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We HAVE to find a better solution for ticks

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 8:53 PM

The diatomaceous earth seems to be keeping the fleas and ticks at bay for our semi-feral group of cats who stay outside, but we occasionally treat them with Frontline Plus when we can catch them.

The cats that come in and out of the house get FP every month but the costs are killing us so I keep looking for a better solution. I ran across something today (of all places on eBay) where folks are buying the dosage for extra large dogs and reducing the dosage for cats.

Has anyone had success with this? They claim it is something the shelters do all the time. Is it?

The dog solution has a little less of S-methoprene than the cat solution so it would appear to be safe for both, but does anyone know why S-methoprene has a higher percentage for cats than dogs?

Would it be a safe solution?

Frontline Plus for Dogs (fipronil 9.8% and S-methoprene 8.8%)

Frontline Plus for Cats (fipronil 9.8% and S-methoprene 11.8%)


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I've been doing this for two years on my dogs and cats. I had to. It was becoming sooo expensive.

Well, it's still expensive, but less so.

They have 'kits'--basically a vial to dispense the pre-packaged x-large dog dosage, and a syringe to apply the correct dosage to your animal. It also usually comes with a guide that lets you know how much to give per weight.

I think cats are .5 ML.

Anyway, it works!

-- Posted by espoontoon on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 10:06 AM

I was hoping I would hear this.

Wow! It could save us hundreds each year, maybe over a thousand! Figuring 14 cats @ $12 each per month is over $2,000 and I can get all of it for about $300!

Then add 4 dogs and only one would really use the Xl size.

Wow!

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 10:53 AM

Dam, you could send your cats to college for that.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 3:37 PM

IF they will give them the flea/tick treatment, it might be worth it. That's $2,000 per year by the way. I forgot to explain all my math.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 4:07 PM

My sister has done that in the past with her cats with the vets approval. I am not sure of amounts though.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Sun, Apr 24, 2011, at 8:37 PM

I like that vet confirmation. Thanks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Apr 25, 2011, at 7:51 AM

I had always heard it was lethal to put dog stuff on cats. Maybe just a scare tactic. Would like to know for sure though. Would save me tons too. I like the idea of the kit.

-- Posted by Equinepro on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 7:46 PM

There is a 3% smaller percentage of S-methoprene in the dog mixture than cat. S-methoprene is a growth inhibitor that stops the insect from developing past the larvae stage.

I do not know why it is different in percentage between dog and cat but I am guessing it is because of the amount of inert ingredients used in the larger dog dose.

Reading about S-methoprene on the internet, it seems to be used in other food grade products, not that I would suggest a human ingest it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methoprene

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 26, 2011, at 10:36 PM

I've been using it for two years on my cats with no adverse results.

You just have to make sure you give the correct dosage.

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 9:14 AM

Diatomaceous earth is good and if any of our cats become sensitive to the Frontline Plus, (which one did)we will use it, but it looks like at least every other month we will try the Frontline Plus XL dog solution.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 27, 2011, at 1:41 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.