Best Topical Flea And Tick Control Medication For Cats And Felines

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(spinosad) is a chewable once a month oral medication used to treat and prevent flea infestations. Since 2007, Comfortis was only used for dogs but now as of August 2012 the FDA approved 4 different strengths for cats 14 weeks of age and older, who are greater than 2 pounds.
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Revolution is a safe and simple monthly topical medication used to protect your pet from heartworms, fleas, and ear mites. It also protects dogs from ticks and sarcoptic mange and cats from roundworms and hookworms. Revolution for Dogs and Cats requires a prescription from your veterinarian. (3 Pack = 3 doses which lasts 3 months.) Dog flea medication unsafe for cats, Oregon family learns the ha - KPTVPetAction Flea & Tick Medication for Dogs and CatsCapstar Flea Medication (Nitenpyram) For Cats and Dogs.
Oral flea medications work from the inside out and should be given to your cat monthly for the best flea control. is an effective oral flea treatment for cats. Hi! I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to make flea prevention easier on my cat Willa. I've tried Frontline, Advantage, and Revolution; I've settled on Frontline for Cats, which I apply once a month, as the mildest. But every cat flea medication I've tried seems to cause skin irritation in the place where it is applied (at the back of my cat's neck).

Nearly every month, my kitty scratches that spot until the fur is gone, in a patch about the size of a dime, and her skin is oozing blood. She also acts like she doesn't feel well for a day after the treatment.

Both of my cats are allowed to go outdoors into their special fenced yard (we installed a Purrfect Fence, which has been great), and we are in the South, so they are definitely exposed to cat fleas and ticks. Are there any strategies I can use when applying the Frontline to make it less irritating? Should I stop using it, and if so, what else can I do to keep her safe? My vet is great, but she's stumped by this.


Dear Vicki,

Personally, I have never seen this problem in cats being treated with Frontline Plus for Cats. I would have suggested that you try a different brand, but seeing as you have already done so, I only have a few suggestions for your applying cat flea medicine to your kitty every month.

When applying a topical cat flea medication, you should part the cat’s hair very well and apply the liquid directly to the cat’s skin. This is both so the cat medication gets absorbed into the pores more quickly and effectively, and also to provide minimal irritation to your kitty, as having a wet patch of cat fur can be annoying to some cats and can cause licking and scratching behaviors.

Also, try applying the cat flea medication to other areas around your kitty’s head, such as higher or lower on her neck, up between her ears, or even between her shoulder blades. If you can experiment with areas your cat can and can’t reach, you may be able to better determine the best spot to apply the medication where your kitty will leave it alone until it dries.

Best wishes,
Dr. Neely

Comfortis is a prescription medication FDA approved for use in dogs and puppies and cats and kittens 14 weeks of age or older to kill fleas and prevent flea infestations for one month. Comfortis is available in a Pink box for dogs 5 to 10 lbs and cats 4-6 lbs (140 mg), Orange box for dogs 10.1 to 20 lbs and cats 6.1-12 lbs (270 mg), Green box for dogs 20.1 to 40 lbs and cats 12.1-24 (560 mg), Blue box for dogs 40.1 to 60 lbs (810 mg), and Brown box for dogs 60.1 to 120 lbs (1620 mg). Also, , cats may ingest fleas and flea waste. Very often this will result in tapeworms in your cat's intestinal tract. By inspecting your cat's stool for tapeworm segments and having a veterinarian perform a fecal examination, the diagnosis can be confirmed. Medications are then necessary to rid your cat of tapeworms to restore optimal health.