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The time I flea-bombed the house

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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.

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Pebbles: looking curious as usual

 

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.

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Buttons: he has lost weight since this pic!

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.

They can sleep easy and so can I

They can sleep easy and so can I

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?

Do share!

***Linking with Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Obsessivemom
    29 July 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Uff this sounds as much work as having kids. Glad you got rid of them all.
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  • Obsessivemom
    29 July 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Uff this sounds as much work as having kids. Glad you got rid of them all.
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  • Kathy
    30 July 2015 at 2:07 am

    That has to be the ultimate pitfall to having pets. We have had to bomb our house several times in the past to rid the place of fleas. Like you, we finally got medication from the vet for the animals that keeps them flea free. The stuff works like a charm.
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  • Kathy
    30 July 2015 at 2:07 am

    That has to be the ultimate pitfall to having pets. We have had to bomb our house several times in the past to rid the place of fleas. Like you, we finally got medication from the vet for the animals that keeps them flea free. The stuff works like a charm.
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  • John Holton
    30 July 2015 at 2:51 am

    We had all kinds of flea problems a few years ago. We finally replaced all the carpet with laminate or vinyl. I think the fleas hop off the host animal and lay eggs in the carpet, and when the young’uns get old enough they hop on the next available host. We own our house, so it wasn’t a problem doing that; if you rent and can’t do that, vacuuming the carpet just about daily and shampooing about once a month would go a long way to controlling the problem. Good luck!
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  • John Holton
    30 July 2015 at 2:51 am

    We had all kinds of flea problems a few years ago. We finally replaced all the carpet with laminate or vinyl. I think the fleas hop off the host animal and lay eggs in the carpet, and when the young’uns get old enough they hop on the next available host. We own our house, so it wasn’t a problem doing that; if you rent and can’t do that, vacuuming the carpet just about daily and shampooing about once a month would go a long way to controlling the problem. Good luck!
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  • Venice
    30 July 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Haahaaa… Sorry, but the image of you trying to pin down Pebbles and medicate her has given me the giggles. 😀 I have never had pets so have no idea how challenging it must be to do this. Like always though, you manage it well in the end – part of why I love to read you – happy endings! 🙂
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  • Venice
    30 July 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Haahaaa… Sorry, but the image of you trying to pin down Pebbles and medicate her has given me the giggles. 😀 I have never had pets so have no idea how challenging it must be to do this. Like always though, you manage it well in the end – part of why I love to read you – happy endings! 🙂
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  • Ashleigh - mymeow.com.au
    30 July 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Oh I never thought indoor kitties could get fleas!!! Now I am going to check Sasha!
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  • Ashleigh - mymeow.com.au
    30 July 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Oh I never thought indoor kitties could get fleas!!! Now I am going to check Sasha!
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    31 July 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve got an indoor cat that is allergic to flea dander. I don’t even know how he gets them. I used to use frontline but now we use comfort is tablets- he eats them easily and it works really well!
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    31 July 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve got an indoor cat that is allergic to flea dander. I don’t even know how he gets them. I used to use frontline but now we use comfort is tablets- he eats them easily and it works really well!
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  • Sulekha
    2 August 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Pets are like children and they need constant care and monitoring. Could picture you holding the struggling cats down to apply frontline 🙂

  • Sulekha
    2 August 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Pets are like children and they need constant care and monitoring. Could picture you holding the struggling cats down to apply frontline 🙂

  • Ann @ Flea pills for cats
    27 May 2016 at 2:53 pm

    We use flea pills for all three dogs. It has not let us down. We use it April through hunting season (Oct-Nov) depending on weather. Good thing you made a choice. I heard it will be a bad tick season this year.

  • Ann @ Flea pills for cats
    27 May 2016 at 2:53 pm

    We use flea pills for all three dogs. It has not let us down. We use it April through hunting season (Oct-Nov) depending on weather. Good thing you made a choice. I heard it will be a bad tick season this year.