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I switched to this product after trying a very ironically named 'Silent Flea Spray' which was the least silent spray I've ever heard and sent my cat running a mile. This product is much more subtle and I have used it with no issues on my cat a number of times, even though he is of quite a nervous disposition.
My cat hasn't had a problem with fleas since we started using this product which is great and although it is fairly pricey at about £6.99 for the pack it is worth it to keep him protected.
I find the product is really easy to apply. I wait until my cat is really relaxed and sleepy and begin to stroke the back of his neck (the scruff of the neck) making sure I have cut the top of the little packet ready to squirt on. The back of the neck is the suggested area for application on the cat as it is a place that he cannot easily reach himself so is unlikely to be able to just lick off. I push the fur up a little and with one firm squeeze of the miniature bottle all the liquid tends to come out in one go and goes straight onto the cats skin. The cat seems a little surprised but it does not seem to bother him more than that despite there being a slight smell apparent.
I've been really pleased with the product - reasonably priced, good protection and very easy to apply.
When I first left home, I decided I needed some company and as I worked all day, I decided on a kitten, then concerned that one kitten would be lonely, I brought two from the same litter and called them Bruno and Tyson.
Once they started to go outside, we seemed to develop and problem of fleas, particularly with Tyson, and of course, having two, meant that they were constantly sharing!
The product s available it pack sizes of 4, 8, 12 and 24 weeks. This means that it should ensure your cat is flea free for this amount of time. I have only seem the 4 week pack in my local supermarket however pet shops and specialists do the larger sizes. It is also available from places like Wilko's & Home Bargains
The 24 weeks tube costs around £7, 12 weeks for £5.50, 8weeks for around £4.50 and 4 weeks for around £3.50. Prices can vary slightly from store to store so it is worth shopping around.
Simply cut the top of the small tube and apply to the rear of you cats neck (where they cannot reach if they try and lick it off).
When the product has dried, all you then need to comb your cat with a flea comb on a regular basis.
If you have more than one cat, I would recommend keeping them apart until the product dries completely. I made this mistake and as soon as I applied to Bruno. Tyson tried to lick it off him - this resulted in quite a scary experience of trying to rinse Tyson's mouth out with water.
Your cats must be a minimum of 12 weeks old to use the product.
I would definitely recommend this product, luckily, since having my cats, I have only had to use it a couple of times, but each time has been a great success.
I have only ever used the 4 week tube, but found that this actually lasted longer than this and I only now use if we ever have an outbreak of fleas. As nasty as it sounds, I was amazed at how many dead fleas I was finding when combing my cats after applying.
I would recommend if you do get fleas, I would also treat the carpets too otherwise they will never go.
Thanks for reading.
Our cat is now almost two years old and is growing up so fast! It feels a little crazy sometimes that we've had her over a year and a half now too. Our cat is a house cat and has absolutely no desire to go outside at all. She has a few health problems and because we have several friends with outdoor cats we do the sensible thing and ensure that we keep our cat up to date with injections, flea prevention treatment and de-worming treatments on a regular basis.
In the past I have used Frontline and this has always helped to keep any fleas off my cat. Obviously it is hard to tell if any fleas have actually entered our home but we do have a friend whose cat has had fleas recently that seem to not have disappeared despite them treating their home and their cat several times. This time round I wanted to get Frontline again but our cat had needed treatment that week and so I picked up 24 weeks of Bob Martin protection from Sainsburys for around £5.69 or £5.89. This is stated as being £7.49 on the Sainsburys website but I only bought our 24 week protection packet 8 weeks ago so not sure that the price has raised this much, often I find different prices on pet items in my local Sainsburys than compared to online at the same time, no idea why as other products are usually fine!
Within this packet there are 6 blue/light grey coloured spot on containers. These come in a plastic tray type thing which is contained within the cardboard packaging. It took me just a few seconds to open the packaging and then just a second to snip the top off one of the spot on containers. So in all the packaging was very simple to use and the spot on containers very thick and strong yet not so strong that I struggled to cut the top off.
