Best Cat Flea Treatments – What Works?

Summary: The best flea treatment for cats is definitely a monthly spot on treatment from Front-line, Advantage or Revolution. Natural cat treatments are awesome but remember that some products and even a number of essential oils are highly toxic to cats. I am sure that you don’t want to put your cat’s health at risk! Unfortunately, many people recommend them and it’s your job to protect your cats from these dangerous flea removal methods.

In addition to all the skin problems that fleas can cause, fleas can use our cats as transportation around our home and lay their eggs in our carpets, couches and other places where they will hatch and potentially create a very unpleasant flea infestation. While treating dog fleas is very different from cat flea treatment, it’s very important to follow a step by step process for getting rid of these pests on your pets. I am going to tell you everything you need to know to ensure your cats are safely treated for fleas.

I Think My Cat Has Fleas, Should I Be Worried?

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Concerns About Cat Flea Treatments

According to the latest research on the top flea treatment for cats, it has been proven that if you ignore the problem, your cat runs the risk of developing flea allergy dermatitis if he or she suffers a number of bites from fleas. This condition can be fatal and even though causalities are fairly rare, it’s really not worse the risk, especially with the number of affordable flea treatments for cats on the market today. Before you start panicking, it’s worth noting that if your cat has fleas, this doesn’t mean that it’s guaranteed to develop adverse reactions that could cause excessive scratching, sickness or death. I have a neighbor that really doesn’t look after his pets and it seems that his cat has had fleas for as long as I can remember and it’s still alive and kicking.

However, as a responsible pet owner it is your duty to look after your cat and this includes treating it for fleas. Remember that fleas can also carry tapeworm and if your cat swallows on while grooming, there is a chance that it will get them and this can be dangerous! And lastly, fleas can live on people and if you have sensitive skin, this can cause a great deal of discomfort and inflammation.

WARNING: Flea Treatments That Are Toxic to Cats!

Firstly, it’s important to realize that flea treatment in cats is very different from controlling dog fleas. In other words, something that works for your dog, won’t necessarily work on your cat and you should never presume otherwise unless specifically instructed by a professional. To prove the point, here are a few things that are used for treating fleas but are highly toxic to cats:

  1. The insecticide called Permethrin is very toxic to cats. This is commonly found in dog flea products but since cats metabolize it differently, you need to stay away from it at all costs. Even if you are treating your dog for fleas, I recommend keeping your cat away from the dog, especially if they are best buddies. Also keep an eye out for Organophosphates as they can also be dangerous to your cats health.
  2. Flea collars often contain chemicals (especially the cheap brands) that are dangerous for your cat. In fact, while they might not have any “deadly” ones, these collars are bad news and there are a number of cases where serious problems were encountered, ranging from massive hair loss and painful inflammation all the way to brain damage and death. It’s also important to note that flea collars are often the cause of strangulation when a cat gets caught on branches, etc. Even normal cat collars should have a safety release mechanism in case this happens. If you have been using flea collars in the past, I encourage you to toss them and rather use another flea product. Some of the best flea treatment for cats are extremely affordable and should place too much burden on your wallet.
  3. Ensure that you purchase the correct cat flea treatment according to your pet’s weight. The strength of most flea products are usually increased as the pet’s weight increases and you don’t want to overdose your cat! This will result in an increased toxicity level and can make your cat sick or worse! Just take a few moments to read the instructions on the packaging and you will be fine!
  4. Another “natural” flea product called d-limonene is poisonous if swallowed. While most products clearly state that it must only be applied to the cats skin, they obviously have not taken into consideration that cats are continuously grooming themselves and thus run the risk of ingesting this citrus based product. Personally, I think this also should rule out using a flea powder, since consumption will result in potential breathing problems and other health complications for your cat.
  5. Stay away from any tea tree, cedar, peppermint, lavender oil and practically most of the other essential oil products. Why? Your cat’s liver cannot break down the oils properly and this leads to a buildup of toxins. This can result in liver and kidney failure! Even air fresheners that have these extracts can affect the health of your cat so keep that in mind!
  6. Raw garlic should only be used in very small quantities as it can be very dangerous to cats in large amounts. If you notice any allergic reactions, stop using this in their food immediately.
  7. Lastly, don’t ever purchase flea products from unverified dealers, especially online stores as they often do not contain the product they advertise, even if it looks the same. Rather visit your local vet and get your product of choice from them.

Please note that this information is not meant to be a replacement for professional medical advice. If you notice that cat having an excessive loss in energy levels, being very clumsy and vomiting, you should visit your local vet for further instruction and treatments. It’s also important to read the product label for specific guidelines for product application and to follow them carefully. If you have any friends or family members that may be using some of these dangerous treatment methods for their cats, please share this important information with them before its too late! Here’s a couple quick spot on flea treatment reviews that I have put together for you to read:

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The Best Flea Treatment for Cats for the Quickest Results?

Based on experience, Advantage has always given me the fastest flea control for my cats. While results will differ based on breed, their environment and other factors, I highly recommend this product for fairly instant results. The good news is that, in comparison with other top brands of flea control insecticide, it’s one of the cheaper ones that doesn’t sacrifice on quality! According to their product guarantee, it can kill over 90% of all fleas within 12 hours, not too shabby at all! :) I have also been told that revolution for cats is also a quick killer of fleas but I haven’t personally used it yet but will definitely update this article if I find it to be effective.

What Is the Strongest Flea Treatment for Cats?

Again, based on my personal experience with treating cats with fleas, Front Line has the best stopping power. This even takes out flea eggs on cats. In the past, I have dealt with fairly bad flea infestations for both my own pets and those of others. In some occasions, I have found that while other flea products didn’t work, Frontline never failed to get rid of even the toughest fleas. If you have tried other flea medications and they were not that effective, give Front Line a try and you will not be disappointed. The only negative aspect is that it’s fairly expensive but you can find some great deals on places like Amazon and other trusted online stores.

Which Cat Flea Control Option Lasts the Longest?

Ironically, the best flea treatment for indoor cats is to keep your home and environment free from fleas. While we can’t usually stop our cats from exploring the big outdoors, there are a few things that we can do to protect them. These next few tips might become a bit tedious but it will save you money in the long run as you won’t have to spend money on flea treatments!

  1. Flea combs can be used a couple times a week to check for flea dirt and adult fleas. Prevention is better than a cure and you need to catch any potential flea problem as early as possible.
  2. Bath your cat once a week with dawn dish soap. I suggest wearing 20 layers of clothes and a helmet. ;) Jokes aside however, while your cat might hate you for a couple hours, this has proven to be a great way to remove fleas and to protect your cats. In fact, since their skin is sensitive to flea medications, this is one of the best kitten flea treatments that I have used in the past and is very effective!
  3. Vacuum regularly, especially if you have carpets in the home. Flea eggs and adult fleas often hide in your carpet and this will ensure that you suck up a large portion of their population on a weekly basis. Just dispose of your bag safely otherwise they will all hop out and spread out in your home again.
  4. Use Food Grade (not Pool Grade) Diatomateous Earth for killing fleas on your carpets and common cat sleeping areas. This powder is completely safe and kills fleas fairly quickly. It’s also rather cheap and you can often find it at your nearest nursery at a very affordable price. It’s a good idea to vacuum your entire house before applying this powder as it forces the fleas out their hiding places and upon returning, they are taken out by this substance.
  5. Use a monthly spot on treatment for your cats. Provided you can afford this choice, it’s a very good one and ensures that your pet has the highest level of protection against fleas.

