This is my first time participating in Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge. Since I have two dogs and five cats, I don’t think I will ever lack for photos! I know I certainly don’t lack for challenges! hee hee! For my first entry, I have chosen my youngest female cat, Inky, who became fascinated by the TV on Monday.
For those individuals who don’t recognize the TV characters, they are from that ever-popular BBC series, DR. WHO! I had never watched it but then Dr. Who things started turning up on various corners so we went to the TV to see what all the hoopla was about. Shucks, I actually find I’m liking the show! We’re only in Series 1 (which I believe was actually around 2005) so you can see we’ve got some catching up to do.
Please continue reading past the photo entries about an experience with Inky this past weekend. I would love to hear from you with any suggestions! Thanks in advance.
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Now, as indicated above, I want/need to share with you pet owners, in this case particularly cat owners, the experience we had this past weekend. Here in Florida, as I’m sure in other areas also, we seem to be constantly battling fleas. Years ago, I used Frontline. It stopped working. I switched to Advantage. It stopped working. I switched more recently to Revolution. It didn’t seem to work that well, either. So, this last go around, I got a newer flea topical from one of the veterinarians I deal with. This topical (pesticide as they all are) is called ACTIVYL and is from Merck Pharmaceuticals. Now, I realize from owning animals for years that incidents are few and far between. But this last weekend, never having used Activyl, I had applied it to four of my five cats. Next thing I noticed was that Inky started vomiting about 15 minutes or so after the application. She seemed to stop vomiting after a couple of retches and, at the time, I never connected it with the Activyl. After about maybe another 10 minutes, she began screaming and having seizures. That not only terrified her but it terrified me. She ended up having three seizures. I thought for sure I was going to lose her. Being a Saturday afternoon, none of my local vets were open. I called the one emergency vet hospital that myself and some tech friends trust, and the tech told me to wash off everything I could with Dawn dishwashing liquid. We immediately did so. She was not having tremors so the tech was honest and said there probably wouldn’t be anything they could do at this point unless she gets worse. She did calm down and not have anymore seizures. The rest of the night, when she finally began to mobilize, she would try weaving through the house following along the walls like she had never been here before and like she was blind. She probably was temporarily blinded because her eyes were so dilated from OD’ing that I doubt she could see much of anything. By Sunday morning, she seemed to be about 90% improved. She now seems to be back to her old self.
I don’t have to tell you how terrifying something like that can be. I will stress that when you apply a flea repellent on any of your animals, please time it so that you are there and can watch them for the first 30-60 minutes and that should something go wrong (Heaven forbid) you can get to a vet.
Here is where I can use your help. Does anyone know of, or does anyone have any experience with, natural or holistic flea remedies that work. At the moment, I plan to use Dawn and/or Skin So Soft. I know it will have to be done at least weekly but I’m now too afraid to use the pesticides anymore. We’re lucky in that our entire home is tiled and we have leather sofas rather than fabric. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time in reading this and I’m grateful to any of you who have recommendations that have worked for you.