Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy F-ing New Year

I have many wonderful, happy, exciting things to post, but at the moment The Scientist and I are in the middle of the 7th circle of hell. 

OUR APARTMENT HAS BEEN INFESTED WITH FLEAS

In the almost 6 years I've had my kitties, I haven't once seen a flea on them.  Not once.  Until The Scientist and I moved in together, they had only stepped foot outside a few times.  Since they've been in this apartment, I've given them plenty of opportunities to play outside, but they don't really care to.  And now they have fleas, most likely as a result from me house/dog sitting during the week of Christmas.  

My poor cats are miserable.  Truman is constantly scratching and Clementine is obsessively scratching, biting and licking her skin completely raw.  They've been lethargic and not at all themselves.  I've been trying to find as many natural remedies as possible - garlic, vinegar, lavender, rosemary, yeast - but nothing has seemed to work.  I've also been finding fleas on me on a pretty regular basis and it makes me feel itchy ALL THE TIME.  It brings me back to a summer in high school when our dog and cats had fleas so bad you could see them jumping out of the carpet.  My skin is crawling just thinking about it.  

I finally bit the bullet yesterday and bought a monthly treatment and a large supply of flea powder for the carpet.  I spent the entire day today washing every single piece of clothing, towel, sheet, pillowcase, bathmat, etc. that we own and powdered the shit out of the carpet.  Those little fuckers are going DOWN.  If this doesn't work...no, I take that back.  This HAS to work.  Flea bombing and vacating the house isn't an option right now.  

Have any of you dealt with fleas?  What kinds of products worked for you?

Once this gets cleared up, I want to try and get on a more consistent blogging schedule since 2010 was so sporadic.  I hope all of you had a wonderful time during the holidays!  I haven't been commenting much lately, but I have been reading!  It's been fun to hear about all of your holiday traditions and adventures.  


14 comments:

  1. poor things! our cat recently had a horrible flea infestation and we tried everything. we finally called a vet because we'd broken down and used a treatment kit and they still would not go away. we couldn't use another treatment for a few weeks so the vet suggested giving him a bath with dawn dish soap. i was skeptical but googled it and came up with some supporting info so we tried it. it actually worked. you can lather it on their bodies but be sure to just dab a washcloth with the soap and water around their faces so it doesn't irritate them. after the first washing there was a huge reduction. we had to do a second bath a few days later for the few that were left, but after that he was fine. hope this helps! good luck!

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  2. We definitely give our dogs regular flea and tick treatments, but they are also inside and outside dogs. That really, really sucks. I remember having cats and doing the baths and combing them to get the fleas. It was torture for everyone involved. You might find out about an anti-inflammatory/anti-itch spray to use on them while the itching is the worst.

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  3. Oh no... bug infestations are my worst nightmare!!! I hope the treatment and the powder do the trick for you. Ugh, what a bummer of a start to the new year, ha!

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  4. Fleas give me the hibbie-jibbies too! I can feel them crawling on me!!

    We had an attack of the fleas during the summer (I have 2 dogs - a German Shepherd and a Chihuahua). I refused to give them chemical flea treatment stuff for the longest time, trying homeopathic methods first and bathing them a lot (which they hated). Nothing worked. So I finally broke down and gave them the chemical treatment and washed everything in the house (luckily we have hardwood floors, so I didn't have to worry about dusting the carpet). It worked and we've been flea free for almost 6 months now.

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  5. Oh no! I'm sorry that really does suck. We had fleas this summer after dog sitting or going to the dog park or something. We only saw a few and washed the dogs with flea shampoo and haven't seen them since. We don't have carpet though so I think that helped a bit.

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  6. Oh boy that sounds AWFUL- for you guys AND the kitties! Fuzzy Britches has never had fleas- that is probably because we put a tick and flea liquid on her every month. I don't like the chemicals, but I can't imagine the alternative!

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  7. Damn girl. I am so wildly sorry and kind of terrified for you.

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  8. You poor thing!!! I have no experience with pets so I don't have any advice, but lots of sympathy!

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  9. I love your tags on this post: 'complete and utter fucking misery' and 'pets', lol. I'm sorry to hear about the fleas! My in-laws have tons of pets and get them every now and again... I'm itchy just thinking about it!

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  10. Oh no, I'm so sorry - this is truly awful! My cat stays indoors so she's never had fleas... so I don't have any advice, but I DO have lots of sympathy <3

    PS. Agreed, your tags on this are awesome lol

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  11. omg that is just a terrible "present" to get!! I hope you get it remedied quick.

    Thanks for the twitter follow :)

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  12. FRONTLINE. get it from the vet. when i got oliver (from an abandonded basement where he'd been living/starving) he was COVERED in fleas - you put some frontline in between their shoulder blades where they can't lick it off and i literally watched (dead) fleas FALL OFF OF HIM over the next 2 days. and it smells minty! it's not exactly natural, but i didn't care at that point, ha. good luck! :)

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  13. That's terrible! I hope you've got it all taken care of by now that I'm reading this post. I have a huge fear of fleas! I feel for you.

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