My house has fleas. My cat seems fine. What to do?
I got my cat last September from a friend who had rescued him off the street. The cat had infested my friend's house with fleas, as well as my friend's parent's house. I brought the cat to the vet immediately after I got him and treated him with Advantage. No fleas on cat. No bites on housemates. No fleas.
My cat is mostly an indoor cat now, but he escapes all the time and we've let him out a few times in the summer because he enjoys being outside so much. I was negligent and didn't think about the flea risk until I noticed my cat scratching a lot at the beginning of September and a housemate mentioned that she had a few unidentified bites. I applied the remaining tube of Advantage immediately and the cat has stopped scratching and my housemates haven't been bitten. BUT about a week ago, I started getting 2 - 3 bites a day and saw something jump off of my leg that looked like a flea tonight. I've checked my cat for flea dirt and so far he's been clean. I'm going into the vet on Saturday to get more Advantage to apply on the cat for the next few months, but I'm worried that the fleas will continue to stay off my cat and start biting more people.
I've read some of the other threads
about cat fleas
and many of the proposed solutions don't work because:
- I live in a co-op house with 11 other students. we can't take off on vacation for a few days while the house is being fogged
- The house is an old 3 story Victorian with a gazillion little closets and nooks. The cat sleeps and hangs around /everywhere/. I don't think we can coordinate daily sweeping/vacuuming in such a way that it will actually make a difference
- My housemates will probably be unwilling to be exposed to borax or any other overly toxic treatment
- We have a tight budget. If there is a fogging method that doesn't require people to leave for a few days, I shudder to think of how many foggers we'd need for all the rooms and how expensive it would be.
I'm going to ask the vet about it when I go in. I'm a bit doubtful of her knowledge about human-flea problems because when I asked last year about other treatment methods that could complement Advantage in the case of a severe infestation, she was very dismissive and didn't think severe infestations happened in Toronto anymore.
YANMPestController AskMefi, but please help me think up of some creative ways of kicking out the fleas!
(I will try the soupy water with lamp method tonight and report back)