Newton: Where did you go? Come back!
Newton: Hey, Ashton…
Ashton: Kinda busy in here right now.
Newton: ASHTON! You have to see this!
Newton: Remember that It’s the Scoop you told everybody earlier this week we’re giving away? It’s… talking.
Ashton: Did you get into the nip again?
Ashton: I’m not going anywhere near a talking litter scoop.
Newton: Well, it’s a little late for me.
Ashton: It’s a little late for you for a lot of things. *sigh* What does it say?
Newton: It says we should give away three It’s the Scoop litter scoops.
Ashton: Instead of one?
Newton: That’s what it says.
Ashton: Well if the scoop says, it must be true, right? This is too weird, even for a cat. You heard Newton, everybody! The It’s the Scoop says we’re giving away THREE scoops, not just one. That’s more chances for you to win. So if you haven’t already entered the giveaway already, head on over to the previous post to enter. You now have three times the chance of winning! And if you have trouble with Rafflecopter, leave us a comment and let us know. We know that it doesn’t load properly for some people, so we can enter you manually if you can’t get it to work.
Newton: Good job.
Ashton: Thanks. Just one question, Newton. What were you doing talking to the litter scoop in the first place?
Newton: Who do you think keeps me company when I use the litterbox?
Ashton: I’m sorry I asked.
Ashton: I’m really glad we don’t have a dog. You know what I just learned? It’s a song that goes like this, “My dog has fleas.”
Ashton: I don’t want fleas!
Pierre: You don’t just get fleas from dogs, Ashton. Cats who go outside get fleas all on their own, especially in warmer weather.
Ashton: No way!
Pierre: What’s worse is the things that used to work to get rid of them aren’t working very well any more. When you arrived as a kitten and gave us all fleas, we all were dosed with Frontline. But now it isn’t working very well because fleas are becoming resistant to its active ingredient.
Ashton: Sorry. I didn’t mean to bring you fleas.
Pierre: The scary thing is that people who are looking for something effective against fleas sometimes want to try the spot-on treatments for dogs on their cats, too. That can be dangerous, because a lot of them contain pyrethrin.
Ashton: What do you know about this pyrethrin stuff?
Pierre: I know that even though she doesn’t like to talk about it, the head peep’s childhood cat died of pyrethrin toxicity from repeated flea dips.
Ashton: Is that dip like with chips? I like chips and dip.
Pierre: No, it’s a bath. In water.
Ashton: In WATER?!
Pierre: I was in the vet waiting room a few years ago when a cat was rushed in who was treated with a full dog’s dose of a pyrethrin-filled spot-on treatment. It was bad. I don’t ever want that stuff on me. And people should know to keep it off of their cats, too.
Ashton: It sounds really bad. What does it do?
Pierre: It interferes with normal nerve conduction, and it causes full-body tremors, like seizures, elevated body temperature, and muscle damage. Cats suffering from pyrethrin toxicity can suffer permanent nervous system damage and even die.
Ashton: That’s awful. If we don’t have pyrethrin on us, how do we get rid of the fleas?
Pierre: We are indoor cats and don’t have to worry about fleas. We haven’t since you arrived with your fleas.
Ashton: I said I was sorry. Don’t rub it in.
Pierre: If humans need to find something to get rid of fleas, they should look for the feline versions of flea treatments to be sure that none of the ingredients are things that cats can’t handle. And remember that only a small fraction of fleas are on a cat at any time, so consider using food-grade diatomaceous earth to control fleas around your home instead of pyrethrin-laden sprays or foggers. The main thing to know is that you can’t just split a large dog dose of flea killer among several cats and know it’s safe. It could very well not be.
Ashton: I would rather not have fleas at all.
Pierre: We all would! Let’s hope that this is another flea-free year.
Ashton: Hey, TAKE THAT BACK!
Miami Herald, PetVet: Fleas become resistnt to typical Treatments
PetMD, Flea and Tick Medicine Poisoning in Cats