Miracle cure for fleas?

United States
November 2, 2006 12:59pm CST
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Our cat is an indoor cat. He has a skin conidiotn which makes topical treatments impossible. We've already called professional pest control and given him Capstar. He also wears a flea collar which the fleas seem to think is funny. Help!
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@terriann (4457)
• United States
2 Nov 06
that would be great, my chiwawa goes outside alot and she gets them bad.
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• United States
2 Nov 06
See that's what I can't figure out. The cat hasn't been outdoors in years. I am guessing they must have hitch-hiked in on our jeans or something.
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@sekhmetgb (462)
17 Nov 06
Just read all the suggestions which are all great. The tablet from the vet really works well. If you really only want to use natural remedies you can try Tea Tree Oil or lemon verbena, apparently the fleas dont like it. My vet says that the only way a cat collar will kill fleas is if the flea trips over it and breaks his neck
• United States
17 Nov 06
Hehehe, I like your vet. :-) I was told cats are allergic to Tea Tree Oil, but I'll check it and lemon verbena out further. Thank you!
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@ChewySpree (1832)
• United States
14 Nov 06
It's not really a miracle cure, but you might want to try using a "critter comb" several times a day until you don't see any more evidence of the fleas. This combs out the fleas and traps them in the comb's teeth where you can wash them down the sink. I used to use it with my indoor/outdoor cat before the days of Frontline.
• United States
17 Nov 06
guess I'm going to have to. Thanks for the idea.
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@helene (70)
• Australia
17 Nov 06
there is nothing worse they are hard to get rid off. we have 26 dogs so we have to keep right on top of things or it would be totally out of control. we find the best thing is a tablet you get from your vet which kills fleas,worms and heartworm all at once. but more importantly you have to do a thorough house clean and wash everything in hot water to kill the eggs and larvae. good luck.
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• United States
17 Nov 06
26 dogs? poor dear. thanks for the advice. :-)
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@neofelis (145)
• United States
13 Nov 06
Try boric acid crystals. They cut up the fleas and dry them out. But, it's completely non toxic for pets and animals. It's pretty cheap too. This is a great way to control fleas in the house without nasty chemicals.
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• United States
17 Nov 06
Unfortunately it completely tears up my carpet too.
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@worker65 (160)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 06
Flea collars are pretty ineffective. Is his skin condition caused by flea allergy? Have you tried Fronline or Advantage? You probably need to treat the whole house - guessing thats whatr you ahave done from your post. Also wash any bedding etc he has contact with. One suggestion would be garlic in his food, can use odourless powdered forms which might be nicer for both of you!
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• United States
17 Nov 06
Tried all of that except the frontline or advantage because of the cat's skin condition. No, the skin condition isn't related to the fleas.
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• Janesville, Wisconsin
20 Nov 06
Could your cat wear cat clothes and the medicine be put on that like front line? Ask your vet maybe the frontline could be applied to a collar and not the cats skin... Its just a tiny bit that goes on the back of their neck... or see if it can be applied to a cat clothing or something. I usually sprinkle my cats sleeping area with flea tick repellant, and that helps. They have powders that do not irritate skin, if you apply it carefully. - DNatureofDTrain
• Janesville, Wisconsin
20 Nov 06
Ask your vet they should know, then post your answer here for us :) - DNatureofDTrain