In conclusion, treating cats for fleas involves a proactive and a reactive approach. You want to try keep fleas away as much as possible while still taking the time and effort to react properly when a flea problem is discovered. Never ignore a flea infestation, hoping that it will go away because it’s one of those things that can usually get worse and that needs to be avoided for all the reasons discussed in this article. I hope that you enjoyed this article and I encourage you to leave your comment below :)

Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson

Hi there! My name is Natasha and I would like to thank you for reading this guide. If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below. I look forward to helping you!
Natasha Anderson
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Please note that the contents of this guide is for informational purposes only. If you would like to receive professional advice to diagnose a pest control related problem, please contact your local exterminator immediately.


  1. John says:

    Thanks for the article.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Its a pleasure John, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and I am glad that you enjoyed the content of this guide. I hope you have a fantastic day!

      • Heathet harris says:

        What is the best flea bomb to use?

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Heathet! I personally use RAID but that’s just me. Chat to the local retailer and read the cans to determine what is a good match for you.

    • moe says:

      hi how are you doing i have used pet shield on the cats shoulder blades and foggged my house do i being the cats back in and where do i leave them beacause there are still fleas on them and i dont know what to do.

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hey Moe! If you want a spot on treatment for your cats, I recommend using Frontline or Advantage. I also suggest bombing your house (check out my article on this blog about this subject) and using the pet flea treatment on the same day to make sure that they dont bring in any new fleas after the fog has settled. Lastly, make sure that your flea bomb has an insect growth repellent to prevent flea eggs from hatching and you should be able to win the war against fleas! Hope that helps, have a good one!

  2. Nikki says:

    Very helpful! Thanks for the article..we do not have an infestation but found a few on my cats after getting them shaved for the first time, for summer. It’s making me itchy thinking about it!! My 3 cats have the run of the house and it really worries me about our beds etc. I am going to find this diatomateous earth stuff and use it on my carpet. It is a brand new house and I cant stand the thought of those nasty fleas being on my babies or in my house! (house is in a new sub division-still way in the country) We also have a dog who is an indoor/outdoor dog..Im afraid he might have brought them in to the cats! ugg! What do you think about boric acid for the lawn? My dad used to use that when we were kids and we had animals all the time.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Nikki! Your cats couldnt have been too happy with that but it was a good move ;) Boric acid actually works very well for your lawn so definitely give that a try. I have some more information on that topic on this blog, you can find it by clicking on the “fleas” category at the top of my blog. :)

  3. Tony says:

    Hello thank you for the article, what do you recommend for a fogger?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tony! I personally use RAID at the moment but there are many other decent brands out on the market that are really affordable and effective. I have an article that discusses this topic in much more detail, include how to use them, check it out when you have a chance. Good luck!

  4. Jackie says:

    Hello Natasha. Thank you for your research and shared info. I have an outdoor cat that doesn’t come indoors. We recently moved from Colorado (he didn’t have fleas there) to Northern Florida. I now noticed he has a flea problem. He is 12 years old and has always been an outdoor cat, so bathing him every week would be dangerous for us. What would you suggest we do for him so that the fleas stay away from him, seeing he stays outdoors all the time? Or, is he totally out of luck due to the outdoor fact? His name is Babycake. He’s a blonde ragdoll.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jackie! Its an absolute pleasure, glad you found it useful :) You wont need to give him a bath each week but since he is an outdoor cat and there is obviously a flea problem where he likes to explore, you will need to have a more preventative plan for flea control. Instead of using a flea collar (please don’t use these), use a monthly treatment of Advantage. I know its a bit pricey but if you can add it to your monthly budget (you can get them in packs that will last 30 days) and use it on him, he will never have a flea problem, neither will he bring them into your home. Good luck!

  5. Meeshell says:

    I just tried Borax rubbed into my carpet 3 times, then Adams flea bombs (super toxic) twice in each room, then prof chem-free carpet cleaning and advantage 2 on my cat and kitten, and still I cannot believe all the fleas and eggs I comb out of my 11 week-old kitten and 11 yr old cat, both short hair orange tabbies. I am covered in bites head to toe. I cleaned all of my bedding 3 times in 2 days… help me please. I only have a one-bed small cute super clean Bungalow apartment.. I can’t sleep!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Meeshell! Based on your description, its unlikely that your cats are getting that amount of fleas in their fur from your apartment, do they venture outside to play or hunt? Sometimes gardens and yards can develop a massive flea problem (especially when there is lots of shady, moist areas) and your cats may be bringing them back into your apartment on a regular basis, definitely something you want to avoid. If this is the case, you will need to get the yard treated. Let me know your thoughts :)

  6. Mary Beth says:

    I am baffled…we just noticed a flea problem on both our cats. They are strictly indoor cats & we never had a problem, even when we had dogs (which we haven’t for 4 years now). Thanks for your tips. We have a two-level home with a mix of wood floors & carpet. Where the bulk of the problem is (our bedroom), I have vacuumed all carpet (moved all furniture) & closed doors to the rest of the bedrooms. Would it be safe to take the cats out, fog the first floor family room, then do the D. Earth stuff in our bedrooms (I don’t really like the idea of fogging the bedrooms). Alas, this will occur tomorrow, along with dealing with treating the cats. I am hoping the Frontline will be enough, as I KNOW neither cat will allow us to bathe them.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Mary! Its a pleasure, glad you like the guide. Your steps are perfect, sorry that my response has come a little late but hopefully you can still use it. Glad to hear you are keen on trying DE, its a great method and it has worked well for me. Good luck!

  7. Diane says:

    what should you do if u have all hardwood floors u can’t put powder on them

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Diane! If you have hardwood floors it actually makes flea control even easier. My recommendation is to simply use that powder on your couches and other fabric based items and give your floors a good mop. You can get a variety of decent floor cleaning agents that will assist you with this task. Coupled with these two steps, if you treat your pets properly, you will win the battle against fleas. Good luck!

  8. chuck says:

    My two cats are about 7 or so, can I use frontline on them. Won’t they try and ” clean ” each other or is this going to be ok. They have not had fleas since birth and I kid you not. Always indoor and we moved to a place where a cat and dog visit the front screen door is open. Is this going to be an issue from now on or just keep them away from the door…

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Chuck! I also have two cats and I havn’t had an issue with using things like Frontline on them. Its placed behind their neck, under their fur and directly on their skin so it wont be easy to reach. :)

      • Chuck says:

        Well, the first dose of Frontline failed. More baths with dawn. vaccumed daily still have them. Tried Advantage and here it’s a week later and they are scratching again. Read on another site that steeping lemon rhines in water and letting it set overnight and using that as a spray can work. I think re-read your article about how citrus can harm them. Can I use the dawn dish soap and distilled white vinagar as a bath mixture? I am sick of seeing them scratching. Damn neighbors who now have two dogs along with the cat that roam the yard & never keep up the flea treatments.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Chuck! While lemon water is great for flea control (I recommended it for dog flea treatment), there are a few cases where lemon has adversely affected casts and I don’t want to be the one who endangers anyone’s pet. However, please feel free to give it a try and let us know your results! I recommend just sticking with the dawn and warm water, no need to add anything else to the mixture unless you want to experiment. I know this entire process is a bit tedious but I will help you as much as I can, looking forward to your response :)

  9. Sarah says:

    What do you use to treat the yard? My yard has shady moist areas. We have 3 cats and a HUGE flea infestation. I use program and capstar now because frontline didn’t work.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sarah! If you are experiencing a dry season, I know that DE works great but make sure it doesn’t get wet. Otherwise, borax will also yield positive results but you will also need to make sure it is a dry day. I have had a few people that plant a load of lavender bushes around their garden as this will keep all sorts of insects at bay but thats not always an option for everything. I recommend trying the DE or borax first :)

  10. Sarah says:

    We don’t have dry seasons. The soil remains moist year round. Any other suggestions? I have beneficial nematodes in the ground to try and kill the fleas. Will diatomaceous earth kill the nematodes? I wanted something in addition to the nematodes.
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! :)
    Thanks in advance!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sarah! Sorry for the late response, still having net problem at work. Anyways, unfortunately it will probably have a negative effect on those nematodes and since you don’t really have any dry seasons, you are not going to be able to use DE or borax effectively. I recommend calling your local exterminator and asking them for an eco friendly yard treatment product that you can apply yourself, there are a couple in my country but they are local brands. You will see results after a couple days, let me know if you don’t and we can continue to think about our alternative options.

