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Thursday, June 9, 2011

I hate Fleas!

Good thing flea is a four-letter word because I about to start using it like one. Our little kittens are covered in them and so of course now our house is infested. We spent the morning pulling every ounce of bedding out of our house and hung ti on the clothes lines. Then we went and totally swept out the house (the kids were amazed at how fast we got the floor clean). We booted every cat outside and set their food out there then we hosed the interior of the building down with a flea and tick spray. I hate using such stuff but right now we have not much choice in the matter.

In about an hour I'm going to attempt to wash 8 kittens and hope just some Ivory bar soap will get the fleas. Then I'm going to see if I can get the mommas into the bath water too, hopefully with almost no lacerations.

On another kitten note, for some reason the second mom has not taught her kittens to use the litter box. I do not know why not, does anyone know the best way to teach one that has no idea? The first mom cat taught her babies to use it, and it was interesting to watch.

She stood in the litter box and called the three over, then she called one into it and stepped out. I'm guessing she told them what to do, as they them "went" crying as I think it was their first times. They buried it and are now very good about using it. I guess you learn something new everyday.


  1. Ugh. So sorry to hear about the fleas. I hate them too! We've been lucky with our dogs only getting them once (through the fence from the infested dogs the neighbor was dogsitting... Grrr...)

  2. Good luck getting rid of the fleas. I'm surprised the second litter hasn't caught on to the litter box, either by watching the first litter or just instinctively. Have you tried just putting them in the box yourself? They may figure it out on their own if you do.

  3. I'm hoping that will work, the youngest of that litter went in it a short time ago so I guess he might have caught on.