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Old 07-08-2013, 01:50 AM   #11
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We have been having minor flea issues as well. The big problem is the kittens are only around 8-9 weeks and the mother is pregnant, so we are pretty wary about what chemicals to use. I picked up a spray so I can monitor how much I put on each kitten, and we have been sprinkling the carpet with borax and vacuuming after. So far things have gotten a lot better, and I am just happy the 12 week mark is around the corner so our options will be opening up some. I want to get this under control before the mother gives birth. She was pregnant already when she brought us her kittens when they were roughly 5 weeks old, so we are guessing she was 2 weeks pregnant then assuming 3 weeks from birth to going into heat. So, probably 2 more weeks or less until she pops. Might just have to give in and bomb before that happens.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:06 AM   #12
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Do NOT. I repeat do NOT use any over the counter flea treatments for your pets not your home. That stuff, particularly the stuff made by hartz is lethally toxic to pets. Especially cats. I work at Petsmart and have the misfortune of having to watch unaware owners use this poison on the pets everyday. Check out hartzvictims.org and read up. That stuff is poorly regulated and bad news.
Yes I know it's more expensive, but go to your vet and get a box of advantage multi or revolution for cats. One treatment on the back of each of their necks and keep them away from each other until it dries. Vacuum everything in your home with a bagless vacuum or throw out the bag. Wash floors with bleach and put all linens and bedding in the dryer on high for an hour. No more fleas guaranteed.
But please do not use hartz/sargaents/zodiac/whatever spot on treatments, or household sprays, or shampoos or carpet powder. And don't take the cats to a groomer for flea bathes because that's exactly what they'll use. Vet only for this kind of stuff.
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Coooool what petsmart. I work there too
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:49 PM   #13
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Coooool what petsmart. I work there too
In Canada. In the Toronto region.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:04 PM   #14
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I agree do NOT use anything made by Hartz. I don't even know how they are legally still allowed to make products. If you use Capstar on your cats it kills all flaws almost instantly and then you can treat with Frontline or Revolution or another flea treatment. If they cleanse have no host they will die off. You can also try heating up a towel or blanket, putting it in a box or Tupperware and watch the fleas go to it. They will go to the warmest source. I know it would get them all but the Capstar and flea treatment will help and hopefully they will die off soon. If you're only really having trouble in one area of the house, keep that area blocked off from pets and people. Good luck! Hopefully you won't have to bomb again.
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Just use the bowl treatment. Set up a bowl and fill it with dawn. Make sure it has some bubbles. Get a lamp and set it up so it shines over the bowl. So this in serval places. Fleas will jump and land in the bowl and die. Dawn is the best flea killer. You have 20 fleas on a cat, not a big deal. Give them a bath in dawn
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Agreed with the Hertz. Also don't use Sentry Guard. I tried it because it was cheaper, and does not work. Didn't hurt my cats, but I don't think it works well. It might have helped as there is less flea's on my cats, but it does not kill them or repels them like it says it does.

I went out and bought Advantage II today. Cost a lot, but I believe this stuff will work as it has high review marks. I also was able to get a 3 month supply, being I only have two cats and it comes with 6 applications.

I have used the bowl treatment with great success. I use a night light and each night less and less flea's. I also vacuum like crazy and wash my bedding and my cats bedding every other day. I believe this problem will be over soon, I am hopping for a really hot day to kill a lot of the outside flea's. I hear they can't survive well in heat as high as 91 degrees.

As for the person with Kittens, I thought that Advantage and Front Line makes ones for kittens that are over 8 weeks old? I know what you mean about being careful. I have a pet bird and that really limits my options
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