      • Sarah says:

        Natasha, thank you for trying to help!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Its a pleasure Sarah, hope things go well for you!

  11. Marcia says:

    The Frontline isn’t working. My cat goes outside daily. Can the monthly products be used more often. She is constantly licking and scratching herself.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Marcia! Since you have experienced this, I recommend giving Advantage a try as you may see better results. This is not because Frontline is a bad option, its just that sometimes fleas can become immune to certain types of products. When you use any spoton treatments, make sure that you place it right behind the neck, under the fur otherwise your cat may reach the flea insecticide. Hope that helps :)

  12. Debbie says:

    Hi Natasha: Thanks for your article: I have used Revolution and it works great, just really expensive. I have 2 cats that are indoor cats. Never had a problem until recently because I have moved in with my sister who has 2 dogs. She keeps them protected but they are carrying the fleas inside….so my cats now have them and they are also using me for dinner as well. I heard that Frontline Plus works but you have to reapply every 21 days instead of 30 like they say. Do you think I should get tick control as well, or just flea control. I have never used Advantage. I just know I need to get something quick. How long does it take to get rid of them completely?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Debbie, its a pleasure, glad that you enjoyed it :) Unfortunately, its almost impossible to keep fleas out the house if your pets have them, trust me I have experienced the same thing in the past. Frontline plus is great, I highly recommend it after you have tried the natural options I discuss in my flea articles (check a couple of the rest out for more tips on dog fleas, etc.). If you make the necessary effort, you can get rid of them in about a week or less. Good luck!

  13. Coleen says:

    Hi Natasha, I have three indoor cats. I have been giving them Revolution (what the vet recommends) for the last six months and am now ready to repurchase. Revolution is extremely expensive so I am looking for an alternative spot on flea control. Is Front-Line or Front-Line Plus as effective as the Advantage and Revolution for preventing fleas, or is there another spot on flea treatment you could recommend that is less expensive. One of my cats is over 16 lbs. The other two are close to 14 lbs.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Coleen! Revolution is a good product but as you mentioned, it is rather expensive. Unfortunately, most of the decent spot on treatments that actually work are a bit pricy but if I had to make a choice, I recommend the use of either Frontline or Advantage. Alternatively, I recommend giving a few of the natural DIY methods that I outline on this blog for getting rid of the fleas as they are very effective and have worked for hundreds of my readers. Good luck!

  14. shyla says:

    I have a long hair indoor cat that has suddenly gotten a pretty bad case of fleas. Ive giveen him frontline, it seemed to work for a week, and now is pretty covered again. I got some all natural spray and sprayed the entire house done (vets best flea and tick home spray) it seemed to kill the live fleas but how do its killed the eggs? Ive also just bathed the cat in dawn and warm water and gotten a ton of fleas off in the tub and with the comb, but he still has some on him. should I shave him? I am terrified my house is going to get infested!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shyla! I recommend the use of a product that contains an insect growth regulator. This prevents the eggs from hatching and since this stops the flea life cycle, they won’t hatch at a later stage. Shaving shouldn’t be necessary, it sounds like he is just catching fleas again because there is a problem in the house. Once you get rid of the source and use that natural method for flea removal, he shouldn’t get any more in his lovely fur ;)

  15. tony says:

    I highly recommend the flea traps, we have two cats and a dog, the dog is outdoors mostly, we have cleared out all the flea now I hope using flea traps, spray, frontline and lots of vacuuming.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tony! I am sure that after completing those steps, you will not any any further problems. However, if you do, please feel free to drop me a message and I will help you further.

  16. Jean says:

    Hi I just got done reading your blog and all the comments. I have 3 indoor cats around a year old and a dog 12 years old I’ ve been treating them with Pet Armor early this summer and didn’t have a problem until we had a heat wave. I suspect the dog has been bringing in the fleas but I heard that humans can also carry them. I’m going to sprinkle 20 Mule Team Borax on the carpets wait a couple of hours to see how that works and then comb the pets using Dawn detergent and then spray them with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, warm water, salt and baking soda. If this doesn’t work I’ll have to go with Advantix but I was trying to avoid chemicals. Thanks for the tips.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jean! Its not just as simple as sprinkling borax and waiting for instant results. My recommendation is that you dust all your carpets, brush it into the fibers with a broom and after about 6-10 hours, vacuum it up. Repeat daily for a couple days and that should kill the fleas in those areas :) Good plan you have though, I am positive you will get good results, keep me updated and feel free to ask any questions if you get stumped along the way. Cheers!

  17. Bob Champion says:

    Hi, Natasha (my favorite female Russian name!). I’m a real fan of Russian Blues and have a four-year old female named “Kisa.” Just discovered that she has fleas and did a spot-on treatment with a vial of Hartz “InControl,” which I had leftover from a year or so ago. Anyway, I’ve ordered the latest Advantage treatment and DE from Amazon. Here’s my question: will it harm Kisa or be overkill to treat her again with the Advantage as soon as I get it? Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Bob! Haha thanks, although I am not from that country I have had similar comments before ;) I recommend waiting 30 days between spot on treatments and while it may not cause any harm, its the safest thing to do. In the meantime, perhaps use a couple other flea control methods, especially the natural ones to pass the time before using the Advantage.

      • Bob Champion says:

        Thanks, Natasha. Well, I did not get your recommendation in time. In fact, I just applied a tube of Advantage about an hour ago (and, she is still mad at me!)! I did contact Bayer support and was told that, although they did not have specific research findings that addressed how long to wait between applications, they did not foresee a problem after waiting two weeks.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hey Bob! If they have advised you to proceed in that manner then that is perfect! Let me know how it goes and if you still have a problem in the future, please feel free to let me know :)

  18. lily says:

    I just purchased a flea product for carpets it is fleabuster rx, I understand that it is safe to use even around baby’s. what r your thoughts on this product?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lily! I havnt personally used the product so I cannot give it a personally recommendation but from what I have just researched for you, it seems like a decent purchase for flea control. However, even though its safe for use around young children, I suggest keeping your baby off the floor when possible, just to be extra safe. Hope that helps!

  19. Cheryle Hatch says:

    Hi there. Just read the last comment and was wondering, isn’t borax bad for your cats? I have a terrible flea infestation with three indoor cats and four inside/outside dogs and was planning on dusting carpets and furniture with 20 mule team borax, but thought that I had read it was bad for the cats. Other than with the spot on what else can I do? Thanks

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cheryle! 40 mule borax in small amounts, especially when its dusted into the carpet and rubbed in with a broom, only to be vacuumed up a couple hours later is definitely not going to cause any danger. However, you are correct in saying its a little toxic but using this application method, they will be fine. I suppose you could keep them locked up for the day and release them once you are done. Since borax will not leave any chemical residue (like foggers, etc.), this will be completely safe. For an even better option, check out my article on DE, I have used it recently and it works wonders.

