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One of the bains of most of us pet owners life is fleas. I own a stunning half ragdoll cat that is my pride and joy and the first time she caught them, she caught them off a neighbours cat that kept visiting her. I didn't even know she had fleas until she went to the vets to be neutered and not only did she have fleas she had a tape worm too, probably down to eating one when grooming herself!
After that I became hot on keeping her flea free and using a lot of cheaper options on the market and checking her over regularly no fleas could be seen however I then got involved with my now boyfriend who lives with a mate who has a cat and who owns a Jack Russell called Oliver and them pair have forever got fleas no matter what they use on them and once again....we had fleas!
Mortified and not only because I didn't want her to have fleas (or my home) Myrtle visits my parents with me some weekends and so when I told my mum about the problem she was as mortified as me. After my mum had a check with an electronic flea comb and we found a flea off me and my stepdad were sent to Pets At Home and we were advised between two flea treatments, this being the most expensive we plumped for this without any hesitation at all.
What we bought:
There are many different versions of Frontline available whether it be for dogs or cats and the formulations you can choose from. Just to be clear I am reviewing Frontline For Cats....not the plus or anything else!
This treatment comes in a white and green coloured box with a photograph of a cat on the front of it and on the front of it we are clearly told that t is Frontline 'Spot On Cat', Spot On Solution and that you get 3 Pipettes of 0.5ml of the solution 'For the treatment and prevention of flea and tick infestations and control of biting lice' and then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and there is a little section to fill in when you have given each treatment and a section to put in your cats name (so you know who's treatment is who's if you have more than one cat). The front of the box opens up via a flap and under that directions for using it are told to us in the written form and via diagrams, inside the pack you get a leaflet telling us yet more information about the product and a you also get little stickers you can use as reminders somewhere (I.E in your diary or on a calendar) to remind when yourself when your cat needs treating. This is a prescription only drug, available from the vets or from a reputable pet store and all we had to do was talk to a shop assistant and get it signed out and it was simple to do so.
Also inside the box you get three treatments in pipettes. They are like little blue viles stuck to silver foil backing and you simply remove one from the stripe and open the foil and you can then remove the plastic bottle and snap the top section to which you have the liquid exposed and then tip it onto the neck skin of your cat, avoiding the fur as you go.
It doesn't contain much of a fragrance to me, maybe its a bit medical smelling. I do find it rather difficult to get all of it on her skin as its hard to part but I think I do a reasonably good job and you are are advised to this treatment every month.
We are flea free! As soon as we put the first treatment on her we had no issues with fleas but did find a couple dead and that was that, I just combed them out and disposed of the vile creatures. I must point out though that it is important to treat your home with a decent quality powder or spray which I did do as well!
This claims to kill 98%-100% of fleas within 24 hours and for up to 5 weeks, to prevent re-infestation by adult and immature ticks for up to 1 month and to fully control infestation of lice within just 48 hours and I have no gripes that it does this at all. I found out that after my boyfriends dog had been around my flat and cat that my boyfriend had found a couple of live fleas on his rump and I was absolutely gutted but I checked her over and all I was sure I got was a dead one so this, even if you cat comes into contact with other animals with fleas, ticks or lice seems to be protected!
We paid £15.50 for a pack of three of these which can give 3 months protection however you can keep an eye on how the situation is with your cat and if you have no problems leave it a little longer. I give Myrtle her treatment every 6 weeks and I am happy to do that and have had no issues at all. From now on we won't be using anything else to keep us all free from fleas plus our home!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have had an outburst of fleas previously and it was enough to make me religiously treat my cat for them, to prevent any sort of future outbreak. I used a cheap flea treatment from a local pet shop and thought it would be enough but it wasn't. I'll fill you in on the saga; my cat disappeared for a few days and came back looking like he had a really rough few days, on some sort of cat bender associating with goodness knows who. After a few days of him returning, I noticed a flea jump across my sofa. I was horrified and leapt around trying to get hold of the little bleeder but it disappeared into my favourite velvet cushion. Lovely. On closer inspection; he was riddled and I felt really upset for him, it must have been very uncomfortable for him. However, not as uncomfortable as the bath I had to give him! Shampooing 16 claws and many teeth is very hard work, but the battle was won and he looked like a drowned rat. I then proceeded to tackle the house and used many potions and sprays to get rid of them lurking round the house. I spent around £50 on treatments for the home and the cat.
