When Charlie and Trigg had fleas last year, I thought I was going to die. I hate fleas. Hate them. But, I had never had a problem with letting Rags outside and him getting fleas. So I figured it wasn’t possible in my yard (please know I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s what I thought). Rags never had flea control – and he was outside at 19 years old, months before he died, which would have been an optimum time for a flea to have fun! I once heard that if you live in an area where yards are sprayed, then sometimes you luck out and don’t have to have flea control on your animal. So that’s what I thought was the case. WRONG. Well, there were a few circumstances that happened last year – brought Charlie and Trigg over to my boyfriend’s house when we were painting it for the next tenants and they might have acquired fleas over there.
Putting chemicals on Charlie and Trigg makes me even crazier, so I am always looking for (and up for suggestions, hint, hint.) natural or holistic remedies to control fleas.
When I came across Pet Naturals of Vermont and saw that they had a flea and tick wipe, I thought, “Wow, how simple is that?!” So I asked them for a product sample and they were kind enough to oblige in sending us a pack of their wipes.
I didn’t think I would be reviewing this product in November, a few days before December, but as it turns out, I found a flea on Murphy, my parents’ Ragdoll cat, 2 days before Thanksgiving. I freaked out. My mom has never had fleas on any of her animals.
She currently has 2 Ragdoll cats and 3 German Shepherds. So I got the flea wipes from Pet Naturals and took one wipe for each animal and wiped them all down.
The wipes has a very strong herbal smell. Caymus and Murphy didn’t entirely appreciate the smell, but it’s 10x better than putting chemicals on them. You can see how they aren’t big fans of the smell in the video below.
Knock on wood, we haven’t been able to find fleas again on Murphy, or any of the other cats, so as far as I can tell, the wipes worked. I will be saving the rest for our summer experience next year. They do recommend to re-apply the wipes every 2-3 days, so there’s a lot more applications to do than the regular chemical stuff, but worth the extra work in the safeness arena.
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Here’s a quick breakdown of the ingredients:
Lemongrass Oil 4%
Cinnamon Oil 1%
Sesame Oil 1%
Castor Oil 0.5%
Purified Water 91.3%
Vitamin E Acetate 1.8%
Polysorbate 20 0.4%
There are 30 wipes in the container, so if you think about using a wipe every 2-3 days, then at most, they will last you 60-90 days. Not too shabby.
Below is video I took when I first put the wipes on Caymus and Murphy:
You can buy Pet Naturals of Vermont’s FLEA+TICK Repellent Wipes for Dogs & Cats online through a number of companies. Just click on that hyperlink to see a list of a bunch of online retailers.
They also make their FLEA+TICK Repellent in a spray.