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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:05 PM

Advice needed-- indoor cats

Do you have your strictly indoor cat/s on Frontline or Revolution?

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Reply Advice needed-- indoor cats (Original post)
MerryBlooms Nov 2012 OP
glinda Nov 2012 #1
MerryBlooms Nov 2012 #2
Upton Nov 2012 #3
MerryBlooms Nov 2012 #4
glinda Nov 2012 #5
ginnyinWI Nov 2012 #6
MerryBlooms Nov 2012 #9
Curmudgeoness Nov 2012 #7
MerryBlooms Nov 2012 #10
avebury Nov 2012 #8
MerryBlooms Nov 2012 #11
PotatoChip Nov 2012 #12
ceile Nov 2012 #13
MadrasT Nov 2012 #14

Response to MerryBlooms (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:08 PM

1. no

These are chemicals. Chemicals are processed through the kidneys and liver and affect them. BUT....be vigilant about killing any mosquitos or capturing fleas if they are around.

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Response to glinda (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 05:17 PM

2. We live on the second floor and our guys are not exposed to any

outside animals or lawn. Our deck is screened and they're not allowed out without us. I have told the vet how uncomfortable I am with poisoning the boys monthly... she isn't hearing me. ( She gave me the EXACT same line from last year, "We had two cats this year test positive for heartworm and one was strictly indoor".

I'm so disgusted and determined I need a new vet.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:06 PM

3. No..I don't know that I'd feel safe..

I do put Frontline on our dogs but that's a different issue. Our two cats are kept exclusively indoors and I haven't found a flea on them in years..

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Response to Upton (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:44 PM

4. Neither of these cats have ever had a flea-

what the vet is paranoid about is the one cat in two years (supposedly) who got heartworm from a mosquito.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:04 PM

5. Find a new Vet.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:24 PM

6. Yes get a new vet--this is just silly.

I also have two indoor cats who only go outside with me watching them, and otherwise are on a screened porch or inside. Our vet has never even mentioned using heartworm chemicals to me.

And-- I work as a volunteer at an animal shelter, and there they ONLY see heartworm in animals who have been brought up from the Southern states. ( They have way more animals down there than they can handle so they often get sent north.) It just isn't very common here in the upper Midwest (I see by your profile you are in Chicago--I am only about 80 miles north of there.) An animal can only get heartworm from mosquitos, and if it isn't mosquito season, then there is no reason to medicate a cat or a dog, is there?

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Response to ginnyinWI (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:05 AM

9. Thanks for the info-- very helpful.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 08:58 PM

7. I have an indoor cat

and I use Revolution once a year in mid-summer, just in case. If I were to see fleas, that would be another story. I do this once a year to make myself more comfortable, and because occasionally I will let the cat go walk around the yard with me.

I think that if your vet is insisting that you use a medication that you feel uncomfortable about, it is time to find another vet. My vet has never suggested this, and I was the one to ask for it. I would not be offended if something was suggested, because I can't know everything that I should do, but I like that my vet will let me research things first and doesn't push it. That is as it should be.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:14 AM

10. As you and others have stated, it's probably time for a new vet.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:13 PM

8. My precious Cookie is an indoor cat and

I don't have her on Frontline or Revolution. She is almost 18 years and I have had her for 15 years. She is doing really well for her age and I have been really careful about her shots. I don't want to give her anything that is not critical for her health. Barely tipping the scales at 5 pounds I finally gave up on any thought that I could get her to pack on the weight so whatever she wants is what she gets. Quality of life is what counts most.

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Response to avebury (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:15 AM

11. Continued good health and happiness to your precious Cookie and you.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:10 PM

12. Thank you for asking that question.

I too wondered about that, but totally forgot to ask my vet on my cats' last appointment. Had too many other questions since this is my first experience w/indoor cats.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 02:00 PM

13. Yes.

I live in TX and have a dog. Fleas and mosquitos are the norm. However, I don't treat them unless I do see fleas- which for them is about 3-4x a year. If you don't actually see any, then I wouldn't bother.

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Response to MerryBlooms (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 07:39 AM

14. No, and my vets recommend *against* it.

No reason to put chemicals on indoor cats who aren't exposed.

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