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Flea season … and other things that make you scratch your head.

Be vewy vewy quiet. … We’re hunting fleas. That’s right, fellow Elmer Fudds, with the warmer weather and open windows, we’re reminded that it’s once again flea season, which—depending on where you live—can last from early spring to December.

Consult with your veterinarian for the best way to control fleas for your cat and your environment. But the best way to control fleas is to prevent them. And the best way to prevent fleas is pure diligence:

  • Vacuum carpets, rugs, drapes and upholstered furniture often
  • Mow the lawn regularly; fleas and ticks love high grass
  • Spend some quality time and groom your cat routinely
  • And if you find fleas, give kitty a soapy bath (no matter how much she protests) and remove fleas with a fine-toothed metal comb

There is plenty of advice on the web about natural flea control—from serving your cat a bit of brewer’s yeast to making your own herbal flea collars … from scratch!

And certainly, there are many chemical solutions, such as pesticide-based flea collars. But we have to wonder about flea collars that include “NOT FOR USE ON HUMANS” warnings on the packaging, which is most of them. If they aren’t safe enough to wear as a “Live Flea Free” bracelet, are they really safe for our whiskered wee ones?

But maybe those warning are there simply because the thought of us wearing flea collars as bracelets offends our cats’ sense of feline fashion. After all, a tabby doesn’t look too shabby in a hat. … And we hear a cat’s pajamas are, well, the cat’s meow.

But before we slide into a whole new digression of cats in clothes, we’ll leave you with what may be the cutest thing you’ll see all day: kittens on a slide.

Meow for now,

– World’s Best Cat Litter™

  • it is very important to get the fleas off your kitty – white vinegar kills the fleas on contact, so brushing them or spraying them – if they will stand it – with vinegar will help – and getting the fleas and eggs out of the carpet is imperative. you can salt your carpet – seriously, walk around with your shaker or your whole container of salt and cover your carpet – and leave it on for a few hours and it will dehydrate the fleas, and further get a container of 20 Mule Team Borax in the laundry section and brush that into your carpet as well – don’t let kitty eat this or get into her eyes – she probably won’t want to be around for this anyway – and leave it on the carpet a few hours, then very slowly vacuum, and keep repeating this process every couple of days while continuing to remove the fleas from your pet – as the eggs on your pet will continue to hatch – and you’ll be getting them out of your carpet after the first vacuum! it’s also good to put some borax and salt into your vacuum bag or if you have a bagless vacuum, the container where your vacuum stores what it draws in. the first time i salted and boraxed my carpet and the cats’ sleeping areas, it totally got rid of the fleas jumping around there – now i just have to keep working on the cats! also, adding a tiny bit of apple cider vinegar to their water – less than a teaspoon – is supposed to make their coat more acidic, which the fleas will not like. hope this helps someone! 🙂