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Flea Bags Not Allowed

There is a stereotypical nature to myself which I find somewhat humorous, that is I am a middle-aged avid writer who is the owner of two adored feline companions. I love my furry boys dearly, and they are my children. Since they have been with me since kitten days and are now 17 and 18 years of age, I truly feel that they are a part of my family.

My role as parent has included proper care and nutrition with trips to the vet's office for check ups and any ailments. I try to keep them safe and their home cat proof, much as a home is made child proof to keep babies out of harm's way. They are inside cats, and neither are allowed to venture outdoors; however, they have perches for sunning in the windows. We live on a busy road inside the town limits, and there is no way I would allow them to go outside. The risk of encounters with strange animals, vehicles, pests, mean people etc is just too great.

Therefore it is with dismay that I have recently discovered fleas on my children. The culprit I fear is a relative's cat who boarded with us while said relative was out of town. I have used the veterinary repellent that goes on the nape of the neck in the past, but I have been looking for a natural alternative. My logic tells me that the toxic pesticide stuff can't be good for my boys. Sometimes they really get lethargic after I apply it to them.

Yet I hesitate to go the natural route due to finding that some caution must be used with essential oils and other natural ingredients as they can be very toxic to a cat's liver. I have recently been looking at neem leaf tea and am still researching that. I'm including a Natural News article that gives some details about using neem tea on cats. I am seriously thinking about trying this.

Has anyone else had positive results with neem leaf tea or know of a good, safe alternative? If I try the tea, I'll let you know my boys' experiences with it in a future post.

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SHOHANA wrote on June 26, 2014, 10:51 PM

Good writing keep it up.

bravo2u wrote on June 27, 2014, 3:05 PM

SHOHANA thanks! :)

ohcaroline wrote on June 27, 2014, 5:19 PM

When I lived in the mountains, I had a terrible time with fleas. Don't remember how I got rid of them. She didn't like that stuff on the nape of the neck either.

bravo2u wrote on June 27, 2014, 6:34 PM

Caroline, thanks for stopping by. :) I'm taking a chance and ordered a pound bag of the certified organic loose leaf neem tea today. It will make about 3 quarts, which can be combed or sprayed on. I shall see if it works.

DorothyGale wrote on July 1, 2014, 7:34 PM

Have never tried the stuff as we don't usually have a problem with fleas. The only natural stuff I've used is Tea Tree oil on my dog and he hated it! I couldn't stand the smell, either, so that was the end of that experiment. Good luck -- hope you find something that works.