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Unread 08-23-2009   #1 (permalink)
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My children were both strays when I took them in. Sam came to the door at Thanksgiving about 12 years ago (guess he smelled the turkey).

Midnight showed up one day in the garage a few months after Sam's arrival. Sam isn't afraid of anything and wants to make friends with everyone that visits like it or not. Midnight is not so forward especially when the grandkids comeover. He will take off under the bed. I guess he's just a one person cat or should I say ,lap cat ,and likes things calm and quiet. No drama for this feline. He's like his mom.

I have a question I hope someone can help with. Since they were both strays they like to be outdoors some of the time. They stay in the back yard lounging around. Is there anything safe to put on them to repel mosquitoes? Someone told me about mixing catnip with water and spraying it on them. Has anyone heard of this?

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Hello and welcome to you Sam and Midnight!

What kind of flea treatment do you use? One of them (I think it's revolution, but not positive) protects against heartworm, which is what mosquito bites will give to cats.

I know of nothing safe to repel them except ...how about trying those new "Off" things? It's a little plastic...box I guess you could call it, that keeps mosquitoes away from you, now sure how much space is affected. Do the cats generally stay in one area, and near each other?

They really do work, but they aren't cheap. Like I said, I'm not sure how much area they cover, yet. And each lasts up to two weeks once it's been activated.

In fact I have been planning to get some for when I take my cats out into their little yard. I've never had problems with mosquitoes before, but we've had so much rain this year, they are wicked!

Anyway, I am going to get a couple, and try them out tomorrow in my yard, so I will report back and let you know how it works out!


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Hi and welcome to you Sam and Midnight.
I've never heard of mixing catnip with water to spray on them.
But I do know that the essential oil of Catnip repels mosquitos. xxxxx
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We cannot offer any advice on the mosquito problem but we wanted to say hello anyway.
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