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Summer battles: Fleas and Ticks

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010, at 9:19 AM

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I hate fleas and ticks as much as I hate cockroaches. They get in the house and you have a war on your hands.

I have three cats and a dog, and we had been using Frontline Plus until recently.

Frontline just does not seem to be working at all.

I can tell when one flea is in the house, my cat Teddie will not stay on the ground. He cruises all elevated surfaces.. So the war is on.

The dog got shaved yesterday and look ridiculous, but cooler. He got his flea treatment, and the cats had theirs a month ago. Time for a new one.

I contacted several vets and found out from them that Frontline for some, have had problems with the fleas being resistant to the formula.

We tried a new recommended one called Promeris.

By the second day, any traces of fleas were gone. Ok, I'm sold.

Today i will Sevan Dust the cat sanctuary and dog area, and vacuum the house again real good.

If you have a bag-type vacuum, don't forget to throw the bag away in a sealed trash bag.. the fleas will breed in the bag, and reinfest the house.

In the past, I have used various products to battle the flea problems.

I have used Skin so Soft ((greasy cat, dead fleas)), pennyroyal oil, ((see note above)), Frontline, Hartz ((not recommended due to problems with seizures : See http://www.hartzvictims.org/)), Spot on, Adams Flea spray (( works great if you can keep the ballistic cat still)),a soapy pan of water under a night-lite, and now My New Fave: Promeris..

How do you win the war on fleas and ticks for your friends that are dependent on you?

Give me your thoughts.


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Greasy Cat? Dead Fleas? Aren't those two of the bands that played at Bonnaroo?

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 10:12 AM

One of the acts was definitely greasy and I thought the lead singer was choking on stage. From the way they were jerking, something was biting them up there but to get back to the original post, Frontline used to be our main defense but I believe we lost one of our cats to either bobcat disease or a bad reaction to the Frontline. They said it was not BC disease so that left us with the Frontline.

I was told there was no problem with it, but this season they have changed brands, so.....maybe it is good you changed over.

For fleas we use DE (diatomaceuos earth) but ticks are a different matter. We eventually went back to the treatment for our outside dogs and split the treatment for our cats. The cats that roam get the vet treatment and those who venture out just to the front yard get the DE.

With 6 cats in the woods, 6 cats around the house, now another stray and a stray mom about to give birth, we could were going broke supplying the treatment for everyone. At least the DE will last us for years and costs about what one month for each cat costs with the vet treatment.

It will be safe for the kittens as well. I mix some in orange juice and take it several times a week. (not for ticks and fleas folks)

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 1:54 PM

Flea is the bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers i think. Don't think he is Dead Flea yet,..LOL

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 6:14 PM

OK, curiosity has the best of me, what is it with the orange juice mixture? I have never heard of people using flea and tick medication, does it repel mosquitoes?

My parents had a wonderful big white German Shepherd, they lost him to seizures the vet said was caused by either Hurtz or Sargents flea treatment. That is some wicked stuff the way he talked.

-- Posted by KaiteJones on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 10:29 PM

There used to be a cartoon on Fox called, "The Tick." But it got cancelled after a short season. :-D

-- Posted by 1ukolsir on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 8:49 PM

I LOVED the tick!! I think there was powdered toast man too.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Fri, Jun 25, 2010, at 4:44 PM

Yeah... Powdered Toast man had his commercial on "The Ren & Stimpy Show." Who DOESN'T love those two?

-- Posted by 1ukolsir on Sat, Jun 26, 2010, at 2:06 PM

Several things...

Steve, you're frickin' hilarious.

Just read on the interwebz that DE *which I have, and do know it is very drying...DO NOT get it in the pets' eyes or in yours, OR in anyone's lungs, as it acts like little shards of glass, but only on sensitive tissues like eyeballs and lung innards...and flea exoskeletons...lol...* is reeeeeally drying to cats' skin.

Would like to know more real-life been there/done that information from Steve on that...in other words, have you noticed your cats getting very dry skin?

I also loved "Cow & Chicken" and "Rocko's Modern Life" ...Charlie Adler is one of my favorite voice talents.

Am afraid if I mix Skin-So-Soft with DE I will get gravy...lmao...

-- Posted by cats4me on Sat, Jun 26, 2010, at 6:26 PM

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-- Posted by dentistonair@gmail.com on Tue, Aug 3, 2010, at 11:59 PM


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Lesa Cox has owned a cleaning service and a bookstore; now, she repairs and maintains computers for the elderly and others on a fixed income. She enjoys animals, gardening, books and fixing old cars. She and her husband have one son, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome.