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  • artfulann commented on ranwithjesus's instructable How to Make a Natural Flea Collar 5 months ago
    How to Make a Natural Flea Collar

    I love your ideas!! Have you considered changing your instructable to say natural flea repellant for dogs? I only ask this because of my journey with fleas in a multiple pet household in a really flea/tick dominant part of the country (Houston) where we don't have much winter usually. I've not had a problem with fleas before this year for about 5 years. I like to use natural elements as much as possible. However this year there was no winter cold and suddenly even though doggies and kitties are mostly indoors, I had fleas BIG TIME. When I noticed, I did the natural route for several weeks (your solution and a few others) and learned quickly that cats are VERY different as far as dogs and are more sensitive to essential oils. However when most of my furry friends started pulling out the...see more »I love your ideas!! Have you considered changing your instructable to say natural flea repellant for dogs? I only ask this because of my journey with fleas in a multiple pet household in a really flea/tick dominant part of the country (Houston) where we don't have much winter usually. I've not had a problem with fleas before this year for about 5 years. I like to use natural elements as much as possible. However this year there was no winter cold and suddenly even though doggies and kitties are mostly indoors, I had fleas BIG TIME. When I noticed, I did the natural route for several weeks (your solution and a few others) and learned quickly that cats are VERY different as far as dogs and are more sensitive to essential oils. However when most of my furry friends started pulling out their hair (dogs and cats) and the cats were sitting on the highest perch possible even though it meant they would fall off of their perch over and over again, I did the responsible thing and went to my vet and got the best topical/oral flea medication I could get- in my case both as I have a Great Dane who the topical doesn't fit so well and a semi-feral cat whose only option is topical on the sneak. I think your flea collar idea is a flea repellant? for my area. It will work for most populations but the mostly tropical areas like Houston. I wish there were a natural flea collar for these areas. (And by the way growing mint is one of the easiest gardening things ever, it will usually take over!! You could grow your mint !)

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