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    Cullumpster
    ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help  
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    • 25th Oct 04, 4:37 PM
    ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help   25th Oct 04 at 4:37 PM
    Hello all,

    Not sure whether this is in the right place so please move me and accept my appologies if not.

    My 2 cats have come home with fleas, erghh.

    They doesn't really bother anyone else in the house, but they bite me to pieces and i'm scratching like mad.

    The only thing i've been able to find that works is the stuff that you buy from the vets that you put onto the back of their necks, but it's so expensive.

    I didn't know whether you clever lot would know a nice safe natural soltion?


    any help will be most grateful as i'm starting to get stressed. :'(

    Thanks
    vic
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  • rushnowt
    • #2
    • 25th Oct 04, 7:21 PM
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
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    • 25th Oct 04, 7:21 PM
    Hiya Vic,

    I know just how your feeling, there was another thread a while ago referring to this topic and some great suggestions, however the treatment your referring to did seem to come out top with many of the posters. I'm guessing your talking about Frontline from the vet and yes I know it is really quite expensive.

    There was one post that offered tips on the Avon skin so soft product (woodland fresh) which contained a usage for killing/deterring fleas etc, which I promptly purchased and used, and i must admit it did really seem to work although i do keep spraying them occasionally to top it up. The flea collars don't seem to work and some even had a bad reaction to them and many of the sprays didnt seem to make much of a difference either. I did comments on the previous thread about the one I'd purchased from Asda called "Raid" ant & cockroach killer that states it kills fleas too and I cant recommend it highly enough, honestly cant remember how much it was now but sure it was around 2-3. You need to treat your home as well as the pet as the flea lives outside of the animal and only uses your pet as a host to feed :-X they lay hundreds of eggs that drop off the animal and can live dormant in furnishings etc for months. Also when your pet as had fleas you need to treat him/her for tape worm as well as round worm as the fleas carry the tape worm and these can be injested by the animal during grooming etc.
    Hope that helps and Good luck
  • Cullumpster
    • #3
    • 25th Oct 04, 7:31 PM
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
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    • 25th Oct 04, 7:31 PM
    Thanks rushnowt,

    Bit of a !!!!!! though, i thought someone was going to say 'yeah just stick some vinegar on them and they'll drop off!!' oh well.

    Mind you, sitting here reading your reply has started me off itching again!! i'm covered in what looks like heatspots! :-X
  • rushnowt
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    • 25th Oct 04, 7:35 PM
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
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    • 25th Oct 04, 7:35 PM
    My Gran swears by vinegar and seems everyone on here to lol, it does seem to kill some of them, I made up a jar of it and nit combed them when mine had them and dropped the fleas into the jar some died instantly some tried to swim for it might be worth a try if you've got the time, inclination and if cats approve :-/ otherwise I've found the link for you to have a read through

    http://forum.moneysavingexpert.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=Others;action=display;num=109315759 2
  • Jay-Jay
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    • 25th Oct 04, 7:58 PM
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
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    • 25th Oct 04, 7:58 PM
    A couple of drops of tea tree oil on the back of the neck is said to be a good deterrent for fleas.

    I think if they've already got them I'd be tempted to use the stuff from the vets and then maybe use tea tree to keep them at bay in the future.

    I agree about the Raid stuff. I've just used it on weevils (EEEAAAUUUCCHHHHH!!!!) and have read up on it. It's a residual insecticide which means that it sticks to surfaces and any live bugs and kills 'em, even weeks after.

    Squirt it over carpets, curtains and soft furnishings (test areas first) then close all the doors and windows and then go out. It's pretty potent stuff so you don't need to go mad. Have a good hoover up and you should have got rid of them all. Don't forget to empty your hoover bag.

    Be careful if you have goldfish though because Raid will kill them too.

    Good luck x
  • Cullumpster
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    • 26th Oct 04, 6:52 PM
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
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    • 26th Oct 04, 6:52 PM

    Thanks for the replies folks, gonna try and dunk them in tea tree oil and see what happens, i've just spent 15 each on bloody stuff from the vet .. i couldn't take it any more ! :'(
  • aeuerby
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    • 23rd Nov 04, 11:52 AM
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help &
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    • 23rd Nov 04, 11:52 AM
    As flea's live in carpets/soft furnishings these are the area's that need treating.

    When my cats had flea's I got some cedar oil ( a natural insectacide) and diluted some drops -about 15-20 I think - in water. Then sprayed all the areas that my cats slept in having hoovered the carpets first.

    I did this every day and hoovered every day. I also combed the cats every day - running the risk of losing my hand to one of them ;D. It got rid of the flea's in about a week. Time consuming but cheap and natural. Not had a repeat infestation in 2 years but have the cedar oil ready if I do.
    • scorpio_biker
    • By scorpio_biker 23rd Nov 04, 1:15 PM
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    scorpio_biker
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    • 23rd Nov 04, 1:15 PM
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
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    • 23rd Nov 04, 1:15 PM
    aeuerby's suggestion sounds excellent but I thought I'd add my solution just for variety :-

    My cat gets a injection (I think its twice a year) with a substance that sterilizes the fleas so they can't breed. This is because my cat comes into contact with other cats, and therefore he will continue to become infected. If he gets badly infected on top of that I use a standard flea collar and plenty of combing.

