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Using diatomaceous earth food grade for my cats?

Asked by: jennifer 4905 views Pest Control

ADMIN: “This was taken from the “diatomaceous earth food grade” flea article on the official blog”
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Hello!

Thank you for sharing all this wisdom!

My cats have fleas for the very first time and I’m completely freaked out! One of my cats snuck out last Saturday while I was entering my house and I didn’t catch him for about a half hour. About 4 days later I noticed him scratching and last night my other two cats started to scratch.

I’ve been inspecting them since the first one started scratching only to find nothing. This morning I thought I might have seen something that resembled what flea dirt is described as and got Frontline Plus from my vet. All three cats have been treated. Unfortunately, I had to go straight to work and haven’t had a chance to vacuum yet and will need to do that this weekend (several times I’m thinking).

When I applied the Frontline Plus on my one cats, I noticed the live fleas came flocking (a few of them). Of course that freaked me out. Well I really want to make sure this doesn’t get out of control and was told it could take 24 – 48 hours to kill the fleas currently on my cats. I like the idea of using DE as I’m paranoid that something else will be too toxic (such as borax).

Is it safe to use diatomaceous earth food grade for my cats (leave DE on the carpets for a day). It’s just me to tackle this and with work and all my obligations, I want to make sure that they will be okay if I put DE down. I don’t have a lot of options for taking my cats away from our home, so I’m thinking DE is the way to go. Also, do you know if I should be combing my cats after the Frontline application? I did stop and buy a flea comb for my cat on my way home from work just in case. Any thoughts, or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend!

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    Hey Jennifer!

    The Front Line should kill off those fleas on your cats. If it doesn’t, you can try Advantage (its not any better then Front Line, just different active ingredients, etc.) as its also a high quality product that is excellent for pet flea control.

    Yes its safe, as long as you get the food grade variation 🙂

    Using a flea comb at least once a week is recommended as this can also help you proactively prevent a flea problem from becoming an infestation (you can take immediate action to remove the fleas). Just don’t do it on your carpets or anything! 😉

    Good luck and I hope that helps you!

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