We just moved from Ohio and found my cat seems to have developed an allergy to the fleas here. They bother him so much that in just a few days he has dug out patches of fur and left open sores from digging.
The vets I've asked coolly just tell me to keep using medicated shampoo or won't talk to us for lack of the $50-100 initial visit fee. Their quick solve is to flea dip. We love our cats like our kids.
I need a gentle solution to tame down the fleas long enough to heal my baby's sores before I can use drops or medicated shampoos. Will Dawn be gentle enough not to hurt him, maybe anti-bacterial Dawn ?
By Tammy from southwest, WA
I don't know about the detergent question. When my dog had hot-spots the vet prescribed oral antibiotics and a plastic E-collar to keep him from licking more. However, I do want to address the flea problem.
The natural non-pesticide way to kill fleas is to buy diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it where the cat lays and sleeps and in the litter box. It is a naturally occurring, soft, chalk-like sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, as a mild abrasive, as a mechanical insecticide, as an absorbent for liquids, and as cat litter. I like to get it from http://www.onlynaturalpet.com
Locally I can find big bags of it at an aquarium store where it is sold for filters, but the smaller amounts I have to get through that website. They call the product: "Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy." It's on sale now. It's safe! I have checked for years for a safe and natural flea product and this is it. (11/20/2009)
Dry borax your carpets. See my previous posts. (11/21/2009)
The pool type is toxic to animals to take internally. Use the garden variety. I am sure it is on the website you provided. I am talking about the Diatomaceous earth, used to treat fleas. (11/21/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Be very careful what you put on your cats, and dogs! I read that Diatomaceous earth is a poison. Also, stuff from the dollar type stores is many times a knock off product made in china. Any type of collar spells trouble for a cat that goes out, as they may get hung up and choke. You can purchase advantage for dogs, and use a small amt. as per your vet, using a syringe to put it on. I get 5 applications for $27 vs $15 for one. The extra is stored in a small plastic
vial. Good luck to you. (11/21/2009)
I have kittens and cats and they get fleas also. I like to use the following on them to rid them of fleas.
I get a metal lice comb, dip it in hot soapy water and test them for fleas this way all the time. It is better by far than a flea comb. First trim claws. LOL.
I have used Dawn before, but I like the baby shampoo and peroxide better. I spray the coat with peroxide and rub in and then I mix some more with the baby shampoo and bathe them. I have heard that Frontline has changed hands and no longer works. So don't bother buying it. I have seen it not work anymore on my dogs and cats.
Salt all over the house will kill fleas, as will borax or baking soda. I use salt under sheets on carpet, etc.
Look up the dose of Benadryl for a cat by weight and give it to your cat. Also, start giving it fish oil...look that dose up too. Contact me if I can be of any help. My dog is the same way about fleas. (11/21/2009)
By Robyn Fed
An excellent shampoo for dogs, cats, and YES even puppies and kittens is "Triple Action" from Vet-Kem. I buy it over the counter at my Vet's office. You can find it at www.vet-kem.com. Trust me, I have never seen a shampoo that works so fast and it smells great. My last bottle I bought back in December 2008 and it cost me $13.20, and I'm sure it has gone up but it is affordable. (11/22/2009)
Dawn dishsoap is safe for animals (a lot of animal rescue organizations use it) and will knock the fleas down, but probably won't get rid of them completely. My dog has an allergy to fleas as well and the vet told me to give him over the counter Zyrtec. Not sure of the dose for cats or even if it's safe, but it's worth asking your vet. I ended up having to switch from Frontline to Vectra 3d for our fleas. They are saying that Frontline has been used for so long that the fleas have built up a tolerance to it. Once you get rid of the fleas his allergy should clear up.