The moral of the story.... If I had only bought frontline in the first place, I could have avoided this whole incident.
I have been using frontline after this incident and being recommended by the vet and have never had another problem. I would fully recommend it and never use anything else.
*Price and availability*
The price of the treatment costs £15.22 for a pack of 6 which will last you 7-8 months. I bought mine from Ebay as it is the cheapest I have seen it, but they sell it at my vets with a much bigger mark up.
The pipette is filled with the flea treatment and has a snap off lid. Once you snap this lid off, you are left with a small point where the liquid comes out. This point is long enough to get close to your cat and main base of the pipette, the bit you squeeze is easy to hold and easy to depress.
Inside the box is 3 pipettes, that come in a foil packet. To get one pipette out of the foil, simply push it out in the same you would dispense a paracetamol. Then store the rest of the pack away in a safe place until you need to use it again.
*How to use*
Frontline is an easy to administer and all you need to do is gently part the hair on the back of the cats neck and dispense the liquid. This is the best place to administer it as cats cannot lick it off here. The nature of Frontline Spot On Cat means it does not need to go into your cats blood stream. This makes it suitable for use on pregnant cats.
Frontline can be used on kittens once they reach 8 weeks old, providing they meet at least the 1Kg minimum weight for the pack.
* Kills at least 98% of fleas within 24 hours
* Effective against fleas for around 5 weeks after treatment
* Effective against ticks for around a month after treatment
* Lice infestations are under control within 48 hours
* Treating Fleas
* Preventing Fleas, Ticks and Lice
* Use on cats over 1kg
* Kittens over 8 weeks and over 1Kg
* Use on pregnant cats
After the flea outbreak, I noticed that within 24 hours there were visibly less fleas. This is fantastic as soon as I saw them, I wanted them gone, for his sake and for mine! I was really impressed with the speediness of the product.
The application of the product is really easy and it always helps to take the cat by surprise. I lull him into a false sense of security, cuddle him tickle his neck, then BHAM I squirt it right on his skin at the back of his neck! Of course he hates it and sulks for the next hour, but this is a small price to pay.
The liquid does smell pretty bad and the cat smells for the next 24 hours. He also has a crispy sticky neck as the liquid dries. Again, a small price to pay.
Since using frontline, I have never seen another flea on him and he still goes out and plays with the rough "street cats."
I'm really pleased with Frontline and could not recommend it enough. I always set a little phone reminder for five weeks time so I know that my cat is always protected.
You may think that frontline is expensive and at some places it is. My vets wanted to charge me £18.00 for three! This is extortionate and you can get it cheaper elsewhere. It is definitely worth the money and fully recommends it to any pet lover/ flea hater out there.
One of the things you have to deal with when owing a pet is making sure they receive flea treatment on a regular basis, we have done this with all of our cats. With our first cat we use to take her to the vets to get a flea preventing injection however, when we got Poppy and Daisy we found that the injection had no effect on them whatsoever and was advised to try Frontline, this can only be bought from certain pet stores as it is a veterinary medicine and only authorised places can sell it, obviously one of these is your vets.
The flea treatment comes in the form of 3 small white pipettes with a pull off cap, to release the liquid inside you need to turn the cap upside down and push it onto the end of the pipette the wrong way around, there is a small pointed piece of plastic which will pierce a hole in the end of the pipette. The 3 pipettes come in a foil packet (similar to a tablet packet) you simply push one pipette out of the foil backing when you are ready to use it. The foil packet itself comes inside a green and white box, it has the word Frontline written at the top in black letting within a blue oval and the words "spot on cat" written underneath, there is also a picture of a cat on the front of the packet alongside a small piece of writing about the product you are buying, which states "for the treatment and prevention of flea and tick infestation and the control of biting lice" Further information (which I will describe later) is found on the back of the packet or the information leaflet inside the box, this consists of information about the product, how to use it and also warnings, all of the information is very easy to read and follow.
