|Patty, at rest between scratching his ears with his hind foot|
|See how he's worn off the fur on his ears?|
|Can you see the white stuff in Sweetie's fur?|
|Diatomaceous earth on Patty's back|
Diatomaceous earth looks like flour, but it has remarkable drying abilities. Bugs that come in contact with it will dry up and die. I've put it in their food, and sprinkle very small amounts in the corners of The Cat Hotel. I do NOT want them (or me!) breathing the stuff in, so I rub it into their fur so there would be no dust. Now Sweetie has big 'ol white handprints on her black furs, and Patty's bright golds and browns are a bit grey. We had just had a rain shower, and both of them were damp from running through the wet grass when I came out to visit with them. Seemed a good time to powder them!
If you are considering the use of human food grade diatomaceous earth, please read up on it first! Yes, many holistic websites will extol the wonders of it's effectiveness, but it's dangerous because of it's drying abilities, so inhaling it or rubbing it into eyes, nose, etc. is a HAZARD! The small bag that I purchased of the stuff has lasted me for years, because we use only tiny amounts.
Now, it's rained here for 1-1/2 days, so I'll bet both Sweetie and Patty have managed to wash themselves free of the stuff. And it's cold! Such crazy weather around here...