a thing to interrupt the flea breeding cycle at all. My daughter is a veterinarian, and she had me start my animals on this stuff. It is SO wonderful to have flea free pets, and a flea free house!
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