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Bob Martin Multi-Purpose Flea Spray

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Brand: Bob Martin / Animals Equipment Type: Dog Health

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      03.02.2011 16:19
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      A reasonable flea spray that has had a lot of bad reviews online.

      When we first received our kitten she had a small amount of fleas and flea debris in her coat. We immediately purchased a variety of products to ensure that our home and our kitten stayed flea free in the future and the problem was eradicated as soon as possible. One of the products that I purchased, without researching first, was the Bob Martin Flea Spray as it was billed as being an 'all in one' product. We purchased a 300ml bottle from our local Sainsburys store for £6.35 which I felt was a little expensive but I just felt reassured that this would probably work hence the high price tag.

      This spray comes provided in a trigger spray bottle and is suitable for use on furnishings as well as your actual cat. You need to use 17 sprays per 1 square metre of surface. This was quite a lot of sprays and while we only had curtains and a sofa to spray it still took a good few minutes to cover these surfaces but there wasn't any particularly offensive smell left behind and neither my curtains nor my sofa were damaged. Of course you should test on an inconspicuous area before you use this product all over your house.

      This spray is ideal for being used on your cat or on kittens from 12 weeks of age. To use the spray on our kitten we have to brush her fur in the opposite direction to ensure the skin was exposed and then it was 2 pump sprays per kilo of body weight. At the time our kitten weighed just over 1kg but it's fair to say that 2 pumps was nowhere near enough to cover her in an even film. We did end up using a little more of this spray than was required and then I rubbed it in to her skin and all over her fur paying special attention to her tail, tummy and around her ears as these are the places were fleas tend to congregate.

      Our kitten was not happy with this product being used at all and within about 10 or 15 minutes of using this on her she was twitching a lot and continually shaking which is quite upsetting to see. She appears to almost be fitting and she was dribbling a lot from the mouth; it was at this point that I went on to the internet and began to read lots of horror stories about cats and kittens that had died after being sprayed with Bob Martin all in one. I could not see for sure that these people had followed the directions exactly and while our cat did have quite a bad reaction to this spray I believe it could be down to using too much of the spray and I am sure if I did it then lots of other people would have done the same thing as 2 pumps per kilo just doesn't seem like a lot!

      We sprayed our kitten in the evening and left her in the bathroom with her food, water & litter tray overnight to try and ensure that the fleas were not spread about the place if they didn't die straight away. On the following morning I used a flea brush on our kitten and found around 10 or 11 live fleas. We continued to brush her two or three times a day for three days and by the third day there was no fleas or debris left on her at all and after the first day all the fleas that we found were dead already.

      Overall we were annoyed by the adverse affects that our kitten suffered but this could be down to user error, or it could not. Our kitten was flea free after use and our house has remained flea free also. There was no damage or smell left on our sofas or curtains so it worked very well it that respect. The bottle is quite expensive but it's easy to use and it does seem to serve it's purpose well in ensuring that your house and kitten remains flea free. My rating is a run of the mill 3/5 as I do feel that some of the problems people have with this may well come from spraying too much of this on their pet and obviously it's quite toxic purely because of the design of it.

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        19.09.2010 10:20
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        A product that not only doesn't kill fleas, but which runs the risk of killing your pet.

        It's rare that my cats have fleas as they spend most of their time inside keeping warm, but during the times that they have had brought them in from outside, I've used a range of treatments over the years to firstly kill the fleas on my cats, deter them from coming back and to get rid of the ones the cats have brought into my living environment.

        I have used a lot of pet-care and pet-accessory maker Bob Martin's products before, from their collars to their powder that makes litter trays smell nicer, so I didn't hesitate in buying the Multi-Purpose or All in One Flea Spray from Bob Martin when I saw it for sale in my local pet store. As I remember I paid around £4.50 for a bottle, which considering the label said it could be used on cats, dogs and household furnishings I considered to be a good price for a 3 in 1.

        I wish I had read some review of this product before buying it though, as it seems that some cats can have a painful and potentially fatal reaction to the chemicals in the spray, and I am horrified that I ran the risk of this happening to my cat.

