Absolutley. I agree with you regarding the use of a natural method.
Diatomaceous earth is extemly safe and effective. It is important to use
food grade diatom earth for use on a pet. Not garden grade, and NEVER
the type used for swimmng pools.
The drawback to this method is that
it is time consuming and it is a commitment for regular use or it won't work.
Since the cat grooms themselves I find it has to be applied every other day.
I first use a flea comb to comb the cat, paying particular attention to the
area arund the face and neck. That's where the darn flea's tend to hide.
Make sure you have a bowl of water to dunk the flea comb in and drown
the fleas. Or I prefer to comb in the bathroom and I quickly slide any fleas
off the comb and toss them in the toliet bowl.
After combing the cat, I dunk the flea comb in the diatom earth and start
at the back of the cat and comb the earth into the cats fur. I get the belly
and the tail as well. Then use small and controlled amounts of powder on the
neck and check area. The powder can irritate the nostrils if a puff of it is breathed in by either you, or your cat.
Always follow the grooming with a treat. My cats have grown to LOVE
this ritual and don't mind at all.
This works better on shorthair cats. Our location is southern enough that
fleas are a big problem. But with this method I rarely have to use advantage
on my cats. Maybe, I have to use a topical (advantage once a season).
Originally Posted by foxfire
Has anyone ever heard of this or and tried it? I really prefer to use natural type stuff as much as possible. In one of my pet supply catalogs this diatomaceous earth was advertised as being a flea killer. I wonder if it really works, and with no harm done the cat.