Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats

Natural Defense for Cats

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Sentry Natural Defense Natural Flea & Tick Squeeze-On for Cats kills fleas, ticks and mosquitoes for up to four weeks, yet it’s safe to use on your pets and around your family when applied as directed. Each carton contains four monthly applications that feature natural active ingredients such as peppermint oil, clove oil and lemon grass oil.

  • Just 3 active ingredients: Peppermint Oil, Clove Oil, Lemongrass Oil
  • Fresh mint scent

How Does Natural Defense Work?

Certain plants contain compounds that give them the ability to defend themselves against insects. Natural Defense is a blend of botanical extracts including peppermint oil, cinnamon oil and lemongrass oil. This combination of oils significantly enhances the pesticidal activity of Natural Defense. How? Octopamine!

Octopamine is a key neurotransmitter found in insects, it is the insect's equivalent of adrenaline. It regulates their heart rate, behavior and metabolism. The unique molecular structure targets and blocks octopamine neurotransmitter receptors in insects. Blocking octopamine results in a total breakdown of the insect's central nervous system. As mammals, fish and birds have no receptors for octopamine, the ingredients do not have this affect on them... or people!

Each box contains four 2.0 mL (0.07 fl oz) applicators

Review Rating: 2.5

Manufacturer: Sentry

Shipping Weight: 0.11

Active Ingredients
Peppermint Oil 10.00%
Clove Oil 7.00%
Lemongrass Oil 3.00%

Other Ingredients - Canola Oil, Vanillin, Citric Acid 80.00%

Suggested Use

Do not use on animals under the age of 12 weeks. Do not get this product in your pet's eyes or mouth. Do not bathe pet within the first 24 hours after squeeze-on has been applied. Households with more than one pet should not allow pets to groom each other until solution has dried. Pets may be treated indoors or outdoors. Safe to repeat application as often as needed. Apply contents of one tube as a spot or stripe, starting high on the back of your pet's neck to in front of the shoulder blades. In order to help reduce the occurrence of fleas and ticks, this product is best if used year around.

How to Apply

  • Remove product tube from package.
  • Holding tube with notched end pointing up and away from the face and body, cut or tear off the narrow end at the notches.
  • While holding the animal with one hand use the other to apply the solution.
  • Invert the tube, and use the narrow end to part the animal's hair while gently squeezing to apply to the animal's skin.
  • Hold the animal for a few seconds to give the solution time to be absorbed into the animal's coat.
  • When finished, wrap the tube in paper and put into the trash.

PLEASE NOTE

We have had some reports of reactions in cats such as skin irritation and hair loss at the site of application (see reviews below). In addition, the oils in the Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On may temporarily discolor white hair or fur. We recommend testing the product initially by applying a few drops in the area intended for application (nape of the neck), and wait 24 hours to evaluate any response before applying the full dose. If you do see an adverse reaction, wash your cat with a shampoo or dishwashing liquid that contains detergents, as this will be the most effective way to remove the oils causing the reaction.

While we understand that this product is not perfect since some cats do have an allergic reaction, we do believe it is far safer than the chemical pesticide based squeeze-on products. The long-term use of systemic chemical pesticides leads to far worse problems than a skin reaction (see The Natural Approach to Flea Control). The number of cats that have a reaction to the Sentry Squeeze-On is small, and for the majority of cats this product is safe and effective. We choose to continue to carry this product because we believe that providing a safer alternative to the chemical pesticide based squeeze-on products is an important service for those cat owners who prefer to use a squeeze-on flea protection program. Please follow our instructions for testing the product first for the safety of your cat.

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Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats
 
2.7

(based on 107 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (48)

46%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (49)
  • Effective (49)
  • Gentle (44)
  • No side effects (37)
  • Long-lasting (23)

Cons

  • Messy (24)
  • Doesn't work (21)
  • Side effects (21)
  • Causes irritation (11)
  • Difficult to administer (4)

Best Uses

  • Older pets (15)
  • Younger pets (10)
  • Short-term care (7)
  • Daily care (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Long-time pet owner (94)

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1.0

WASTE OF MONEY

By MammaPanda

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

I bought and applied this product to my 4 cats a 3 weeks ago and well as treated the home etc, and it literally did nothing. All 4 cats still have fleas!! GAGGSSS!! I am a huge advocate for the natural route but this formula is useless and a waste of my money.

 
1.0

Definite NO on SENTRY Natural Defense for cats

By no nickname

from Marengo, IA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

Did not realize I had selected the "Spice Scent." Odor is far too powerful. I put it on two cats and OMG, what a headache for me, let alone what the poor cats have to breath in considering it is applied only a couple inches away from their noses!!! Smell (and my headache) still strong after 24 hours and I also still saw live fleas on the cats. I am giving the cats a big apology and going to give them a bath in hopes of getting rid of the odor. Hope the SENTRY doesn't make them sick because it is certainly having an adverse effect on me. (Submission of review not allowed unless I clicked on at least one star.) 10-4-17.

