Q: Fleas! SOS
Maelee my cat has fleas...she's a indoor only cat. never had a flea problem before.
How do I get rid of the fleas from Maelee and my house?
I would like to have some natural ways to kill fleas.
I have given her a bath with flea shampoo, flea collar, gel, powder.
I have used powder that kills fleas on my carpet.
Thank you :)
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Nov 12, 2009
you're going to see the term "diatomaceous earth" (hereafter DE) come up a lot in my answer, so briefly, let me explain what it is. DE is basically fossilized algea. it gets used for a great variety of purposes, including killing bugs. for that purpose, you'll what "food grade diatomaceous earth", which is white and powdery. food grade DE is used to keep stored grains from becoming infested with weevils and also for de-worming animals. needless to say, it's perfectly safe to ingest. just use it in a well-ventilated area and try not to inhale any more of it than you have to.
first, i'd say try to figure out where they're coming from and how they're getting in. if you don't have any other pets that go outside, they may just be riding in on you / your clothes. it happens. if you live in apartments, fleas are often a big problem since so many people have their dogs using the same potty-area. you might want to discuss options for flea-treating the lawn with your landlord. if you don't have that hurdle and your lawn is your own, i would recommend DE and / or beneficial predatory nematodes. for lawns, DE doesn't do well in wetter, more humid climates. the nematodes are basically tiny, almost microscopic worms that, when applied properly to your lawn, will live in the soil killing and eating a variety of bugs, including fleas and ants. they are perfectly harmless to humans. there are different species that work better in different environments and for different purposes, so do your homework on them before buying.
inside, vacuuming in and of itself is great for killing fleas. the beater brush on a carpet attachment strips off their waxy outer layer and cuts them up...and, well, kills them! but it only kills what you suck up, and a flea could hop onto the carpet and lay eggs as soon as you're done and there's nothing to stop it. DE can also be sprinkled on carpet and vacuumed up. a little residual DE is usually left and can help to *keep* killing. don't use too much, though. also, you'll want to wash bedding, curtains, etc, in very hot water. DE can be applied to pet bedding and other stuff, though it will make it all white and powdery.
and then there's the pet themself. if you really want to stick to more natural stuff, Ark Naturals makes a shampoo with neem oil that is good for treating fleas, and also, Halo makes Cloud 9 Herbal Flea Dip, which can be added to the shampoo and used in a variety of other ways. and, as you probably could guess, you can also use DE on your pet! it's harmless if ingested, so it's no big deal if your cat licks some off. just try to keep her from inhaling it as much as possible.
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Nov 12, 2009
Try Natural Chemistry's flea spray and shampoo, it is natural and non toxic, you can use as often as needed and on any age. I love it for pups and kittens because it is so safe. Also, although it is not a natural product you might want to consider using Frontline or Advantage drops (from a reputable source) ,if your cat is indoors only it should rid the cat and the house of fleas, and the natural spray can be used with the drops if the fleas are really bad.
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