I have an inside cat that periodically has flea problems. The fleas must be getting in via friends of mine that have pets. I believe the cat is allergic to flea bites because it gets bumps on its skin where it has been bitten. So, I have been using Frontline monthly to keep the fleas at bay and keep my cat comfortable. Frontline is exspensive and it is something that I have to continually buy.

Does anyone know of a sustainable alternative to keeping fleas off of a pet?

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    I totally read the title here as "how can I get rid of the fleas I keep as pets?"
    – Shog9
    Jan 31, 2013 at 18:48
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    Ha, no that's is not what is meant at all. It try not to keep fleas as pets. I have updated the title, hopefully it is clearer.
    – Linger
    Jan 31, 2013 at 18:53
  • My mom was just telling me recently about an aunt adding a bit of garlic to the pet food occasionally as flea prevention. I do not have the specifics, but she said that it is working well for them.
    – Prymaldark
    Feb 1, 2013 at 14:50
  • Why do you consider Frontline unsustainable? Is it just the expense?
    – 410 gone
    Feb 1, 2013 at 19:13
  • The expense is part of it. However, there has to be something safer and more readily available around the house that can be just as effective.
    – Linger
    Feb 1, 2013 at 20:03

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A dog and cat owner friend of mine discovered Cedarcide (https://cedarcide.com/) last year and has successfully kept fleas out of her home and off her animals (they make products for home and pet application) for the past year, after several terrible bouts of infestation and unsuccessful (and noxious, toxic, unsustainable) treatments with flea pesticides. And her home and pets always smell delightfully of cedar! Yum!

  • Or tea tree based solutions...
    – Earthliŋ
    Feb 6, 2013 at 4:58

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