Having adopted two cats together, I was all too aware of the costs I would encounter in their upkeep and whilst never being prepared to compromise their well-being I was keen to look for cheaper options where available. This Bob Martin product was significantly cheaper than the ones locked behind the counter in Pets at Home, and readily available at the local co-op, so in my mind it had to be worth a try.
My cats came from the rescue centre already protected and they weren't noticeably troubled by itching or jumping - although I should obviously say that I'm just a pet owner, no expert. I did the treatment in line with when the centre told me they'd be due - four weeks after their last treatment.
The packet has clear instructions on how and where to apply to the cats. The tubes are only about an inch long, and once the end of each tube was snipped off, the liquid came out quickly and easily, so it was a straightforward operation for me on my own to do the cats one at a time. It left a sleeky residue on their fur behind their necks but this is inevitable, and as stated on the packet, it had gone by the next day. Neither of the cats were unduly troubled by the application of the liquid.
Job done, I assumed. But within one-two weeks I really noticed one of my cats being terribly troubled both by incessant itching, and also having times of being really jumpy. Again, no expert, but I imagine the kind of jumpiness you would get if being troubled by fleas. After a couple of days I realised I had to do something and made a trip to Pets at Home for some advice.
Their view of this product was pretty dim, although I wouldn't be swayed by that - you never know if it's just a personal view or a sales pitch, but their advice seemed to be well informed. They said that the active ingredients in this product were not the same as Frontline, hence the cost difference, and advised me to try Frontline (or in this case, I took their own-brand version Fiproline). They told me after two weeks it would be ok to use the new treatment.
I did the treatment on both cats and the itching and jumping stopped almost straight away, so it certainly appears that the Bob Martin product had not deterred the fleas at all. I checked the packaging, and indeed, the active ingredients appear to be completely different, although long scientific names they obviously contain different ingredients that do (or don't do) different things. This is one product I would never buy again as in the end it was just a waste of money.
Having two of my own cats I find it hard to keep the fleas away and very expensive. I used to work as a veterinary nurse and know that some treatments such as flea collars' are useless so I usually use Frontline when ridding fleas but recently I have taken on a further three feral cats and being a single lady I realised it was not economically sound for me to continue with Frontline, that's when I looked to Bob Martin. I have used bob martin before but it didn't really work, I think they have now changed the formula because it is now very effective. It contains the same stuff, Fipronil, that frontline use but it is much cheaper. My cats do have a little bit of a crazy moment when first applied but they soon chill out after. I will be continuing to use bob martin for all my cats and also recommend to friends. Happy cats
I normally use 4flea tablets for my two cats; I have mastered the art of giving them both tablets without being sliced to death in the process. On a trip to buy some more tablets, the shop was out of stock so I plumped for the Bob Martin Spot On instead. Firstly it is quite expensive, I like the idea of squeezable tubes though, saves injuries. I paid £8 for three tubes and this would do both cats, the tubes themselves are easy to get into, using scissors you cut the nib off the tip and making a gap in the cat's fur at the nape of their neck, you squeeze the tube gently to apply it to the skin. If you squeeze too hard, it can squirt everywhere.
Due to this being a liquid, it doesn't soak in straight away, and if you have a cat (like our delightful Bailey) that isn't overly keen on unwanted attention or affection, having to handle the cat can be problematic. It tells you not to let the cat clean itself until it has dried which again can cause issues. I have found that they tend to shake after you have applied it which again makes it spray everywhere. I didn't notice a huge reaction from the cats and the fleas defiantly didn't notice any real difference either. Don't get me wrong I regularly de-flea my cats, however our two year old Alfie disappeared for a week and a half (I was beside myself with grief), on his return he brought with him a lovely tick on his face (which I removed) and a nice infestation of fleas. 4Flea tablets work amazingly, within 5 minuets of taking the tablet, I put the cats in the bath and you can literally see the fleas making their dying way to the ends of the cat's fur.
Spot on I feel is a great disappointment, it didn't rid either of our cats of the fleas they had and for the price I find that sad. I will stick to 4fleas at it also makes the fur very soft too.
Before I get stuck into writing this review I must make it clear that I am reviwing Bob Martin's Flea Clear Spot On For Cats.
I love my cat to the bones of her. She is the light of my life. I hate cleaning out her cat litter tray though and worse than than I hate her fleas more! They disgust me!
