Post # 1
My beautiful maine coon Tigger has fleas! And not just any kind of fleas, super deluxe ultra resistant fleas! We rescued him about 6 months from some semi neglectfiul owners nexxt door (they fed him and everything but pretty much ignored him after they got their kids a dog, so he started coming over to our house every day for attention and they told us to take him). The neighbors gave him the cheapest kind of flea medicine they can find, but it didn’t do any good, so we’ve been giving him Frontline but it hasn’t worked either! This is a first for us as it always worked beautifully with our other cats. We thought it was because he has really thick fur but we’ve tried brushing him every day and three weeks later we’re still seeing fleas! We don’t want to make him sick so we’re going to stick to the normal dosage of flea medicine, but are there any other tips for getting rid of fleas on indoor/outdoor longhair cats?
Post # 3
I think he needs a flea bath. The topical stuff doesn’t work quickly to kill live ones.
Post # 4
My parents had to have their entire home cleaned professionally. The fleas will live in any fabric (mats, pillows, mattresses, couches etc) and can live long periods of time when not on a host. (Sorry if I gave you an icky feelings. Fleas can be so gross) My mother literally bleached everything! It can take months and months so don’t give up. Flea baths are excellent but don’t do it too often or else their skin will dry out and crack. You can use a flea bath with a conditioner afterwards. (Most pet places sell them for this reason) which can help with dryness. Flea combs are also excellent. Call your vet because some cats can also have an extra dosage of flea meds. It all depends on weight, and how bad the fleas are. Plus keep in mind that many flea meds only deal with preventing fleas and not killing them once they exisit. I didn’t know that until my parents were infested.
Just remember don’t give up. 3 weeks isn’t that long, it may take months.
Post # 5
CapStar. It will kill the live fleas on him.
Then you need to vaccum (and dump the bad immediately!) to get rid of flea eggs in the carpet. And wash all your bedding.
Also sprinkle the carpet with diatomaceous earth and leave it on there for a few days, vaccume. Repeat a few times. Diatomaceous earth is a natural substance that kills bugs because of it’s tiny sharp edges. (Not sharp to pets and humans, you can even eat it if you get food-grade; but to tiny bug bodies it’s fatal.) http://www.richsoil.com/diatomaceous-earth.jsp’ defer=’defer
You need to attack every life-stage of the flea, not just the adults.
Post # 6
I feel you. Our neighbors has tons of outdoors cats they do not take care of which = fles in our yard lilke you wouldn’t believe. We don’t even bother with topical flea medication- our dogs are on Trifexis. It’s a combo of heartworm/flea medicine in one pill and it came highly recommended. Fiance also is spraying the yard every week for I eblieve it is 3 months in order to kill not only the living fleas, but all stages of life fleas. We also had to get our home sprayed, but he bought the stuff from a Farmer’s Co-op and did it himself. That along with regular baths with a flea comb for our dogs has made a huge difference in a short amount of time.