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Fleas this year.........are they bad or what????

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I took my 2 house cats into the vet younger one has been scratching his ears, face, head and then I see him flinching his skin on his body, like he is getting bit by something. He also takes off when this happens and runs real fast. I am not seeing any flea.mite dirt in his ears or fleas running around in his hair.........

Now I know fleas *can* live in the carpet and the vet today said that *I* may have brought a flea(s) in on my shoes when I mowed the grass (tracking grass cuttings in possibly)......the vet says cats will act like something is "after" them when a flea bites, they will act like they are trying to get away.......

The vet had me go to Pet Supermarket to pick up some "Advantage"......a 4 pack (because I will treat both cats) is 39.99!! ugh!!! (where can I buy stock in the Bayer company?? sheeesh!!)

I took the younger cat's collar off and applied a tube of it to the back of his neck......rubbed it in real good, and he took off and hid under the couch for 2 hours because he was so upset with me, and it does not smell real good.

It is looking like he is not flinching with his skin, scratching his ears and face, and not doing his little bursts of speed like something is biting him.

The vet says she thinks this may be it......she says indoor cats only need ONE flea to bite them because they are NOT used to them, and are overly sensitive to them.

My vet also said this year is one of the WORST flea years she has seen here in the south......humidity and heat is why she says.

Anyone else have an indoor cat who acted like they were getting bit?? Your experiences??

Dog owners.......are you guys seeing your buddies scratch alot this year?? Are fleas bad where you live???
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I started to mix brewer's yeast and fresh raw garlic in my dog's food. I spotted about 50 ticks in the house last summer; this summer there was one. I have never, ever spotted a flea anywhere. The brewer's yeast and garlic is supposed to make their skin taste bad to pests. I don't know the science behind it, but it always worked on the dozen or so dogs we had when I was growing up.

When I take them into the brush or just a walk in the field, I spray them with eucalyptus liquid. I put about four drops in a quart bottle and mist spray them. The bugs won't even come close to that. Don't overdo it though. A four drop solution will seem very mild to your nose, but it is terrible for the bugs.
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