My name is Wally, but my human Mom mostly calls me Wally Baba, even though I was originally named after Walt Whitman. My brother is Otie, named after Otis Reading. When we were wee little buggers, someone left us in a box on the roof of a car. Luckily Mom saw us in a Facebook post and saved us both. Wally and I are really happy that we are together and we have parents who love us. They could spoil us a little more, but that’s a different story.
Life was pretty perfect until the fleas showed up. Fleas are yucky little insects that jump really high and far with their long hind legs. They are worse than rabbits in how quickly they multiply and they hide all over the place; on us, in fabrics and in carpets. Fleas are parasites that drink 15 times their body weight in blood daily. Yikes. They feed and then quickly make hundreds of little baby flea eggs.
We don’t like being the source of that meal. Otie and I know that when we have one flea there are at least a hundred or more on the way. I mean, look at how beautiful and regal we are… fleas are just so icky.
What’s really weird is that we are indoor cats. We never get to go outside….but that’s a tale for another day. I’m kind of a geeky cat, (Otie is the warm and fuzzy one), and when my parents leave for work, I hop on the desk and do research on my dad’s laptop. My paws are just the right size for the keys.
Dogs are the cause of my aggravation. Fleas will hitch a ride on a dog and then jump onto me or Otie. They also love to hide in fabric. So one way or another they figure out a way to torment me. When the fleas got in my fur, I used to scratch and bite on myself so often that my mom got upset with me. It was dreadful.
Keep fleas off me and Otie…
- Use a flea comb. A flea comb is the easiest, cheapest and most effective way of getting rid of fleas
- Use a special cat shampoo immediately and then every 7 days – (personally I hate baths)
- Use apple cider vinegar – they hate that stuff. Spray a 50/50 vinegar and water solution on their fur, before letting them outside to play
- Wash your bedding in hot water
- Use boric acid powder as a carpet, upholstery and floor flea-killer
- Apply monthly flea medication – mom likes Cheristin
Keep fleas out of the house…
- Keep your furry felines indoors. Fleas generally live and breed outdoors.
- Vacuum the floor and furniture.
- Fleas love dark places, so clean under furniture and in crevices.
- Fog your house – Some foggers are effective up to 7 months, long enough to kill all the life stages of a flea.
- Keep the yard clean.
Help for Mom (and dad) too…
- Wash the area first to keep infection from spreading
- Avoid scratching the bite, which is hard because they itch like crazy
- To make itching feel better use ice packs, aloe vera, witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, tea tree oil, or used tea bags
And most importantly… get some help remembering your routine! Mom uses the Scollar mobile app. She just enters the flea treatment schedule and then Scollar reminds her when it’s time for treatment again. No more fleas.