(Closed) Ew – my cat has fleas!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh no!  You need to make sure to wash all the soft surfaces in your house that the pets use to kill some of the fleas.  Make sure that you keep them on flea medicine for a while since some of the meds only kill adults and not eggs and larvae.  Vacuuming the carpets up would probably be a good idea too (not sure if it actually does anything but sounds like it would clean up things).

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My dog got fleas from my FMIL’s house (grrr…). I washed my dog twice with flea soap, but then I had to drive 5 hours in my car back from Houston to Dallas.  I had to flea bomb my car when we got back because some of the fleas jumped off my dog into my car.  After that they were pretty much gone but I still checked her everyday and picked out any stragglers and vacuumed daily until I was sure they were gone.  I would vacuum everything!  Those things jump high!  My dog takes K9 Advantix Monthly too and those things still were hanging out all over her.  ๐Ÿ™

 

ETA – I think it was a week and half or so before I truly felt that all the fleas were gone.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@PitBulLover:  Oh it was most definitely her fault!  But that is another story…haha.  But really, just vacuum, vacuum, vacuum.  Maybe even buy some of that stuff you sprinkle on the carpet and vacuum.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

One day our dogs got out of the yard and lo and behold one of them got fleas. We did a flea dip and then gave them a 2nd bath in blue Dawn dish detergent. For some reason blue is the only one that works, it’s supposed to suffocate them.

And then I did the following to keep them away:

You can make an effective flea repellent from lemon by cutting it into quarters and immersing it in boiling water. This is then steeped overnight to get you the repellent. By spraying this all over your pet, especially behind the ears and generally around the head, and also at the base of the tail and the ‘armpits’, you can rid it of fleas.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My dog and my roommates dog both got fleas last year.  We used a home spray around the house, kept them both on a flea pill (Comfortis) and bathed them regularly.  We alternated shampoos from one labeled as a flea shampoo and dawn dish soap.  Dawn is supposed to be really good for animals, it’s what they use for oil spill animals.  Once my roommate shaved her dog (long haired pom) and stopped repicking them up in the yard our methods worked.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@PitBulLover:  she’s a chihuahua/miniature pinscher mix. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

When I adopted my first cat (kitten at the time) I had no idea she had a bad case of fleas. It wasn’t until she was big enough to sleep on my (pure white) bed that I noticed something was off… she would leave a little dusting of flea dirt on my linens… Once we realized the root of the dirt, we discovered she had the worst case I’ve ever dealt with. They were EVERYWHERE… what’s worse was I lived with roomates at the time in an enormous three story, 5 bedroom house… which she roamed free in.

Basically, for about a month my life turned into vaccuming, laundry (hot water), spraying, cleaning etc. non-stop. It was awful. I obviously had her treated right away, but that didn’t change the fact that there were fleas in and around the house… she was about the only one immune to them!

My advice, just don’t leave any stone unturned… vaccum EVERYTHING, spray, powder! Whatever you must to avoid a bigger, or more drawn out problem. I’m positive if I had noticed earlier on, it wouldn’t have been a fraction of the problem it was.

Goodluck!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@PitBulLover: haha ya if you hadn’t noticed, I’m a little scarred from this. Anything to help someone avoid a living hell!

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