So this spot on is very simple to use, like all or most spot on products. Once I had snipped the top off I parted the hair on the back of my cats neck/bottom head area (not so easy when she is incredibly fluffy!). Then I just pour the liquid on to the back of the neck and in all it probably took me around 15 seconds to get the entire contents of the container on to her skin. This was very straight forward, just like with Frontline.
The difference that I noticed next after applying the liquid was the smell. It is an almost dusty, dank smell and my cat was really not impressed. Usually when I use a spot on my cat happily sits there while I do it and she does not struggle or try to get away, however with this Bob Martin spot on it was a totally different scenario. My usually placid cat tried to get away from me and when I held her she hissed and me and scratched me. Now this is obviously because something was upsetting her as she is very placid and never hurts me, even when we are playing aggressively. I had to get my husband to help me hold her so I could finish dispensing the liquid on to her neck/the back of her head. This also happened the second time that we used this 4 weeks later and again she was incredibly upset by us using it. She was sitting for several hours after use with her eyes at a slanted angle as if something was upsetting her eyes and it took a good two days before she stopped smelling disgusting.
I will say that our cat has not developed fleas while we have been using this for 8 weeks, however as I said before we don't have an active flea problem in our home. She has also not had any ticks or problems like that but as she doesn't go outside they wouldn't be expected anyway, however it is always good to protect her just to be on the safe side.
I must say that we will not use the 24 weeks of this that we bought. Our cat actively hates us (which is unusual) while this is being administered and for a day or two afterwards. Her character changes quite drastically when this is first applied and she becomes very naughty and aggressive, this is not something that happens with Frontline and so I have ordered some more from Amazon now.
I will say that my cat did not develop fleas despite lots of guests coming to see us who have outdoor cats. The off putting smell and the change in my cats behaviour is enough to worry me and these two reasons and the ones why I will not by or use this again. I would not want to pass this on to anyone else so I will be disposing of the rest of these flea treatments now to avoid my cat having to cope with being upset again by this being administered.
I have a little bundle of fun running round at home. A 5 month old kitten who has recently come back from his first weekend at a cattery who also came back with his first case of fleas. Being a conscientious pet owner I wanted to make sure that my kitten (Bailey) was healthy and happy but also to make sure my home was an itch free one too.
On a trip to the supermarket I noticed the Bob Martin Spot on flea repellent and decided to pick some up along with some flea tablets which promise to rid the fleas within 24 hours. The Spot on repellent comes in a variety of sizes ranging from 12 weeks protection (3 tubes) up to 24 weeks protection (6 tubes) and this is the one I went for as it was the only size in stock.
The Spot on sounds simple to apply and it is, if your cat/kitten stays still while you part his fur and squeeze liquid onto it...Bailey doesn't. After a quick run around and a game of hide and seek, Bailey gave up and sat (not entriely at his will) whilst I applied the spot on. The tablets had since cleared the initial infestation so this was just precautionary. After applying to the back of his neck, off he went quite happy if a little annoyed he couldn't reach the back of his neck!!
This product shouldn't be bought with the aim of killing fleas as that's not what it's for, this is a repellent only and is designed to protect your cat/kitten and your home as it is designed to brush off on your furniture.
So far so good, one week in and Bailey has stopped scratching as much so I think the combination of the tablets and the spot on has worked but I suppose only time will tell.
The Spot on is available for 24 weeks protection (one application 4 weekly) for around £7.99 at Pets at Home and most supermarkets. The smaller sizes are less commonly stocked but they are typically around £4-£5.
Based on the experience so far I would recommend this product to cat owers but I suppose only in combination with another treatment if fleas are already present. There are other brands available which offer similar promises but Bob Martin is a recognised name with this sort of product and it's definitely a name I can trust.
