Monday, May 13, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Welcome to Caturday, where we talk all about cat issues!
Today we need to talk about a big one. It’s that time of year again! FLEAS! YUK!
I often get asked about how I deal with keeping our house flea free having 14 cats. Cats that have access to an outdoor cat enclosure where they could get fleas.
Well, the answer is simple, I use Frontline Plus. And I am ashamed to say I do.
Truly. Honestly. Ashamed.
As a natural cat mom I try my best not to put anything harmful into our cats bodies or environments. But fleas are one issue I have never won using natural treatments. I have tried them all. If you have read it or seen it on the internet or heard about it from a friend… we have done it. But we have always ended up with fleas.
I think a lot of natural treatments not working has to do with the fact that we have so many cats that do have access to the outside, albeit an enclosed space that they can’t escape from, but fleas can still get in. So our chances of getting fleas are much, much higher than the average household. And our cats all go out to the enclosure, and we are surrounded by other people who own pets who all roam bring fleas into our area.
The fact in our house is this… natural treatments have never worked for us and I will never again chance another infestation while attempting to go natural.
Ashamed? Yes. But also flea free.
I pick my battles and with fleas I use WMD’s knowing full well that they are terrible chemicals. But I guess I just have to take my chances. Okay. I am done explaining myself and trying to defend my decision. Even I struggle with this one as I know even in my own head it makes no sense and it endangers my cats. Sigh. But again… we haven’t had fleas in years.
The one thing I want to be VERY clear about here though is that I only treat my cats 2 times a year. Spring and fall. I do not treat monthly. I have found it’s unnecessary. 2 times a year works as well as monthly in our situation. So keep that in mind when treating your animals.
I would not treat at all if I had just 2 cats that never went outside. You would be treating for something that had no risk. No need to put chemicals into your cats body if they aren't even going to get a flea.
Next question I get is this:
How can you afford to treat 14 cats with Frontline Plus?
The answer to that question can be found here.
I have been using this method for minimum 10 years. It’s true. Check the package ingredients yourself.
Question: I flea treated my cat with a spot on but it still has fleas. What can I do?
You can buy Capstar. The Capstar will kill all the fleas on your cat almost instantly and the frontline will prevent re-infestation. Use the Capstar right away. It will kill all fleas on your cat with in an hour. It is imperative that you do not skip this. I have used this product many many times in rescue.
Frontline (or advantage, revolution, promeris, etc.) is only effective if the flea bites the cat. Fleas have a 3 week lifespan and only feed for a few days of those three weeks, so you must use Capstar to kill all live fleas on your cat instantly. After you Capstar add on the Frontline Plus and it will keep fleas future fleas off your cat. Any eggs that hatch will be killed when they feed by the Frontline.
Treats flea infestations on pets. Starts killing adult fleas on the pet within 30 minutes. One dose lasts 24 hours. Use when pets are likely to be exposed to fleas. Also may be used prior to surgery, boarding, or grooming. Active ingredient is Nitenpyram, which interferes with the normal nerve transmission of insects, effectively killing them. Not a preventive. For pets over four (4) weeks of age. Package of 6.
contains fipronil, which spreads via the body oils killing fleas within 24 hours and ticks within 48 hours. Ticks are generally killed before they bite, decreasing the risk of tick-borne disease transmission. Approved for use on kittens 8 weeks and older.
Frontline Plus also contains (S)-methoprene, an Insect Growth Regulator, which prevents an insect from maturing or reproducing. Approved for use on kittens 8 weeks and older.
So that’s my flea advice for Caturday.
Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats
Thursday, May 9, 2013
How’s things? Good I hope. Its been a rough week here at our house. Last Friday morning at 2 am I woke up with a terrible stomach bug. It was no good. I even called off work and I NEVER call off. I had no choice. I was so sick. By Saturday evening I was finally able to pull myself together and eat. I felt a little better after that. But this whole week has been tiring for me. Then Mr. Primcat got a cold, and gave it to me. Sigh. We have had it rough this last week. I hope we are on the upswing!
On to the more interesting stuff!
I have treasures to share with you today!
Check out this pretty little dresser I picked up a the GW. I think it’s just vintage. But it may be antique. Either way… I LOVE it! So precious!
Love the details! It’s missing a ring but I don’t mind!
I also picked up this adorable little apron that I enjoy wearing around the house when cooking and cleaning. I had forgotten how useful aprons really are!
A cute little welcome sign.
And a drawer for hanging…
… or sitting.
And one more thing…
Today is Holly’s 5th birthday!
Happy Birthday to our baby girl. She is the best dog in the world. We just love her so very much!
She loves hanging out in the cat enclosure and playing fetch. We have to keep the grass really short though or she gets lost! LOL!
Being outside makes her happy!
Tonight there will be lots of treats to celebrate this little girls day and the wonderful gifts of love she brings to us every day!
Happy Birthday Holly!
Until next time…
Carmen and the Primcats
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I am about to hit 500 posts.
I am about to hit 400 followers.
I am approaching my 4th year blogiversary.
I can’t believe that! Crazy right!
Wouldn’t it be cool if I could make these 3 things happen on the same day!?!?
I started blogging on June 5, 2009 and honestly I had no expectations of it. But what I ended up finding here was a wonderful community of friends that I enjoy spending time with both online and in real life. And that… is pretty darn cool.
As I approach my 500th post, my 400th follower and my 4th year anniversary I managed to finally collect a little check for my last years blogging (from your clicks on my ads, so please, please, please click whenever you visit!) and I wanted to turn that money right back into my blog, since that is where it came from. So I have decided to make my blog official… and treat myself to something I have always wanted.
Drumroll please for my big news!!!!
I now own the domain name for Primcats.
Go ahead… click it. You will be taken to a page with the primcats logo. At least I HOPE that’s what happens. lol!
So very soon my BlogSpot address will redirect to and you will find me at www.Primcats.com. I will still be on blogger… it will just forever be known as Primcats. And that idea makes my heart happy. I feel like I really achieved something. I know it’s something small but it’s mine. All mine. The Primcats own a little piece of the internet.
I will be celebrating these milestones and the change to my own site soon. I see a giveaway in my near future to say thank you to all the wonderful people who stop by just to say hi. Means a lot to me and keeps me blogging. Thanks for being so awesome!!
Until next time…
Carmen and the “official” Primcats of www.primcats.com