- Pets and Animals
How to Debug Your Kitty
Does your kitty have an itch? Well, it could be your kitty need needs more than just scratched. Your kitty may need some special attention.
What are we talking about here?
Fleas. Any of an order (Siphonaptera) of small wingless bloodsucking insects that have a hard laterally compressed body and legs adapted to leaping and that feed on warm-blooded animals.
Feed on warm-blooded animals like your kitty, and maybe you.
So Boo my kitty is a little over a year old. Actually, he is my teenage daughter’s cat, but she has other priorities at this time. Typical teenage girl stuff. So it’s me and Boo, hanging out and having fun. Mostly we watch sports and drink beer.
I took Boo to the vet when he was a couple months old for shots and to get fixed. The vet gave me some free samples of a product that you put on the back of kitty’s neck. I never used it because of some adverse information my research revealed. Some say your typical collars, shampoos, powders, foggers, and sprays can cause problems not only for the animal, but humans as well.
Me and kitty didn’t have a problem until a couple weeks ago when all flea hell broke loose. No doubt this incredibly hot and humid weather has a lot to do with it.
Anyway, here’s what I did to get rid of fleas on the cat. And to get rid of fleas in the house. I seem to have the situation mostly under control. Without a bunch of chemical stuff that who knows does what damage to the animal or maybe humans.
Give your kitty a bath daily and drown those frigging fleas.
No, kitty won’t like that. Do it in the sink rather than the bathtub. It’s easier to control your kitty so kitty doesn’t squirm away. Use Dawn dish liquid, the blue stuff. If you use that rather than those special medicated shampoos, you don’t have to worry about rinsing kitty off that good. I fill up one side of the sink with the soapy water and after washing kitty up for 5 minutes, I pull him out to the other side and rinse him off with the sprayer. Kitty likes that less than the soapy water. Don’t drain the soapy water in the other side for awhile. You want to make sure the fleas are good and dead. I dry kitty off as best I can with paper towels I can just throw in the trash.
I’m sure kitty feels much better after the bath, especially in this hot weather and with all those fleas off for at least a little. Although kitty will probably be mad for awhile and go and hide. Yeah, and kitty might even run and hide before the bath when he hears you running the water, because kitty knows what’s next.
Get a fine-toothed flea comb and use it to groom kitty after he/she/it is dried off from the bath.
Clean and clean and clean more
This is mostly self-explanatory. What you have to do is get rid of the flea eggs that have fallen off your kitty or whatever. You can see them if you look closely. They look like sprinkles of salt to me.
Speaking of salt, that’s what I sprinkled on the carpeting. I’ve heard generic borax and 20 Mule Team Borax work good.
I bought a Raid Flea Killer Plus trap and a Victor Ultimate Flea Trap. (See photo) They both work fairly well. I had to shop around at quite a few hardware stores to find them. Walmart and Home Depot didn’t carry any flea traps. But I made some flea traps that work just as well. You want a flea trap in every room.
To make a flea trap, use a desk lamp and put a 25-watt bulb in it. Buy some neon green duck tape. For some reason, fleas are attracted by green. Place two pieces of duck tape loosely over the face of the lamp as shown in the photo. You don’t want to totally cover the face of the lamp or it might overheat, and you don’t want the tape to touch the bulb.
Get some flat insect glue boards like Real Kill Glue Traps you can find at Home Depot for between $3 and $4 for a pack of four. Put two of the glue boards in a cheap bake tin and put the lamp over the glue boards as shown in the photo. And watch the fleas get stuck! Bleeping bloodsuckers.
I’ve heard soapy water works well too, but I’m not crazy about the idea of the lamp falling into the water.
The only possible advantage of the Raid and Victor flea traps over the ones you make is that obviously kitty can’t step on the glue boards on the ones you buy. But that never happened with my kitty. He didn’t mess with them at all.
Ultimately, the only good bloodsucker is a dead bloodsucker. Why do you think vampire flicks and books are so popular?
One word of caution. It may be better to drink out of the beer bottle when you are battling bloodsuckers. I frosted my Steeler mug as usual and filled it up, but one of them there buggers drowned in it. Oh well. I drank it anyway.