I have a couple of cats and with animals you need to not only watch them in terms of general health but for fleas and worms as well. The expense people can go into for there animals is enormous so when I was given a free spot on which was Bob Martin I used it.
I had heard of Bob Martin and it was my friend who gave me the product to try out claiming it worked for her cats. My cat developed some fleas due to a neighbour who was keeping a stray cat and they were passing on the fleas.
I had issues trying to remove them so needed help and this was the solution. I had this some of container which was 0.9,ml and it was a poorly put together. It took me forever to take the actual lid of the container off and I needed to use a knife as scissors were no where around.
I then poured this liquid onto the back of the neck and it is meant to spread through the cat to stop the fleas so you need to make sure it works first. My first problem was trying to apply this product as it was time consuming to hold a cat down for a prolonged period of time.
Eventually this liquid which smelt in some ways was applied and the cat was not happy. On the day I put this item onto the cat I found it had a few fleas roaming so I waited for my next attempt. 48 hours had elapsed and I found NO dead fleas.
I was shocked because this was clearly a product designed to kill fleas and it did nothing of the sort and it seemed there was even more. I had sprayed carpets and chairs and made sure all toys and beds were washed.
I went and sort advice from my vet who advised me against Bob Martin as they were a cheap alternative to Frontline and they do not work. I had used Frontline before and it seemed expensive and I love to find a more simple bargain.
Eventually I needed to settle back to Frontline even though it was going to cost a fortune I knew the fleas would disppear and the problem would disappear. The problem is Bob Martin claim it is 24 week protection when it seems it hardly reaches 24 hours.
I know seeing this inside Tesco they charge around £7 but I am unsure how many little liquid spot on containers you get but even for that price it is silly money to waste.
Your putting your trust into a product which sadly does not deliver any results so it can be a problem for people and especially when you applied it correctly as they directed.
I have learnt from my lesson and would hope others would as well. I would pre warn people your animal will almost certainly not want this applied to them so be careful and do not get this in your eyes burning is likely to occur also.
Bob Martin Cat Spot On
Description: Brand: Bob Martin / Animals Equipment Type: Cat Health / Repellent for fleas and ticks.
As someone who shares their home with 2 Siamese cats, I am very conscious of ensuring that they are as happy and healthy as possible. The cats are actually house cats but until earlier this year, we also had a little dog (who we still sadly miss) who naturally spent a lot of time outdoors.
Around a year and a half ago, our dog had to have a minor operation at a local vets and to our dismay, returned with fleas. Apparently this is extremely common, because people take dogs in to have them diagnosed with fleas, and of course, sitting in the waiting room, dogs will sniff around other dogs. We had always used Frontline on the dog to prevent this happening but because she had been unwell, we had lapsed by a few weeks which unfortunately, was all it took. It took around a week or 2 for us to realise what had happened, and by that time, the cats were scratching too.
We immediately went to a local pet shop and bought this product. On first inspection, it seemed very similar to Frontline (which we used on the dog) so we were comfortable that it would be successful. It cost in the region of £4 and it easy to apply. You simply squeeze open the little applicator, then sneak up behind the unsuspecting cat (by far the hardest part!) and apply to the back to the back of their neck.
Unfortunately, this product was very ineffective and we soon realised that it has little to no effect. We consulted our vet who advised that these over the counter products were not always as good as something from a vet and popped in to purchase some Frontline from them.
Frontline was a little more expensive but so much better. The problem was quickly resolved and aside from the usual washing of pet bedding, flea sprays etc to ensure that there were none of the little blighters left, the situation was quickly contained. Now, we regularly use Frontline to ensure that the situation doesn't happen again.
In summary, this product was a complete waste of money and certainly not something that I would recommend. It may be more expensive but better to treat your animals properly first time around and prevent the problem of fleas lasting any longer than it has to, give this product a miss and pop to your vet for some Frontline!
Bob Martin Cat Spot On is a product we have used as a flea and tick repellent for our cats. Its a simple to use product that is easily sourced and as its a well known brand it was something we felt was going to be a reliable and safe product to use with our pets.