  20. Janet says:

    Hi ! My kitty is one year old she is a skynni and with urinary track problems.. She goes outside every day for a couple hours.. I would like you can tell me what could be a good product to her :) thank you so much

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Janet! I recommend using a natural flea control method if possible. If she currently has fleas, use a mixture of dawn soap and warm water when it gets a bit bad otherwise simply use a flea comb (check my article on this) on a daily basis to keep her free of fleas. Let me know how that goes :)

  21. Sandra says:

    Hi Natasha,I have been using frontline combo for years on my cats,and now it is not working!When I mentioned to my vet that perhaps the fleas are immune to this,all he said you could be right (not very helpful).One of my cats has dermatitis(the fleas I am aware)I have treated the house with the spray as prescribed by the vet! The cat with dermatitis has been having six monthly injections which supposedly makes the fleas infertile a very expensive treatment.When discussing my problem with a friend she said her vet now won’t prescribe frontline any more as it doesn’t work now.I know there must be a better product out there as recently spoke to a lady who has a cat sanctuary and she was in full agreement re frontline and uses something else and I can’t remember what it was called ,of cause it costs more but if it works my cats will be happy.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Sandra! I personally recommend that you use Advantage, not because its necessarily better then other products but rather because I have had excellent results with it, especially when Frontline stopped working. In addition, its would be a good idea to get your house treated for fleas otherwise your cat is going to keep catching these pests. There are a number of natural methods for this and you can check two of them out in my DE and borax articles. Let me know how that works for you and if there is anything else I can do, let me know :)

  22. John munro says:

    Hi Natasha Youre advice is awesome!! i have a 20 lb maine coon cat who loves maine summers,ie he shows up to to eat and on a mission again. It seems after fogging with raid and using Hartz guard drops and shampoo(a very dangerous time in tub as he will sit outside in T storm but is claws and teeth when washed!!) It seems like Im on the losing end of the flea and egg cycle. This is my third attempt and its wearing on me and nevermind Im ready for a blood tranfusion from our tub time!! HELP!!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey John! I appreciate your kind words, its always nice to hear when someone appreciates my guides so thank you. I always wear a full suit of armor when bathing cats ;) Haha, here is what I recommend. Since your cat is on its own mission during the day, its probably going to be best to get a spot on treatment (stay away from flea collars please) that will last an entire month. When the colder seasons arrive, this may not be necessary, When applying it, make sure you part your cats thick and long hair to reach the skin so that you reap the maximum results. Good luck!

  23. MK says:

    I have a cat that has asthma, a heart murmur and is Diabetic. Another who has a class 3 murmur. I can not fog the house, use powders or heavy use of anything that produces a vapor, gas or cloud. Other than wet mopping (hard floors) and vacuuming I have no other option expect the use of topicals. One cat had a terrible reaction to Frontline, and I prefer Advantage (have they changed at all?)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey MK! Sorry to hear about the medical conditions of your cats but glad to see that you are still looking after them, it shows great strength :) In your case, I recommend a light wash using dawn soap and warm water. It will not aggravate any of those problems and gets rid of fleas fast. Hope that helps!

  24. Courtney says:

    Thank you for your article Natasha! We deal with a flea problem every year (must be the area). We have 2 indoor cats and 2 large dogs. 2 weeks ago we fogged the house, sprayed the yard, dipped the animals, and put flea collars on the dogs. Unfortunately we are still having a problem :-( In the past I have used Adam’s flea products and have been pretty happy with their results except that I notice that one of my cats seems to lose her fur when I put a spot on treatment on her (allergic reaction maybe). My questions for you are: does it have to be Dawn dish detergent (I heard that any detergent with lavender in it works)? I tried to find your article for spraying the yard with Boric Acid and couldn’t. What is the mixture ratio? What about the rooms with no carpet? I seem to have an issue in the kitchen where my cats spend most of their time. Bleach? Amonia?

    Thank You,


    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Courtney! Its a pleasure, I am happy that you found your way onto my blog ;) I recommend changing your cats spot on treatment as she obviously has a sensitivity for an active ingredient, have you tried using something like Advantage? It doesn’t have to be dawn but make sure that you do not use anything that contains lavender around your cat (dogs are fine) as its highly toxic to them. You can search this blog for “borax for fleas” and you will find it :) I usually a couple squirts of it (not an exact science) to about 3-4 liters of water. If your floors are tired, using amonia or bleach will definitely work. Hope that helps, dont forget to share this info with your friends ;)

  25. Becky says:

    I’ve also heard that Joy is also a mild detergent that you can use to bathe cats for fleas.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Becky, thanks for sharing :) I have not personally used it but if its not toxic and works well for fleas then that is awesome!

  26. Lucia Browne says:

    Hi Natasha,
    Do you know if you can kill flees and/or eggs carpets by putting them outdoors for a couple days as it freezes overnight?
    THanks, LB

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lucia! Fleas are extremely resilient and while they will die in sub zero conditions, its not a guarantee that it will kill all of them, especially their eggs. I would rather recommend giving your carpets a steam clean as very high temperatures kills them instantly.

  27. shelby says:

    Thank you I have saved this site in my favorite and on my phone. Its a big help and very informative. I loved it and my kittens thank you as well :D

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Shelby! Thanks so much for your kind words. Please give your kittens a cuddle for me ;)

  28. Katherine D says:

    Hi I just stumbled on your article after a frantic web search to find out what the coffee grind looking stuff in my 1.5 year old tabbys fur was and discovered it is flea dirt! I’ve never ever seen a flea in our apartment. And I have one other cat (4 year old) who has recently been in and out of the vet. I searched both cats and didn’t find any fleas and only have the dirt on the younger cat. I’m FLIPPING out now though. They are strictly indoor cats and have never had a problem before. . And I’ve seen NO fleas but I’ve seen their evidence apparently… what do I do?? I’m planning on getting frontline or advantage in the morning and treating both cats… just to be safe. Because we are moving into a new home in 11 days and I don’t want to bring any fleas or eggs. Should we throw out our mattress and couch? They’re memory foam n I don’t know how to clean them to get any eggs out that might be in there. Save us!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kath! I encourage you to grab that spot on treatment as you mentioned, just to be safe. You don’t need to throw anything away. I suggest that you check out my guide on using my custom flea trap. Its completely DIY and will give you an idea if you are dealing with a flea infestation. Please feel free to keep me in the loop, really would enjoy helping you sort this problem out.

  29. Julie says:

    Hi Natasha. I treated my indoor cats about 3 weeks ago with Advantage and I don’t see them scratching anymore. I haven’t seen any fleas on the flea comb. However, I still have them in my carpet! I bought some Fleabusters RX powder and dusted that into the carpet with my broom. It feels like it might be working. Fleabusters says it is non-toxic, but the cats should be out of the room while it is being applied because of the dust. What about DE? If I do a section of the room at a time, do you think the cats can stay in the same room? I hate locking them up in another room because I have had to do it several times already. I have been vacuuming vacuuming vacuuming and I empty the vacuum cleaner in a ziplock bag and trash it outside. I have a bunch of old flea bites, but I don’t think I am getting any new ones, so hopefully I am making progress. Can you suggest anything else that I am not thinking of? Amazing how such little things can cause so much anxiety! Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Julie! I highly recommend using DE, I actually have an entire guide on how to use it for fleas, check it out and let me know what you think! You can let your cats do their thing, DE is none toxic and won’t affect them. Just keep them out the room when you are putting it down that’s all. Otherwise you seem to be doing fine, keep me updated!

  30. Jacki L. says:

    Hello, Natasha!
    We have three indoor cats, and one outdoor cat. We are getting ready to use the spot-on treatment, but I’m concerned about two of our cats grooming each other after they are treated. They are good friends, and it will be hard to keep them separated. Will the grooming hurt them if they come in contact with the treatment? Thanks for your help!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jacki! I recommend that you keep them separate for at least a day or so because most spot on treatments will make them extremely ill if consumed. I would also make sure that you place the stuff directly on their skin (don’t let it sit on their fur) for maximum results and safety. Hope that helps!

      • Jacki L. says:

        Thanks for your response, Natasha! I did keep them apart for a day, and they are now together again, grooming each other and just enjoying each other’s company!

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Awesome stuff, sounds like everything went well :) Let me know if you need any further assistance!

