Do you really need spot-on flea treatment even for indoor kitties?

Pepper has always been sweet and generous of his kisses.

Pepper has always been an indoor kitty since I got him off the streets. One of those rags to riches story, he even sleeps beside me every night.

As a responsible pet owner, completing your furbaby’s vaccines and their yearly maintenance is a must. Pepper was able to finish his kitten vaccines within 3 months of staying with me–we never miss an appointment.πŸ™‚ During our last vet visit, the doctor suggested that we could give Pepper the monthly spot-on treatment Advocate as an added protection.

Since Pepper sleeps with me, I decided to consider getting Advocate. But since he is an indoor kitty, does he really need it?

The answer is YES. Because flea eggs can be transmitted through the pet-owner’s footwear (eww!). So, even if Pepper is safe and clean inside our house, we can never be too sure.

Bayer’s Advocate is similar to your dog’s Frontline. It is your pet’s monthly dose of anti-parasite spot-on treatment. There are different kinds of spot-on treatment so better ask your vet which is best for your furbaby.Β The Advocate protects Pepper from fleas, larvae, hookworm, roundworm, heartworm, and otodectes (ano daw?).

For Pepper, we were advised to give him the orange Advocate–which is basically for kittens weighing less than 4kg. Each box has 3 pipettes and you need to use one pipette every month. A box costs Php1,000.00.

It is important to know that before using Advocate on your baby, make sure to follow the “no bathing 3 days before and 3 days after” rule. It’s basically a week of bath-ban. This is to make sure that your pet’s natural oils have accumulated to make the spot-on treatment stick better on your furbaby’s skin. If your pet is long-haired, it is best to comb away the fur first and apply the spot-on treatment directly on their skin.

You have to put the product between the shoulders of your pet and massage it in. This is the point where he/she would have a hard time licking it off. If, in case, your baby has accidentally licked off some Advocate, it’s okay. Don’t panic (like I did), it won’t kill him/her by inducing such small amount of product. But our pets won’t like the taste of it either. I’ve read that the taste would be bitter for our pets. My Pepper would salivate whenever he accidentally licks off Advocate so we put him in the cone of shame for one whole day every time he is having his spot-on treatment. This prevents him from accidentally licking the product.

Pepper is growing very fast and healthy. In 2 months he will be a teenager and we would have to deal with his urine-marking stage. In the mean time, we’re really excited for Pepper’s upcoming Halloween party.πŸ™‚

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