The packs we have bought have had 3 small tubes of the product placed in the centre of a simple cardboard pack. These packs provide enough of the product for up to 4 weeks per application. So with the 3 tubes we have been able to use them every 4 weeks to give a combined 12 weeks protection to our cats when buying 2 packs per time.
We have found Bob Martin Cat Spot On to be an easy to use product that has not caused any adverse reactions with our cats. Its very simple to use if you follow the instructions provided on the pack. We have found that when using the product as directed our cats have not been stressed by the application of the product.
The way we apply the flea and tick repellent is to cut open the end of one of the small plastic tubes and then hold our cat gently, carefully pushing back the fur on a small area at the back of our cats neck. We then allow the product to sink in a bit, giving our cats a gentle smooth to settle them for a while, before releasing them to go off and play.
By following this method which is the one we are directed to follow by the makers of the product, we have found that our cats don't end up trying to lick or paw at the flea repellent. As not only do they have difficulty reaching it due to where we have placed it but its had a while to sink in before we let them off to play.
As we also make sure that we sit with our cats and give them a bit of a stroke whilst the product sinks in, we find that also cuts down on the risk of the product not being applied correctly. After all its best to get the dosing done all at once rather than have to chase about after an unhappy cat trying to apply more of the product and the way we apply the Spot On works well for us.
Over all Bob Martin Cat Spot On has been a product we have used as a flea and tick repellent, but not as a flea or tick killer. If at anytime you suspect that your cats may already have fleas, this product will not help to cure the problem. You will need to treat the fleas or ticks first and then when that is completely sorted you can go on to use this product.
As we have not had unwanted pests visit our cats when we have used this I have to say that it does work for our cats. I don't think it can be fully relied on when allowing our cats to go outside and so we fit them with soft flea collars when they go out as an extra precaution. As we haven't had any issues with this product I have to give it 4 stars.
Bob Martin Cat Spot On comes in a number of pack sizes from a single dose pack to 2 does 8 week pack, the 3 does 12 week packs we have used and a 24 week pack.
To keep fleas at bay we always write the date of our cats dosing on a calendar so we can refer back to it if needed which I would recommend you also do if you can. Prices for the product can vary so do look out for offers and expect to pay between £1.99 for single packs up to £3.40 for a 2 does pack and a bit more for the 12 week packs at up to £4.50.
Fleas and ticks are not a laughing matter, just the mere mention of them makes me scratch and feel uncomfortable so in order to keep my home flea free I use Bob Martin Cat Spot on for Whizz the cat!
It is very important when you own a cat to protect them from fleas and ticks as it's not nice for them and it's not nice for you. Now, you can decide to take them to the vet to have this treatment done but that it costly and time consuming and why would you do that when this fantastic product is avaiable in your supermarket.
Bob Martin Spot on cat treatment comes in a little tube in a thick liquid form that you apply directly to a cat. This is so much easier than trying to put something in their food. Basically you break open the seal of the tube with the top of the other side of the cap. Then make a parting in your cats fur at the top of its neck and squeeze the liquid out directly onto its skin. You don't need to rub it in which is good, I definitely avoid touching it and then I do send my cat outside just to make sure I don't come in contact with it but I haven't had any reactions or anything with it. You can use it on cats or kittens from 12 weeks of age. I've been using this on Whizz for years now and so far no fleas which is really nice.
Once you have applied the solution it will provide 4 weeks of protection. In order to carry on the protection they advise you to reapply within 28 days. One tube costs around £1.50 but I buy the multipack which contains 6 individual tubes for 24 weeks of protection for £7.49 which is a savings of about £1.50.
According to the back of the box, this product is approved under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986, for use as directed. HSE No. 7809. PCS No: 95578 Version 1.
Arnold - My pet cat (see profile pic), developed fleas about 12 months ago.
