Frontline Plus for Cats Reviews
Frontline Plus for Cats Reviews
Frontline Plus for Cats is a flea and tick control product that is manufactured by the Merial Company. Merial is a multinational company that specializes in animal health, and was first founded in 1997. In addition to producing Frontline Plus for Cats, Merial also produces Frontline Plus for Dogs, Heartgard, Ivomec and Previcox. Frontline Plus for Cats is currently only available by obtaining a prescription from a veterinarian, and is regarded as a moderate to high quality product for flea control. Frontline Plus for Cats is a topical flea control product, and requires reapplication after its effectiveness wears off.
Frontline Plus for Cats is currently only available in one formula variation, which is suitable to be applied to all cats and kittens that are over eight weeks of age. Frontline Plus for Cats is available in three different dosage packages: a 3 – dose package, a 6 – dose package and a 12 – dose package. Since each dosage is effective for approximately one month, the packages provide a 3, 6 and 12 month supply of Frontline Plus for Cats. The price range of this product is from $12 - $15 per single dose, depending on retailer.
Frontline Plus for Cats contains two different active ingredients, which help to control and eradicate the flea population on an infested cat. S-Methoprene is a growth inhibitor, and is used to prevent a flea from maturing into its adult form. Methoprene imitates the juvenile hormone that keeps a flea in its immature state, which interrupts the flea’s life cycle. Frontline Plus for Cats also contains fipronil, a broad spectrum insecticide. Fipronil works by blocking the passage of chloride ions through the GABA receptor, which is a component of the insect central nervous system. An affected insect is paralyzed, and eventually dies. Fipronil is relatively slow-acting, but has proven effective at controlling insect populations.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND RATINGS
Customer reviews regarding Frontline Plus for Cats are relatively mixed. Upon examination, it seems that many cat owners believe that the effectiveness of Frontline Plus at treating flea infestations in their cats seems to have deteriorated. Most of the negative reviews state that for the relatively high expense of the product, they would have expected it to be much more effective. Some cat owners state that they have used Frontline Plus for their cats in the past, and only recently has the formula seemed to be ineffective at controlling the flea population. When some cat owners contacted Merial about this problem, the company stated that they are currently researching new ways to control “chemical-resistant” flea species.
However, one positive aspect of Frontline Plus for Cats seems to be that instances of side effects are relatively rare. The neurological side effects (such as seizures) seen in some other topical flea and tick medications do not seem to be associated with Frontline Plus for Cats. In addition to this, some cat owners state that they have used Frontline Plus for controlling flea infestations on their cats with relatively high effectiveness.
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