4, 2018: "Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil,
and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities
as well." - Missy Dizick
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Yes, it's nice but I was hoping for
Cat Mewvie: The dangling conversation.
Feline Art: "Pastiche"
by Dreama Tolle Perry.
By Brandi Neal
While summer is synonymous with beach parties and backyard barbecues,
it's also prime time for everything creep crawly. Yes, the bugs are back,
and not just the kind that bite you. If you're wondering how to get rid
of cat fleas safely, don't fret: there are some tried and true methods
to keep your furry friend flea-free. On the other side of the coin, though,
there are also a few things you should avoid doing at all costs. Even
if your cat is indoor only, it can still get fleas, which is why it's
necessary to treat both indoor and outdoor cats.
If you're a new pet parent, you might now know that products approved
to treat and prevent fleas on dogs can actually be deadly to cats. This
is why it's important to treat your cat and dog with the something that's
made to work just for them. Some people learn this the hard way, but
the more you know up front, the better your chances of a healthy and
happy flea-free summer for pets and humans alike.
"Cats are notoriously sensitive to pyrethroids, a common synthetic ingredient
used in flea and tick products. These man-made chemicals are related to the pyrethrins,
which are natural products derived from the flower of the chrysanthemum plant," Dr.
Jennifer Kvamme wrote for PetMD. "Pyrethroids are typically found in spot-on
products made for dogs. They can also be found in sprays meant for treating the
This is why it's important to carefully read all labels to make sure
products you use in your home don't contain this chemical. If you live
in an apartment building that offers in-apartment pest control, ask about
the chemicals they're using. If the products do contain pyrethroids,
and you still want to go ahead with it, it might be necessary to remove
your cat for a few days during and after treatment.
Have both cats and dogs? Obviously, your dog needs a flea preventative
too. When you treat your pets, just make sure to keep felines and canines
separated for a couple of hours until the solution is absorbed into their
skin. If you've been lucky enough to avoid a flea infestation so far,
then you might not be aware of some of the signs that your cat has fleas.
One of the first things to look for is something called "flea dirt."
This is basically the excrement of fleas, and if your cat has fleas you'll
notice flea dirt on kitty's bed and anywhere else kitty lounges around.
While fleas will mostly stay on your pet, if the infestations becomes
serious you will start to get bites too, generally on your feet and ankles.
Don't panic. Even though fleas are annoying, they're unlikely to harm
you, and you can get rid of them with a few weeks of treatment and vigilant
If you opt for a flea and tick preventative from your vet, read all of
the directions carefully to make sure you're giving your cat the correct
dosage for their age and weight. These products are generally applied
to the back of kitty's neck and then absorbed into the skin.
"If you have any concerns, or are unsure about which cat tick and flea control
products would be best, ask your veterinarian’s advice, even if you are
planning to purchase your flea and tick products from a pet store or online supplier," Dr.
Want to avoid chemicals completely? There are also some all-natch flea
remedies you can try such as apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice, rosemary,
lemon spray, essential oils like lavender and eucalyptus, salt, and diatomaceous
earth (seriously, this is the best stuff ever), Mike Clark reported for
Cattime. Most of these treatments are applied the same way as flea products
you can buy at the store or get from your vet.
Food grade diatomaceous earth is an all-in-one treatment for your pets
and your home. It's a fine yet sharp powder that works by suffocating
and dehydrating bugs, and a little goes a long way. You can sprinkle
it on your cat, around baseboards, doorways, or any other places bugs
enter your humble abode. Apartment Therapy recently touted diatomaceous
earth as the best way to kill indoor insects, and I agree 100 percent.
You can buy it on Amazon, and one bag can last you years.
No matter what type of flea treatment you opt for, make sure to watch
your cat closely for a few hours after you apply it. Even if you use
a treatment marked safe for cats, just like their human parents, some
feline friends are more sensitive to chemicals and oils than others.
What's more, if your cat does get fleas, you'll also want to treat them
for tapeworms because cats can acquire tapeworms from accidentally ingesting
fleas, according to PetMD. You can buy products to get rid of tapeworms
at most pet stores.
Even if you're treating your cat for fleas, it's a good idea to brush
kitty regularly with a flea comb to check for fleas and flea dirt. Depending
on what part of the country you live in, fleas can be abundant and might
turn up even if you've done everything right — take it from someone
who's been there more than once. While fleas are definitely a nuisance,
this is a classic case of the cliche an once of prevention is worth a
pound of cure.
5, 2018: "As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a
cat." - Ellen Perry Berkeley
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Come to the dark side."
Cat Mewvie: Bulgaria's green cat.
Feline Art: "Black
Cat", oil on canvas, by Michael Caines.
6, 2018: "How we behave toward cats here below determines
our status in heaven."
- Robert A. Heinlein
Gratuitous Kittiness: The Food Human is sleeping late again.
Cat Mewvie: "Why you laffs
at me, hoomans? WHY!"
Art: "Bookstore Cats" by Francesco Marciuliano.
7, 2018: "Cats know how to obtain food without labor,
shelter without confinement, and love without penalties." -
W. L. George
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Oh, yeah, baby. Grass should be legalized."
Cat Mewvie: "Did someone
Feline Art: "Patchwork Cat" by
8, 2018: "As anyone who has ever been around a cat
for any length of time well knows cats have enormous patience
with the limitations of the human kind." - Cleveland
Gratuitous Kittiness: "It's Friday? YAYYYY!"
Cat Mewvie: Cats vs. iPads.
Feline Art: "Cardboard
me your comb.
By Mike Stanfill
I admit it. I have fleas.
No, not me personally. Just my cat, and my house. I've been fighting
a losing battle against these little jumpin' bastards for almost four
years. I've sprayed the carpets, vacuumed religiously, bathed the cat
more often in pyrethrin-laced potions that I think healthy, and nearly
broke the bank dousing my fuzzy ward in all the latest flea wonder-drops.
Oh, they go away for a while, or seem to, but the moment I lose my focus
and tend to real life I inevitably glance down one morning and notice
a spray of new riders dotting my stockinged feet as I pad around the
house on my way to the Cocoa Puffs. What I've learned is that all it
takes is just one little flea, hiding in the baseboards, biding its time,
waiting to become the next Adam of Eve of flea civilization to make my
life miserable. And they do.
(A short digression: My cat hates flea drops. The smell and mess clearly
leave her distressed. It's a struggle to apply them as she always knows
when its coming. After the last application she ran under the hall chair,
looked me square in the eye, and took a massive dump. Okay, I get it.)
But I believe salvation is at last at hand for I have discovered...
I used to pooh-pooh such devices, asking myself "How can these possibly
Then I got one. The immediate effects were two-fold. First, the cat loved
it. So much so that all I have to do is say the word "brush" and
she begins salivating at the prospect of another groovy grooming session
Second, you can see it working. A few quick pulls through kitty's fluff
results in live prey caught in the tines, ready for disposal. It's very
cathartic. For both of us.
Will I ever get the last flea? I'm trying. The baths and the vacuuming
will continue but I think a flea-combing is now a regular part of my
cat-owning day. It could be worse.