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Treating Cats With Fleas

I have a 3 month cat and a 4 month old cat. They both have fleas. I went to the vet and asked for some kind of shampoo and was told they don't make it for cats. I've tried Dawn and am fighting fleas. I bathe them once a week. What else can I do? Help!

By Sandi M.


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August 31, 20130 found this helpful

Go to the farmers supply store and get syringes. I think the one mL ones are the best the smallest ones. I may be wrong... Take out the needles if they are in there.

Now here is a review of this product that you can buy for dogs, the large size and then use a little of it at a time for your cats.

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This review is from: Bayer Advantage II Blue 4-Month Flea Control for Dogs 55+ lbs. (Misc.)
The drug in Advantage II for Dogs and Advantage II for Cats is exactly the same drugs (Imidacloprid and Pyriproxyfen) at the exact same concentrations.
If you buy this "Large Dog" package, you get four 4ml tubes. If you then empty those into a vial or vials, you can use a syringe (without needle) to apply the right dosage to your dogs and cats. In fact, if your cats are under 10 pounds, you can get 10 cat doses out of each of these vials. That's a real bargain!


I am a former Vet Tech and can assure you I have been doing this for years (with Advantage first, and now Advantage II) with zero problems.

Use the following chart and you will be fine.
Cats up to 9 pounds - 0.4ml
Cats 10+ pounds - 0.8ml
Dogs 11-20 pounds - 1.0ml
Dogs 21-55 pounds - 2.5ml
Dogs 55+ pounds - 4.0ml

But I have found that I like using lufnuron, I might have spelled it wrong. It is kind of la flea birth control rather than a flea killer. I buy it from amazon, and they come in capsules. The good thing is that when you open the capsules, you mix it with a little cat food liquid or even water, small amount of water and give it to them once a month. Here is the address of where I buy mine:

http://www.amaz  ufnuron+for+czts

Also you can go to the feed supply store and get some powder that you can put on vegetables and plants and dos and cats. I like it, I use it on the ferret, and then you also go over them with a flea comb and drop them into a glass of water with soap in it.


I do flea control all the time. In addition to whatever you choose to use, sprinkle salt all over the house carpets, and under sheets, under couch cushions, it kills fleas also. Don't put the salt on the cats fur.

Here is the powder I use on them. I get it at the feed store, in my case Tractor Supply. It is years old, but still works.

It is calld Hi yield Garden Pet and Livestock Dust.
It costs $3.99 for one pound. You can put it on vegetables and such and dogs and cats. I use it on my ferret as she is not a fan of a bath. She is kind of getting adrenal problems and I don't want to use the topical on her at. I go over her with a flea comb. But I digress. Now that you have treated for fleas you are not done, you need to improve the cats diet or he/she will be a target for fleas.


Any kind of dry food is good that says no artificial perservatives, no corn, no fillers. I find lots of these at Tractor Supply.

Also when you feed them wet food, add egg yolks, a couple of drops of baby vitamin drops, and a small amount of olive oil. Don't give them any egg whites.

When you make chicken stock, add some of that in there if there are no onions in it. Any way you can improve their diet will make them less attractive to fleas.

Also you can't go wrong with Krill Oil I have heard. I don't use it myself yet. But I will. :)

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September 18, 20160 found this helpful

My daughter is a vet technician. Both she and the vet discourages over the counter flea drops, powders and shampoos. They have been known to make the animal ill and cause death. Spend 7 dollars on capstar tablet. The results are amazing. I had to buy them. My cat was infested by a family members pet. I gave her the tablet. Contained her in bathroom. Every night when I came home from work dead fleas was on the towel I Laid down. Capstar spray is amazing.

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April 4, 20170 found this helpful

The ingredient in Hi-Yield Garden, Pet, and Livestock dust is permethrin. It is EXTREMELY toxic to cats. Google it: Exposure to even small quantities of concentrated permethrin can cause severe and fatal poisoning in cats. After exposure to permethrin, signs of toxicity usually develop within a few hours, but in some cases can take one to three days to become apparent. Common clinical signs of toxicity include: Muscle tremors.

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October 10, 20170 found this helpful

Thank u. This is very helpful. What do I do since my cat is about 32 lbs? Do I still give him .8 cc?

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August 31, 20130 found this helpful

Change your Veterinarian.

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