The boxes come in 2 sizes containing either 3 0.5ml pipettes (3 treatments) or containing 6 0.5ml pipettes (6 treatments)
The flea treatment itself contains 50mg of active Fipronil which is designed to kill 98 - 100% of fleas within 24 hours along with preventing the re infestation of adult and immature lice, should your cat have lice then the infestation will be under control within 48 hours of using Frontline. Frontline treatment is suitable for both cats and kittens, however your kitten MUST be over 8 weeks old and weigh at least 1kg before applying the treatment, the product can also be used on pregnant cats. The dosage can vary depending on the weight and size of you cat therefore it is best to consult a professional to see which strength is suitable.
How To Apply
The treatment is designed to be easy to apply, it acts on contact with your cats skin rather than having to be administered to the blood stream. The idea is to hold onto your cat and gently part its fur on the back of the neck to reveal the skin, then squeeze half the liquid onto their skin and recover with fur and repeat in a second place again on the back of the neck and use the remaining amount of liquid. Now that is how it is supposed to work!!!! How it actually works is you usually need to people 1 to hold the struggling cat keeping all paws, claws and teeth out of the way whilst the second personal quickly squeezes the treatment as best they can onto the cats skin at the back of the neck. What the instructions fail to mention is that cats hate the smell of this product and usually go mental both whilst you are applying it and once you have let go, it also fails to mention that your cat may sulk and ignore you for the next 24 hours!!!!! Now we have used Frontline on all 3 of our cats, Poppy and Daisy are quite strong for cats and applying this treatment usually ends up in me virtually laying on one of them to keep them still whilst my mum applies the treatment, with Layla she is a very small cat but fiery when this product has been applied to her out come the claws and teeth and it is a battle not to be bitten or scratch!!!!.
A couple of things to note after applying the flea treatment to you cat is once you cat has finally stopped running around the house trying to get away from the smell is try not to touch them where the treatment has been applied for about 24 hours, do not let them go out in the rain if it is pouring (this happened to Layla) and try not to let them lick the area as these things could prevent the treatment from working properly.
Applying the treatment to the skin on the back of the neck does make it hard for them to get at and they will try to wash it off as it makes their fur smell!! But try to deter them from doing this, we had a bit of an incident where Daisy tried to wash hers off her neck over night and managed to pull the muscles in her neck, she didn't move for 24 hours and could hardly lift or turn her head, poor little girl. Personally I would recommend applying it when you can keep an eye on the for a little while that way if they do try to wash the areas you can stop them (easier said that done I know)
Does it work?
Yes (on Poppy and Daisy) this product works very successfully, we have used this many time on them both and each time we have had no flea problems whatsoever!!! However when we had Layla she was very small and also very light for her age and it was a long while before she was big enough for this treatment however as soon as she reaches 1kg we did try her with this but for some reason it had no effect on her at all, resulting in her developing quite a few fleas. She now has to have a stronger (and of cause more expensive) product which can only be bought from the vet.
Check with your vet or a professional before buying to make sure you are buying the correct product for you cat
Only use Frontline Cat on cats, do not try on any other animal
Do not use if your cat has an adverse reaction and seek medical attention
Wash hands after use
We bought our Frontline from Pets at Home and it cost us £13.99 for a pack of 3, however the larger packs of 6 treatments costs £25.99, whilst it is not cheap to buy it is something that will benefit your cat.
