Flees

(38 Posts)
Happybodybunny12 Thu 14-May-15 16:52:37

Cat had lots of flees on her last night! Treated her immediate with spot on. Put her out for the night.

Washed all bedding ours and theirs at 60' last night.

First thing went to vet, treated other cat and sprayed and vaccumed house.

It's pouring with rain now had shes looking very very miserable outside.

Dd wants to let her in.

Anyone know if it's safe? grin she's our baby. Spoilt rotten.

taxi4ballet Thu 14-May-15 17:29:33

Should be fine to let back in, but make sure nobody strokes the cat for the rest of the day (if they do then was hands straight away).

Triliteral Thu 14-May-15 17:37:51

It is safe to have her inside. There should be instructions on the packaging about whether you need to avoid stroking her. They wouldn't sell them if they weren't relatively safe.

gamingmum Thu 14-May-15 17:39:53

Will be fine to let her back in although I found spot on did not work long term with out cat, the itchy buggers just came back but we now use advocat or how it's spelt. One neck drop a month and we have never had fleas again

Cadenza1818 Thu 14-May-15 17:47:44

The worst thing is that you put her outside. They're not meant to be outside for 24hr if it's raining. I had a bad infestation for the first time last year. Stronghold was the only thing That got iT

DontOpenDeadInside Thu 14-May-15 17:51:34

Yeah, animals are not meant to get wet for 48 hours after applying flea treatment. (And 24 hours before for dogs i think) Try Eliminal flea treatment, frontline is pants.

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 14-May-15 17:52:25

What are Flees?

BitOutOfPractice Thu 14-May-15 17:53:37

Oh FFS Exit it's quite obvious what the OP means. Don't be a knob

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 14-May-15 17:54:17

But I want to be a knob.

<sulks>

WorraLiberty Thu 14-May-15 17:55:41

ExitPursuedByAKnob grin

BitOutOfPractice Thu 14-May-15 17:57:49

Could you be a nob instead? Then at least we could all point and laugh at you.

TheTravellingLemon Thu 14-May-15 17:58:13

Also, hoover, hoover, hoover and if in doubt, hoover some more. Also, be careful where you store the hoover. My vet told me to take the bag out of the house after every vacuum because the little fuckers can jump back out again. And yes, cat should have stayed in.

Staywithme Thu 14-May-15 17:59:27

Keep the cat dry for 48 hours after treatment and take comfort from the fact that the fur that the cat casts will kill any fleas it comes into contact with. I've had seven cats, only five now, and have had the occasional flea problem, though normally no sign of them in the house. After treating the house I let the cats roam all around the house so their casting fur will help kill any lurking fleas.

butterflyballs Thu 14-May-15 18:01:46

To be fair, my cat legs it out the cat flap as soon as I've put his stuff on, we have to barricade him into one room to treat him (and its a two person/several plasters job) as he recognises the packet even if I do it sneakily. I think he must smell it. He then sits in the garden glaring/sulking until he caves in and comes back in for food.

Please let your cat back in.

Happybodybunny12 Thu 14-May-15 18:03:01

Bollock off Exit grin
Thanks everyone

Staywithme Thu 14-May-15 18:03:28

ExitPursuedByABear is this you? grin

BlackeyedSusan Thu 14-May-15 18:09:18

well I would be fleeing if the cat had fleas....

pot calling the kettle black and all that

good luck OP. these things are never pleasant.

TheoriginalLEM Thu 14-May-15 18:09:54

Well its a bit cuntish to leave the cat outside just because its got flees, you need to be careful she doesn't Flee!! If she has got properly wet then you ahve just wasted your money as the spot on wont work.

Sparklingbrook Thu 14-May-15 18:13:39

You don't put cats 'out for the night'. sad

Pippa12 Thu 14-May-15 18:22:10

I think you can get a injection to prevent fleas in cats now? I give my dog a tablet I get from the vets, £30 but lasts 3 months. I asked about the injection but vet said just for cats xxx

Sparklingbrook Thu 14-May-15 18:23:17

You used to be able to get an injection called Program. Our vets don't like to give it any more. the needle is really thick. sad

TheoriginalLEM Thu 14-May-15 18:33:25

Program has been around a while, it doesn't kill the fleas as far as i remember but prevents them from reproducing so it takes a while to work but once its working, so long as you keep it up its pretty effective.

Frontline is less effective as the fleas have become resistant to it, this is actually area dependent so will work in some places but not in others. I woudlnt waste my money on it.

Advocate is what is generally recommended now.

thecatneuterer Thu 14-May-15 18:38:03

There is no need to put a cat out after treating it for fleas. The treating it is enough (as long as you haven't used an 'off the shelf' spot on - they don't work but may just kill your cat). And if the cat get rained on (poor cat!) that may stop the treatment being effective.

And generally speaking putting cats out at night is not recommended.

EponasWildDaughter Thu 14-May-15 18:49:25

I had the one and only flea infestation i have ever had to deal with last summer. That's in 20 years of keeping cats. Spot on and manic hoovering didn't help at all. It was awful.

In the end i took them both to the vet and paid £££ for a Frontline Combo 3 month course of treatment.

After googling later that day I also sprinkled normal TABLE SALT liberally all around the carpets, skirting boards and in the creases of the stair risers, around the legs of immovable furniture, deep creases in soft furnishings, etc. Left it for 24 hours and hoovered it up again. These areas are supposedly the places where most flea eggs will be lying dormant, deep within the fibers and the salt is meant to make a longlasting hostile/deadly environment for them (even after hovering some saltiness is left). Dries them out before they can hatch apparently.

Not toxic if you have little ones crawling about.

The cats stopped scratching within hours and we saw no fleas ever again grin

Uhplistrailer Thu 14-May-15 18:51:47

We used a flea bomb and an electronic flea comb (zaps the little buggers).

Worked a treat. And hoovering a lot.

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