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Cat Flea & Tick Preventive Comparison by Region


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Scratching may be a sign your cat has fleas.Depending on where you live and the level of your cat's exposure to the outdoors, you may need to be concerned about fleas. Taking preventive measures for your pet and your home is a far easier solution than trying to eradicate a flea infestation. Following are five common scenarios that we hope will help you choose the most effective flea protection you'll need for your cat.


Choose the Right Flea & Tick Product
That Works Best for Your Needs

Area Affected

Our Customers' Scenarios

Our Doctors' Recommendations
Cat in the Southern States: Stacy moved from the northern plains of Iowa to Arkansas, and is surprised at the increased number of fleas and ticks. Since it is warm all year long, she is finding she needs to keep a topical flea/tick preventive on her cat year-round. She also needs to watch that her house doesn't get flea infested, so she invested in some sprays for the house and her backyard. Advantage® II Flea Control for Cats For an effective topical treatment, we recommend Advantage® II Flea Control for Cats.
Midwest Cat with Allergies: Missy lives in southern Minnesota and has a cat with Flea Allergy Dermatitis, or FAD. The bite of just one flea can leave her cat scratching for days, since her cat is allergic to components in the flea's saliva. It is important that whatever flea prevention she uses must be highly effective, eliminating different forms of the flea life cycle, including adults, eggs, and larvae. Bio Spot® ACTIVE CARE SPOT ON® for Cats Bio Spot® ACTIVE CARE SPOT ON® for Cats is an ideal choice for Missy's Cat. We would also suggest keeping her cat indoors, and using a Flea Comb daily.
Water-loving Cats in the Northwest: Lonny lives in Washington and has two Turkish Vans, a breed known for loving to play in water. He has a small pond in his enclosed backyard that he allows his cats to play in while he does his yard work or gardening in the summer. Since they are in and out of the water so frequently in warm weather, Lonny's cats need a product that doesn't have to be reapplied after his cats get wet. Advantage® II Flea Control for CatsFor cats who enjoy water, we suggest Advantage® II Flea Control for Cats effective after swimming or bathing.
Contact Dermatitis in the Mountain States: Some cats may be sensitive to certain flea products. Thelma lives in Colorado and the topical protection she most recently used caused her cat to have a mild skin reaction. Thelma wants to try a different topical this year. The effectiveness of the product was not in question, and even though her pet was sensitive to one topical product, it does not mean that she couldn't try another one or even monthly oral control.
Advantage® II Flea Control for Cats Advantage® II Flea Control for Cats, a topical is on our recommended list.

Flea & Tick Prevention has Never Been EASIER - Use the Recommended Products Above to KEEP Fleas OFF Your Cats and OUT of Your Home...

Note: We generally recommend using only one flea/tick control product on your cat at a time. You may use a topical on the pet and a product to control fleas in the environment, but you generally should not need to use two topical flea and tick products on your pet at the same time.

Why Control Fleas?
While many cats live with fleas and show minimal signs of infestation, control is advisable because:

  • The cat flea carries the larval stage of the tapeworm Dipylidium caninum. Cats can be infested with these worms by eating fleas during grooming.

  • Fleas have the potential to transmit other infectious agents.

  • Adult fleas feed on cats' blood, and in young kittens, this can cause anemia. Anemic kittens become very weak.

  • Some cats develop an allergy to flea bites, which causes them to scratch excessively or develop skin infections.

  • Cat fleas can cause itchy bites on sensitive humans.

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