ADMIN: “This was taken from the “cat flea treatment” article on the official blog”
I have tried to read your advice pretty thoroughly, but I haven’t found how much dawn to water ratio to use when treating my cat for fleas. Please can you share this with me?
I recently moved to a new area and after trying a couple of drop treatments that haven’t worked I don’t want to use anymore chemicals on the cats for at least a month. The fleas seemed to go away for a couple of days each time, but now have returned with a vengeance, again only after a few days.
This may seem silly, but I have never tried to bathe my cats, and the horror stories that I have heard have definitely eliminated any inclination I may have had. How do I go about doing it? Should I just have soapy water ready and dunk them in? Do I need to lather for a certain amount of time to ensure that the fleas are dead?
Should I DE my apartment first, or bathe the cats first? And as they do sleep on my bed, washing all the bedding and putting DE on the bed should be enough? Or should I put DE on the bedding to kill what’s there until it’s washed? Also, should I vacuum out the DE from the bed the same as the rest of the house? Or just leave it. And should I sprinkle DE on each side of my couch cushions?
I don’t know how bad the infestation is, I don’t see fleas around my feet but today, for the first time there was two on me, and I’d rather take the extra effort and eliminate them. Also, how thoroughly do I need to DE spaces like closets? We have three carpeted closets that have a lot of junk on the floors, but the cats have access to and sleep in them. Should I move everything off the carpets to DE? Or should I just concentrate on what’s easily exposed?
Thank you so much!