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Food grade diatomaceous earth Titties :) 2 kids; Beaverton, Oregon 53705 posts
31st Aug '12

Can I use it directly on newborn kittens skin? I was so certain we had NO Fleas and just spotted one crawling on one of our newbs. We're moving in a week and I need this shit HANDLED, we can NOT take fleas to our new house, theres plush carpeting AND a yard :evil: I intend to treat the cats before we leave, but I can't use flea treatment on the mom or kittens... I'm going to use diatamaceous earth on the new house and yard to make sure THAT house doesn't have them. HELP!

Blythe. 1 child; Indiana 22056 posts
31st Aug '12

can you give them a bath?

Vile Tramp 2 kids; New York 32363 posts
31st Aug '12

How about tea tree oil?

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32203 posts
status 31st Aug '12

Yes, they're just microscopic fossils. It's like rubbing dirt in their fur, too small to hurt the kitten but will kill fleas.

Titties :) 2 kids; Beaverton, Oregon 53705 posts
31st Aug '12
Quoting Squid Kid:" Yes, they're just microscopic fossils. It's like rubbing dirt in their fur, too small to hurt the kitten but will kill fleas."


Are you 100% certain? I've never done kittens before, so I'm nervous about anything :oops:
And blythe, I really don't wanna try and give them a bath. They were born yesterday and lose heat easy.

sknymnie Hubert, nc, United States 15150 posts
31st Aug '12

Where can I buy this "diatamaceous earth"? My puppy (well he is 2 years old now) just got fleas this past week or so....his first time having fleas since we got him at 7 months old :(



I gave both dogs a bath the other day and washed their bedding, and vacuumed the whole house. I probably need to do both ours and the guest bed, and the couch covers as the dogs are allowed on furniture. Or should we just flea bomb the house? What about our huge yard (our "lot" is about an acre)??

Titties :) 2 kids; Beaverton, Oregon 53705 posts
31st Aug '12
Quoting Jen K.:" Where can I buy this "diatamaceous earth"? My puppy (well he is 2 years old now) just got fleas this ... [snip!] ... dogs are allowed on furniture. Or should we just flea bomb the house? What about our huge yard (our "lot" is about an acre)??"


This shit is DA BOMB. When I Say food grade, I mean, HUMANS can eat it to get rid of worms. It feels like a fine powder to us, but like someone said, its powdered fossils, so its sharp in a microscopic level. It dissolves the exoskeleton of bugs and then dehydrates them. You can sprinkle it on your carpet, all over your yard so your dog won't get re infested when going back out, and you can put it directly ON the dog. And it won't hurt you or your child.

Lupin 2 kids; Edmonton, Alberta 10451 posts
31st Aug '12

Newborn Kitten, Yes Dichotomous Earth Is safe, Just be careful about their Lungs.
Definitely Do NOT Bathe them, especially NOT with any Anti Flea stuffs. Most Pet Shampoos, & Even Cat Shampoos are Dangerous to Kittens(under 6 months), Far less newborn ones.
Tea Tree Oil is also Not safe for Kittens.
After about 6 weeks Mild Kitten & Ferret shampoos are one of the best options for cleaning, but not any that are for Fleas.



You should be able to get Dichotomous Earth at most Garden supply Stores, Food Grade you can get at Some Natural & Herbal stores.

Titties :) 2 kids; Beaverton, Oregon 53705 posts
31st Aug '12
Quoting Jen K.:" Where can I buy this "diatamaceous earth"? My puppy (well he is 2 years old now) just got fleas this ... [snip!] ... dogs are allowed on furniture. Or should we just flea bomb the house? What about our huge yard (our "lot" is about an acre)??"


Yeah so once you get this stuff, sprinkle it on your doorjams, the areas in the yard the dogs frequent, all over your carpet, on your furniture, especially along the baseboards too.

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32203 posts
status 31st Aug '12
Quoting Lupin:" Newborn Kitten, Yes Dichotomous Earth Is safe, Just be careful about their Lungs. Definitely Do NOT Bathe ... [snip!] ... be able to get Dichotomous Earth at most Garden supply Stores, Food Grade you can get at Some Natural & Herbal stores."

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Dawn dish soap in limited amounts will also do the trick if you need to bathe them.

sknymnie Hubert, nc, United States 15150 posts
31st Aug '12
Quoting Breanna(TITSORGTFO):" Yeah so once you get this stuff, sprinkle it on your doorjams, the areas in the yard the dogs frequent, all over your carpet, on your furniture, especially along the baseboards too. "

they "frequent" the whole yard, it's huge! lol They are mainly inside dogs, but do go out to potty and play.