Review Of Adams™ Flea & Tick Spot On® Medication For Cats {With Smart Shield™ Applicator}



**Important Post Update:  Unfortunately, Spitfire had a bad reaction to this flea medication. The area where I applied the product became red, inflamed and his fur fell out. To minimize any further reaction, I gently washed the area in an attempt to remove any remaining product. I then applied Neosporin to prevent infection in the dime-sized wound. It took over a month for Spitfire’s irritated area to heal. 

Spitfire’s reaction was reported to the appropriate personnel at Adams.

This is Spitfire. Spitfire thinks he’s a dog. Seriously. He begs like a dog (up on his hind legs), carries his toys in his mouth, and follows my husband around the house just like man’s best friend. Spitfire is also quite large. Okay, he’s huge. Twenty five pounds worth of huge. Although Spitfire is mainly an indoor cat, he likes to hang in the backyard with hubby. A backyard potentially filled with fleas and ticks. March or April is when I start treating our cats with flea and tick medication. This is when the weather is warmer and the fleas are ready to appear out of nowhere. If you’re a pet owner, you know that once fleas are in the house, living on your animals, they are really difficult to get rid of. This is why I am vigilant about applying flea and tick medication monthly. Would you want this ugly creature hanging out on your pets? Living in your carpet? Biting you and your kids?

Close-Up Of A Flea

Gross, right? Thanks to Adams™  ,  I was able to try out Flea & Tick Spot On® topical medication for cats. Adams Flea & Tick Spot On comes in two different dosages: 5 lbs and over and 5 lbs and under. Of course Spitfire needed the 5lbs and over. Personally, I like how simple this dosing system is. Application is simple as well. Adams Flea & Tick medication includes a Smart Shield™ Applicator which is a breakthrough topical flea and tick control delivery device that provides fast, effective treatment down to pets’ skin, where bugs live, and helps keep the mess off your hands.


The Adams™ Smart Shield™ Applicator delivers a more confident, secure and easy application of Adams™ Flea & Tick Spot On® topical treatment, which starts killing fleas and ticks in 15 minutes and helps prevent re-infestation in your home. Designed with veterinarians’ and pet owners’ input, this ground-breaking new product is the first of its kind.

The picture above shows the flea medication being loaded into the applicator while lying flat. I followed these directions and when I closed the applicator, some of the flea medication squirted out. User error? I’m not sure but to try and avoid this in the future, I think I will insert the capsule and snap the applicator closed while keeping the applicator in an upright position. This may prevent leaking of the flea medication.

In order to apply Adams Flea & Tick Spot On properly, we separated Spitfire’s hair at the base of his skull.

Once the Smart Shield™ Applicator was loaded, my husband was able to apply the flea medication quickly and without my assistance {that rarely happens}.

I now have the satisfaction of knowing that I am doing my part to keep Spitfire free of fleas and ticks.

Since the weather has been unusually warm here in Virginia, I will continue to monitor Spitfire’s skin and coat for evidence of fleas/flea dirt/ticks. I do this “spot check” whenever I brush him (which he needs regularly due to his long fur).

If you are already dealing with flea and tick infestation, here are a few ideas for getting the problem under control:

  •  Dips quickly kill biting adult fleas and offer several days of flea protection. They are often used to provide instant, short-term control for severe infestation problems. Sprays, dips, shampoos and other products can be used together to help combat an infestation problem until the problem is under control. Dips are more effective when your pet is clean, so shampoo your pet before dipping.
  • Vacuuming plays an important role in getting a flea infestation under control. Vacuum before the first home treatment, then daily for the next few weeks. This will help remove newly emerged fleas, flea dirt, eggs and some larvae from the carpets.
  • Treating your home with carpet powders, carpet sprays, room foggers or home sprays will help control fleas. Every area your pet frequents should be treated – including the garage, basement, kennel and yard.
  • Treat your pets monthly with Adams™ Flea & Tick Spot On® {available for cats and dogs}.

****Important Post Update:  Unfortunately, Spitfire had a bad reaction to this flea medication. The area where I applied the product became red, inflamed and his fur fell out. To minimize any further reaction, I  gently washed the area in an attempt to remove any remaining product. I then applied Neosporin to prevent infection in the dime-sized wound. It took over a month for Spitfire’s irritated area to heal.

