Monday, January 3, 2011
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.
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