She isn't riddled with them or anything like that. At best I see a couple on her after a good hour of peering at her, I'm obsessed by them and often wage a war on em. I have cleaned my home from top to bottom and done all the usual stuff of course and I've spent pounds on trying to rid her and my home of them as my body is sick of being bitten!
I was having success with Johnsons tablets for quite a while then I looked at Frontline and unless I really do have to I don't wont to buy it as its so expensive, I will if I have to though however I saw this and got it in Asda costing about a fiver and decided before I splash out on very expensive stuff to give this a go first.
The pipette (I got 1 pipette in my box but you can buy this in different sizes of course) and its a white box with a flap opening to the front of it and on there there is a picture of a cat and we are told that it is Bob Martin FleaClear Spot On For Cats and that it kills fleas and is 'Effective for up to 5 weeks against fleas, Suitable for use in homes with both cats and dogs', and that as I have mentioned there is one treatment within my box, that the treatment contains Fipronil and thats its for cats over 1kg in weight. On the back of the box other information listed tells us a bit about the product and then contact details for the manufacturer are given. Within the box and attached to it we are told all about user safety and then with diagrams we are shown how to use it. The pipette comes within a white plastic and silver backed foil tray and then the pipette is white plastic, we are told what it is on it and the little cap twists off easily ready to use.
Well this is a bit of an oily looking, transparent liquid and all you have to do is part your cats coat and apply it to the skin at the base of the neck and on the top of the shoulder blades. I had no issues doing this is and it smelt a bit odd but not disgusting and thats it Myrtle didn't mind and went about her buisness, it was really simple to do which pleased me and didn't stress her out either.
A couple of hours later the solution had completely dried and no adverse reactions were experienced by either of us lol. The next day I got my electic zapper comb to kill fleas through her coat and nothing found, dead or other wise! They had jumped ship I assume! I hope they were dead when they did so mind you haha!
Myrtle, to the best of my knowledge is now flea free though. Shes stopped scratching like a loony and so have I and I have got no new fleas bites either. At the end of the five weeks since I applied this I am happy to use it again but I am aware that fleas get immune to the same stuff so for the time being will be using this anyway!
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I've used Bob Martin Flea & Tick Spot On quite a few times in the past for our Cat who has sadly passed now and also my first two dogs. Bob Martin is a very well known and trusted brand and their products are widely available in pet shops and supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsburys and Co-Op. I used to buy mine from Somerfield because I worked there at the time and it was convenient to just pick them up after my shift. I recall paying around £5 per pack.
Bob Martin Spot On is available for both cats and dogs and I have tried both. With the dog version you have a choice of large or small dog and as mine were Chihuahuas I chose the small dog pack which is suitable for small dogs and puppies from 2 weeks onwards. The cat version is suitable for cats and kittens from 12 weeks onwards. You get 3 little tubes in each pack and each tube is one application. One pack promises 12 weeks of flea protection. There are smaller packs with just two tubes available and also a double strength version which wasn't around at the time when I was using this product.
It's important to mention that I used these for both my cat and my dogs but you must buy the cat version for your cat. Never use the dog version as it's highly poisoning to cats. The products may look the same but they contain different ingredients. Never be tempted if you have both cats and dogs to buy one pack and use a tube on each to save money.
Bob Martin promises that this kills ticks and fleas on contact but also breaks the flea life cycle which is essential in a de-fleaing product. There's no point just killing the adult fleas only for the eggs to hatch and produce more fleas. Using this product is very simple and the same for both the cat and dog version. You simply open one of the tubes part the fur on the back of the cat or dogs neck and squeeze out the liquid directly onto the skin where you've parted their fur. My dogs were long haired and it was a little difficult to get a good parting to get at their bare skin whilst trying to apply the product so it's handy to have two people to do the job. One to hold the fur parted and the other to apply the treatment. It's important to get it onto their skin as much as possible because it works by being absorbed into your pets skin. If you put it on their fur it won't work. You must apply it to the back of your cat or dogs neck because there they can't reach round to lick it off.
I used this a fair few times being unaware of better products on the market at the time. They were my first dogs and cat and I wasn't as experienced as I am now. Our cat was a big old ginger Tom and he would wander all day and night and he frequently got fleas and passed them onto the dogs. I found this treatment wasn't very effective at all. It did kill a few fleas when first used but didn't last long before they had fleas again. It certainly didn't give 12 weeks protection more like one or two. Also it's not effective if you wash your pet so when I had to bath the dogs during the 12 weeks it was all washed off. There are better products like Frontline that actually last so many washes and are still effective. I also found that when using this as a preventative measure when they didn't have fleas but to stop them getting them it didn't work. The cat still got fleas even though I'd used this.
