Love My Cats, but they are Flea Bags

United States
August 8, 2007 7:37pm CST
My cats are sweet, cuddly and affectionate. They bring us gifts from their hunting expeditions. The one thing that they have brought home and I am not happy with is fleas. I have treated each of them with a flea killer. I have sprinkled flea powder on the carpets. But, the nipping, biting little devils will not go away. Tomorrow I will be heading off to find some flea bombs. After I secure the fish tank and scoot the cats outdoors, I am setting the bombs off. I do not like to go to such drastic measures, but there seems to be no other way to rid our home of the invaders.
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16 responses
@sunshinecup (7880)
9 Aug 07
I don't blame you are all, those suckers can live in your carpet and bite your ankles up. We had them once when I was a kid in the basment. That is where Mom would let the dog in a night. It was awful.
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• United States
10 Aug 07
my ankles and feet look like I have red freckles
@cblackink (969)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Allowing your cats to go outdoors is always an invitation for fleas. My pets don't go outdoors, but you can still get fleas anyway by bringing them in on your clothes or shoes. Advantage flea product is really good, though very powerful. Some cats may not react well to it, but it really works. The most important thing is to first get the fleas off the cats, since they are the host for the fleas. It may take more than one treatment with the flea bombs to get them out of your home. After you set off the bombs, vacuum like crazy and do as much laundry as you possibly can, wash your bedding, any dirty clothes, etc... If within one week you're still having the problem, do the flea bombs again (removing yourselves and the cats again, of course). I had a terrible problem with this year before last, and my cat never set foot outside. Apparently, I brought them in on my clothing. When the weather is extremely dry, fleas breed like crazy. My cat actually developed parasites (tape worms) from the flea bites, and then I had to treat him for that as well. I was really upset, because he hadn't done anything to deserve that.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
9 Aug 07
Advantage is what I always use. It works very well. My cats do not have a problem with fleas & they are allowed outside during the day.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
9 Aug 07
When I had cats, I put brewer's yeast and garlic powder in their food...3 cats for years..and never a flea. It maybe worth trying it for your cats, personally I try avoiding chemicals. Good luck.
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• United States
9 Aug 07
I will give the garlic powder a try. But, I have to have a quick solution to the fleas. They are everywhere.
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@bkfuels (1605)
• Canada
9 Aug 07
I have seven cats and do not let any of them go outside so I have never had any of them get fleas. I remember my cat getting these years ago it is not a fun thing to try to get rid of.
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Won't letting the cats out and then back in bring more fleas in? Or will there be a barrier after you bomb the joint? Just curious. Fleas are annoying..good luck.
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@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
9 Aug 07
Are these actual cat fleas they have.. one's that surive on cats? Or, fleas that are just using the cat for transport, but need other hosts to survive? We use flea collars & flea powder (they hate thye latter), but by far the most efferctive method of flea control are tablets. I think they are called "Advanatge" . These tablets kill the bredding cycle of fleas living on cats. They are cheaper in the supermarket than at the vets. If these fleas don't surive on cats, then I guess the flea bomb is the best idea. You could shampppo the carpet, preferably with hot water.
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• United States
9 Aug 07
I am going to buy flea collars for the cats too. I treated them with a product to help rid them of fleas too. I will also shampoo the carpets tomorrow after the flea bombs have done their stuff.
@thefortunes (2368)
• Netherlands
9 Aug 07
Hi ElusiveButterfly, This year we have lots and lots of fleas here in The netherlands too, and my home is infested by fleas no matter what we have tried and keep trying. FrontLine, powder, sprays, pills, but it doesn't work. I am so tired, and have tried chemical stuff in sprays too, and nothing keeps the fleas away until now. I hate it and am getting desperate too, and the cats are getting tired of it too. I wish they will come up with something - once and for all - that will kill these terrible plague that fleas are
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
9 Aug 07
You will have to give your cats several flea baths or take them to the groomer if you cant wash them yourself. So by you bombing the house its useless. They will be right back. First get rid of them on the cats. Trust me I know I use to do grooming.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I have a friend who used to love cats, Elusive, but she got fed up with always fighting the fleas and got rid of the last two that she had. They were very cute. Her brother replaced the cats with a dog, and now everything seems to be going well.
@kareng (21034)
• United States
9 Aug 07
Good luck! It's a battle and with the heat a mess! I hope your bomb will take care of any eggs hatching in the next few days. We had this problem last year when one of the girls brought home a kitten with fleas. It took forever to get rid of them!
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
9 Aug 07
I would get the cats a flea collar or give them pills. Spraying the house and sprinkling flea powder on the carpet will do no good since these are outdoor cats. When we had a cat, we did not have to worry about fleas. We gave her flea powder and there were not that many of them as in the winter there was no problem. However I did find a web page that might give you an idea on how to get rid of the nasty little devils. http://www.stretcher.com/stories/980716c.cfm I hope it helps.
• United States
9 Aug 07
Thank you for the link. There is one that I am going to try by using borax and salt. I also plan on buying flea collars for the cats too.
• China
9 Aug 07
Just clean it everyday.It's ok!
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@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug 07
I agree with you there and for some reason they seem to be more to Cats then Dogs and a problem to get rid of Our 4 Cats are the same and no matter what is done they will not shift
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
10 Aug 07
I think that this is the worst year that I have ever seen for fleas. I have always had cats and/or dogs in my house since I was a kid, and never had a problem with fleas other than an occasional flea or two. Over the past couple of weeks, we have noticed the telltale signs of the beginning of a possible flea infestation. There has only been one other time we had to deal with such a situation, and that was in a rental house we were cleaning up after the previous tenants. It was a big mess, but we finally got rid of them with lots of flea powder, a couple of bombs, and a lot of work shampooing and vacuuming rugs. We threw all of the upholstered furniture out because it wasn't in the best of shape, and wasn't worth the trouble to salvage it.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
10 Aug 07
Oh yeah- I’ve been there but not in many years- What a pain it is to flea bomb- but sometimes it is the only way to get them out of the house- and off the cats- Are you cats on Advantix or anything like that? You don’t want them bringing fleas back into the house- from the outdoors- My cat is an indoor cat now- and we have not had any problems with fleas- thankfully- I can remember growing up and having to use the flea bombs- but both our dog and cat were indoor/outdoor pets- Good luck with this!
@brendalee (6083)
• United States
9 Aug 07
I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. But this year so far hasn't gotten too bad. I never had much luck with bombs, sometimes it takes a few bombings to get them all. We had to remove all our carpet one year because it was so bad. I just wanted to wish you luck.