On the separate topic of pesticides.
I loaded Sam with Advantage today - (Bayer's anti flea cat treatment- I don't know if it goes by other names elsewhere) -- he is a flea magnet and although the fleas do not bug him, one flea on little Ms Small sends her into fits. Its active ingredient is imidacloprid, which apparently is terribly hard on Bees. I think I read this is thought to be the result of treating seeds -- sunflower seeds and maybe others -- not flea treatment on cats, but still I wonder. (Wikipedia seems to confirm my recollection). The program to encourage bees suggested planting sunflowers so it would seem sunflowers are quite important to bees. Has anyone heard of pet anti-flea treatment resulting in wider ranging problems?
Alice we use Spot-on (Frontline by Merial) only mentions danger to aquatic life-forms. An application every month.
And (for one cat that has to go to the vet's assistant for application..he's so stubborn
claws all to the fro... he goes crazy if he is restrained even for a moment..
) we use Cyclio by Virbac that lasts 3 months.
Frontline is mostly Friponil. Cyclio is Pyriproxyfene (special precautions for the person administering it and not to be administered to sick or convalesent animals)
Those are drops we put between the shoulders of the cat,after parting the hair.
And do not handle the animal for 24hrs.
and keep it in from the rain or sprinkler for the same time.
These products are not the ideal but if you want to keep the cat and the house flea-free..
..we haven't found a better solution and these drops (unidoses) are doing the job.
They are expensive as opposed to flea collars..which we found completely useless.
Liis,yes hedgehogs are 'alive' with fleas... millons of them( well nearly)