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My husband and I are trying to conceive our first. I believe I am ovulating or am just about to ovulate at the moment, based on my observation of cm (I am terrible at remembering to take my temp).<br><br>
Both of our cats have fleas. I'm thinking about having my husband administer the flea medicine because I know for a fact both products we've been recommended are neurotoxins. He thinks I'm being paranoid, but I think I may just make him do it! He doesn't want to administer the pill form treatment (Capstar)...of course he wants me to do it. The chemicals in question are nitenpyram and fipronil (from Capstar and Frontline). I'm too paranoid about it affecting a potential baby, I think. I probably won't touch the cats for several days after treatment either.<br><br>
How do you guys approach this? Unfortunately, I've tried EVERY natural remedy for fleas that I could find, and the stuff from the vet is the only stuff that works on these suckers, or I wouldn't even go there. Our cats are miserable and we are starting to get bites too. Sometimes I hate living in Texas! They don't even go outside, so I have no idea how this happened.<br><br>
It makes me upset because I've tried so hard to keep our environment chemical-free (I make our own cleaners or use 7th generation). And now this is being introduced, when I might actually <b>be</b> pregnant. *sigh* <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">
 

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Hi,<br><br>
ya i know i hate putting chemicals on my cats...but fleas are nasty and harmful to both the cats and you.<br>
I use revolution, or somtimes advantage. I hold the cat and part the hair and my husband squeezes it on the skin at the part (i think it takes 2 people to really get it onto the skin, plus the more on the skin the less on the fur and therefore your hands)<br>
anyway, i just make sure that i wash my hands right after, and try to avoid touching that part of them untill its dry (a few hours)<br><br>
We are TTC and i am not too worried, its so little and i wash my hands right away. There are plenty of other things that i will worry about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
BTW, the fleas come in on your shoes and even if your cats sit by an open window or door. Its WAY worse in warm climates. When i lived in CA i HAD to put it on my indoor cats all year long religiously. Here in OH i only do it the summer months.<br><br>
good luck w/your flea problem!<br>
-L
 

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Why on earth wouldn't your DH do it? Better safe than sorry right?
 

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i have 3 comets on the topic.<br><br>
1. i think flees are more harmful than the medications so it is the lesser of evils, i would never use flee collars or shampoos, but a once a month treatment seems reasonable for comfort and safety of family and kitties.<br><br>
2. if you are anywhere in the south or east coast, please consider using Revolution brand since it includes heart-worm medication also. most of us only think about heart worm in doge but it happens in cats as well and is very bad thing. since you are treating them anyway this is a easy choice. i use it even on the west coast, when i use anything, rarely on my indoor kitty<br><br>
3. slightly off topic but i take any chance to get this info out DO NOT USE HARTZ BRANDS, their back of the next stuff nearly killed my cat and have killed or ruined many kitties lives. it was the scariest thing i ever saw, my little beloved cat falling apart in my arms with seizures and he now has a heart murmur. it was years ago and thanks to some great doctors that knew just what to do he is safe and pretty sound. this has happened to thousands of beloved pets, read more at<br><br><a href="http://www.hartzvictims.org/" target="_blank">www.hartzvictims.org</a>
 

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Yes my cat also had a BAD reaction to HARTZ products!!!<br>
Her fur all fell out and she was kinda limp.....I washed it off her RIGHT AWAY!!<br>
Shes ok now and i ONLY use revolution or Advantage on my cats and they have never had a problem with either of these products.<br><br>
I think it really takes two to get it on perfectly (cats as i am sure you know don't take well to being told to hold still <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">, ) your husband should help you!!<br><br>
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Yes, have your husband do it. And whoever does it should wear gloves. Your not paranoid your smart.<br><br>
Hartz almost killed my dog years ago <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> she had seizures it was horrible.
 

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Hartz for some reason is a very different product than the other brands, i do not know why, but i have had 4 different vets all confirm that they thought hartz was very dangerous and had seen loads of hurt animals from it, and also had not had anything but the very very rare issue from the other big name products. i have had revolution recommended most of all for the added heart-worm benefit.<br><br>
and yes i think wearing gloves is a good easy precaution. i also put a cone collar on my cat while it dries, other wise no matter what i do he want to wash it off and i don't want him eating it. i have a small one that i got at the pet store and have trimmed down so that it really just stops him from messing with his neck and head, but still lets him eat and sleep the hour or so away just fine. at that point i usually take a barely damp sponge and wipe off his fur
 

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Thanks for the replies, ladies. Gloves are a good idea. I did end up giving the pills (DH is lame about medicating things...what can I say) but he did apply the Frontline. I really hate that stuff...one of my cats was fine, but the other seemed lethargic for a while after she was dosed. They are both flea-free now, though, which I guess is what we wanted. My poor kitties. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I really, really hate chemicals in my house.
 
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