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Hi everyone . I just have one quick question. My cat is pregnant and has about 2 weeks to go and she has fleas. I was wondering if there were any flea meds that would be safe for her? Thanks for your help in advance.
post #2 of 12
I believe you can treat her with anything right now--at the very least a capstar pill is safe--my vet told me that. I wouldn't treat with anything without seeing a vet.

Leslie
post #3 of 12
^Agreed. In the meantime, the ol' flea comb and a bowl of soapy water is safe.
post #4 of 12
washing her in original dawn dish soap is ok too thats what my vet uses on kittens too young to use flea meds on. It smothers the fleas but doesn't kill the eggs. After she gives birth use the flea meds on her if you don't want to use them now. then you have to flea bomb your house because the kittens can get them too.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much. I will go and get some capstar pills and try a flea comb and Dawn . I will also bomb my house, spray furniture and wash bedding. Thanks again.
post #6 of 12
^Please be very careful using sprays and foggers. You don't want to make yourself sick.
post #7 of 12
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strange_wings: Thanks, I will. We are moving right now so it will work out pretty good. We will go and set off the bombs and then come back to our old place and go back the next dayand open the windows. We are actually having new carpet put in so I think getting our couch, bedding and things like that moved in before everything else is moved in is the way to go. If you have any other ideas, let me know.
post #8 of 12
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strange_wings: Thanks, I will. We are moving right now so it will work out pretty good. We will go and set off the bombs and then come back to our old place and go back the next dayand open the windows. We are actually having new carpet put in so I think getting our couch, bedding and things like that moved in before everything else is moved in is the way to go. If you have any other ideas, let me know.
The only advice I have is do not use anything on your cat until you have spoken to a vet. Even after the kittens are born I'm not certain you can treat her since she will be nursing.
post #9 of 12
You'll have to keep us updated on your mom and babies too!
post #10 of 12
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I will also bomb my house, spray furniture and wash bedding. Thanks again.
DO NOT FLEA BOMB YOUR HOUSE!!!!!!

Find food grade diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it into your carpets. It works so much better than flea bombs and is NOT poisonous. In fact, you could sprinkle it on your cat with no ill effect. People have used it in their food to kill internal parasites. But you must find food grade.

Not only are flea bombs worthless, but they put poison into your environment. I wouldn't risk this with kittens on the way.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your advice. I checked with vet and she said to wait for the treatments for a while. I will keep combing and things; going to wash what I can and go from there. She didn't have alot and with my combing, I don't seem to be finding any more. The capstar pills helped too. I will let you know when her babies are born. She is getting fixed after they are weaned (that's when my vet will do it). Thanks again and I will post some pictures of her as soon as I can. Thanks again everyone for you wonderful advice!
post #12 of 12
I've had a problem with fleas and roaches/ants in the past. What worked for me was borax (a.k.a "20 20 Mule Team Borax" you'll find it in the laundry soap isle at Wal-mart or any grocery store). I sprinkle the borax on the carpet before I go to bed at night and then vacuum it up in the morning. The important thing is to empty the vacuum canister/bag outside immediatly after you vacuum b/c the vacuum cleaner doesn't kill the fleas it only sucks them up...they are still alive in there and will just find there way out and back into your carpets and pets. It's even better if you can leave your vacuum cleaner outside for a few hours (weather permitting). You can aslo put a flea collar in the canister/bag to kill some of the fleas that stay trapped in there. Sprinkle and vacuum everyday for at least a few weeks so you get all the fleas and the next cycle of eggs as they hatch....you can do it forever if you want it's not going to hurt you or the carpet. You can put the borax in an empty parmessan cheese container (the powder kind, not the grated kind) or an empty powder carpet freshner canister...I use an empty Comet cleanser bottle.

To get rid of roaches sprinkle the borax along your baseboards, windowsills, door entry, under furniture, etc. You can sprinle it in your kitchen cupboards and then lay a sheet of parchment paper over it to protect your dishes (it won't harm your dishes but your dont want borax on the rim of your coffee mug) Just leave it there and the roaches/ants will walk through it. The borax will cause the bugs to dehydrate and die.

Good luck
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