        Where my own personal use is concerned, I was also disappointed. I used the spray which comes in a plastic bottle complete with Bob Martin logo and pet pictures, with a standard spray trigger lid as directed. You're to hold the spray 10cm from your cat and give it a couple of squirts per kilo of the cat's weight, focusing around the base of the tail, but you are allowed to squirt in other places. My cat had no adverse reactions to the spray we squirted on her (we were lucky, thank god) but after reading the other reviews and researching a bit online, it seems adverse reactions such as foaming at the mouth and fitting are common after using this product, so I can't recommend it.

        Aside from the obvious health risks of using this product as many other users have found in the past, I can't say I noticed a reduction in the fleas on my cats, either in my home furnishings which this spray is also designed to treat or the cats themselves. There was no mass exodus of fleas out of my house like I thought there would be with this product, so it's effect was disappointing.

        Dismayed, I listened to my mum's advice and washed the house down with a lemon juice and vinegar solution (fleas don't like it and it also acts as a very good cleaner) and dipped my cats in a sinkful of water with lemon juice in it too - this got the fleas off (drowned them in the water) and although I earned a few scratches in the process and made a watery mess of the bathroom, at least my solution was one that wouldn't potentially kill my cat.

        All in all, I can't recommend this. Even if the reactions with other cat owners are freak events, firstly it's not worth the risk, and secondly, if nothing happens to your cat, the product won't get rid of the fleas anyway. What's the point in risking it for a product that doesn't work.

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        15.09.2010 14:57

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        I used this product on everything possible. It didnt really effect my cats health and did absolutely nothing for my home. I used it as directed and my cat and home were still overrun with fleas! what a waste of money! will not be buying this product again.

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        07.07.2010 03:11

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        I have also used Bob Martin slient flea spray on my 2 kittens within 10 minutes my youngest Oscar was foaming from the mouth, was having fits, paralised on the floor and unable to move, he is now in the vets receiving emergancy treatmeant. THIS PRODUCT SHOULD BE REMOVED to avoid any other cat/kitten going through the suffering my boy did. The people who produced these "safe" flea treatments should be forced to try it and see how they cope with the side effects. (I had to give this product a star in order to put this review on the website it doesnt deserve anything)

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        05.12.2009 08:41
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        Far too much hassle to use again

        I arrived home from work yesterday to the very distinctive antiseptic stench of TCP and a kitchen like a war zone. At first glance it looked like the Demonic Daughters were playing doctors and nurses using Daddy as the patient and plasters from the first aid kit as, well, plasters instead of the pretend reusable ones they have stashed somewhere in the disaster zones they call their bedrooms.

        As it turns out they were actually administering first aid to Daddy to patch him up after his encounter with the cat. I'd like to say they were a little over zealous with their application of plasters but having seen the aftermath first hand this morning I'm not entirely sure that's true. If anything they were very restrained.

        Turns out our demi-feral cat took offence at the OH jetting its derriere with cold liquid flea spray and made its feelings very well known by doing whats commonly known as a Garfield, that is to say she spread herself over as wide an area as possible and spread her claws attaching herself to the nearest object which just happened to be the other halfs head and upper torso and then she sank her fangs into his arm just to make sure her feelings on the subject were understood.

        Its hard to think such an innocuous looking container is responsible for quite so much devastation.

        Bob Martins rebranded Multi-purpose Flea Spray is now sold under its new name of Bob Martins All In One Flea and comes in a miniature white spray bottle with an easy to use pump action trigger. The bottle contains 300ml of vaguely floral scented liquid contents, it reminds me a little of Floral Zoflora, flowers with a chemical undertone. Its not unpleasant its just not that nice either. Most definitely not the sort of aroma you'd want to have around for long.

