December 21, 2017 at 9:52 AM #77412
So I am a huge cat lover but have been reluctant to get any since I have small kids and didn’t know how it would work. As a trial run, I decided to help a friend out by watching her cat over the weekend. It was a total of three days. She was going out of town and wanted me to go in and give the kitty water and food and play with him a little bit. In order to see how my kids would be with having a cat around our home, I offered to have the cat live with me for the three days. Big mistake. Day two I discovered my friend’s cat had fleas. He is an indoor/outdoor cat.
Long story short, I informed my friend. She said she didn’t know and will be treating him immediately. Now I have two questions. I have not seen any fleas around my home. Once the cat was back in his home, I sprayed my entire home with Vet Kem, vacuumed, washed bedding, etc. I have not seen a single flea, except one dead one after I did all the spraying. Its been about two weeks. I have not been bitten. No one in my family has been bitten and I have not seen ANY fleas anywhere. The vet told me three days is enough for my home to be infested, but like I said, I have not seen a single flea except for the one dead one. Can I be sure that my home is clean? Or is this just the calm before the storm before all the eggs that are probably in my carpets hatch?
My other issue is that, other than the flea problem, my kids reacted really well to having a cat in the house. It wasn’t too much work for me either and if the flea problem hadn’t happened. It would’ve been an awesome weekend. SO, that being said, I really want to get a cat of my own. Will definitely be keeping it indoors to avoid all this flea business. But I really do want a cat. I just don’t know if its safe to get one just yet. I am seeing all these wonderful cats online, from different shelters. So many cats need loving homes and I want to provide one but I am afraid that having a cat in the house will bring back the flea problem if all the fleas haven’t died yet. Like I said, its been about two weeks since I have treated my home. What do you guys think? Are three days enough to infest my home even though I am not seeing any bites or fleas? Should I wait at least a year before getting a cat just to be safe? Am I asking for trouble if I get a cat any sooner?
Thanks!February 26, 2018 at 11:23 AM #77791
I think that waiting a year would be way too long. Yes, you had one bad experience, but you don’t have to let that disrupt everything!
There are things you can do in the meantime that will help out a lot with getting rid of your flea issue. Everything you’ve done up to this point has been very helpful. However, one thing to watch out for is that eggs and pupa (the hardened shell where pupa turn into fleas) in carpet are super hard to get rid of, even with a vacuum. I personally like to use diatomaceous earth when it comes to dealing with fleas in hard to reach areas. Just sprinkle a little bit on the carpet or anywhere else where eggs would be – dark, damp places generally being the most common. Carpets would be a very common area. Just leave it there for a day, and be sure that nobody walks through it since it is very dehydrating.
Also, when you do get your cat, give it nitenpyram immediately upon it coming home. It will kill any fleas that latch on to it, which will break the flea life cycle. Personally, I’ve had good success with Happy Pet Labs since I have multiple pets and it’s a bit cheaper, but if you just have one cat you could also try Capstar.February 26, 2018 at 11:46 AM #78043
I just moved into a house where there was pets. I didn’t know because the owner didn’t advise. It’s been about two weeks and we started noticing bites and itching. There are no rugs or carpet, just wood floors. Help what products do I get for fleas and what to get for itching? I have two young grandchildren.