Hi, there. This is my first post, so please accept my apologies for the flea subject; but I am at my wits end and would be grateful of advice. I have an 11 year old house cat, who has never, until now (miraculously, I’ve now come to realise), had fleas. He doesn’t go out... ever. I hold my hands up; naively, I never administered flea treatment (when he would go to the vets (this was on occasion and not regularly), they would treat him as a precaution, I guess). I could really kick myself for not realising the importance of regularly applying flea treatment, as he now has fleas and it is freaking me out. Unfortunately, the infrequent visits to the vets are based on my financial limitations; however, the cost of cleaning and treatment products is growing, so a regular vet visit would negate this! Yes; it is my own fault, but I genuinely didn’t think the treatment was required. The cat has now been treated with a Veterinary-prescribed flea treatment, which is going to be reapplied in a couple of weeks (at the vet’s advice). I will, of course, be following this regimen on a strict 4-weekly cycle! I have read many articles on the flea life cycle, but I am looking for reassurance that I am doing as much as is reasonably deemed necessary to eradicate these vermin. Following the flea treatment, I removed all bedding, clothing that had been in the laundry basket; wiped down all wooden surfaces/skirting boards in each room of the house - even those the cat doesn’t frequent. I have vacuumed all of the floors, (mostly carpet, but I have tiled, too (I washed these down with disinfectant)). I made sure I paid particular attention to the skirting boards/nooks and crannies when vacuuming. I have vacuumed all sides of the mattress, had the floor-touching curtains dry-cleaned, and the other curtains machine washed (at 60 degrees) and then tumble-dried (did the same for the clothing) I carried out the following on all carpeted floors, mattress and sofa/office chair upholstery: Vacuum - Staykill spray treatment - leave for an hour or so - vacuum. This is to be repeated in 7 days, as per the product’s instruction. I also empty and wash the bag-less component of the vacuum cleaner following use. I am freaking out because I am still finding a flea here or there (I know the life cycle means this may occur). I feel itchy, and I am suffering with anxiety because of this situation. I try to comb the cat to rid him of the fleas’ eggs, but he tries to attack me and doesn’t allow me to spend any great length of time in removing them. I may be sounding melodramatic here, but living on my own, the enormity of this problem is getting me down. In fact, it is making me a paranoid and nervous wreck. I just can’t see a way out of this situation. How on earth do I continue to vacuum everywhere and wash all the bedding every couple of days, and hold down a full time job. I am really struggling - it takes between 4-5 hours to vacuum (due to moving the furniture). Anyone experiencing/has experienced this, please can you offer any advice on the steps I’ve taken so far. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? * To anyone reading this post, particularly those who have an untreated pet, please don’t make the same mistake I did!