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Hello, My cats have a problem with fleas. The spot on treatments

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Hello,
My cats have a problem with fleas. The spot on treatments don't seem to work and I don't like using them because of all the chemicals in them. I also have difficulty applying it as one of my cats hates it and runs away whenever I try to administer it.
Does "Bugs Away!" herbal mix work? It contains: mint, seaweed, fenugreek, neem and lemon balm. We are supposed to sprinkle it on their food. Also, could it be harmful?
Alternatively, would Biospotix (Geraniol) be of any use in preventing fleas?
Thank you so much for this wonderful service.
Raj Nash
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Rebecca :

Hello,

Rebecca :

I am sorry to hear you have a flea problem.

Rebecca :

My name is***** am a veterinarian, and will do my best to help.

Rebecca :

The only herbal product I have experience with working well is Buck Mountain parasite dust. It contains yarrow, and diatomaceous earth.

Rebecca :

It is bit labor intensive to use, you have to work it into the coat, all over the cat. However, the herbal and homeopathic vets I know think it really works.

Rebecca :

I do like Advantage, which is applied to the skin. The only chemical in it is imidicloprid. This chemical works by interrupting a neurotransmitter found only in insects, so it is not toxic to mammals like cats and us that do not have that neurotransmitter. Since ticks are not insects, it does not even kill them, only insects like fleas.

Rebecca :

The Bugs Away sounds safe, but I am not sure that feeding these herbs to cats will control fleas.

Rebecca :

Geraniol is an essential oil. Cats are very sensitive to essential oils, and if it is applied to their skin, them groom themselves and ingest them. It is not recommended to use any essential oils on cats, especially tea tree oil. All essential oils contain phenols, which cat livers do not like. I would not use this myself, on my own cats.

Customer:

Thank you for that useful information. One of my problems is that one of my cats is very jumpy and nervy and is super sensitive to noise and to anything on its skin. As I live alone, I find it very difficult to apply diatomaceous earth all of its body.

Rebecca :

Yes, it is labor intensive.

Customer:

I will probably try Advantage again and try sneaking up on the cat when it is asleep!

Rebecca :

Is there anything else I can help with, or answer?

Customer:

Could I ask you one more thing please?

Rebecca :

Yes, absolutely!

Rebecca :

That is what I am here for!

Rebecca :

What is your question?

Customer:

Is there a natural product I can give my cat to calm its nerves? We recently had a lot of thunderstorms and it was in the most terrible state. Even now it hides under the bed if a helicopter flies overhead!

Rebecca :

There is an herbal product called Stress Away; but I am in the US and do not know if you can get it there.

Rebecca :

The flower essence called Rescue Remedy can be helpful.

Rebecca :

I just heard of a new product, by Vetoquinol which is a company I like. Give me a moment to look up the name.

Customer:

Doesn't Rescue Remedy contain a small dose of alcohol?

Customer:

OK - please take your time

Rebecca :

It is called Zylkene: http://www.helpforstressedpets.com/LearnAbout.aspx

Customer:

Thank you

Customer:

I will have to see if I can buy it in the UK

Rebecca :

There are alcohol free rescue remedy: http://www.bachflower.com/alcohol-free-bach-flower-remedies/

Rebecca :

Vetoquinol is a European company; if we have it in the US you probably have it there.

Customer:

Well thank you so much. I will definitely rate you 5 stars!

Rebecca :

Thanks!

Rebecca :

Let me know if I can help with or answer anything else.

Customer:

Thank you. Can't think of anything else.

Customer:

Have a good day!

Rebecca :

You, too.

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the great rating.

Rebecca
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the bonus!

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