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1.0

Horible

By Rh

from Al

Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

I gave one star only because it deodorized my whole house and even the outside. This product is so strong smelling that my poor cats went crazy. The smallest one 3lbs. Was able to get some I. His mouth. Started foaming at the mouth. They want you to apply in in a stripe from bottom of head to shoulder blade. We washed him off. Still very strong. Got them to sip a little bit of milk Hopi by to get it out of mouth. I don't give my cats dairy. But only tho g I could think of. Never again

 
1.0

not for my kitties

By jb

from oklahoma

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Ineffective
    • Messy

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

      i am sure this is like everything else. works for some not for others. i administered on all 9 of my cats. by the end of the day it had no effect. they are not full of fleas, maybe have seen one or 2 on some of them. but it didnt affect keeping the fleas off, so i give it a negative. have 3 outdoors kitties and 6 inside.

       
      1.0

      Ineffective and Harmful

      By Jess

      from Oxnard

      About Me Long-time Pet Owner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Ineffective
        • Messy
        • Side Effects

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

          I wish I could give this less than one star. I used this product on three of my cats. Not only did it not kill the fleas on them, but on one of my cats it caused sections of her fur to fall out. Additionally when my dog came into contact with one of the cats it caused her to break out in hives.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Don't use this product!

          By LonestarCJ

          from DFW, Texas

          About Me Long-time Pet Owner

          Pros

            Cons

            • Messy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

              used this on two of my indoor only cats who have a catio and started scratching uncontrollably. The scent is OVERWHELMING not only to me but my poor cats. 5 days later I still smell it in my house and they have an oil slick down their their neck to their back now. I can't even pet them. My two brothers (rescues from kill shelter) ALWAYS lay together, now they don't because of this "med". So strong they can hardly smell their food! And I've been in rescue, foster, TNR for felines over 30 years. NEVER USING THIS PRODUCT AGAIN!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this again!

              By Beth

              from Columbia, TN

              About Me Long-time Pet Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Effective
              • Gentle
              • No Side Effects

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Monthly Care
                • Older Pets
                • Younger Pets

                Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

                This works great at killing the fleas on all 4 of our fur babies (cats). Our cat's ages range from 1 1/2 years to 12 years old. This product is easy to administer to all our cats, and the scent is very appealing. This product kills the fleas effectively, but leaves tons of "flea dirt" for us to vacuum. Not a big deal if you own a vacuum or at least a hand vac, which is all we use. This is a product, however, that will have to be given monthly to our cats, or at the very least until 'flea season' lets up.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Absolutely never again!

                By Kimberly

                from Gary, Indiana

                About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

                I've tried all four doses. Every single time my cat freaks out and runs throughout the house. No redness of the skin or fur falling out. Today I went to give her the last of what I had and this time she actually attacked me. She's a very shy cat. It's not like her. I have no idea what it is about this product but I will absolutely never again buy it. I will stick to advantage plus. At least I know that will not harm her or me! I'm so upset. To think all I'm trying to do is help her and I'm harming her instead! And the smell. It's a nice minty smell. But it becomes way too much. And it's way to overwhelming. I can only imagine have the nose of a cat and have to smell it for up to a week!!! For get that! Spend the little extra money on advantage. It's not about you. It's about your pet. And I have it all over my hands from trying to remove it off her tonight and my hands are burning. I can't imagine what it feels like for her! >:(

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Peppermint Oil, Clove Oil, Lemongrass Oil are TOXINS to Cats

                By gg

                from Orange County, CA

                About Me Long-time Pet Owner

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Ingredients Are Toxins
                  • Messy
                  • Overpowering Aroma
                  • Side Effects

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

                    Although, O.N.P.'s comments on the product are, "The manufacturer would not use the ingredients in any quantity that would be harmful to pets. ", Peppermint Oil, Clove Oil and Lemongrass Oil are known TOXINS to Cats. My cat began vomiting within two days of administering. I regret not being more diligent prior to purchase.

                    I found this article online: "All natural" or "organic" doesn't mean a product is completely safe or without side effects.

                    Essential oils, including peppermint oil, citrus oils (e.g., limonene, linalool), cinnamon oil and lemon grass oil, can be found in some topical flea control products. Because these ingredients are derived from plants and touted as natural or organic alternatives to chemical insecticides, many pet owners assume they are very safe. However, both dogs and cats can have serious adverse reactions to some of these ingredients, even when the product is used according to label directions. Side effects can include skin irritation, agitation or lethargy, vomiting, tremors and seizures.

                     
                    3.0

                    the jury is still out

                    By animallover

                    from Michigan, United States

                    Comments about Sentry Natural Defense Squeeze-On for Cats:

                    I like the natural ingredients as opposed to chemicals, but our cat is white and the area of the application is gummy and yellow for some time. First application didn't get all the fleas. Same with the dog.

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