  31. Mary says:

    Im desperate! We are all itching like crazy. The cats got frontline a few days ago but the fleas must be hatching so fast they are still infested. I had the carpet cleaned but didn’t know about the borax. I’ll get that tomorrow. Thanks so much!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Its a pleasure, let me know how it goes and if I can help in any way, I will :)

  32. Hillary Melville says:

    Hi Natasha,
    Thanks for all the info. My cat has had a flea issue for over a month now. We treated her with frontline and comfortix from the vet, cleaned the whole house very well washing all bedding- human and pet, pillows, etc., bombed, and used borax. My cat just had her second treatment of frontline and she is still acting like a maniac. It looks like she is being bitten constantly. We had her quarantined in our in-law apartment and just brought her back into our completely clean house and are feeling very discouraged that they will infest the house now. We never got bit by fleas ourselves and only ever saw two so it didn’t seem like the house was really infested but we wanted to be really proactive about it. My concern is that the cat is being driven completely insane by it. We took her to the vet and asked them to give her a flea bath but they said that those aren’t effective as the fleas just run and hide in the cat’s orifice’s. I can’t imagine giving her a bath myself. Should I try getting her a bath somewhere else and combing her? These are the only two things I haven’t done yet. It seems like the frontline isn’t working. Should I try something else next time instead? Thanks, Hillary

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Hillary! Its a pleasure! My recommendation is that you get your cat bathed, immediately apply Advantage (since Frontline isnt working, even though its a great product) and follow up with daily combing. If you find any fleas on her, make sure you kill them and maybe use my flea trap in your home to check if there are any lurking in the carpets. Let me know how that goes!

  33. Karen says:

    My indoor only cat had his first flea infestation 2 years ago. The vet gave us Advantage and we used it with success during the warm months and thought the fleas wouldn’t be a problem in the winter. We were wrong. He has fleas again and is in agony. We treated him with over the counter flea medicine on his fur and he is starting to feel better but I can’t figure out where the fleas are coming from. We have no other pets. My cat doesn’t go outside. I set up two home made traps and got no fleas in the traps. What would you suggest? Should I set traps in every room to see where they are coming from and then treat that room? I have a mixture of carpets and hard wood floors if that matters. Thanks for your help.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Karen! Yes, thats a great idea. As it seems you know, they must be coming from somewhere and my bet is that its from another part of the house. Let me know what you find and I will help you further if needed :)

  34. Bayeaux Self says:

    Natasha -
    I found your site very informative and helpful. I read most if the comments and your replies. All were “spot on”. There is one thing that bears mentioning, however. All your readers with I door flea issues who vacuumed their homes did not mention whether or not they emptied the vacuum immediately after cleaning. Eggs will hatch inside the vac if not emptied right away. Just my contribution to your already informative replies.

    Anyhow thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us. Hope you have a fabulous day!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Thanks for the tip!

  35. SaHar says:

    my male cat has dust on his skin and i find this article very useful. thanks alOt..

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi SaHar! It’s a pleasure :)

  36. Cathie Mastin says:

    I have 3 cats. We have been struggling with fleas since spring. We have used salt which freaked out the cat with allergies to the fleas. We are now using orthro spray and i believe it advantage. I get it from PAWS, an agency that helps people on low incomes take care of there cats. No one can tell me how long it takes a flea to go from egg to adult flea so we are always behind. The treatment silica ( cant spell the name of the product) scares me cause we have a furnace and all the dust from the house goes into my room. I believe the borax would freak the cat out like the salt did so dont wish to use it. In the past i have used raid with good results but the can says you cant have the cats in the house for several hours and I have no place to put them. I am handicapped so cant vaccum daily. Any suggestions?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Cathie! Sorry about the situation you are in, I think the best bet would be to get a spot on treatment for your cats and have your house treated by an exterminator. Its been awhile but if you would like a couple free quotes from a couple companies in your local area, let me know :)

  37. Kris says:

    Hi Natasha,

    I was reading through your article and a lot of the comments. Thanks for taking the time to write this and to respond to everyone! We had two cats and a dog, all indoor/outdoor. We’ve had good luck with Frontline until the last few months, when we got a third cat. We brought home a stray kitten. I believe she is part ragdoll and she has that fur that is very thick and fine and sort of repels water. We have applied Frontline and done a good job of getting the chemical under the fur and onto her skin, but within a week or so when I use a flea comb, I’ll find adult fleas again. I’ve been wondering if it’s possible that her type of fur prevents the chemical from spreading – what are your thoughts on that? Should I use something other than a topical?

    But now after reading the comments, it sounds like other people have been seeing not-so-good results with Frontline recently, or also that it’s possible the fleas have built up a resistance to it – is that true as well? Just for background, we treat all the animals at once and simultaneously wash all their bedding, and as a rule we vacuum the house weekly. We haven’t really done any outdoor treatment (other than our regular lawn care that includes some basic insect treatment) because the fleas have only been a problem this winter and the animals have spent only minimal time outside. Thanks for your help!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Kris! Its a pleasure, glad to help. To be honest, I think its more about the pet, sometimes certain animals react better but I suppose its possible that fleas are building a resistance as well, haven’t dived into any research lately so I can’t give you a definitive answer hehe. I would suggest giving your cat a warm bath with dawn dish washing liquid but you might not escape with your life ;) Try using a decent brand of flea pills, if you can get your cat to swallow them, they sometimes work pretty well. Good luck!

  38. Dusty says:

    Natasha, when you bathe with Dawn, it works BEST when you leave it on for about 5+ minutes in order to really kill the fleas. I’ve seen some fleas rouse and jump away if cat is rinsed to quickly.
    I put my Merlin in his carrier for five minutes.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Dusty! Thats a great suggestion, thanks for sharing it :)

  39. Susan H says:

    Hi, I have an indoor/outdoor cat that we have had for about a year and half. I always used frontline plus on him, but my husband got a generic brand once, and that’s all it took and now I am infested. I have went back to frontline and it’s not working. I think I will have to go try Advantage. I just did the DE thing, but I forgot to vacuum first. Do you think that it will still work.. and I think I applied too much DE… but I will deal with that tomorrow:). I used the Frontline and I use the flea comb and I am still getting tons of fleas everytime I use it on him.. I just saw bites on my son’s leg, so now they are starting to bite us. I sure hope the DE works. I live in Southern Oregon and a friend said her vet said the fleas are especially bad this year, since we never really got a hard freeze this winter. The DE sure makes a mess, it feels like everything has a film on it.. as I am typing I can feel it on my computer keys.. like I said, I think I spread too much.. I took a jar with no lid and spread it. I have to find something to work on my cat, since he is going to be bringing fleas back in from outside. I would keep him in, but he is such a good hunter, he is always getting rats, moles, mice etc and we live in a rural area with lots of livestock. How often should I re apply the DE?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Susan! Yes it will still work and I recommend giving Advantage a try :) Its a good idea to apply the DE (you can do it as often as you like) in specific places, not just anywhere as it can create quite a dust storm (check out my article on DE for more details). Lastly, try using a flea trap (and make sure your cat doesn’t knock it over), I have an article on that as well that will help :)

  40. Suzanne says:

    I am considering using Sentry Fiproguard Plus for cats. Having used Frontline and Frontline Plus and finding out this Sentry product has equal active ingredients, is it truly “equal”. I have a question about it’s safety due to the manufacturer being Sergeants. I cannot find the information on what the other ingredients are. I do not want any adverse reactions from ingredients that may be to absorb the liquid.
    SENTRY Fiproguard Plus has the same active ingredients as FRONTLINE® Plus — but costs less!*
    It contains fipronil, the No. 1 veterinarian-recommended active ingredient,** and (s)-methoprene to protect against fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, ticks and chewing lice. SENTRY Fiproguard Plus helps protect the entire family from illness by killing ticks that may transmit Lyme disease. Fast acting and long lasting, it stops the reinfestation cycle by killing flea eggs and larvae.
    SENTRY Fiproguard Plus is for dogs over 4 lbs. or cats over 1.5 lbs. and 8 weeks of age or older and is available in 3- or 6-dose applications at pet specialty retailers nationwide
    Do you believe it’s safe and effective? Thank you for any advice.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Suzanne! All these products are not great for your pets but flea bites can often cause more damage. I havnt tried Sentry to be honest but let me know how it goes, if it works well I can recommend it to the community :)

  41. Lofi says:

    Thanks for the good advice! I started using the DE and my two rescue kittens and my roommates’ adult cat have all decided they enjoy the attention!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Lofi! Hehe, its a pleasure. Hope the removal process goes well, thanks for stopping by!