Overall I was very impressed with the Frontline flea treatment, although it did not work on Layla I was very impressed with the way it worked on both Poppy and Daisy, Since using it on them we have had not flea or tick problems at all, this is definitely a product that I would recommend and is worth the money,
Tried Frontline for the first time on my two 6 year old cats a few weeks ago. The vet applied it for me because I'd taken them in for their general check ups and it made sense to do it at the same time. The vet dabbed it right in the middle of the shoulder blades, seemingly unreachable. However, one cat must have been able to twist her head around to groom it on the way home (both cats were kept apart) as within ten minutes she was foaming at the mouth. She didn't seem that bothered but I had to clean her up as she was drooling badly. After that she looks sick and tired but bounced back a few hours later. I did notice their fur remained sticky for a few days afterwards as well. The other cat was fine however. It wouldn't put me off using it in future.
have used spot on for my 4 males cats for last few years. recently one of them has been vomiting in the 12 to 24 hours after application. he cannot reach the area to lick. then the last time i applied it he was again sick and another of my cats was also - he began stumbling around, he was disorientated and crying/moaning like i have never heard before, he looked very dizzy and unstable. he soon recovered but i will not be using frontline ever again!
As all as us cat lovers know there is nothing nice than curling up on the sofa with your cat on your lap or seeing you little ones sitting watching kids tele with the cat on there lap. But the thought of nasty creepy crawlies living on my cat and getting in my house on me and my children does make me feel a little sick to be honest. But this is where front line comes in.
Frontline is a topical treatment that you apply to your cat on the skin between there shoulders blades (this is one place they cant lick). My cat complies with this as he has had frontline on since he was 8 weeks which is the easiest you can apply frontline. The company say that frontline will kill 98% to 100% of fleas, flea eggs, ticks and chewing lice (never heard of these but they don't sound good)
When you apply frontline it spreads via body oils across the cats skin as comes in to contact with nastiest along the way. Frontline last for 28 day and comes in packs of 3 or 6. The packs of three are around £15.
Frontline can be brought from you vet, online and I believe they sell it at pets at home now. So this is very easy to get hold off. and each pack has calendar stickers in them to remind you when to reappy the frontline to your cat
i've used frontline on my cats for years, and had always been very happy with the results. That is until the last year. My girl cat Ellie, has just seemed to have a constant problem with a few fleas. Can only ever find 1-2 when I combed her, but it really freaked her out, and she is forever licking. I have now treated the whole house, twice, and still the problem remains. So what is this product supposed to do ?
Frontline is a flea and tick killer. The active product is a chemical calledfipronil.
It should be used to treat and avoid infestations of tick, biting lice and fleas. Frontline make products for both cats and dogs.
It will prevent fleas by blocking their aability to lay fertile eggs, and works for up to 6 weeks after application.
The main side effects are that the cat with hypersalivate if he licks the area treated. Occassionally a local allergic reaction can occur and very rarely neurological symptoms, including depression and vomiting. These should be reported to a vet.
The method of treatment is relatively easy. The small pippette allows application directly on to the pets skin, by parting the hair. It is essential it comes in contact with the skin, and not just the hair, as it is absorbed by the skin into the bloodstream, so when the flea bites and absorbs blood, the chemical is taken into their digestive system.
It is best applied to the back of the head, where the cat can't lick it.
You should not stroke the pet until the product is fully dry. You should also avoid the cat getting wet for 24hrs. To allow the product to be fully absorbed.
Always wash your hands after use, and do not eat, drink or smoke during application.
In the case of a severe infestation, you will need to treat the house with a suitable insecticide.
Cost around £ 22.00 for 6 pipettes.
So back to my problem:
I then talked to a neighbour, whose cat had a real bad flea problem, and it turns out she'd been using frontline too, but the cat was invested. She like me treates her cats strictly monthly.
I did a bit of reading around, and it appears there may be some information to say fleas are becoming immune to it. I don't know how accurate this is, but I think I am going to try another preparation and see if it makes any difference.
Will keep the site posted
Frontline Spot On ~ For Cat's
When we got out two kitten's Toke and Simba at 6 weeks old both if them had a few fleas. Both kitten's had obviously caught the fleas from their mother and siblings; so the day after we bought them I was off to the pet shop to get a flea treatments for both of them. In the pet shop I was faced with quite a few different flea treatments, tablets, sprays, medicines and the Spot on treatment. The pet shop owner said that the Bob Martins Spot On was probably one of the best flea treatments they had so I bought two packets of it; one for each kitten. Applying the product was fairly easy, all I had to do was apply the liquid to the back of Toke and Simba's necks and this would hopefully kill the fleas. Unfortunately the product didn't work and both kittens still had live fleas on them, so Bob Martins Spot on was a waste of money.