    To catch the fleas that live in the carpet or furnishings I have a flea trap. This attracts the fleas and they stick to the pad in the bottom. Its kinda scary how many there can be in a house. See here for the unit.
    http://staging.globalgold.co.uk/thecargostore/public_html/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Insect_Control_13.html

    You might be able to find it cheaper elsewhere?

    Good luck with your solution, I know that fleas are a real pain.

  • 16011996
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    • 23rd Nov 04, 1:26 PM
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
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    • 23rd Nov 04, 1:26 PM
    thanks for that, my cat came home with fleas last weekend. will have a look at the trap.
  • Cullumpster
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
    Thanks for all of the replies,

    I've already zapped them with the vets stuff, and the nit zapper, hopefully that should do the trick.

    Just for reference, when i went to the vets to get the flea stuff i asked about getting the flea injection, but the woman basically told me that it was a waste of money, it doesn't stop your cat from getting fleas, it just stops them from laying eggs when they do.

    I'm going to try that flea zapper thing as well cause i'm sure they are still in the house, i've got wooden floors and leather furniture but i think they've jumped onto my clothes and got into my bed as i've got bite marks all over my back, although i've hoovered the bed every day and turned the mattress too.

    Any other suggestions?
  • 16011996
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
    last time we had the flea problem, i got a dust mite matress protector for the bed. never got bit in bed again. and was quite sure they were in there.
  • chicklet
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
    I have three cats, and we've had a flea problem twice.

    Both times were at the end of the Summer, Aug/sept times. And I have to say the only thing that got rid of them was having the council pest man in to spray everything. The pest man said that was the fleas best time for movement because they're trying to find somewhere warm and inside to spend the winter.

    The first time, I must have spent about 50, first on supermarket stuff, then on vet stuff, trying to get rid of them. Eventually, we called the council in, and for another 40 odd he got rid of them.
    The second time, we just went straight to the council pest dept.

    Its a bit of a pain though because you can't vacuum anywhere for two weeks after its been sprayed.... : Oh dear, what a shame!!!!

    Since the last time though, we've been putting tea tree oil on the back of their necks and it all seems to be ok at the moment...
  • 16011996
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
    didn't council could spray. will bear that in mind.
  • shanni
    Re: ERGHHHH Fleas !!! (Cat not me!!) Please help !
    I always buy the vet treatment (frontline) for my 2 cats. It's just not worth risking having your home infested, which ultimately costs a lot to fumigate in the long run. Besides, it isn't very nice for the cats to have fleas, it causes them not only to scratch but also to have infected sores.

    For 1 week each, I think it's well worth getting the right stuff and it is being kind to your cats. We would spend it on ourselves to keep fleas at bay. You need to worm them every 3 months too, as fleas and worms go hand in hand.

    There was a website here recently that sold the frontline stuff cheaper. Might be just a couple of pages back.

  • Fairy22
    CAT FLEAS - merged
    Pleeeassse can someone give me some advice, don't all say urghhh, but ... I've just notice a little black jumpy flea on my carpet tonight, I've got a cat and I de-flea fit regularly, but we've got fields out the back and he always Tom's off for days at a time, so he could end up anywhere.
    Does anyone know what to do ?, do I need to get someone out to treat my carpets or something ?. I'm really worried as my little boy's only 2, and he's always on his hands and knees.
    Any advice would be much appreciated, Thankyou All !
    • twink
    • By twink 12th Jul 06, 8:51 PM
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    twink
    i would get the hoover out for now suck them up
  • Fairy22
    Have done, but still feel abit itchy scratchy, thinking about them, my cat is so going to get it if he ever comes home, maybe he's keeping away, thinking he'll get attacked with the flea spray again !
    • COOLTRIKERCHICK
    • By COOLTRIKERCHICK 12th Jul 06, 9:00 PM
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    COOLTRIKERCHICK
    dont panic......what i used to do....is first of all get some flea treatment from the vet..... the type you put on the back of the neck.... its expensive, but it works quickly to kill the fleas on the cat......then you can buy a product called rug patrol.... that you shake on your carpet... and leave for a while then hoover it all up..... empty the hoover straight away..... then .. what i used to do is put a flea collar in the hoover.bag... as this will kill fleas/eggs that have been hoovered up ....if you havent got a collar in the bag.... anything.. that gets hoovered up will still live as they are so small...and come back out of the hoover......once you empty the hoover bag or empty the cylinder....just fish out the collar and put it back into the hoover....

    i know its not old style but i know it works.....every summer when we had the cat... i used to put a flea collar in the hoover..as as a precaution.....
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  • Fairy22
    Thanks Cooltrikerchick, I'll give this a shot tomorrow xxx
  • giggs11
    there's a thread in the other forum about cat fleas if it helps

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?p=2477866&posted=1#post2477866
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