Getting Somewhere At Last

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
March 14, 2013 9:10am CST
I am not about to mention the kind person who offered to pay for treatment of Flojo (a message came into my PM box) but I cannot underestimate how certain people in this fabulous community literally move me to tears..but in a good way. I am humbled beyond belief and yes, I have messaged the person involved letting them know that their cheque is not necessary, for the reason I shall mention below. Now, before I went to bed last night I noticed my poor cat lying on her side so she didn't have to lie on her poorly side, if you get my drift. I burst into tears at that point as I was determined to sort this out, one way or another. John had a bit of a lie in this morning as he's at a Management Course here in Carlisle so didn't have to drive as far. Therefore his mood was better. He saw my concerned face and then I told him that I was going to ring the vets today - not necessarily to book her in now but to ask for advice. He mentioned cashing in some shrapnel at the bank but I wasn't prepared to walk the streets with bags of cash - which is just as well really. Anyway, I rang the vets and a very nice lady told me I should buy HOUSEHOLD FLEA SPRAY to treat the home FIRST. She said it's no good treating the cat unless the home is treated as well. This is probably why the Frontline isn't working but the Combo will as it kills any fleas not on the cat, unlike the basic stuff we've got. I have gone onto the Pet Supermarket website (which is brilliant in case any of you Brits want to buy stuff for your pets) and have bought some Virbac Indorex Flea Spray, as recommended by the Nurse at the vets. However, instead of paying £15+ for it I've got it - with a further discount voucher of £1.05 for £9.44 including delivery. I mean, it was cheaper to start with but to get a discount on top of the discount is good news from my point of view. I cannot buy the Frontline Combo (John will have to) as we'd have to see the vets for that but I shall try this spray and see how we get on with it. I include a link below to the product in question. In actual fact I've been itching a lot lately so I'm hoping the spray is going to help me out as well lol. http://www.pet-supermarket.co.uk/Products/CN216001/virbac-indorex-flea-spray Many, many thanks to all of you for your kind words regarding my wonderful cat. I love you all..and I mean that too. I don't know what I'd do without you all to be honest!
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
14 Mar 13
I never thought of that, fleas don't actually have to live on animals, they can be present in carpets, which are lovely and warm and bedding etc... I remember when I got bitten by fleas, it's strange but bugs seem to find poor Wolfie a tasty supplement. It was only when we sprayed everything that it made a difference. I do hope this Virbac Indorex Flea Spray works my friend, you can only try. And wishing of course Flojo a speedy recovery, bless her ;0)
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Mar 13
Thanks. We may as well start the spray around the house first. If the vets sell it it must be good, which is why I'm so chuffed I've bought it cheaper on Pet Supermarket. The carpets in this house are old but, fortunately, not holey, so that's something! I'm looking forward to treating EVERY room in the house as I'm determined to get this place bug free.
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@MsTickle (24978)
• Australia
20 Mar 13
I read somewhere that the best action you can take for household fleas is the vacuum cleaner! Who'da thought it?
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@MsTickle (24978)
• Australia
20 Mar 13
Actually, I think they meant for vacuuming up the live ones. LOL. That's fine if you have a bag in your cleaner but I have a bagless cleaner and so they would jump everywhere when I open up the collector jug. I would need to be vewy, vewy careful.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
21 Mar 13
I've got a bagless cleaner too but I don't empty it very often. It has to be very, very full before I do!
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
14 Mar 13
Sometimes that offer of help can lift your spirits tremendously and give you courage to get on with things. It is a good thing to get the flea spray. Another, non toxic thing you can do is to put salt down on your rugs and wood floors. Let it set overnight and sweep it up and it will kill fleas and their eggs in your household. It might be a good maintenance thing to do. Actually I may need to do it. I have one cat that seems never to get completely rid of fleas. I am glad John listened as well.
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• United States
14 Mar 13
What I've found, when I need to go to the vet - and I don't have enough money - is I don't even mention money or circumstances. I just go in, and when they hand me the bill, say, "Ooops - my bad! Forgot to bring my credit card/checkbook/cash/etc.". Really, what can they do but give you the bill and hope you pay it? Which you do, of course, when you have the money to prove you can be trusted. Luckily, we've used the same vet for years and years and years, so if I'm short or whatever, they give us a bit of time to pay.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Mar 13
Our vet is crafty though..you HAVE to pay upfront, otherwise the pet doesn't get seen.