Good luck. I know how aggravating it is to deal with fleas and how sad it is to see your pets suffer. (11/24/2009)
Ivory soap dish detergent is good for fleas and it is gentle. Also, Skin-so-Soft from Avon is good for fleas. You can wash your pet in it and then spray them with the Skin-so-Soft spray afterward. I heard feeding garlic to your pet repels fleas, is this true? (11/24/2009)
I don't know why everyone seems to be bathing their pets in dish soap for flea control. I just answered "good neighbour" in Australia, you might want to check that out, as well as dig into ThriftyFun archives.
My advice is to smother your flea ridden pet with oil, liberally, and work it down to the skin, massaging the skin at the same time--mineral oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, just liberally oil up your cat, rubbing the oil into the skin like a massage, then cover them with a cloth or towel, and let it set for several minutes. This will smother the fleas. Then, bathe them in warm water and a mild soap, and rinse. This oil treatment will probably need two shampoos and rinses to get all of the oil out. Towel dry them, and then use a flea comb to comb out dead fleas that are stuck in their fur.
I use a flea comb with a tub (like an old, clean margarine dish) filled with water, and an oil film on top, or as my vet said, some dish soap in the water, then flea comb them, being careful of sores, and with the other hand, hold the fleas on the flea comb, and with both hands, place the flea comb over the dish of dish soap and water, or water/oil, and pull any loose fur and fleas off the flea comb into the oil and water, or dish soap and water, into the oil, or dish soap to drown the fleas, without immersing the flea comb. Continue combing, relaxing your pet, like a "happy pet spa." Keep this up until you don't see any more fleas.
And, use your own judgment. Some pets get infestations that are so bad, they need shots.
I really have no idea where the info came from that people could wash their pets in dish soap to get rid of fleas. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. During a particularly bad infestation of fleas, this treatment may need to be kept up for several days until the fleas are gone. (11/28/2009)
By Carol L.
My cat recently did the same thing yours is doing. She got infested with fleas. It turns out that she is allergic to flea bites and all it takes is just one single bite for her to break out. I called my vet and they told me to dip her in Dawn. It does help control the fleas but you have to pour the Dawn directly onto your cat and lather him up with it.
I left it on my cat for about 5 minutes and then rinsed her in warm water. Then I blow dried her and brushed her hair with a fine tooth comb. But unfortunately, in order for your cat's hair to grow back and for the sores to dry out, you will have to take him to the vet so he can get an allergy shot and be put on an Amoxicillin, and make sure you give your cat a dose of frontline every month so the fleas don't return. If your cat doesn't get the shot or the Amoxicillin and your cat gets bit again she will break out and honestly every time the constant scratching, biting, and pulling out of the fur gets worse. I hope this helped. (01/12/2010)
Dawn is just fine in most applications. I've helped raise 6, 3-week old kittens (we kept two, they're now a year old), and since I am low-income, I didn't have the money to buy the fancy kitten shampoos and they were quite messy without a momma cat to clean them, so I tried dawn. Obviously, avoid the eyes and such, but it does kill fleas on contact. I don't know about larvae and eggs, but for us, the eggs break just in water. One concern is not to bathe them too often since Dawn does remove natural oils to prevent dry skin. Also...no pesticides!
I've done research and it seems a certain type of cedar oil is the best if prepared correctly. Fleas are scent-driven and the scents in the oil cloud their senses and drive away or kill them. The oil and most products with it is safe for pets, humans, children, infants, and the elderly. I have yet to try it but hear good things. Dr. Ben's brand utilizes this and looks to be pretty popular. I'm probably too late but I hope this helps someone!
I would avoid anti-bacterial soaps on your animals. It could include ingredients that would be harmful, and if you don't get rid of the complete bacteria, it could mutate and become immune to anti-bacterial chemicals.
Our 13+ year old cat has a horrible flea problem, and has rather large patches of raw skin from excessive scratching. She's obviously touchy when we get near the spot, but we still use Dawn to kill the fleas feeding off of it. And after she's dry, cover it with Vaseline or Neosporin to help heal the wound. Repeat the process every couple of days and your kitty should start to heal. Pert Plus Light Conditioning Shampoo is a decent moisturizer if you have to bathe often. (07/02/2010)
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