I would never use this again, although cheaper than vet recommended products like Frontline it just doesn't work as well.
I bought Bob Martin spot on for my two cats a couple of weeks ago after being advised by my pet store that this was one of the better cheaper brands and really worked. I thought he must have known what he was talking about - he even said he uses it - that I also bought Bob Martin flea repellant collars too. The collars are useless to put it bluntly - they look pretty and that's about it! After two weeks of wearing it, if anything my cats had more fleas! As for the spot on - DANGEROUS! - I was lucky to have come accross reviews before my cat got seriously ill! My younger cat seemed fine apart from the fleas didn't seem to be going. However my older cat who has bad skin in places anyways, now has a big red sore patch in between his shoulders and was excessively scratching everywhere! I've also used Bob Martin fleas repellant for carpet and watched the fleas just jumping around in it to say the least! So if you have used these products on your cat and you notice any funny behaviour - fingers crossed you'll notice in time :( - I recommend bathing your cat in warm soapy water - fleas don't do so well with soap - and remove anything that's left on their coat from these products. If you Google 'Bob Martin Reviews' its all there for you to see...cats dying and having to be put down! I hope no one else makes the same mistake I did by using this on my cats...but thank god I acted in time.
When we were given our cat we got a lot of accessories with her and the Bob Martin flea spot on was one of the things that came with her.
As it came with her we didn't actually pay for it but for the purposes of this review I have had a look on the internet and it costs around £6.50 which gives you 24 weeks protection so you would need just over 2 packs in a year.
The treatment comes packaged in on a cardboard sleeve fronted with plastic, the packaging holds the name of the company, name of the product, states that it can be used from 12 weeks of age and also has a picture of a couple of lovely looking cats.
The product comes in a small tube which is easy to open as you simply snap the plastic top giving you a nozzle to administer the liquid with. You have to put the contents of the tube on the nape of your cats neck and make sure the whole tube has been used.
Administering the contents is not the easiest of tasks remember cats have lovely long claws! When we used this I held our cat and my husband put it on her.
Once you have administered the product you have to try not to touch the area for 3-6 hours now this again is easier said than done as for all it is easy not to stroke your cat we found our cat didn't like it and tried to rub the back of her neck on anything she came near to try and get it off luckily if you have applied it in the correct place they can't get it off.
Our cat has never had fleas that I am aware of and I do keep a check on her with having 2 young children, I use flea shampoo on my dogs but can't imagine trying to bath the cat so I will keep using this product as it seems to be effective but I will keep look out for the 24 week protection version as it is better value than buying the pack with only one tube in.
I've used Bob Martin spot on treatment for my cat since I got her as a kitten (it's been approximately 6years now!) and she's always been flea free! Firstly the treatment isn't very expensive-you get a couple of tubes in a packet which should last you a good few months so you don't have to buy them often, you can opt for buying the bigger packets (there are packets which have 6 tubes in them) which can be useful to put aside in a drawer ready for the next appliance. The outer packaging keeps the treatment in place, if you buy a bigger package you will find it is a longer piece of cardboard and each 2 set is wrapped in a bit of plastic keeping it in place. The tube packaging is real sturdy, I use scissors to cut off the top ready to apply it to my cat. In regards to using the product this is real simple-there are instructions printed on the back of the packaging but all that's needed is for someone to keep your pet in place (if you have problems-I normally do it myself as she's pretty good but some animals won't like it), then push aside the fur on the back of her neck and apply. Make sure it's all out and rub it in a bit with the end of the tube-make sure you get it right in the centre otherwise I find my cat can lick at it and it's made her a bit ill in the past-possibly the one downside. I've always used this product and have never had issues with fleas in our house so would really recommend it.
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, I have only seem the 4 week pack in my local supermarket however pet shops and specialists do the larger sizes.
The 24 weeks around £7, 12 weeks for £5.50, 8weeks for around £4.50 and 4 weeks for around £3.50
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!
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. As nasty as it sounds, I was amazed at how many dead fleas I was finding when combing my cats after applying.
