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Flea Treatments for a Nursing Cat

I have 3 cats and 2 of them go outside, so they have fleas now. Not only do I have 2 cats with fleas but my other cat just had 5 kittens and they are only 5 days old. Since the mom is nursing them I don't want any poison or harsh chemicals around them. What would be a good product to get rid of my flea problem? Could someone also provide me with the recipe on how to use it? Thank you for all your help.

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By wickywitch69 from Canada

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June 30, 20100 found this helpful

Take the time to hand comb them. Buy a flea comb, they range from very cheap to rather expensive, but they all do the trick. Take a small bowl and pour some rubbing alcohol in it, dip the comb in occasionally. Shaking excess liquid free. The first touch of rubbing alchohol makes the fleas faint, dip the comb back in the rubbing alchohol to rinse it free of fleas and they drown quickly. It's so much better than dry combing, and only takes a few minutes. The cats will soon be flea free. Take the cats out into the garage and have someone supervise them, or take your family to a motel for the night, along with the cats. Take a bottle of diatomaceous earth. Sprinkle it on the rugs/carpet and go out for several hours-24 is best, though. The diatomaceous earth is razor sharp, and as the fleas hop onto it, it slices them to pieces.

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When you come back, vacuum the carpet really well before letting children or pets or anyone bare footed walk on it. Also, don't breath it, it can literally shred your lungs. Buy some face masks for when you're shaking it out onto the rug/carpet. Both rubbing alcohol and diatomaceous earth are so effective that no poisons are ever needed, even in a house that's become heavily infested.
This is from my own personal experience. We came home late one summer and were absolutely covered with fleas when we walked in the door-we'd taken the cats with us and the fleas had bred like mad but had nothing to eat. We went to the pet store and bought the diatomaceous earth, sprinkled the carpet and stayed the night in a motel. Came back to a flea less house and vacuumed and had no fleas for 5 years, though all of our cats were indoor/outdoor cats and a field was right over our wall.

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April 22, 20190 found this helpful

For anyone reading this old post, let me just point out a few things:

Diatomaceous earth IS razor sharp, but it's in the molecular structure, and microscopic so it's not like shards of glass. If you pinch a bit between your fingers and rub them together, it feels like a very fine baby powder. It is safe for all household pets and humans alike. It works by getting in the joints and on the waxy exoskeleton of insects and common parasites like tapeworms, roundworms, etc. As the insect/parasite moves, it perforates the exoskeleton/outer layer and absorbs moisture...in effect, dehydrating the parasite and killing it. It works on eggs and larvae as well. It is safe to mix into your pets food for internal parasites, and even humans can eat it safely. It is NOT dangerous to walk on or touch, and the particles are far too small to cause any damage to an organism as large as a cat, dog, human, or human baby.

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Of course, you don't want to inhale it, but only because it is a very fine dust...not because it will "literally shred your lungs". That's ridiculous.

For kittens, puppies, or other small mammals that are still nursing, it is recommended that you wait until they are weaned and eating solid foods before feeding them Diatomaceous Earth or using it in their bedding or your carpets. This is simply because you don't want them inhaling it while their tiny lungs are still developing.

You can buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth at Home Depot, Lowes, any Home and Garden nursery, or online through Amazon or any site like it. Just make sure it is FOOD GRADE before using on your pets. Other than that, you're safe using it as a flea killer, de-wormer, or just for the natural health benefits!

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www.healthline.com/.../what-is-diatomaceous-earth

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