It was the fluff that captured my heart. The moment I held the orange furry kitten in my arms as he rubbed his whiskers on my chin, I was in love.
Oh boy was I ready to take home that kitty from the shelter! Had I ever had a cat as a pet? Um, yes… kinda. My mother was the caretaker of our family cat growing up. Truth be told, that cat hated me. She kept her distance. Apparently she didn’t like being held. And well, I like to hold…
Love prevailed over logic and my graduation present to myself was this orange kitty from the shelter. I happily brought him home committing myself to the responsibilities of being his caretaker.
Friends, surely by now you know me to be honest with you? And, you’ve grown to know life isn’t always pretty around here – no?
Cats ya’ll… cats.
I love them. And, boy, can they drive me nuts!
I appreciate that cats are quite independent. When we leave for a vacation, there is no need for a sitter. Dump food in a large bowl – check. Leave toilet seat up for water – check. Leave and come back. Easy-peasy.
I must say too that it’s wonderful they bathe themselves. When a muddy kitty comes in from the outdoors, toss’em into the bathroom, lock the door, leave for 30 minutes, and poof, like magic, out comes a clean kitty.
Have you ever tried bathing a cat yourself? If you haven’t, let me tell you, it’s not like cats on YouTube that willfully jump in and swim around. Those must not be cats. Sea creatures in cat costumes… I don’t know – just not cats.
Living with cats, it’s like the saying goes, curiosity killed the cat. Fact: cats are curious. If there is something misplaced, knocked down, shredded, wet, whatever… It’s not that I just suspect the cat made the problem happen, I know the cat made the problem happen.
So, this honesty I speak of is in regards to our cats. It’s not exactly a statement that’ll make you want to come to our house and lay on our floor. Although, I hope you trust me in the end that our house is a welcoming environment.
We had fleas.
Excuse me, our cats had fleas.
My neighbors told me that their dog had fleas once and it got so bad, he itched until he got a staff infection. In the end it was a $200 expense.
Nuh, uh! This was not happening to us. We don’t have that money but yet our poor kitties were being molested by these little fleas, we had to do something.
I was determined to find a way to take care of this situation at home before having to make a vet visit. Because according to my neighbors story, fleas don’t just take care of themselves. My kitties needed some intervention and help.
Google to the rescue! I read about fleas and all sorts of natural remedies. We chose two to go with. 1. Lemon juice baths 2. Diatomaceous Earth. The citric acid properties from the lemons kills the flea. My cats stopped itching right away after I rubbed them down with the lemon water.
Now what in the world is diatomaceous earth?! My thoughts exactly when I first read about it. Not Riley’s though. When I mentioned the stuff to him, he lauuuughed and laughed and said he has some vivid memories of using the stuff on the farm.
Does Riley ever learn something new? Does Riley ever not have a ridiculous story to tell to relate?! If you can think of a time, tell me. The man always has something to say to me. I love it! He recalls his family farm being a cloud of white dust made of diatomaceous earth. Ha! Particularly for one or two summers is all. He claims his dad used it on the farm and in the wheat.
It’s edible because it’s natural. Made of ancient tough shelled algae, the powder can slice through the exoskeleton of these tiny pests. Basically it dries them up from the inside out.
Riley found out quick that it can’t penetrate all pests’ exoskeletons. I imagine he might have even tried it on a chicken from the stories he tells. It’s like he and his brother had a DE gun to poof all undesired creatures making the farm white as snow. Silly boys.
Well, we purchased the DE. We put on furniture and where the cats sleep so that we could vacuum it up along with the fleas it killed.
Wa-la! No fleas.
Natural Flea Remedy
5 organic lemons
2 quarts of water
Cut lemons into quarters.
Cover lemons with water in the crock pot.
Turn crock pot on low and let simmer overnight.
Pour the resultant liquid into a spray bottle or a glass jar.
With a spray bottle or towel, wet you animals hair/skin behind the ears, around the base of the tail, and under their legs – the common areas of fleas.
Do once a day for 3-4 days.
Store lemon water in spray bottles or glass jars in the fridge.
Cats are sensitive to lemons. Do not place undiluted lemon juice on your pets skin.
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