Friday, January 01, 2010

Friday Repost: Hooray for Science

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2010 bring you peace, prosperity, happiness, health, love and luck.

Katz Tales will be out in the print version of The Star, Weekender tomorrow. Buy it to read the latest about Au and Target. There's also a surprise for Tales readers tomorrow... You needn't ask! I'm not saying a word! You'll have to wait and see.... (addition on Saturday: check it out here online)

In honour of our Friday Repost, here is something from Thursday, 24th August 2006. I remember it as though it were yesterday.

Hooray For Science

It's official: Scoop and Au had picked up some fleas. What's amazing is that they were flealess on Friday, and had a bath with anti flea shampoo on Saturday. They must have picked them up on Sunday night or Monday. Me, I blame the Cat With The Dirty Face. Or possibly the black girls at the back.

Good news is that it took less than 5 minutes to rid our fuzzies of those pesky fleas. I rushed over to our local vet, and picked up a bottle of Frontline. This stuff is amazing. You just spray your cat under the pawpits, rub it in, and the liquid penetrates the skin and repels fleas and other pests for 5 weeks.

We used to import supplies of Frontline from Australia ourselves as it wasn't sold in Malaysia. And when we ran out of it a few months ago, I started with the old fashioned controls of flea soap and daily grooming to look for trouble. If I had only popped into the vet to check, I would have known that this miracle spray is now being sold here!

Anyway, my fuzzies are perfectly clean again - but they're not talking to me. After the bath and the spraying, Scoop looks at me as though I'm a devil and Au gives me a theatrical hiss. I've told them it was for their own good, but they're not buying it.

PS the picture from Wikimedia Commons is an engraving of a flea from Robert Hooke's 1665 Micrographia, funded by the Royal Society. Wikipedia says cat fleas are "Probably the most abundant and widespread flea in the world".

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Gemini and Ichiro said...

Happy New Year!!!

Cliff and Olivia said...

A surprise. We can't wait. And you're going to be in a paper! Wow.

Fleas sounds like a nasty thing. Maybe we should get some of the Frontline just in case.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Boo fleas! But that's an amazing drawing.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

Happy New Year to you! That flea picture is scary!

Anya said...

Happy New Year
or in Dutch we say
Gelukkig Nieuwjaar :-)

Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :-)

Ebie said...

Hi Ellen, Happy New Year! Congratulations, you have two books now, this is a very great achievement!

I do not have any experience with fleas, ours being an indoor cat.

Thanks for the friendship in blogging!

The Chair Speaks said...

I would recommend spot on combo which kills the eggs as well. It is applied at the back of the neck.

~CovertOperations78~ said...

I'm surprised that such clean and well-cared for fuzzies could contract fleas as well. Naughty fleas!

Naddy said...

i saw this program on APL which shows a puppy being bitten by dozens flea which asses are as big as a bug. ewwww.

glad that you had gotten rid of them.

Më| §zë said...


i use a tick collar on my dog...
works wonders...

there's one for cats too...