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Advantage V Frontline Plus for Cats

The two most popular feline flea control products are Advantage for cats and Frontline Plus. But which one is the best? Well, it’s a difficult question to answer because both are excellent, and both have their place. There are plenty of similarities between the two products, as well a a few distinct differences. We will look at these points to help you choose the correct product for your cats.

The Similarities

So, what do Advantage & Frontline have in common?

  • Easy to use topical treatments that are safe and effective
  • Long lasting (you will never need to apply more than once a month)
  • Kill adult fleas and juveniles so helping prevent future outbreaks
  • Waterproof
  • Also destroy chewing lice
Okay then, how do the treatments differ?
  • They use different active ingredients. So if your cat is allergic to one (which is very rare) you might find they are fine with the other.
  • Advantage kills flea larvae as well as eggs and adults. Frontline Plus kills the adults, but prevents larvae, pupae and eggs developing so they die over time. Only adult fleas bite your pet.
  • Frontline Plus destroys ticks, this is an important difference as those of you living in tick country will know that a cat can quickly become over-run with these disease carrying parasites.
  • Advantage works slightly quicker, claiming to stop fleas from biting within 5 minutes. Within 12 hours virtually all fleas will be destroyed. Frontline Plus claims to take up to 24 hours to destroy all fleas.  New fleas which might jump onto your pet during the next month will be destroyed within 2 hours by Advantage, and within 24 hours by Frontline Plus.

In truth, whereas Frontline Plus for cats might be the perfect choice in one location, in another Advantage might be preferred. It will depend upon the local parasite population, the number of feral cats around and your own pet’s activities. It is a good idea to speak to your vet about which particular brand of flea control is working well in your location.

If your pet is particularly flea sensitive you might feel that the speedier results with Advantage are worth considering. On the other hand if ticks are a problem locally you would need to invest in a tick collar if you chose Advantage, so you would probably prefer to simplify things by choosing Frontline Plus instead.



Written by Karl

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