September 19, 2018 at 2:47 AM #85234
I have one cat, who is absolutely miserable. I have recently seen where you can bathe them in dawn which I did. It helped. I also have a flea trap that also works but these are small steps for a big problem. I want to rid my home of the problem once and for all. Thanks for any suggestions.September 20, 2018 at 10:08 AM #85261
Hi I am the same I have got one cat and a dog. And having a terrible time with fleas. They have now started biting my children and myself. I am really getting fed up now. I don’t have dawn I have used fairy washing liquid. And my cat seems to be a bit happier. It’s us that is not happy now.November 1, 2018 at 6:26 AM #86175
It’s been twelve horrendous months since I identified my two cats had picked up fleas from being let outside. I have been using Frontline extra and most recently advantage for large cats and rabbits.
I am unable to groom the female cat as both siblings came to me labelled “Semi feral” and she is not as sociable as her brother who enjoys all the grooming and attention. Both cats are long haired, particularly the female, her coat is thick and long. I took these kittens originally as fosters but as nobody would adopt the female I decided to keep them as they are so close I was not prepared to split them up.
Trying to eradicate my home of the flea problem has been a nightmare but recently I discovered what I perceive to be dead larvae entwined in the knit of two small blankets I purchased to cover the arms of my sofas. They appear to be in the process of spinning the cocoon ready to move into the pupal stage.
I have been told that I am obsessed with all things flea related so my question has to be, how can you tell the difference between live larvae and that which is dead?
Also if the eggs of the cat flea are dead do they change colour from that pearl white sugar/salt grain appearance to a darker orange colour?
I applied the Advantage to the male cat on Monday but yesterday I noticed a few, I think could be larvae sitting on the top of his coat. I removed them and placed them in a deep plastic container where i hoped to observe any movement to define if they were alive. They both appeared to have moved slightly but given how feather light they are it may have been that a slight knock to the container that could have moved them.
The female cat has finally started to trust me enough to instigate interaction where she will roll on her back for me to stroke her head, under her chin and even recently she will stretch her front legs above her head for me to tickle in her arm pits, her fur is incredibly soft and knot free and where her fur parts along her tummy I can see her skin, I have not seen any flea activity on her underside where the skin is visible so that has given me hope regarding the absence of flea activity but I realise this is not a guarantee. I ensure that she has her spot on treatment regularly, its a two man job and I have numerous scars for my persistence. Sadly a visit to the vet is not possible as there is no way I can get her into a cat carrier, when she was spayed I caught her in a puppy cage to transport her to the vet. She will not go anywhere near that cage now so I have no choice other than to administer the flea spot on at home.
If I could identify the dead larvae and eggs it would be very helpful in my quest to eliminate this problem greatly. Please can you possibly help in any way.