I have a ferret and I take him out for walks regularly and he now has cat fleas. I’ve searched the net to see what you can use besides the high priced ferret products. Really kinda wondering if you could use flea products made for cats or if that might harm my ferret. Does anyone know?


  1. onemoreo

    I have heard that using a VERY SPARING amount of flea soap made for cats is all right. Nothing for dogs though and nothing that says “Cat and Dogs” because that’s a rip.
    I would not use flea collars, those month-long treatments, flea dips or things like that…
    If nothing else, you can always use baby shampoo like Johnson’s and Johnson’s. They won’t kill the fleas but that’s what they recommend using on kittens too young for adult cat soap because fleas aren’t fond of the taste. They kind of just jump off. So… yeah!

  2. NyGroome

    I have a few ferrets and my vet told me that you can use Advantage or Frontline on them BUT…DO NOT just apply it on them on your own!! Call your vet and ask them what the dosage is for them.
    I do not know what it is off hand..she told me if they got fleas to call her and she would set me up with the proper dosage

  3. mhbatd

    TALK TO YOUR VET. Ferrets are similar to cats. ONLY the vet knows what’s proper. But of course you can also call and speak to someone HOPEFULLY smart in your local petland, petco, petsmart, etc….However i found MOST of the people that work at these places as MORONIC, A……HOLES, who don’t know too much about animals.
    If you have to go/call one of these places ask for the MANAGER, they are more than likely better equipped intellectually.

  4. cowgirl_

    You can use a premise spray around the cage, but often, the house requires bombing, too. Get a bomb from your vet which contains methoprene (a flea growth regulator). This will allow you to complete the job in just two applications – one to kill the adults and larva, the second two weeks later to get the ones that have hatched out since the first spray. (Make sure of course to remove your ferrets from the house at the time of the bombing…) Fleas can be a real nuisance – before you bomb, make sure to wash all of their bedding and vacuum carefully so you only have to do it twice….
    Most insect foggers don’t have a strong enough residual effect to hurt your ferrets. We routinely bomb our house for fleas and two hours later, the ferrets and dogs are romping through the house. (But I know that Siphotrol has a weak residual.)
    Signs of trouble – lack of appetitie, rumbling stomachs, diarrhea, vomiting, salivation, dilated pupils, stumbling. You probably won’t see them, but it’s nice to know what to look for…
    Long-term flea treatments
    None of the three common long-term flea treatments — Program, Advantage, and Frontline — have been tested on ferrets, so use them at your own risk. However, many people have been using them in ferrets successfully for some time. At least one vet prefers Advantage because it’s entirely external and never makes its way into the ferret’s bloodstream.
    Program is used at the cat dosage per pound, administered monthly. The medicine circulates in the blood and prevents fleas which have bitten the ferret from laying viable eggs. Therefore, every pet in the house should be on Program to completely break the cycle; and you may need to use this in combination with another product temporarily, to kill most of the adults. The pills can be crushed and mixed with a treat or food, or the suspension can be put directly on the food. Be sure that the right ferret gets the whole dose. It should be taken with a meal; in fact, the more food it’s taken with, the more effective it will be. Have your vet call Ciba-Geigy at 800-637-0281 with questions.
    Advantage comes in a tube. It’s applied once a month to the shoulder blades, where the ferret can’t easily lick it off (but other pets could). Ferret owners report that it works very well. It’s water soluble, so you shouldn’t bathe your pet except right before another application, and the ferret must be completely dry before the next dose. The idea is to kill the fleas before they can lay their eggs, and hopefully before they bite.
    Frontline is also applied externally, and is also said to work very well. It’s alcohol-based and smells a bit until it dries, but it’s also water resistant. This means it may last longer than Advantage, but if your ferret should happen to have a reaction to it (which I’ve never heard of), getting it off could be more difficult

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