Canine Flea and Tick Medicine Could Harm Your Cat

Dog and Cat Reclining on a Blanket ca. 2000 San Francisco, California, USA

There are those of you who read this blog that have both cats and dogs, who may not know about the interaction between cats and flea medicine. Cats and dogs do not usually frolic and play together, but there is the rare exception, and this is wherein the danger lies. A common ingredient in canine flea and tick medicine, permethrin, is extremely toxic to cats. New reports are surfacing daily about the hazardous effects permethrin is having after coming in contact with cats.

Permethrin acts as a neurotoxin in felines, and causes seizures and death. Any type of flea and tick medicine intended for dogs should never be put on cats. If you have both dogs and cats in the house, make sure they are separated for several days after the medicine is applied. Remember, dogs like to roll, get on furniture and interact with their families, but if your cat ingests any of the chemical, it can have devastating results.

If you are looking for a non-toxic alternative to the flea and tick medicine that is commonly available, look no further than Diatomaceous Earth. It is a non-toxic substitute that can be sprinkled on your dogs AND cats, and can be found in the pest control section of most mainstream home and garden stores. It is made up of the fossilized remains of diatoms, a type on algae, and can actually be used as a safe alternative to all bug control. So, after you sprinkle it on your pets, dust around your house and even in your yard. It is safer to have your animals in an environment free of toxic chemicals, than risk any interactions that could potentially shorten your time with your pets.

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