I had to take both kittens to the Vet's to get a check up and their injections so I decided to ask the vet for a suitable flea treatment which would actually kill the fleas. The vet recommended a product called Frontline which is fairly similar to the Bob Martins flea treatment; the only difference is that Frontline which the vet recommended is a stronger more effective product which kills both fleas and ticks. The Frontline treatment which the Vet prescribed for both kittens cost £24 (£12 for each kitten) each pack of Frontline contains 3 separate flea treatments which treat your pet for three months.
The Frontline drops are only available by prescription from Veterinary surgeries so you can not buy them from pet shops or supermarkets like the Bob Martin products. The reason you can only get Frontline by prescription is because it contains an ingredient called fipronil which is a licensed phenylpyrazole used in veterinary medicine. Basically Fipronil is an insecticide which kills the fleas and ticks without irritating your pets. The Fipronil attacks the nervous system of the fleas and ticks which in turn causes them to die within 24 hours.
Applying The Frontline
The Frontline treatment is fairly easy to apply to your cats providing they don't wriggle about too much. The Frontline treatment is supplied in a pipette which contains the correct dosage for your cat or kitten's weight. Before the vet prescribes you the treatment they will weigh your animal so as they can give you the correct dosage. Depending on the weight of your pet. You will find it a lot easier to apply the flea treatment to your animal of you have some help from another person. My husband kindly helps me administer the flea treatment to the cats mainly because they wriggle about too much and you have to part their fur and then administer the treatment.
Firstly you have to get a firm hold of your cat/kitten and make sure that they aren't wriggling around. Before you apply the treatment to your cats skin you have to separate the fur between their shoulder blades so you are exposing their skin. Once the skin is exposed you should break the top of the pipette and then squeeze the contents onto the skin exposed on the shoulder blade area. I got my husband to open the pipette and squeeze its contents onto the cats skin whilst I held the cat firmly and separated the fur.
The main reason you have to apply the product to the shoulder blade area is so your cat cannot lick the treatment off. It is very difficult if not impossible for a cat to lick their shoulder blade area; If your cat does happen to lick the product off and groom themselves then this would probably make them ill due to the ingredients in the treatment. You just have to be very careful when applying the product and make sure you apply it directly onto the skin between their shoulder blades and nowhere else.
Once the contents of the pipette are applied to the skin you shouldn't let your car groom themselves until the area where you applied the treatment to is dry. Once the area is dry you can handle and stroke your pet as normal. When you are administering the treatment to your pet you have to make sure that you apply it directly onto their skin and not onto their fur. If you apply the treatment to their fur then the product wont work properly because it will evaporate. Applying the treatment to the skin will also make your cats fur look and feel sticky. If a little of the product does happen to get onto the fur then the sticky feel appearance will disappear within a 24 hour period.
How Often Do You Need To Apply Frontline
When you are prescribed Frontline from your vet you will either get a 3 or 6 month supply of treatments. Each pipette in the pack of frontline protects your pet from fleas and ticks for 4-5 weeks, you should apply Frontline to your pets every 4-5 weeks. Although I only needed to use two pipettes on each cat before they were completely clear from fleas.
Fleas~ Frontline protects your cat from fleas for up to 5 weeks.
Ticks ~ Your pet will be protected from Ticks for up to 4 weeks
Lice ~ If your animal has lice then Frontline will control them within 48 hours.
My cats haven't had lice or ticks so I don't know how effective Frontline is at combating these problems. I have only ever used it to treat fleas.
Does It Work
I have tried a lot of other flea treatments in the past but Frontline has to be the best one yet. I am very pleased with the actual results from Frontline because my cats didn't have a reaction to it. I once tried a Bob Martin Silent Flea Spray on them and both of my cats suffered a terrible reaction to it, they were foaming excessively at the mouth and they couldn't walk properly, it was quite a scary experience for me and them. The Frontline treatment doesn't smell as strong as other similar flea treatments. It has a slightly alcoholic smell, but the smell fades quite quickly and doesn't really bother me or the cats. The flea treatment kills the fleas and their eggs quite quickly and you will notice a difference within a few hours of applying it. I noticed that the cats weren't scratching as much about 3 hours after I applied Frontline to them. According to the Information Leaflet included in the Box of Frontline the fleas should start dying within 8 hours of applying it and within 24 hours all fleas and their eggs etc will be dead.
