The worst thing about having pets

In my personal opinion is fleas, they are annoying bity things that don’t seem to die and for some reason our normal flea routine hasn’t worked, I know this because I found fleas on all of the animals at some point over the last 3 or 4 months.

I have done near enough everything to the pets and the flat to try and get rid of them, bar burning down the flat and tbh that was pretty tempting. The pets normally have 2-3 weeks of nothing on them and then just as I am starting to relax, I find one of the little buggers

So Tuesday was spent in a last desperate attempt to get rid of them. This started out with doing the bedrooms with flea bombs, followed by both cats and the dog having a bath, this was not fun for any of us.

Then onto getting rid of any of the fleas I had missed on the pets, by combing and a flea tablet each.

By the time this was done and none of the animals were talking to me, the flea bombs had finished in the bedroom, hoovering and an extra flea room spray is put all over the room, then airing by having the windows open.

In the meantime, the dog is not letting me stroke him and the cats are eying me up on how to kill me in my sleep.

Another hoover in the bedrooms, by the way, this involves, hoovering emptying the hoovering into a bag and then running it downstairs, incase there are any live fleas left. Comb the animals again

Then for the next big job, moving everything out the lounge, where we have been camped, so food, toys etc into the bedroom, where we will all sit, till the lounge is done, repeat with the hoovering and the flea spray. Air the room, then hoover again.

While all of this is happening, making sure anything that can fit in the washing machine is going on as well and wondering if it is just easier to burn down the flat and let someone else deal with the pets. This all has to be done in the 6 hours while Monkey is at school, because he can’t stay in one room

Of course, as I am doing all this, I then get an email that nits are going about Monkey’s school. So that is the humans that need doing as well. At least the humans don’t bite me when they have a bath.

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22 Responses to The worst thing about having pets

  1. Marlapaige says:

    I found that the flea soaps don’t do much but irritate the doggie’s skin. It’s the soap suds that do the buggers (wasn’t intending on a pun, but you got one anyway 😉) in. I used to use baby soap in vanilla smell the dog and cat liked the smell so they were annoyed but not murderous, if they licked themselves or each other it was non toxic. Didn’t burn their eyes. And it suds up FANTASTICALLY. And then you use your nails to scratch them good as you’re doing so they think it’s a treat, and you’re making sure to get all the nooks and crannies. You suds them up until they look like poofy poodles. Then it comes off pretty easily, and you use your nails to get out about 80% of it. Then the last 20% you do with the comb so they are more patient. The rest of it is exactly what life with fleas is for everyone. I hate that. The bombs the spray the vacuuming fifteen times, all of it. I hated it.

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    • I use washing up liquid (you might call it dish soap) which does the same thing and is amazing for bubbles, however it is the water that none of them like, which is an important part of the bath.

      Also both my cats are always murderous, they just spend time debating whether its worth murdering me or allowing me live to feed them,

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      • Marlapaige says:

        That’s because they are cats. You can train one cat to think it’s a dog, once you get more than one, you’ve turned the tables in their favor.

        What’s wrong with the water?

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      • None of the animals like water, in anyway shape, dog wont even go out when its raining

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      • Marlapaige says:

        My dog was like that and tried to do kamikaze dives out of the sink (little guy – about 25 lbs – and big kitchen sink). When I switched to a shampoo that was gently on his skin (didn’t sting like the vet’s shampoo) and smelled to his liking, he was willing to be there all day.

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      • We have tried many things, dry shampoo for dogs is the only thing that seems to work, till he suddenly clicks that he is not smelling right

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      • Marlapaige says:

        Find a smell he likes. He’ll get over that the dry shampoo smells better than him because he’ll feel sexy

        And dry shampoo never did anything for fleas for my pets

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      • Dry shampoo doesn’t do anything for fleas, just makes the dog smell better.

        Now we smear peanut butter on the tiles and tell him he is not wet, that lasts 2 minutes, we have tried going as fast as possible or really slow, either way its water, he doesn’t like it and he sulks

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      • Marlapaige says:

        When my dog was like that I decided to train him to play weird “this entertains the people” games to make it less miserable for me. He had to wait until I got the towel over him and I would sing the chorus to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”. He would wait until I sang. It was funny. He was afraid of the laminate flooring in the kitchen for 12 years. Acted like it was a floor of lava. Wouldn’t even go in to steal the cats food. If there was a towel on the floor, he assumed it was bath time and we had to hunt him down. After I started with the “Shake it Off” if there was a towel down, he would stand and wait for me to get him. When I was soaping him up, I would sing Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash”. When I was rinsing him I would just repeat “FREEZE!” When I had to wet by his ears (when he was not in the bath, I would tell him to freeze and point a finger gun at him. If he moved I would say “bang” and he’d lay on the floor and roll onto his back. He did not want to do that in the sink. That was like his worst nightmare so he froze. When he started getting anxious or annoyed because it was bath 952 because of fleas, I would tell him to ask himself one question: “do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” I would even do a terrible voice to go with it. For whatever reason the more stupid stuff I added into bath time, the more tolerant he became. But if it was drizzling outside, he would rather his bladder explode than to go out there for any reason.

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      • We will keep trying with the dog, with the cats we have accepted they are not going to like it

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      • Marlapaige says:

        Only cat I EVER met that came close was my cat. If you gave that bastard a bath you would have to sleep with a scarf on because he would tear out your throat in the middle of the night. BUT that whack-a-doodle loved getting in the shower with me. He also learned how to turn the sink on so he could lay under the water. He wanted to be soaking wet – but on his terms and he would contemplate your slow agonizing demise if you even thought of giving him a bath. But you could soap him
        Up in the shower and he was fine. As long as you were in there. If he had fleas, there is no way I’m getting in with him naked. He knew and he wouldn’t cooperate. But if you did not want him I’m there, he was ready to pitch a tent and make camp
        To annoy you.

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      • One of them likes sitting on the bath tub watching me, I can’t decide whether he is a pervert or not

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      • Marlapaige says:

        Probably. But he’s a cat so, he’s overt about it. Not a peeping Tom.

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  2. Carol anne says:

    ug nooo! I hate fleas!
    Good luck getting them off! Xo

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  3. Simon says:

    I had this a few years back – had to go to the vet and shell out for some spray and treatments. These actually worked because apparently the buggers get used to frontline and all the old treatments.

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