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My cat has fleas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I applied the Hartz flea stuff(back of the neck) 2 days ago- i know frontline is better but this is what i had, but it does not seem to be working at all.<br><br><br><br>
so questions:<br><br><br><br>
1. how long does it usually take before the flea stuff works, and how will i know?<br><br><br><br>
2. If it's not working, how soon can I apply the frontline?<br><br><br><br><br><br>
thanks in advance!<br><br><br><br>
michelle
 

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Honestly? I'd ring your vet. I think Hartz is a once per month application but I'm sure you can add more treatment - I'm just not sure what or when.<br><br>
As for how long it takes to work, frontline takes 18 hours (apparently) but I can't find any info on Hartz.<br><br><br><br>
I have heard some people say their cats haven't reacted well to Hartz though so I'd keep an eye out.
 

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she seems okay(no weirder than usual), but I don't want to give her the frontline on top of the hartz and make her sick. i have to wait til tommorow to call the vet, just thought I would put the question out there and try and give her some relief today. poor girl.<br><br><br><br>
thanks for the info Schoska!
 

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1. Don't EVER EVER EVER EVER use the Hartz stuff on cats!! (or any of the other store brands) Unless they've recently reformulated, it contains a neurotoxin in cats. I've watched cats on the hartz stuff be given more than the allowable doze of pheno and still not be able to stop constantly seizing from the stuff. I know it's cheaper, but it is seriously not worth potentially killing the cat. Stick with Frontline, Advantage or Revolution for topicals ONLY!!!<br><br><br><br>
2. The problem is you can't just treat the cat. The fleas are all over your home and will keep jumping back onto the cat. You need to treat your home. One way is to bomb, which is chemically and gross. The other is to vacuum daily, all surfaces including hardwood, and then wrap up the vacuum bag in plastic and throw it away outside of your home. You should also wash all your bedding and the pets bedding in hot water.<br><br><br><br>
3. If your flea infestation is bad, you should continue treating the cat with Frontline, Advantage, or Revolution for at least 3 months after the last sign of a flea so that any new eggs that hatch can't create a new problem.<br><br><br><br>
4. If you want to bomb your house or hire someone to exterminate the fleas, take the cat out of the house for the day and while it is removed from the premisis, give it a Capstar tablet (available from the vet). It is a fast acting flea killer than only works for about 24 hrs, but will kill all the fleas that are currently on the cat. Then you apply your topical at the same time which will prevent more fleas from getting back onto the cat.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck. Please ditch the hartz.
 

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holy crap! i didn't know that at all. i would have never given it to her if that was the case.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:"><br><br><br><br>
how long before I can treat her with the Frontline? I'm calling the vet tomorrow and I'll take your advice regerding the house as well.<br><br><br><br>
If she was to get sick it would be obvious by now, right? it's been 48 hours.
 

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The cats I've seen get sick it happens within 12-24 hrs, once the stuff starts circulating. It's really horrific to watch. I'd guess you're out of the woods by now, but just ditch the rest of it.
 

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okay. i'm going to scrub the house now while she spends the day outside- then I'll wash the spot really good where i put the hartz and give her the frontline after i talk to the vet- maybe I can get ahold of someone today regarding when to put the frontline on.
 

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I have used both frontline and advantage and I remember being able to use them again within two weeks. I don't know if it makes a difference that you are using one brand and then another. I know I was able to use the same brand in two weeks. I guess that didn't help much!
 

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<a href="http://frontline.us.merial.com/products/products_faqs.asp#q13" target="_blank">http://frontline.us.merial.com/produ...s_faqs.asp#q13</a><br><br><br><br>
That's Frontline's website. They recommend waiting 24 hours after using a different brand. You can read all the FAQ's there.<br><br><br><br>
Rabid's advice above is great. Hartz is bad stuff, mainly because people think "the more, the better", when really More=Toxic.
 

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Don't do anything before talking to a vet, but I was told that you could reapply after a couple of weeks if there's still a problem.
 
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