  42. ask says:

    May I simply say what a relief to discover a person that really knows what they
    are talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light
    and make it important. A lot more people ought to read this and understand
    this side of the story. I was surprised you aren’t more popular since you definitely possess the gift.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Thanks for your kind words :)

  43. Marie says:

    Hi Natasha, My kitten has fleas and I was told to put Borax on the rugs to try and kill them. When that didn’t work I got an exterminator and gave her Frontline along with Capstar. I was finding the black poo droppings you spoke about, but now I have white ones. Is this dander? Since the Borax incident she won’t walk on the rugs, but takes the furniture to get to her food. Can I do anything about this or will she come around on her own?
    Thank you

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Marie! I am not too sure what “dander” is, please elaborate on that? I suggest that you give the floor a good vacuum and she should come to her senses eventually, nothing to worry about.

  44. Donald Morgan says:

    Two days ago my house was free of fleas, or so I thought. I rarely wear shoes in the house and never had a flea jump on me. Now. my place is , seemingly, a flea breeding on steroids !!! I plan on making traps and using Diatomaceous Earth, and using Advantage on the cat.
    I stumbled on to your blog and enjoyed the factual way in which you describe what needs to be done, without trying to push a particular product. Thank you.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Donald! Its a pleasure, I always try to be vender neutral hehe. Good luck and hope you visit again soon!

  45. terri says:

    Along with all the good advice on flea riddance, I thought I would add to this the water in a bowl with a drop or two of dawn liquid, and set on the floor with a light over it trick. Even without the light, it works. Just put a bowl of water in the area where the fleas are bad, add some dawn dishsoap, and watch the fleas jump right in. Don’t want the animals to drink it, so out of their way, and it is an effective way to kill alot of the fleas.
    When we lived on an old farm, we would be infested with fleas in the house, when the farmers would plow the fields. We had wood floors and the fleas came thru the floors. To get rid of them in a hurry, I would oil my floors really well. An old floor in need of a sealant is an easy way for them to get in, and if the floors are oiled down, they can’t move around. Add a bowl of dawn and water to the floor in various places, and the ones that do jump around will jump in the water bowls and drown.
    Keep in mind, oil doesn’t do well for wood you may want to stain later. If you have bare floors though, it does condition the wood, as well as bring out the natural beauty of the wood.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Terri! I appreciate the suggestion, thanks for your contribution to the community!

  46. Denny says:

    Hi Natasha. What do you think of the soresto flea collar for cats?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Denny! I don’t recommend the use of any flea collars, check out my article on the subject.

  47. Mary says:

    Our cat has an ear problem, always shaking and scratching his head, there is no fur left on the back his neck. Jewels is around 12 and is a long hair Rag Doll. He has been at the vet more then I have ever been to a doctor. They say no mites and always add something in his ears that does not help and some expensive flea once a week tubes that dose not work either. Good thing I love him! What do you recommend for ears? I’ll try the Avantage for fleas since nothing else seems to work and try a bath which is a real danger, he’s big about 16 pounds. Mary

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Mary! If you cannot wash him with dawn soap and warm water, definitely give the Advantage a try. Good luck!

  48. CATHY says:

    My neutered male 15 year old, indoor only Cat has for the first time in his life-fleas. He AND I are miserable for him. Took to Vet, he has flea allergy causing loss of fur, a scraping shows no flea bacteria,etc., thank goodness! I had put FRONTLINE on him and after 11 days, fleas were worse. Vet says they have had many complaints about FRONTLINE NOT controlling fleas(good for ticks). They highly recomment Advantage and put it on my cat-all symptoms have improved. I have been flea combing and vaccuming every-other day(removing bag). I have not experienced any fleas on me and have no other pets in the house. Flea must have “ridden” in house on me or friends who also have outdoor cats. I have sprayed yard with a flea treatment spray. I will deffiniterly stick with Advantage!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Cathy! Thanks for your lovely feedback, I really appreciate it.

  49. Vi White says:

    Found your article while looking up DE. Came home with a (supposedly 9 week old kitten yesterday). Friend who adopted from the same person went to the vet and was told their cat was likely much younger (around 5 weeks). Of course they both have fleas.
    While I have a vet appointment bright and early tomorrow, I’m very interested in your point of view on young kittens and fleas (mostly because of loads of disinformation that I feel the need to put an end to).
    I’ve been told to use a flea comb a few times a day, possibly bathe her (not with any kind of flea meds) in the gentlest kitten shampoo possible–but only if I pay strict attention to air temp/water temp and really dry her after, and then really work to keep the environment flea-free via vacuuming (with one of those scary anti-flea collars INSIDE of the vacuum bin), cleaning, and one of those sticky warm flea catchers (just heat, light, and stickiness–no chemicals.

    So is the above right? I know that we very carefully treated our ferrets (bless their furry souls) with advantage (the one for small cats and only 1/2 of the dosage). My ferret girl Miso was never that large, so is it both the kitten’s size and age that play into this? We also will be treating out other cat with advantage, so how long should they remain fully separated? How old/big does my kitten need to be to use the DE on the rugs and do you ever recommend using it directly on the cat?

    I really appreciate anything that can help get us through ’till tomorrow (esp. as when I sat up from writing this there was a flea on my neck–Eck!). I’m hoping my kitten is 9 weeks, as I would not have gotten her that early otherwise but I am giving her full attention and she’s purring, eating, drinking, using the litter box, and playing–She’s just meowing constantly. Thanks so much for your educated POV on these interwebbies.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Vi! Your methods are correct, keep it up! After applying Advantage, you don’t need to keep them apart for more than a day or two. Food grade DE is natural and safe (but just apply it carefully) so give that a try. I don’t usually recommend direct application to pets (check my article on this). You will be fine, keep it up.

  50. Alicia says:

    Hi Natasha,
    Thank you so much for this article. I have two indoor cats who only go out on the deck of our apartment and this is the first time in 13yrs that we have had fleas. I’ve tried a cheap flea treatment that hasn’t worked. I tried the vinegar thing and all that did was piss them off and make one sick :-( So, I’m going to try the Frontline and the dawn soap bath and hopefully that will work. Also, in regards to a flea bomb, you recommend RAID? I live in an apartment, should I take the cats out if I decide to go this route?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Alicia! Its a pleasure! Yes raid is a good one and yes, please take your pets out the house before bombing.

  51. Kelly Fischer says:

    I applied a spot flee medicine on my cat last week, I still see some flees on her, can I put some flee powder on her to take care of the rest of them, I am using something on my carpet and her cat tree, but if she still has them, I feel I am defeating the process,

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kelly! Yeah sure, you can do that. Good luck!

