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My 18 year old boy has fleas for the first time ever. Please help! Can anyone recommend a safe treatment for him. He is thin and fragile but has a great appetite, drinks plenty of water and still gets around. I fear that a treatment will have harmful consequences for him. However, fleas are harmful to any pets health and I just can’t do nothing for him. Any recommendations for my old boy would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I apply Advantage II to my 19+ yo cat, as I personally feel it is one of the 'safest'. Another is Frontline Plus. They have both been around a long time (1996 and 2000 respectively) and are spread through the sebaceous glands as opposed to entering the blood stream. I know Advantage II does not require a cat to be bitten in order for the product to kill the fleas, not sure if that is true of Frontline Plus or not. None of this is to say that your cat couldn't be allergic to one of the ingredients in either of these products - as is the case with most anything. Neither require vet prescriptions.

There are areas within the country (assuming you are in the US) that they have become less effective, but still work well in other locations. However, when combined with treating the house and the yard, vacuuming frequently, and keeping cat bedding/etc. clean, the fleas can be kept to a controllable minimum. Routine flea combing, at least initially, is also a good practice. I can explain more about the latter if you are unsure how to perform flea combings.

Advantage II can be applied more often than once a month (twice a month) for flea infestations to help get them under control but should be only done so temporarily.

You might find this web site helpful regarding more information about home and yard treatments.
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My 18 year old boy has fleas for the first time ever. Please help! Can anyone recommend a safe treatment for him. He is thin and fragile but has a great appetite, drinks plenty of water and still gets around. I fear that a treatment will have harmful consequences for him. However, fleas are harmful to any pets health and I just can’t do nothing for him. Any recommendations for my old boy would be greatly appreciated.
Hi,
How many fleas are you seeing on him? Are you flea combing him, or are you seeing fleas on him without using a comb?
 

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I read the Flea Science site and was wondering if anyone has used the Zoecom flea spra?
 

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I use Precor 2000 and think it helps. If you follow directions, which say to spray lightly far enough above the floor that it is really a light mist by the time it hits and therefore dries very quickly. I have never kept my cat out of the area where I have sprayed for more than an hour. It is sold on many DIY sites in addition to Amazon. I use it on my carpeting, entry rugs, and my outdoor carpeting on the patio. I have sprayed it on the patio cushions as well.
 
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