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I live in Florida too & have had at least two indoor cats for over 10 years. I occasionally treat them with Advantage, but not very often. They have a few fleas, but have never been infested with them, no matter how long between flea treatments I let them go.
 
I'll either pick them off or use a metal toothed flea comb on them & that takes care of it for a few days.
 
I can honestly say that I've rarely found fleas on myself or the furniture, either.
 
If you let any animal outside without flea treatment, they're gonna get infested.
 
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If I had to regularly treat my cats for fleas, I'd be spending around $100/month.  That's $20/dose/month for five cats.  As it is, I rarely find any fleas on my cats, and when I do, I crush 'em (the fleas, not my cats).

When I got the kittens, I found one flea on each.  None since.
 
Hez, keep an eye out for "dancing rice".  Those are segments of tapeworms that emerge from the animal's butt and wiggle around near the anus.As I understand it, tapeworm larva sometimes accompany fleas, and when the animal ingests a flea, they ingest the tapeworm.  So, if you see those, then you also need worm medication. 
 
There's one flea medication that also kills the tapeworms.  You rub the medication into the skin on the back of your pet's neck, and it gets into their system, working systemically to kill tapeworms and other worms.  The stuff is called Revolution.  It's about $20 for a one month dose, maybe cheaper online.
 
 
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Walmart has a new flea med they say is as good as Frontline, but for only $20 a package. Probably 4 - 6 treatments per.
 
Don't know how it is on worms, tho.
 
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Our chihuahua had a flea problem after I sent her underneath an abandoned house after a kitten. She came out, carrying the kitty by the scruff...then she put it down and it ran off. Anyway, she was very flea-ridden after this.
 
We went to the local Family Dollar, bought her a flea collar and some special shampoo. Nothing special, and it probably didn't even have a brand name.
 
Within a week she was flea-free. And the flea shampoo lightened her fur as well.
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Originally posted by Hezadancer Hezadancer wrote:

Now I guess my question is, who here has had fleas and what did you do to get rid of them?
 
Go to the grocery store and get a box of 20 Mule Team Borax.  Sprinkle (more like dust) it on your carpets and let it sit for a few days before vacuuming it up, then sprinkle some more down (it won't hurt anything if it stays there.)    The fleas will hop like mad for a few days because they're trying to get away from it (then they'll die.)  It won't hurt your animals.  Our first dog here in Fl was badly infested with fleas until we used the 20MTB, then after a week the problem was solved.  After 30 years (and 2 dogs and a cat), hardly had 2 dozen fleas the whole time.  I still put some down every now and then (even though I don't have pets any more) to take care of any unwanted 'hitchhikers'....
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Walmart has a new flea med they say is as good as Frontline, but for only $20 a package. Probably 4 - 6 treatments per.
 
Don't know how it is on worms, tho.
 
 
It gets confusing.  There's the flea medication you can get off the shelves, flea medication that you can only get from the vet (and only for cats the vet's familiar with), and now I see at PetSmart that there's flea medication in a locked display.  There's stuff that treats just the fleas, and there's stuff that treats fleas, tapeworms, heartworm and ear mites simultaneously.  There's stuff that's relatively cheap, and there's stuff that costs $20/dose.  I think Advantage has a cheap version as well as an expensive version.
 
I dunno.  If my cats need flea medication, I think I'll try that WalMart stuff next time.  With 5 cats, 5 doses at $20 each is kinda pricey.
 
 
 
 
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Just don't use the stuff by companies like Sargeant's or Hartz Mountain, etc.
 
People have reported that stuff sending their cats into convulsions & death because it poisoned them.
 
My mother is one of them. She got some of that stuff for her elderly female cat & it nearly died!!!!!
 
She had to take it to the vet & it cost her a few hundred bucks to save her.
 
 
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I've also noticed that since I've been giving Buddy fish oil, he doesn't seem to have any fleas anymore.
 
Of course, he kinda stinks like fish a little bit, but no fleas.
 
Couple a drops of fish oil every other day or so.
 
Plus, it's good for them.
 
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I wouldn't worry about the tapeworm meds until you actually see the "dancing rice" near their buttholes.  They only get that under particular circumstances.  Plus, tapeworms aren't that harmful (unless they have a lot and have 'em a long time), so it's not that much of an emergency.  They're just gross. 
 
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Just don't use the stuff by companies like Sargeant's or Hartz Mountain, etc.
 
People have reported that stuff sending their cats into convulsions & death because it poisoned them.
 
My mother is one of them. She got some of that stuff for her elderly female cat & it nearly died!!!!!
 
She had to take it to the vet & it cost her a few hundred bucks to save her.
 
 

I just used some Hartz(didn't say Mountain) Ultra Pro drops on my cat a couple weeks ago. I had bought it back when I brought her home from the adoption place. Turned out she was just shedding and it wasn't fleas.

What happened was that the first of June, a tenant with 2 cats left the apartments. Boss and myself spent around an hour in there making sure everything was clean.
New tenant moves in and says fleas were all over them the first night. I'm thinking, oh god, I brought fleas home, yet they were not on me when I was in there.

They brought in a bug company to treat the place and the guy says the fleas were all over him. So much so he didn't want to walk into the Office afterwards.
This was about the time Emma started leaving little clumps of hairballs around. 
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The Hartz/Sargeants type stuff doesn't negatively affect all cats, but it does some.
 
You can Google it & read all kinds of horror stories, but of course you never know how true some of them are.
 
I know some store bought flea stuff nearly killed my mom's cat, though.
 
The new Walmart brand stuff claims to be exactly identical to Frontline, which apparently has a good reputation.
 
And the Walmart stuff costs about half as much.
 
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You can also get a flea comb...just to make sure you've killed 'em all.  Plus, going over your pets once in awhile with the comb might help you avoid an infestation.  This way, you won't have to be buying flea medication all the time.
 
Over the past 5 years, I've only had to apply a total of maybe 5 applications of flea medication---and that's 5 total, not 5 for each cat.  Prior to that, a bit more often.  Same with my neighbors.  For some reason, fleas haven't been much of a problem for the pets in my 'hood lately 
 
Even my vet says she rarely needs to use flea meds on her cats.
 
 
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Ever since we started using Frontline Plus years ago we haven't had any problems with fleas. It works far better than other stuff we used to use like flea collars and flea shampoo. One of my friends is a professional dog groomer and that's what she uses on her own pets.
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I HATE fleas!!! I'm actually allergic to flea bites. They make flea traps, it's a dome fitted with a light and you place a sticky pad in the bottom, they are attracted to the light. these have worked very well for me. 
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