Spitfire’s reaction was reported to the appropriate personnel at Adams.  




Disclosure: This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. 



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    January 10, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Our cat behaved almost psycho AND we had a flea infestation soon after using Adams flea treatment.
    The company refunded my money.

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      January 11, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      That’s scary Steve. Hope your cat suffered no long term effects.

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    December 26, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I applied Adams flea and tick spot on to both my cats, my Sammy is over a year and peetree is 6 month . They seem okay for the most part but I’ve noticed that they both keep shaking their back paws, I was thinking possibly liter in the paw. But they both keep doing this, is this a side effect?? Should I be concerned?

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      December 31, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Megan: My cats do something similar whenever I apply a flea medication on their neck/back, however, they only do this for the first few hours. I recommend consulting your veterinarian to be on the safe side. 🙂

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    November 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I bought the Adams flea & tick spot on three pack for my 2 cats. It did leave a greasy spot. I bought another 1 month supply with the applicator and when I opened it there was an applicator but no medicine in the package.

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    February 11, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Terrible product!! My cat started having tremors, doesn’t walk right and can’t meow right! It been 2 days and he still had fleas. I’m hoping he survives this!

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      Kimberly--Blog Owner
      February 11, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      I’m so sorry Maria! Take him to the vet or local spca and get his system flushed with fluids. Wash the area where you applied the product as well. Hang in there <3

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    September 3, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    I used this flea treatment on my cats and now three of them are having problems. My older cat is having severe tremors, another cat cannot walk steady very unbalanced and another cat is having minor tremors and not moving much. I washed them thoroughly and will never use this product again. I just pray my animals survive.

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    Walter Magnusson
    July 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    We just applied this stuff onto our cat and she immediately started to foam at the mouth! We rushed her into the bath and gave her a good soaking to get it off her. PLEASE reconsider using this on your cat.

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      Kimberly--Blog Owner
      July 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Walter—I’m sorry your cat had a reaction too. If you read the end of my post, you’ll see where I stated in red that my cat had a reaction and I reported it to the personnel at Adams. I definitely don’t recommend this product.

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    June 28, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Spot On Flea and Tick Contol is totally useless. I used it on my 4 cats and it didn’t kill any fleas. Definitely doesn’t work on fleas. And, it’s SO greasy. My cats were uncomfortable with greasy hair for days afterward. I don’t have a problem with ticks so I don’t know if it works on ticks or not. A waste of money.

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      Kimberly--Blog Owner
      July 30, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      My cat had an adverse reaction to the product 🙁 I stick with two trusted brands as a result.

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    Helen May
    June 23, 2013 at 11:29 am

    They say we shouldn’t have to worry about fleas here, due to the fact that fleas don’t live at higher elevations. But we still get them, not as often and they seem to be a different kind, but they’re here.

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    April 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I think it may depend on each animal. I have many cats and have to use different products on different cats. I tried the Adams and had no problems with fleas or ticks on Wicca and Salem but it made the hair fall out at the site of application on my two Siamese cats. On the Siamese cats I have to use Advantage II which is the only product I seem to be able to use on those two. I had even tried Pet Armor and frontline but I think they may have lost their effectiveness from using it for so many years. I had also taken in a pregnant stray cat which I cannot use Frontline or Pet Armor on any of them. It just doesn’t seem to work anymore. Some of them I can use the Adams and the others I use Advantage.

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      Kimberly {Blog Owner}
      April 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      I absolutely agree Laurie! It’s just like medications and people—reactions and effectiveness may vary.

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    February 11, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    This is the worst flea spot treatment I have ever used. It was like a treat for the fleas. I never saw so many fleas on my dog until after I used it. Never again. What a waste of money!!

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    Rhonda Miotke
    June 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Very nice article.

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    Elena Istomina
    June 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I would like to get one for my cats. Thank you for the review!

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    Samantha D
    May 27, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Great picture of Spitfire and nice review, I like the applicator design.

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    April 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Thank You Kimberly! Great article and pics

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