I just read the post about vinegar in your dogs water for fleas. My question is can you do the same for cats?
Ask your veterinarian. Cats are finicky about a lot of things. (05/16/2005)
My family (3 canine girls and 2 feline boys) all drink from the same big water bowl. The boys are not that happy about the vinegar, but they drink the water. Over the past few years none of them have had fleas.
No! Stop trying home remedies, acidifying either your dog or your cat will create many other health problems! Ask your vet for help, any of the monthly 'Frontline' type products are very inexpensive, easy, and foolproof. Just empty the contents of the vial onto the dog/cat's back between the shoulder blades and that's it, no fleas! Period! Anne (11/15/2005)
Sounds like someone is "veterinarian trained" to suggest that home remedies are bad. I would suggest research on the internet from legitimate sources. If one does the research Frontline has side effects and dangers. This subject has been discussed to the max and if you do a search on this site you will find many helpful suggestions.
Most traditional vets are not inclined towards natural remedies. The key is to find a traditonally and holistically trained vet. If not, do like I have, and do the research yourself. I'm lucky that my vets are open to just about anything and I bring articles and questions to them all the time. They are always already studied in the subjects. If they weren't I would find another vet. (11/15/2005)
When using parsnip and carrot for worming cats and dogs remember to cook it first (01/11/2006)
Fleas seam to be a difficult problem to eradicate, but remember that eggs will hatch about 2 weeks after they have been laid and a simple act like vacuuming will stimulate them to hatch. In severe cases treatment will need to be repeated 2-3 weeks after the first treatment.
If you have been using the same product for a while it could be possible the fleas are becoming resistant to that particular product. So switch products making sure the key ingredients are different and follow instructions to the letter. Just make sure what you use is safe for your pet!
Remember if you use Frontline whether it be the spray or the dropper, your cat or dog should not be bathed for 2 days before use and for 2 days after using it. The reason for this is that Frontline works by sticking to the natural oils in the skin and on the coat. If your pet is washed during this period it will not work as effectively and maybe not at all.
Try nutritional yeast in the diet. It makes the skin taste bad to fleas and they stop biting your pet while you get the problem under control by cleaning up all the eggs. (08/16/2007)
My cat had fleas and I gave her a flea bath and then sprayed her with flea spray. I also used the Control on her. (You put it up by her neck and her tail once a month) It got rid of the fleas.(10/02/2007)
I did this for my dog. But you do not put it in their water. You mix it with water and spray it on them. She did good with it. I have a cat that just had 4 kittens and I got all the things in the store to spray or wash, but not a thing is working. So I'm going to try this now. I forgot about it. (06/11/2008)
I've ordered Frontline Plus, which worked well on Fancy before. She's a totally picky cat, so I don't think mixing vinegar with her water would work - she'd stop drinking! She's miserable with all the scratching, but Frontline is so expensive, and finances so bad, we've only just now saved enough to be able to buy it. The med will be here Wednesday, but she's miserable now. I'm going to try the Dawn bath tomorrow, as soon as I go to the store.
One thing I know of that works for infestations in the house, is 20 Mule Team Borax. When we bought our house last year it was over-run with fleas. I did some research, found the 20 MTB suggestion, and bought a box.
I sprinkled it over the carpeted rooms, used a broom to "sweep" it into the fibers of the carpet, before I went to bed. Around noon the next day, I vacuumed it up. Repeated it that night, vacuumed the next day, and never had another flea until this summer. It really does work, and I'm thankful, because I have really bad reactions to fleas. One bite and within 10 minutes I have an open, oozing sore - and that's not from scratching, it's the bite itself (I never scratch bites anymore). Imagine having around 20 fleas on each foot.
Just be sure you get the 20 Mule Team Borax, that's in the laundry detergent aisle at the grocery store (I get mine at WalMart). You "don't" want to use pure Borax. When I ran out of Borax, I used salt on the carpet, to kill the fleas. Fancy walked all over the Borax when it was down, and never even sneezed, but don't let your pets walk on a salt-treated carpet, it can burn the pads of their feet.
Good luck! I'm off to put down some 20 MTB now, it's the second (and probably last) treatment. (06/16/2008)
I'm a firm believer in natural ingredients versus store bought chemicals like Frontline. I have put a little bit of vinegar (like 4 Tsps to 2 cups water) and it seemed to get rid of the fleas immediately. My Siamese didn't seem to mind it too much (he also drank water from the hose outside, so this wasn't his only source of water, either). I had also tried herbal sprays but the vinegar was the only thing that really worked.
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