Saturday, January 3, 2015

Flee, Flea!

It's that time again.

Flea medicine.

Yes, time to treat for fleas again.  It's a mostly year 'round battle in the swamps, anyway, and the last couple of muggy, warmish days brought to light that it's high time for a skirmish.

The good thing about this flea treatment is that as each flea in the house jumps on a cat and bites, it dies instantly.  No way for the things to gain immunity and pass it on, unlike the topical medicines which are becoming mostly useless.

The bad thing is that my cats fight like demons when we try to give them the pills.  Last time, we had to tie Link up in a towel and he still almost took Little Girl's hand off fighting not to take the thing.

This time, i got the idea to crush a pill and put it in canned food, to see if they'd eat it more easily that way.  That worked for about two bites of food each, then they decided something was wrong and wouldn't eat it.  Except Mikey, who eats anything, and Link, because we were desperate with him.  Little Girl sat with him and gave him bits to lick off of her fingers.  It took her 20 minutes, but he is now pilled and no blood spilled on either side.

The other cats had to get it the hard way, with mouths pried open and long tweezers pushing a pill in.

It's all done now, though, and i have the satisfaction of knowing that fleas are dropping dead all over the house.

Now if only there was a repellent for brothers-in-law.

Copyright Paws, Inc.

Today is:

Dakar Rally -- Buenos Aires, Argentina to Valparaiso, Chile (the legendary event of off-road rallies; through the 17th)

Day of Remembrance for Princess Olga -- Slavic Pagan Calendar

Great Fruitcake Toss -- Manitou Springs, CO, US (by the first Saturday in January, it's time to get rid of what's left of last year's fruitcakes, so come join the fun and do it competitively!)

Hakozakigu Tamaseseri -- Fukuoka, Japan (ceremony of the red ball which brings good luck to the team which catches it)

Icing Morning -- Fairy Calendar

Humiliation Day -- drawing attention to the fact that it's okay to be humble, but not to humiliate others

J.R.R. Tolkien Day -- birth anniversary

Memento Mori / "Remember You Die" Day -- Wellcat Holidays suggests putting these words where you can see them often, to remind you to cherish what you have today

National Chocolate Covered Filled Cherry Day

National Write to Congress Day -- US (the new session begins today or, if the 3rd is on a weekend, the following Monday; write your Congress-persons and Senators and tell them what you think, after all, they work for you) 

Perchtenlauf -- Bad Gastein, Austria (A festival with scary masks and music to frighten away winter.)

Revolution Day -- Burkina Faso

Shigoto-hajime -- Japan (first work day of the New Year; work begun well today will prosper)

St. Genevieve's Day (Patron of females in the military; Paris, France; against plague, disasters, fevers)

Tamaseseri Festival -- Hakozaki Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan (men in fundoshi - loincloths - compete for the ball; if the winning team is from a seaside town, it will be an auspicious year for fishermen, if the land team wins, there will be a good harvest)

Tenth Day of Christmas

Anniversaries Today:

Alaska becomes the 49th US State, 1959
Establishment of Wind Cave National Park, SD, US, 1903

Birthdays Today

Eli Manning, 1981
Danica McKellar, 1975
Joan Chen, 1960
Mel Gibson, 1956
Victoria Principal, 1950
John Paul Jones, 1946
Stephen Stills, 1945
Van Dyke Parks, 1943
Dabney Coleman, 1932
Robert Loggia, 1930
George Martin, 1926
Jan Walsh Anglund, 1926
Maxine Andrews, 1918
John Sturges, 1911
Victor Borge, 1909
Ray Milland, 1905
Zasu Pitts, 1898
Marion Davies, 1897
Clement Richard Attlee, 1883
J.R.R. Tolkien, 1892
Father Joseph Damien, 1840
Lucretia Coffin Mott,  1793
William Tucker, 1624 (first African American child born in North America)
Cicero, BC106

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Arsenio Hall Show"(TV), 1989
"Queen for a Day"(TV), 1956
"Look Up and Live"(TV), 1954
"Symphonic Dances"(Rachmaninoff, Op. 45), 1941
"An Ideal Husband"(Play), 1895

Today in History:

Joan of Arc is handed over to the bishop for trial, 1431
Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine, 1496
Martin Luther is formally excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church, 1521
The first theater in Amsterdam, the Schouwburg, opens, 1638
Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont as a separate state, 1749
Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico, 1823
Joseph Jenkins Roberts is sworn in as the first president of the independent African Republic of Liberia, 1848
The Meiji Restoration returns authority to Japan's emperors, 1868
Oleomargarine is patented by Henry Bradley, Binghamton, NY, 1871
The wax drinking straw is patented, by Marvin C Stone in Washington DC, 1888
The refracting telescope at the Lick Observatory, then the largest in the world, is put into use, 1888
The first known use of the word automobile was seen in an editorial in The New York Times, 1899
British explorer Howard Carter discovers the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, Egypt, 1924
Benito Mussolini announces he is taking dictatorial powers over Italy, dissolves the Italian parliament, 1925
Minnie D. Craig becomes the first female elected as Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives, the first female to hold a Speaker position anywhere in the United States, 1933
Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, become the first mother and son to serve simultaneously in the U.S. Congress, 1953
Edmund Hillary reaches South Pole overland, 1958
The West Indies Federation is formed, 1958
Apple Computer is incorporated, 1977
Margaret Thatcher becomes the longest-serving British Prime Minister in the 20th Century, 1988
In Moscow, George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), 1993
More than seven million people from the former Apartheid Homelands, receives South African citizenship, 1994
The People's Republic of China announces it will spend fight erosion and pollution in the Yangtze and Yellow river valleys, 1977
The Mars Polar Lander is launched, 1999
Australian researchers discover the 1912 plane that was the first taken to Antarctica, 2010


  1. laughing! i use the topicals on my pups. i give them a break during winter months but start up again by march, for sure.

  2. Bwahahahahahaha on The Mouth. Bless his heart.

    I so remember the pills and the cats. Don't go together at all. I'm glad you got it done.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. Piling a cat is no fun. I became pretty good at it though.. when my old, ornery Snag (long gone) required daily pills. She always knew it was coming and she always fought valiantly. I almost always won.. with fingers intact. ;)

  4. Lucky cats to have you to care for them!

  5. D'oh! Kitties and pills. lol.