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Having pets is a huge responsibility. It’s like having children who are forever dependent on you. The plus side is, they don’t talk back. I knew what I was signing up for when I adopted Pebbles and later, Buttons. Pebbles was like the first child — I trained her well. Buttons on the other hand, I got kinda lazy with and well, his behaviour is a reflection of my poor purrenting.
I knew right from the beginning they were going to be indoor cats as I live in a unit. I also knew that they had to be desexed and vaccinated. On adoption, I learnt about needing to give them worming tablets and also de-fleaing them. Now given that they are indoor cats, I didn’t think the last two would be a big issue. The worming tablets were easy — I put it in their food. But when I first got Pebbles, I struggled with the flea medication.
For non-pet owners, flea medication like Frontline is generally not in the form of a tablet but rather a liquid that has to be squeezed onto the back of a cat’s neck and the top of their head. Sounds easy? Not when a cat is involved. At some point when I had only Pebbles, I slacked off a bit with the flea meds as it was getting difficult to get hold of her and get the job done. I figured that being an indoor cat, she was not very likely to get fleas.
Of course, Mr Murphy and his laws had other ideas. I noticed that Pebbles had begun scratching ever so slightly. I still tried to grab her to put the flea meds but didn’t really succeed. Then one time, when she was sitting on my lap, I noticed an actual flea in her white fur. I managed to get hold of it with a flea comb and thought that was the end of it.
But no. I soon noticed another one which was harder to get. By now I was desperate. I found that there were some tablets to de-flea cats but it didn’t seem to work. Around this time, I was also looking at getting a second cat. I adopted Buttons and asked the lady at the rescue the best possible way to put the flea medication on cats. She showed me the easiest way: I had to hold the cat on the neck which kinda puts them in a submissive position and then just apply the meds. She did it in a second! With Buttons all de-flead, I went home to do the same to Pebbles.
Unfortunately for me, I had left it too long. Before I knew it, Pebbles had passed on some of her fleas to Buttons and I’m still certain I got bitten by one or two. This called for emergency measures. I had to comb both cats down thoroughly. I managed to apply Frontline Plus on them. And then the worst part: I had to flea-bomb my unit.
I first flea-bombed the bedrooms while I stayed with the cats in the lounge room for a few hours. Then we went into the bedroom while we flea-bombed the rest of the unit. I also washed all the sheets and vacuumed the entire unit and finally, aired out the place. I must have spent almost an entire day doing just that.
But this story did have a happy ending. I saw no signs of fleas on the cats and the house too was flea-free. Since then, I manage to chase them down and apply Frontline without giving in. I don’t care that they don’t seem happy about it.
After all, it’s for their own good. And mine too.
Do you have pets? Ever had any flea disasters?
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Until next time,