Aged 4 at the time he had never had any problems at all before this point, but one night my wife noticed a dark black, wriggly little flea / tick crawling through his bright white fluffy fur.
There was nothing that we could do that night, as it was late, but the next morning we headed off to our local 'Pets At Home' store to try and buy something to clear the fleas. There was a wide range of treatments in there, but the main one on the shelves was the 'Bob Martin' brand.
Priced at about £3 for 24 weeks protection - split into 6 little spot on bottles, (one to be applied every 4 weeks) we happily purchased the treatment, and went home, to try and tackle Arnold!
This product by Bob Martin is a spot-on treatment, which is very common for the treatment of fleas. The spot-on is basically a small white plastic bottle, containing a solution which is designed to spread throughout the cat's body, and kill the fleas.
So later that day my wife held Arnold on the floor, while I applied the solution. To open the little bottle you have to cut off the top, which isn't very easy to do, and then apply the solution (0.9ml) to the skin under the fur at the nape of the cats neck, between the shoulder blades. It needs to be applied here to stop the cat from licking the solution before it has soaked in properly. However Arnold must have managed to get his head around his body onto his neck area, and licked a bit of the solution as later that night he started to salivate quite badly which was really disturbing to watch.
After grabbing the packet to see if this was related to the flea spot-on, I discovered that it did warn (in the small print) that this could happen if the cat managed to get any in its mouth.
There are also lots of other warnings on the packaging which include:
Wear suitable gloves.
Avoid contact with eyes.
Wash hands after use.
Keep away from food, drink and animal feedings.
Keep out of reach of children
After a few hours of salivating, Arnold seemed fine again, and the next day we found a few dead fleas in Arnold's fur, which we combed out, and everything seemed to be working well, until a whole week had passed, and I was in bed one night when I felt something on my arm! You guessed it, it was a flea!
I hardly slept that night, as I couldn't get it out of my head, and constantly felt as though I could feel things crawling on me. We checked Arnold's fur thoroughly the next morning, and the fleas were all over him still!
I rang the vets later that day, to see what he thought, and basically he told me that Bob Martin spot-on is a waste of time, and acts as more of a mild repellent, just killing the odd one! He recommended that I went to the vets and purchased some of their flea treatment which is not available in shops, but was really good (and really pricey!!), so off I went to get some.
The treatment from the vet which cost over £10 did work almost instantly, and came in a much easier to open bottle, with a twist off neck. It was worth paying extra for, for Arnolds comfort, and our piece of mind, and so Arnold is regularly treated now, and has not had any sign of a flea since.
My overall opinion is that Bob Martin spot-on is not worth trying. Yes it is far cheaper, than Frontline, or Advocate, but what is the point of paying anything at all if it does not work, and you then have buy some proper treatment afterwards!
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2010
This stuff is damned near useless! Maybe it has some effect - I assume it is better than using no flea repellant at all - but barely worth bothering with.
I have always used some stuff from the vets which works in the same way in that you squeeze the little tube of it at the back of your cat's neck (which is always easier that trying to get flea powder combed through their fur etc!). The stuff from there is very effective at killing the fleas, it spreads throughout the cats fur killing the nastly little blighters and it also is meant to get spread around the house onto the carpets as your cat moves around, to kill any lurking there (although I would still recommend a proper carpet spray - again available from a vets at around £14 a bottle - a couple of times a year at least).
The problem was that the vet charged a lot of money for it and with me having two cats the lure of Bob Martin's cheaper stuff was just too great! However, whilst I've never really known my cats have fleas - even though I never used the stuff from the vets quite as often as they recommend - they certainly did have fleas after I used this stuff! I wouldn't say my house was hugely infested but after seeing 2 or 3 of them jumping around here and there I had no choice but to go to the vets, get the real stuff and part with my hard earned cash. So it actually cost me more in the long run to buy Bob Martin's!!! I would never touch a cheaper version again, my poor cats (and myself and my son!) are worth more than that!
