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Aaaaaaaah! Fleas!

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by huwwatkins, May 2, 2011.


  1. huwwatkins

    huwwatkins PetForums Newbie

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    Hi
    I have two cats and yesterday noticed a bouncy looking flea on the kitchen work unit. Now -when it comes to this sort of thing I am a complete nancy and had a bit of a freak out.

    So today both my cats were frontlined using frontline combi and the whole house hoovered and sprayed with Acclaim flea spray. I think I went a tiny bit overboard with it as its rated for a 4 bedroom house and I used it all in a 1 up 1 down!

    So, the cats were done a few hours ago and all looks good - every now an then ill find a half dead looking flea near one of the cats - they seems to be laying there wriggling around on its back not going anywehere - on occasion one might do a half hearted jump but not get very far. I really hope this is what suppossed to happen! I plan to go round after and hoover them all up.

    Right now most of the clothes and bed linen are going through a 90 degree wash.

    So - based on the above I should be doing everything right? Where do I go from here - My plan was to repeat the frontline every 4 weeks and repeat the flea spray in 6 months time.

    Thanks

    Huw
     
  2. Doolally

    Doolally PetForums Senior

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    Spot on, can't think of anything else to add..By repeating the frontline and acclaim you'll get any which are now eggs and will later hatch...
     
  3. huwwatkins

    huwwatkins PetForums Newbie

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    Hi
    Thanks for the reasurance - I can deal with most things with cats but fleas aren't one of them :D
     
  4. Doolally

    Doolally PetForums Senior

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    I've been a vet nurse for years, blood etc fine, fleas, ticks and maggots still make me wanna puke!!
     
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    Agree but not to hot with rodents either! Especially larger ones with long tails!
     
  6. huwwatkins

    huwwatkins PetForums Newbie

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    Quick question : How long should I be finding half dead fleas for? A few days?
     
  7. huwwatkins

    huwwatkins PetForums Newbie

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    OK so a week later and after de fleaing the cats and spraying every inch of the house with a combination of acclaim and indorex I think I'm winning.

    I am seeing the odd flea here and there - mainly in the cats water bowl and oddly enough - the toilet.

    Is it normal to be seeing the odd flea now? Im guessing they are just the left overs that are hatching?

    Cheers

    Huw
     
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    welshjet PetForums VIP

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    Is there anything which you can you put in the vaccum to make sure they are double dodo? I hate them as well
     
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    gskinner123 PetForums VIP

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    I'll join with hating the little buggers :(

    Sounds like what you've used is doing the trick but if you still have the occasional one jumping and it freaks you out (as it does me) try a can of Skoosh. It's completely non-insecticidal and can be used alongside the traditional pesticide based treatments you've used. We had a simply awful flea problem in the spring of the first year of moving into our new (well, old) home and Skoosh was the only thing which stopped the still live ones from jumping. It's also the only product on the market which kills one lifecycle stage (can never recall which, either larvae or pupae) which other types of treatments don't kill... it's the residue of the pesticide based stuff that gets them when they hatch.
     
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    MoggyBaby PetForums VIP

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    Having a Dyson Pet hoover goes a long way to helping this problem I think.

    There ain't much that one of those won't suck up!!! In fact, I am sometimes amazed that I still have carpets after going round with that monster.... :eek:
     
  11. huwwatkins

    huwwatkins PetForums Newbie

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    Hi
    I've got a dyson animal that im hoovering frequently with. I even put some indorex inside the vac cylinder :p Im not too concerned about the few that Im seeing - I just wanted to make sure that it was normal and it was just the last few dying out?
     
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