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. 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!
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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.

Comments

  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!

    • 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 Advantix II 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,

    Courtney

    • 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 :)

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