I am extremely pleased with the results of Frontline, none of the cats have had fleas for a few months and when they have caught them Frontline quickly kills them. It isn't much more expensive than the flea treatments you can pick up in pet shops, each treatment costs about £4 which lasts for 4 weeks before needing re-applied. The best thing about Frontline flea treatment is that it kills and also prevents your cats from getting fleas, ticks and lice. Not many flea treatments can offer three in one protection against fleas, ticks and lice.
As with any flea treatment there are also some side effects which your cat could develop; although my 2 cats haven't had any side effects and I have used the treatment quite a few times over the past 2 years. Some side effects which your cat could develop are ~ Severe Salivating which could be triggered off by your cat licking their fur after the treatment has been administered. Very rare side effects include ~ Vomiting and Alopecia.
Frontline can also be used on kittens over the age of 8 weeks providing they weigh 1kg or more and it is also safe to use the flea treatment on Pregnant or nursing cats too. You shouldn't use Frontline on your cat if it is suffering from a long term illness or it is recovering from an illness. Your vet should be able to advise you whether your cat can be treated using Frontline. My local Vet practice can also apply the Frontline to the cats if we don't want to do it ourselves, I'm sure that other vet practices will also offer the same service if you ask them.
Frontline is also available for Dog's too and is available on prescription from Vet surgeries. Although im not too sure how much the Frontline for dogs costs. I presume it wont cost much more than the cat treatment.
~~~Review written by me and also posted on Ciao~~~
Frontline is great and you do not need a prescription as you can buy it over the counter or on line We have 10 cats all from rescue centres and the cost is high but when you see all those very happy cats in the morning it is all worth while.You can buy online but do shop around as you can save money .Watch out for free Coupons Great Product. Recommend to all Fr Anthony
Anyone that has a cat will know that feeling when your cat seems to be scratching more than is normal, I know its the time to make a hasty visit to the vet to grab some Frontline.
When we had our previous cat I tried some of the shop bought flea repellents, sprays and powders but found that they didn't work, my vet then recommended Frontline spot on. Frontline is available from your vet and not sold in shops, although I understand it is available on line these days.
Frontline comes in packs of three pipettes, each pipette once applied last for approximately 28 days, so you have three months supply. The cost is £15.00 per pack. Although this time round my vets were doing a special offer for 3 for the price of 2 which meant I got 9 months supply for £30.00. Not bad to keep little Millie free from the nasty little fleas and ticks!
The 3 pipettes come in individually sealed packaging, so you tear the first one off, remove it from the foil wrapper, shake the liquid to the base of the pipette then snap the top off ready to apply to your cat.
Haha this is where the fun starts, I swear little Millie knows the sound of that packet! She runs a mile, I won't bore you to tears with the details of us trying to coax her into a position where I can apply her treatment, but I will tell you it took about 10 minutes.
Anyway once I had her quite firmly gripped, with lots of comforting words, she was finally ready. You have to part their fur and apply in 2 places directly on to their skin at the base of their skull. This is basically so that they can't lick it off. Its very important that you wash your hands after applying this. This must also be kept out of the reach of children. Cats must not be handled until the Frontline is completley dry.
Frontline kills 98%-100% of fleas within 24 hours and prevents reinfestation by adult and immature ticks for up to a month.
Frontline must not be used on rabbits as it can cause adverse reactions or even death.
It must not be used on kittens less than 8 weeks old, or sick cats or convalescent cats.
Well once again my little feline friend has forgiven me for applying her monthly dose of Frontline, shes laying on her back having her tummy tickled. I can rest assured that she will remain flea free.
Kills flea eggs and flea larvae and prevents all stages from developing / use on kittens 8 weeks+ / 6 tubes per package.