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• China
15 Mar 13
Flojo's flea allergy keeps upsetting you.I am glad you may breath a sigh of relief.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
20 Mar 13
She may have to go to the vets for the more potent Frontline but we shall see what happens with this household spray in the meantime.
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@timetravel (1428)
• United States
14 Mar 13
You can buy Frontline combo or Frontline plus (same exact thing) on the internet without a prescription from a vet. There are plenty of sites that sell it, as well as Frontline spray. I can give you links if you'd like. We haven't had fleas in years - not since before our Ginger cat passed away six years ago - because our cats are indoors only. That doesn't mean a flea couldn't hop in through an open window or when the door is open, though! I have a friend in another state who, at the time, had six cats - all indoors - and she was surprised when they all got fleas. She and I both used Advantage over Frontline. It doesn't seem to cause the same allergic reactions, and often is a tad less expensive. Or more. It depends on where you get it. One reason I think we'd gotten rid of fleas for good is our move - from a fully carpeted apartment to a house with bare hardwood floors. And no big, overstuff sofas. lol. When we had the carpeted apartment unit, I found a canister of flea powder actually worked better than wet sprays. There are also products on Amazon, that are dry powder, called J.T. Eaton 203 bedbug, crawling insects, fleas, etc. powder. It uses all natural ingredients that are non-toxic but suck all the fluids out of those nasty creatures. It dehydrates them, killing them in the process. It can be applied deep down in crevices. Traditional flea powder, as I said, works very well on carpets, too. Sprinkle on according to directions - and then usually a bit later you vacuum it up - making sure to take the full vacuum bag outside far away - inside tons of other bags- for disposal. If you have a bagless vacuum, take it far away outside to empty in to a bunch of secure bags. It's best to do another application again 10-14 days later because of the reproductive cycle and eggs.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Mar 13
Well, I've ordered the spray from Pet Supermarket and I'm hopeful it will do all that the powdered versions do. Here's hoping. It's got good reviews, anyway. I have heard that fleas are becoming immune to the basic Frontline that we have. Mum used to use this on her cats and was a bit dismayed to learn that it stopped working, on one cat in particular. Anyway, her vet prescribed the Combi (or Plus like you said) and also gave the cat an injection to help heal her back as she was practically bald on there at the time, with her allergy. She's now 100% and Mum still gets prescribed the Combi without having to see the vet from now on. She tries not to use it too much as the fleas will probably become immune to that in time!
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@BarBaraPrz (20088)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Mar 13
Well, duh! Why didn't any of us think of that? (Smacks self in forehead.) Here's hoping that does the trick.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Mar 13
Haha! I know what you mean. Obvious when you think about it!
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• Indonesia
14 Mar 13
Finally I am glad finally you decide to do something for your cat (you have done many great things for her before). I hope the spray works out and Flojo will getting well soon. All the best for Flojo and keep fight for her
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
14 Mar 13
Awww. Many thanks my friend. This spray can't come soon enough lol.
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@Hatley (164640)
• Garden Grove, California
21 Mar 13
hi been wondering about flojo and am hoping with you that the spray will get rid of any fleas in your home then its just a matter of zapping any fleas on poor flojo.I do hope this all works and your 'flojo will soon be her sweet lively healthy and happy self again. You have probably been getting flea bites too and they do itch like crazy. hope everything gets back to good and normal again.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
21 Mar 13
Hiya Hatley, Flojo has indeed improved in her behaviour since I've sprayed the house. I think her Frontline is finally kicking in too as she's definitely not scratching as much as she used to. We shall keep our beady eyes on her anyway..and thanks for asking about her.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
15 Mar 13
I'm glad that you have been relieved form your worries about your cat. Mylot has become our virtual family. Hope Flojo get well soon.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
20 Mar 13
Thanks very much. Since I've sprayed the carpets, etc (as that stops the larvae from developing into adult fleas) she's definitely decreased her scratching. I'll keep an eye on her though..as I always do.