Hi everyone. My handsome ginger n white cat Max is five years old and probably due to this hot weather we are having lately he seems to have quite a few fleas. I've given him Frontline pipits but this doesn't seem to be working! Should i try another method? Would the pesky little fleas be getting resilient to Frontline? I brush his coat every day but i think he's sleeping in next doors long grass....Please help!
We are very sorry to hear that you and Max are troubled by a flea infestation; there are 2 main reasons why you may still be seeing fleas on your pet and around your home.
Firstly, it is possible that the Frontline liquid – as with any spot on treatment – has not been applied directly to Max’s skin and, as a result isn’t working as effectively as it should. When applied to directly to the skin the liquid is quickly absorbed into the oils of your pet’s skin and coat and within 24 hours should be dispersed throughout the body. If the liquid has not been dispersed it won’t work as effectively as it should.
Secondly, fleas can be present in your home, on furniture and your pet’s bedding, for example, as well as on your pet. Therefore, your home environment will also require treating because without it you may still see live fleas. These will be new adult fleas which have recently emerged from their pupae, not the fleas which you may have seen on Max before. In fact, only 5% of a flea infestation is present on the affected animal, with the remainder in the environment.
As a result, we would recommend that you use a household flea spray (such as Indorex or Acclaim), which kill all life stages of the flea. We also suggest that you vacuum daily for 10 – 14 days, which creates vibrations in the carpet which will encourage fleas to emerge from their pupae. Flea pupae use changes in pressure, noise, heat, carbon dioxide or vibrations to detect potential hosts, and vacuum vibrations tend to fool fleas into the open! It’s also advisable to wash any bedding Max may have.
Next time you treat Max (you should leave 4 weeks between treatments) we recommend that you try the new Frontline product, Frontline Plus. This spot on has a double action formula, which not only kills adult fleas but will also stop their eggs from hatching.
We hope that this information has been useful and you are able treat the flea infestation. For more information on fleas please visit our Pet Advice Hub where you can find many other pet related health topics as well. Alternatively if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch again.