  52. Andrea says:

    I’m going to the vet on the 1st to get my cat flea treatment. I’ve read articles that say Advantage and Frontline aren’t really effective, so I’m going with Comfortis. Have you heard anything about it? I’ve used spot on treatments and they’ve worked in the past but they’re starting not to work, so I’m looking for long term. Also what can I use on my couch and mattress for fleas? Will DE work? If so, how do I effectively use it?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Andrea! Comfortis is a good product definitely give it a try. Yes, DE does work, check my article on that subject :)

  53. christmas leubrie says:

    Well, I live in the redwoods and with this long drought out here in northern california, the flea situation on my 2 cats is making both me and them crazy. A few years ago the fleas in this area developed a resistance to frontline, and it stopped killing them. Then I switched to advantage 11, on the vets recommendation about 1 1/2 years ago and now that has also stopped working all over our area.The latest thing that the local vets are suggesting is a very expensive monthly pill only available from a vet.( I cannot recall the name) I am reluctant to use this as I already had one bad experience with the topical treatment advantage with one cat when she was younger, about 5-6 lbs . She had foaming at the mouth, and small seizures after I applied the chemical treatment. I rushed her into the bathroom and easily washed her off several times with baby shampoo until I was sure there was no chemical treatment agent left on her skin . She was so ill from this flea chemical that she submitted to being washed repeatedly with no resistance. ( At least with topical treatment, if your pet has a reaction you can wash it off of them & with the pill there is nothing you can do to get it out of them) Early this am I remembered I had this diatomaceous earth by Lumino which was sold at the health food store in my area as a flea treatment for dogs and cats.I had not used it as I never knew whether it was actually safe, but was so desperate for flea relief for my scratching cats, I tried it.( My vets had said that they had never heard of it) The container said to use by massaging into the animal’s coat, avoiding the eyes and nose, and that it could be used in this way weekly or as needed, and that the topical treatment could take up to 72 hours. It also suggests using 1/2-1 teaspoon daily for cats or puppies daily as an organic wormer or for internal parasites. Now I just saw your site after I put the diatomaceous earth on my cats and am a bit freaked out that I should not have put the Diatomaceous earth on them after all.I really would love to help them as they have been really scratching. I keep washing the bedding they have . I will try the flea traps tonight. Do you have any further information about whether or not I should use the diatomaceous earth on their fur/skin?? I know I could never successfully bathe either of my cats without a crew of folks suited up in protective clothing unless both cats were seriously ill, so I need something more practical for cats.Thank you for this informative site .

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi there! The DE on their skin will not harm them, it might just make it a little dry that’s all. I know you might need body armor but washing your cat in dawn soap and warm water is GREAT. Let me know how the traps go, sorry you have had to deal with so much!

  54. Megan says:

    Hi i have a kitten who has about 10 fleas i used advantage and have been vacuming is that going to be enough i have small children and would hate to have to bomb the house if i do need to bomb do i have to wash everything or is it safe once dtied

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Megan! No, what you have done should be sufficient.

  55. Sue says:

    Which do I do first? Give the cats/dog Dawn baths or spread out the DE? I don’t want the wet animals on the DE..

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Sue! Put your animals outside and do the DE. Then give them a bath (outside). Hope that helps.

  56. Noreen says:

    My cat Markey does have fleas but I do have a flea and tick spray but the problem is I can’t keep him still and growls and starts to his because he doesn’t like it so is there something else I can use?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Noreen! Try using a spot on, I think don’t that a spray would work very well either, Frontline usually works well.

  57. Linda Clark says:

    I’m curious about brewers yeast and garlic for cats. I know garlic isn’t good for cats, but I see it sold, and it’s very cheap. What do you think?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Linda! I don’t recommend it, even if it is cheap.

  58. Kay Inman says:

    Any suggestions on how to calm my male Siamese before bathing him in Dawn and warm water? I know he will freak out! Also , we used a spot treatment ( Sergeants) only a couple of weeks ago and it did not help at all, so I want to get a better one ( Frontline or Advantage) but I am afraid to apply it too soon. What is the general rule on that? He weighs 15 or so pounds, and the one I applied was for cats over 12 pounds ( so I think he did not really get maximum effect anyway, and he has a very thick coat..although we did get it into his skin). I just do not want to apply another treatment too soon. Thanks for your helpful site!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kay, wait about two weeks between treatments and make sure you get the product that matches his weight. No idea on how to calm him down sorry, maybe wear a full armor outfit before trying :P

  59. Melinda says:

    Hi Natasha,
    Just discovered fleas on my daughters 7 month old cat. I’ve seen them mainly on his face…above his nose and cheeks. I’d like to try the Dawn, but afraid to get it near or in his eyes when we rinse him. How do recommend dealing with them on the face? We just moved into a brand new house (just built) 2 weeks ago and I scared to death they are all over the house now. He’s strictly an indoor cat. What would you start with?
    Thanks for your article and advice!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Melinda, I am sure it will be fine, just rinse it off quickly after scrubbing him.

  60. Penny says:

    hi I have a problem every year with fleas, I live in an apartment and my neighbors has three small dogs and I have a cat that never goes out.. My neighbors don’t treet there dogs nor do they bath them , they keep them in the laundry room witch my laundry room is with there’s.. I keep my cat out of there but we continue to get fleas. My cat has a breathing problem anyway but when she gets fleas its keeps her sick..I use frontline plus but it seems not to help. I bomb every year .. Please help me I have done all that I know to do .. I’m now using a flea comb and dawn detergent ..

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Penny, just keep doing those washes with dawn (no more than once a week though) and try something like advantage, different products often work better for certain regions / pets.

  61. Libbt says:

    Hey! Love the article! But I’m concerned about my cat. I’m a first time cat owner and all this is really new to me and he has fleas and I just washed him and sprayed this spray I got at petco that kills fleas and bugs but I’m not sure how effective this will be. Is there any safer and better ways to kill them around the house beside vacuuming weekly?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Libbt! Check out my article on DE and flea traps, those are good ways.

  62. Debi R says:

    Here’s my situation:
    Indoor/outdoor long haired cat: Given Capstar, and been given on spot treatment – this is third month. I have not been combing – long-haired, hates combing. I did a little combing yesterday and combed out a live flea, plus some dirt – I presume flea dirt.
    I have bombed house, sprayed all furniture, washed and dried in hot water everything and bagged it (pillows, throws). Could not move beds, so sprayed well under all beds. I have steam cleaned carpets and put down borax several times. Vacuumed 2X’s daily until fleas were under control. Now just once a day. Here’s the scoop, I am on week 9 and I still vacuum up 1-3 live fleas a day upstairs and 1-3 live fleas downstairs. What have a I missed? Any new suggestions?
    Should I have the cat dipped? Shaved?
    I am getting tired of fighting this infestation…..

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Debi, will send you some info, please check your inbox.

  63. Innes Mackay says:

    Hi Natasha,
    I have a 14 yr old tabby cat who because of his high flea infestation is banned to the kitchen. The problem I have is that wherever he lies he leaves a huge amount of flea dirt,and eggs. Not sure what is the best treatment that will kill fleas and stop the eggs. We have bathed him but within a day he is covered in flea eggs and dirt. Please help.



    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Innes, you probably find that your home has fleas and your cat is just catching them over and over again. Treat the house and the cat at the same time.

  64. Kathi says:

    Hi, and thank you for your article. It was very informative. I recently adopted a Himalayan cat that had a bit of flea infestation. I treated him with advantage before I brought him home to my other cat. Anyhow fast forward a month and he is scratching quite a bit less. But still some. Being he’s long haired I can’t actually see any fleas.. My other cat still has none. I treat my poor guy again thinking this will do the trick, and he seems to be biting as much as when we first brought him home! I’m doubting he has miraculously re infested. If the advantage is causing him a reaction, is there a spot treatment that is known to be more gentle than advantage? I thank you in advance for any info you may give. My poor boy needs some peace.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Kathi, if you can manage to wash your cat, putting him in warm water with a gentle lemon based soap will kill all the fleas (need to completely soak him).

