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Can someone settle a argument for us

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doughnutcraver Sun 04-Sep-16 20:27:39

We have a indoor cat and I use flea treatment and worming tablets from the vets every 4 weeks. Dh is saying that I am being ripped off as the cat doesn't go anywhere to get fleas or worms. I can see his point but not sure which is correct so wont stop unless I'm sure.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 04-Sep-16 20:35:29

Worming not sure but flea eggs can be bought in on shoes.

FuzzyWizard Sun 04-Sep-16 20:40:17

My mum never used to flea treat her indoor cats. For years it was fine but then someone must have brought in a flea or eggs somehow and she got a dreadful
Infestation that took months to shift. She now treats them regularly just in case.

doughnutcraver Sun 04-Sep-16 20:48:42

Not worth the risk then. Thanks so much.

cozietoesie Sun 04-Sep-16 20:49:36

I think, personally, that indoor cats have less risk - especially with worms - but not zero risk. (And fleas can be the devil to shift if they become established.) Anybody could harbour a flea or an egg - which they could pick up anywhere - and houses are not sealed environments. And an indoor cat who was also a hunter might also hunt mice or other rodents inside the house if there were any. (Worms etc.)

I reckon that every 4 weeks is pushing it for the worm treatment especially but I'd still be treating the cat for both, inside or not. Maybe just not quite as frequently.

Allergictoironing Sun 04-Sep-16 22:08:39

I indoor cats, and have been recommended by both the rescue and the vets to do both about every 6 months.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 04-Sep-16 22:20:39

Actually several studies have found that indoor cats are exposed to worms, tapeworms through flea eggs and roundworms from small vermin that come in the house - even where the home owners have never seen any vermin. Worming for indoor cats is recommended every 6 months.

cozietoesie Sun 04-Sep-16 22:43:05

I probably worm Seniorboy about that, old as he is. (He did have a couple of notches on his belt from his youth indoors - and this house has mice. (Or so I deduce when The Lodger visits.))

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