        To read the instructions you remove the outer cardboard sleeve and peel off the rear sticky label with its expiry date to find two paragraphs of hows and whys and most importantly what not to dos. It sounds remarkably simple. Shake, position 10cm from cat and spray avoiding sensitive areas like eyes and ears but paying particular attention to the base of the tail. Looks like our cat considers its rectum to be as sacred as mine and took serious offence to having a jet of cold liquid directed at it. Still where the other half failed I will succeed if only because of the principal of the thing. How hard can it be?

        The directions claim you require 2 pumps per kilo of body weight. Cat weighs four kilos, the other half managed one last night leaving seven to go. Cat stalking procedure initiated. Cat successfully lured into the cupboard under the stairs and the door firmly shut despite the warning on the bottle to use in a well ventilated room, I wasn't planning to take long and I could hold my breath long enough to get his over and done with. Speed was my only ally. There is no escape. Cat grabbed by scruff of neck and dangled in mid air. She was then liberally jetted from all directions leaving a very irate and foul smelling cat and a large puddle of urine on the carpet. Cat is not happy. The hardest part was squirting the back of her neck which according to the instructions is the usual lair of all wee biting beasties but being the only safe place to hold the cat without being attacked by teeth or claws it's a bit awkward to do. So settled for firmly wedging cat between my thighs on the floor and jetting as she made her break for freedom. Job done and not a scratch in sight. Unfortunately that left me stuck inside a cupboard with a hissing spitting irate feline hell bent on revenge. Fortunately I opened the door and she was off like greased lightening.

        You then have to confine the cat indoors to allow it to dry but really what mad person wants to be shut in a building with a cat on the warpath? Cat was duly isolated in the kitchen with a can of tuna overnight to appease its battered ego.

        The following day the makers would have liked us to groom cat to remove fleas, eggs and dirt but cat doesn't do grooming and so we skipped that bit. She'd licked herself clean by that stage anyway.

        Helpfully this is a multi-functional product and can be used in and around the home to de-flea that too. Unfortunately the list of things it can't be used on rule out pretty much everything in my house. No wooden or laminate flooring, no wood, no leather no varnished, polished or plastic surfaces and since I put all the bedding in the washing machine rather than risk the children breathing in fumes from a biocide not much else left that I could use it on and so I didn't.

        A 300ml bottle of Bob Martin All In One Flea Spray costs £9.93 from most major supermarkets and pet stores and claims to protect your pet for up to four weeks. It can also be used on dogs but as the owner of a long haired 30kg dog I'd be a little dubious whether the spray would penetrate through her coat to her skin and more importantly if a single bottle would be contain enough flea spray to achieve this.

        As to whether or not it works well that's a case of only time will tell. For the moment there has been no flea debris in her bedding overnight which is a distinct improvement on products we've used in the past. As the life cycle of your average flea is at least two weeks I can rest assured that we'll be flea free for a couple of weeks at least.

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          26.10.2009 17:24
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          A very stressful time for both the cat and owners - NOT WORTH THE 1 STAR I HAVE BEEN MADE TO GIVE IT

          WARNING - THIS PRODUCT IS SO DANGEROUS! AVOID AT ALL COSTS

          Last year we returned from holiday and picked our cat up from the cattery. All was well until a couple of weeks after when she was scratching so much she was covered in blood and scratches. Upon closer inspection I noticed the fleas - lots of them - euuuuw!

          It was 11pm and with no vets open at this hour of the night we ventured out to our 24 local Tesco Extra. Their range of flea treatments were not extensive, all they had was a variety of Bob Martin products. We had already given her Frontline spot-on before going on holiday so in effect she should have been covered. We ended up settling on Bob Martin's multi-purpose Flea Spray that is suitable for both the home and your animal so we could kill two birds with one stone - or so we thought!

          When we got home we doused our long-haired persian with the flea spray after reading the instructions and within minutes she was listless, shaking and foaming at the mouth which was really frightening. We tried to wash her mouth out but nothing worked, the foam kept on coming. We called an emergency vet and they said that this kind of thing happens and it is a kind of bittrex that they put in the product to stop your pets from licking the product. We sat up with her until 3am in the morning and the foaming still persisted and we ended up having to give her a bath to remove the remaining product and booking her in to the VETs first thing in the morning.

