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Subject: Fleas, HELP!!!!!!!
Date Posted: 10/10/2007 9:17 PM ET
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My cat is a indoor cat and she has fleas really bad.  I have tried everything from Wal-Mart to Vet's office.  I even had my house exterminated.  Does any body have any ideals on how I can get ride of the fleas.  I need HELP badly.  Please let me know.




Date Posted: 10/10/2007 11:50 PM ET
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i once endured a period were my dog and cat had really bad fleas and i can tell you that it is a nightmare.

First apply frontline to the kitty and that will kill them and keep here from getting more.

then procced to bomb your house and everything in it. this can be found at a pet store. dont spring for the good stuff because if you don't you will end up paying more in the long run.

them wash every bit of clothes, sheets, towels, ect..

and throw them into plastic garbages bags tied shut.

also do this with pillows and stuffed animals.

hopefully this will help


Date Posted: 10/10/2007 11:52 PM ET
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oh ya contine to use front line till first frost and presume in march or april.

all year if it is relitvly warm all year

sorry it is a bummer

Date Posted: 10/13/2007 3:17 AM ET
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Advantage works for me.  I use it on a dog, but I believe they have a cat formula too.

Date Posted: 10/14/2007 6:46 PM ET
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My vet just told me that this time of year is really bad for fleas if you're in a cold weather climate. And that flea collars don't kill the fleas at the end of the animal only the head! so.... I got advantage for my puppy, the same kind of treatment for my cats (outdoor). So far so good. This summer we had a problem, when we only had one dog (no longer here), so I used flea bombs.

I have heard that borax sprinkled in the carpets then vacuumed helps.

If you use flea treatments, try a flea bath about 2 weeks after the flea treatment. Yes, even the cats, though they won't like it. then two weeks later they get another flea treatment. This seems to sometimes break the cycle.

Vacuum every day! then throw out the bag.

Put all extra blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, etc. in plastic bags, and in a basement, attic or somewhere outside the house. Keep there for months. (this also works for headlice, for anyone who has small children.)

I came home from a week away this summer, to a house that was just filled with fleas. I knew the dog had them before we left, so had treated her before she went to the kennel. Little did I know that the eggs hatched, as we walked in the door.... they just attacked us... hundreds of them! That's when I used the flea bombs, and it worked!

I hope some of this information helps... I hate fleas!

Date Posted: 10/14/2007 9:58 PM ET
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Use borax powder on your carpets but DON"T vacuum right away.  Leave it down for a few days.  The shape of the borax crystals are very jagged on the edges, and as you walk on the carpet, it forces the crystals into the carpet and it cuts through flea eggs.  It will not hurt your pets while it is down.

Also, put the animal bed by a night light.  Fill a large bowl with water and put by the animal bed as well.  Fleas will be attracted to the light and when they jump, they will land in the water and drown. 

Good luck, they can be a real pain in the butt to get rid of.

Date Posted: 10/15/2007 8:12 PM ET
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CAPSTAR (awesome flea killing pills that work in 24 hrs. to almost completely clear your home...can be given again after the first 24 hrs.) from the Vet along with Frontline (which kills fleas rather than repels them)...and BOMB your house.  I have had some really bad flea problems in the past when I was running my pit bull rescue down in Ga...I had 4 cats that were permanant and rotating dogs...I have always succeeded in getting rid of the problem with the Capstar/Frontline/Bomb the house combo...and the Capstar is really reasonable too...

Date Posted: 10/16/2007 4:15 PM ET
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We use Borax.  Leave it down a couple hours, or even overnight, then vacuum it up.  Treat again in 7 days and again in another 7 days.  The borax won't kill the flea eggs, which mature in 14 days (?), so you have to do the retreatments to get the fleas after the new crop hatches.


Date Posted: 10/20/2007 11:05 PM ET
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wow i learned alot from this to thanks all

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 5:13 PM ET
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We had a bad flea problem before we got Sierra.  Extermination does not work, bug bombs do not work.  Don't bother with the flea dip, shampoos, collars.  They are all useless. Fleas are hard to kill.

  Advantage works very well for dogs, so I assume cats would be the same.  I did Sierra for 6 months about 5 years ago.  Now, I only have to use it periodically (less than once a year) when we have a sighting.

One thing that can help is eucalyptus leaves.  You put them in between mattresses and under furniture.  I was always told to crack the leaves once to let out the aroma.  Fleas don't like it.

Date Posted: 1/1/2008 1:52 PM ET
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We use advantage from the vet on our 2 dogs and cat. also we give them baths in dawn dishwashing soap. the fleas just jump off of them into the water! it really works for us!

Subject: Fleas
Date Posted: 1/12/2008 12:20 AM ET
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If you can bath your cat ,I know that most of them don't like it but,mom's poodle was sensitive to lots of things but Garnier Fructis (people shampoo) did the trick!!!!!!

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 10:01 PM ET
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I have 3 dogs,  indoors always, except for potty time, play/walk time.  Have 5 indoor only cats. So when fleas became a problem, found this solution online, have used it last 2 years, works great for us.

Mix equal parts borax (buy 20 Mule Team borax detergent) and diatomaceous earth (the stuff used in pool filters). Put in a shaker can and sprinkle on carpet and linoleum. Leave at least overnight then vacuum.

We usually repeat this procedure, 2 to 3 times during the normal flea season.

Since we started this, there have been no more, flea bombs, sprays, dips, collars, pills, ect.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 12:07 AM ET
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Just as an FYI - if you use the borax (chemically sufffocates insects) and/or diotomacious earth (sharp edged - cuts insects), then use a broom to push it down into the carpet and under baseboards.  Leave it at least a week before vacuuming.  You also want to re-apply over a six week period, as the eggs hatch.  If you wait too long, the new hatchlings will just lay more eggs, so don't be too eager to vacuum the stuff up! 

Both ingredients are inert to mammals.  The natural pest control guy I used to know used only borax.