Fleas are more than just annoyances. They can transmit other parasites and even be life-threatening. All cats, whether indoor or outdoor, need flea treatment. As with any product you use with your kitty, you should consult your veterinarian about whether Advantage for Cats is right for yours.
How It Works
Advantage is a topical flea treatment, which means that it is applied to cats' skin. It is in liquid form and comes in a tube, and is applied to the skin at the base of your cat's neck, under the fur. Applying it to this area helps ensure that he can't lick it off. Advantage works by spreading throughout your kitty's skin and is effective for a month.
According to the product website, Advantage stops fleas from biting 3 to 5 minutes after application. It also states that Advantage is the only product that kills fleas without them even biting, as they do not have to bite to ingest the product for it to work. It breaks the flea life cycle by killing adult fleas and larvae within 20 minutes of contact. It also prevents new infestations if your cat comes into contact with fleas again within the month. According to the Cat Health Guide, it kills 98 percent of fleas within 12 hours of application.
Age and Safety
Advantage's site states that it is safe for kittens as young as one day old. It also is safe for expecting and nursing mother kitties. In fact, the site says that treating a nursing mother actually protects her litter. However, always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your pet.
Advantage is waterproof. The product site says that it will remain effective following soap-free shampoo treatment, bathing, or exposure to rain.
Leslie Carver has been a professional author since 2009. Her work appears on multiple websites. She has an associate's degree in English with progress toward her bachelor's at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been awarded an Outstanding Student Award in English and twice nominated for creative writing awards.