Really, just don't bother with it, it is a waste of money and time.
I use this product on a regular basis, as well as the Bob Martin Spot on Cat Wormer.
I cannot fault this product, If you have cats you will know that trying to put the granules in their food or trying to squirt liquid down their throat is virtually impossible. I found that the first time I tried the granules they worked but then the second time my cats figured out what I was doing and just left their food, so not only was the food wasted but so were the granules.
This product is so simple, you snip off the top and squeeze the liquid on the back of their neck, they don't tend to enjoy it too much, but if your quick at least you know it's done. It's so much better than other products because it gives you peace of mind, once it's on them it soaks in and you know it's done.
I would definitely recommend this for cats, it's far easier than anything else I have tried.
After reading other reviews on this product I was really quite worried when I spoke to my Nan and heard that she had used it on her cat and advised her to have the vets phone number on standby!
However, no adverse effects seemed to have been caused by the use of the Bob Martin Flea Spot on. In fact, no effects seemed to have been caused by the use of it. The flea infestation on the cat was no better or worse before or after using it. The most frustrating thing was that once it had been applied, we needed to wait at least 7 days to apply anything else to the cat which would actually work on the problem!
We decided the product was completely pointless and we wont be using it again. In future we will put the money spent towards a much more expensive, and effective, prescription-only spot on flea treatment.
I bought this product for my cat about a year ago, when I didn't have much money and wanted a cheap alternative to a product like Frontline, which would prevent any nasty fleas getting to my kitty.
Big, big mistake. Using this product ended up costing me a fortune! I used it as directed in between the cat's shoulders, used the right amount and so on. A few days later I noticed that the cat had been scratching a lot, so I checked underneath his fur to find quite big scabs where I had put the treatment. These were clearly painful.
I took him to the vets, where they told me never to use Bob Martin, as this happened to cats all the time, and that George had had a bad allergic reaction - had to have antibiotics, steroids and had to fork out for other flea products - ended up costing me 70 quid! My advice is to avoid this product, it made the cat ill, cost me money and time and it didn't even work as I found a flea on my boy!
Right. Fleas. Very nice creatures, arent they?
No. Thats right. I hate them as well. And this product is something we have used about 6 times altogether. Doesnt mean its good.
Now, what Bob Martins Spot On treatment is, is a little sqeezy bottle, which is as big as your thumb. To apply, you must first snip the end of the bottle, part the fur on the cat, which is located inbetween the shoulder-blades and a little up the neck. This stops the cats from licking it off, and susequently coughing and foaming at the mouth.
Does it work? Well, it seems to be hit and miss. Because your cats a little squirmy about having stuff like that, particularly liquid, touch their fluffy backs, applying this doesnt please them. Having two cats myself, one stayed put, and took his 'meds' like a champ. The other one squirmed her way out of it half way through application. This shows that two people are really needed to do a decent job of this.
Personally, I go for the Shampoo. Cats dont like being tipped with water, but it works very, very well, and starts killing them instantly. Spot On, well, doesnt. It also has a slightly strange smell to it, and makes your cats fur sticky to touch.
Of course, this should be used in a regular flea treatment of your pet and home. It works if applied properly. And if your having trouble, get someone else to help, or get your vet to apply it for you, which they should do for free.
When my cat was having a flea problem I saw this in Tesco and instantly thought "wow, what a bargain".
I just wish I had left it well alone. The price may only be small but the consequences of this little pippet are dire!
After about 10 mins of putting on Bob Martins Spot on my poor little puss starting loosing his balance and foaming at the mouth! We wasn't sure what on earth to do so took him to the vets.
Once at the vet she took one look at my cat, looked at me with a raised eyebrow and said "Bob Martin I assume?"
According to her this is a real common occurance and there have been several hundred cases of cats being paralysed, foaming at the mouth and dying after using this product.
I now stick with the one the Vet prescribes, it may be more pricey but my little puss is worth it!
Repellent for fleas and ticks.