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I consider Bob Martin to be a trustworthy brand and I also purchase the worming tablets that treat tapeworm and roundworm. It is vital that you deflea your cat on a monthly routine to ensure you're cat is protected against fleas and ticks. You should only use this if your cat is over 12 weeks old.
It is very easy to apply this treatment. It comes in a small tube containing 0.9ml of the liquid. Just snip off the end of the nozzle and part your cats fur at the nape of the neck and apply directly on to your cats skin. I find it very difficult to keep my cat still long enough by myself and so I consider it to be a two person job and have someone help me to keep her calm and still. It is quite easy to squeeze it out but make sure you have got it all out as on some occasions I have been mistaken and it's difficult to get your cat to come back once you've let her run off!
Make sure you wash your hands after applying as the substance is harmful when in contact with human skin. Don't touch the treated area for at least 3-6 hours and you should be particularly careful with letting you cat be near leather furniture. If you cat swallows some of the flea treatment or appears to be ill then seek advice from the vet and bring the packet along with you. I've had no problems with using this but it's important to make sure you are aware of what to do in a rare case.
I think this product is effective in protecting cats from fleas and ticks it is clinically proven and as my cat has fortunately never had them, I put it down to routinely using this spot on treatment. The pack is also quite useful in having a recording table so you can be sure to keep up to date with the treatments.
I usually buy the pack of three which controls fleas and ticks for 12 weeks, 3 applications lasting 4 weeks each. The pack of three is the best value for money at around £4.50 from Asda but there is also a one pack which is £2.02 and a two pack. These are widely available from supermarkets and pharmacies which is the main reason I use Bob Martin. There is also wide range available online and can be much larger and more convenient for some people.
I no doubt recommend this. It has a double action and unlike some treats ticks as well. It is convenient to buy and does not come at too great an expense.
After applying ths prduct in good faith my cat started scratching and grooming perfusely then loss big pathes of hair mainly round her neck where it was applied the expossed flesh looked like a blow torch had been used on her. At the vets it was confirmed that it was due to the spot on treatment and other cats has been affected. On researching the internet have seen over 1000 reveiws calling for the produt to be banned on speaking to bob martin was shocked to discover that they dont care and wont even advise on a remedy as normal vet treatment dont seem to do anything against it .
as the product is not medicinal it does not need the same sort of testing nor does it require a licence so they can just sell it of the shelf .
One of the chemicals used in it is a nerve agent which the nazi,s used during the war
i am at presant try to fight bob martin but need help so if anyone has had similar experience please contact me if you are willing to help and prevent any more suffering or if you wish you can contact BOB MARTIN and speak to MARK SPERLOCK on 01934 831000 or contact me firstname.lastname@example.org we have gotto stop this product harming our pets.
THERE IS NO WARNING ON THE PRODUCT THAT IT CAN CAUSE HARM
it has KILLED cats in extrem cases
UPDATE -: Since writting this reveiw several people has been in contact with their horror stories and i have been in contact with mark sperlock from bob martin who i like to add still deny that there is a problem and who refuses to give the remedy to me to cure or at least stop the symtoms of their product but another more worrying fact is it is not just the sopot on product which is causing problems but others as well like the de-worming liquid so freinds WARN ALL WITH VALUED PETS DO NOT BUY BOB MARTIN they obviously DONT HAVE A CLUE WHEN IT COMES TO CHEMICALS we need to do something about this bob martin at presant refuses to speak to me anymore so i am now looking at taking them to court but as i cannot affored a solicitor i am going to reprsent myself and hopfully get ALL our cases compensated in a way to make us happy even if it is for them to pay our vetbills or provide vet treatment .
It has been a uphill struggle with bob martin but at last thay have been looking on numurouse web sits and seen alot of the reveiws posted by other people and there for decided to look into the case but since writting my reveiw i have had alot of people v(over 1000) get in contact explaining their case to me from DEADpets to severly injured cats all due to the use of this product . There have also been some dog owners getting in contact high lighting so dog products made by BOB MARTIN so it is obviouse that certain people in this company havent got a clue how harmful the chemicals are and for it to go on so long bob martin are only intrested in the money thay have sent me a product called msm but all it does is to condition the skin and promote hair growth of which it is not doing to well though there has been a slight change but must add IT IS NOT A CURE FOR SPOT ON and talking of treatment they still wont tell me of any suitable treatment all i can advise is for you to bath your pet ASP and hope that not too much of the chemicals has entered the pets system