  65. Penny says:

    Hi there, thanks for very informative and well-written articles. I’m about to use DE on the carpets (2 kittens around 5 months old). Someone told me to also sprinkle DE on their food and this will act as a preventative. Do you agree or is this harmful to them? The person who told me has 2 puppies. Many thanks

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Penny, many readers have said it is fine but I would rather you use DE for carpets, etc. than on your actual pet (or for consumption).

  66. Jen says:

    Front line is terrible and I will never, ever use it again. I recently purchased frontline for my dogs and cats and it did not work on any of them. What Frontline did do was cause one of my cats to lose the fur, all the way down to a raw patch of skin, where it was applied. Frontline also caused one of my dogs to lose clumps of hair and break out in welts. Furthermore, the Frontline has not done squat for the fleas and I waisted money. I am now trying DE, essential oils and probably going to have to purchase a different spot treatment for the cats. To be fair, I have been told that for whatever reason the fleas in our area do not seem to be impacted by Frontline, of course this was after purchasing and using it, so it may work great for others. My next step for the cats is to try Advantage.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Jen, yeah Frontline is a good product but its definitely not good for all pets in all regions. Good idea except skip the essential oils please, it can cause damage to your cat!

      • Jed says:

        Hi Natasha, I have 2 questions.
        First, I have been hearing a lot about a flea treatment that treats heart worms, and is topical. How would this work if it’s not taken internally? Unless it just helps prevent bytes from bugs that transfer it.

        Second, and I know this is controversial, but I use Frontline Plus for large dogs on the semi-feral cats I care for. I dose them with .5 ml/10 lbs. I see the ingredients are the same but cost per dose is much less. What do you think?
        thanks, Jed

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Jed, it actually soaks into the skin, so it does work. However, an oral treatment for worms is better so you are correct. Secondly, I have never done that before but I am sure that it will be just as effective (shhh ;P)

  67. Emily says:

    I have 2 indoor cats who are covered in fleas ( poor baby’s) we have brought Mortein flea bombs and intend to take the cats to a friends and bomb the house and treat the cats. But the flea bombs contain permethrin. They do not say that they are not safe for cats are they safe to use?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Emily, most flea bombs will have fairly unsafe residue after using them. You need to clean up (mop, etc.) afterwards to keep your family and pets healthy.

  68. Rose says:

    Hi Natasha, thank you for the great article.
    We have 3 cats and have used Revolution for several years with great results This year our vet quit carrying it and is now using a treatment called Activyl. One of our cats has severe allergies to flea saliva and I must be able to trust that whatever treatment we use has good results. I have never heard of Activyl before and was curious if you have any experience or knowledge with this treatment. It seems to have mixed reviews from what little information I can find online. I can order the Revolution online if need be, but I’ve always gotten it from my vet before – already measured out for the cats weights (online version you have to measure out the amounts yourself and relying on my own math when my cats health or well being is at stake doesn’t sit well with me haha) I trust my veterinarian but this is a new flea treatment and I am hoping someone has more information about it before I make a decision.
    We do not have any infestation issues (in our home) as we have all wood floors with throw rugs that are laundered every few days. The cats are strictly indoors and we remove our shoes in the mudroom before entering the home. I’ve never seen any fleas on our bedding or furniture, but it’s nice to have the information you posted regarding safe treatments in case we ever do see fleas wandering around the home.
    I saw one flea on one of the cats yesterday (they were last treated in January 2016 with Revolution) so it’s time to make a decision regarding the Activyl vs. Revolution and treat them now.
    Thanks for any information you can provide!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Rose, I havn’t used Activyl but that doesn’t mean it wont work. I suggest you use it and see the results for yourself. Also be sure to let me know, perhaps others can benefit as this is a community after all :)

      • red says:

        is it safe to put the di·a·to·ma·ceous earth on the cat itself

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Hi Red, yes but rather use a spot on for your cats.

  69. Joe says:

    We have an indoor/outdoor cat, and for many years we only had a tick problem, for which Frontline worked great. But last Fall we didn’t use it for a few months (he seemed to stop getting ticks for some reason), but suddenly we had a terrible flea problem. We began using the Frontline again, but it did not seem to work against the fleas. We finally got the flea problem controlled by using the DE all through the house, vacuuming, flea water traps, etc. We switched to Advantage, but that also seemed to have minimal effect. Now that spring is here, what spot treatment would be best? I really don’t understand why for 13 years we never had a flea problem, but now we do and they seem to be immune to the two OTC flea meds. It will cost a lot more to try Revolution since it needs a vet prescription.
    Or can we assume that if we use the spot treatment and we see fleas on the cat, that even if they jump off him they will just die soon? Thanks!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Joe, yeah in certain areas (and based on a number of other variables), fleas are becoming more immune to certain treatments. My suggest is to try revolution but if you want to put the effort in, just use a flea comb on your cat daily and make sure that fleas don’t infest your house and you should be fine.

  70. Lynn says:

    My indoor cats got fleas a few years ago, vet said they can come in thru screens or on. your shoes and clothes, was news to me. Anyway, just wanted to give my 2 cents, be very careful using frontline on pure bred cats, my persian almost died, was very ill and I just happened to find a persian car group that told me to try revolution instead. Had no problems with that. Was considering trying some of the natural products, but just read many essential oils are not easily metabolized by cats.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Lynn, thanks for your comment, it is appreciated. 100% agree with the essential oils being an issue with cats, I have mentioned it a couple times when suggesting natural methods.

  71. Sharon says:

    Thanks Natasha, your article was helpful. I’m dealing with 3 pets with fleas at the moment, a kitten not even a year old yet, she’s on Revolution, my Beagle who is on Trifexis and my 11 year old cat who isn’t on anything because I can’t afford the Advantage :( I’ve used DE around my house, that didn’t work, I’ve used natural stuff but after reading your article I’m afraid to even use my Doterra difusser. I bought Borax for the house as my next option but every night I sit in my garage and comb my cat and dog for about 2 hours. I’m trying to save up for the Advantage for him, he seems to have it the worst and the next is my daughters kitten even with the monthly topical. Help!!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Sharon, your best option is washing your pets in warm water and dawn soap every two weeks or so. Additionally, keep up the combing, good job on that :)

  72. Fonda Charne says:

    I had a flea infestation this winter in Florida. My cat is an indoor cat. I use Capstar and it immediately got rid of all of the fleas. Now I use Frontline once a month. I saw one Flea on him, and I immediately gave him a Capstar. Now I am seeing little white dots on him. I don’t think they are flea eggs because they are not jaggered in shape. I’m thinking that they may be dandruff. But I am not sure. Could they be dead flea eggs? It’s been two weeks since I’ve seen the one life flea. I vacuum the house several times a week put the powder in the vacuum cleaner. The cat doesn’t seem to be upset, and I have not seen any blood spots. Do you think I should be concerned?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Fonda, honestly, no you don’t. Just keep a hawk eye out for any signs of fleas in the future.

  73. NinjaTaco says:

    I have a question that is if u r still authorizing this blog. But I have a cat who is sort of mean. She won’t let me comb her fleas out and she attacks if we try to bathe her. She is three years of age. I got her wen she was a couple of months and she was a stray so she had fleas. But those fleas got bad and no flea collar nor flea medication worked on her and she ended up getting super sick and she got worms and almost didn’t make it. I refuse to let her go through that again and so I am taking precautions and I want to know wut I should do. I’m not sure if she has fleas cuz I don’t care her scratching a lot. I just want to know cuz my boyfriends dogs has fleas and I not sure if I brought any home by accident and exposed her to it.
    Thanks in advance.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Ninja, since your boyfriend’s dogs have fleas, I would suggest that you use a spot on for your cat, just as a precautionary step. That way you won’t risk the chance of getting a flea problem. Hope that helps!

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