          In the meantime we re-read the packaging and it states quite clearly on the front that you are able to use this product on both pets and at home but further reading on the back of the label states that you SHOULD NOT apply this to your pet.

          To sum the story up our cat was very poorly for weeks after and had to under-go a variety of tests as animals are known to have died from this product. We managed to get the money back for this product from our local TESCO and they made an enquiry regarding the product to head office.

          So the moral of this story is - do not buy quick fixes, do not use Bob Martin products as your pet's life is worth more than this.

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            30.05.2009 23:16
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            DANGEROUS TO CATS & DOGS

            DO NOT BUY THIS ITEM! Says it is SAFE for CATS BUT is NOT!!! Many Cats have DIED after this product being used on them.
            My experience: I have three Cavalier dogs & a Ragdoll cat. Knowing that most dog flea treatments are lethal & toxic to cats I chose to look for a flea treatment that was safe for both cat & dogs. So I bought this one... My cat has been salivating at the mouth, shaking & twitching & was acting weird. So checked online & found that this was not uncommon... Many Cats have died after this being used with the same symptoms! It has killed dogs too. Rushed my cat to emergency cat & now it is down to waiting to see if she pulls through. I beg you that you do not risk your pets life.
            Email me please: ribbons-1@live.co.uk
            IGNORE 1 STAR RATING PLZ!

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              19.04.2009 00:54
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              Bob Martin's Multi-Purpose Flea Spray

              My completely gorgeous kitten Tifa caught fleas recently and I have to say they were HUGE! I have had cats before, (right up until I left home), and I have never seen cat fleas this big. (Sorry I know it's not completely relevant to the review but I am one of those doting owners). Anyway I stupidly sent the other half out to get some spot on but he came home with a big bottle of Bob Martins multi purpose flea spray.

              Apparently this is suitable for killing fleas on cats, dogs and soft furnishings. I say apparently because personally, I feel this is only any good for the bin, (or maybe dogs)!

              It all started to go wrong for me when I read the instructions through. They started with the phrase, "Get you pet's fur wet". Now anyone with a cat will realize that getting a cat wet is no small feat. It then said to rub the product into the fur really well, even between the toes! Most cats don't like having their paws touched let alone having their claws extended and someone rubbing something in!

              Needless to say I was highly dubious about even being able to us this product but I decided to give it a go seeing as we'd paid a staggering 7.50. I opted for showering Tifa and to my surprise she didn't mind too much, she tried to escape a few times but I managed to fully wet her fur, (she looked so cute when she was wet). The next part was hard though, she hated the noise the pump action spray made and clawed and bit me when I tried to rub the stuff into her fur. She just would not let me do her paws and I bet I missed so much of her fur because she wriggled and fought so much.

              I bet this would be better for dogs because they can be trained and made to stay still but for cats I think this a bad system!

              At least it didn't smell too bad; I think it smelt vaguely of peppermint so that's a plus point. Tifa didn't seem to like the smell though and she certainly didn't like the taste when she proceeded to clean herself for over an hour and a half. I can't really see what see what good it did when she cleaned most of it straight back off.

              As for using this stuff on furnishings, (I tried it on a rug and her bedding), I can say it worked, all the fleas died but it made everything very wet and they took a full day to dry again which wouldn't have been very practical for the sofa etc as you can't use them soaking wet!

              The list of ingredients means nothing to me but if you really want a look before you buy check out the Bob Martin's website, (http://www.bobmartin.co.uk). Likewise for the warnings, (excessive salivating, shortness of breath etc). One thing I will say is the packaging didn't warn about the risk to my health but both me and the other half got ill after using this. I can't prove it had anything to do with this spray but I definitely won't be risking it again.

              I don't think I really need to say it but I didn't like this product and won't be using it again, it didn't even kill the fleas on the cat. It was hard to use, the cat hated it, I got ill and it wasn't even good for the furnishings. It hasn't put me off all Bob Martin's products though because I have used and do use several of their products with great success.

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