Our household normally includes a Felix, large cat, who is exceptionally sensitive to fleas, and Avery, a ringneck dove.

For the weekend, we are babysitting my parents' cat, Tigre, who turns out to be rather badly infested with fleas.
Tigre doesn't seem to be very bothered by his fleas, but if we allow this infestation to spread, it will create serious problems for Felix.

In the past, I've used Sevin-5 (See ) to control fleas in my home. I'd dust the cat with it, and I'd dust the carpets with it. But that was before Avery joined our family.

I understand that birds are much more sensitive to poisons than other kinds of animals are. I know that Sevin is safe for humans, and I know it's safe for cats, but I don't know that it's safe for doves.

I've just now dusted Tigre down real well with Sevin, and have temporarily banished himn to the back yard. I'd like to dustthe carpets down with this, in order to kill any fleas that Tigre might have deposited there, but I am worried about whether this might present a hazard to Avery, who often likes to walk around on the carpet, pecking at various things he finds that he thinks might be edible.

Any advice?

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Bob,
I woudln't think you can use that stuff on your carpets... I would imagine it would get into the air as well as the carpet, and the fumes/dust etc are bad for the bird?? Maybe you can call the manufacturer and see what they say about their product?
As far as what you CAN use though, I have no idea. Good luck.

Shannon
Bob, I'm not sure where you live, but don't they have "Advantage" there? Here in the US our lives have been changed totally by this miraculous product. My cats haven't had fleas in 10 years. If you apply it to the back of the cats' necks, any fleas that bite them will die, and all fleas in the house will eventually bite them.
In the past, I've used Sevin-5 (See ) to control fleas in my home. I'd dust the cat with it, ... is safe for humans, and I know it's safe for cats, but I don't know that it's safe for doves.

Sevin is used by canary and budgie breeders for mite infestations. They actually dust the birds directly, however, I don't know the concentrations that are safe. So you should follow up on the links that Toucanlady sent and investigate further.
Janet Levy
Our household normally includes a Felix, large cat, who is exceptionally sensitive to fleas, and Avery, a ringneck dove. For ... often likes to walk around on the carpet, pecking at various things he finds that he thinks might be edible.

A simpler option would have been to use frontline ot revolution srops on the visiting cat. It kills fleas ded and there would have been no infestetion in your home and no need to use anything on your carpets.You could still use this on your own cat and prevent an infestation.I have 8 dogs, 6 cats and not a flea among them thanks to frontline and revolution.
Our household normally includes a Felix, large cat, who is ... infestation to spread, it will create serious problems for Felix.

this is a great thread, just adding my 2cents. isn't it amazing how many folks have very little interest in the actual health of their pets.
i was a bit like that, if it wasn't bleeding, no worries. my wife schooled me, thankfully. ymmv, Loren
Our household normally includes a Felix, large cat, who is exceptionally sensitive to fleas, and Avery, a ringneck dove. For ... to walk around on the carpet, pecking at various things he finds that he thinks might be edible. Any advice?

Bob,
I would apply drops or put a flea collar on the cat and vacuum twice a day until the fleas are gone.
If you already have fleas in your home, look into a Chemical called Nylar. It is an insect growth regulator that can be reduced in water and sprayed onto carpets, furniture, bedding, etc. Because it can be put into a trigger-spray bottle it is easier to apply without 'drift'. But I wouldn't let the birds walk on the carpet after spraying, even after it dries. I don't know if the product is safe for cats.
Jan
In the past, I've used Sevin-5 (See ) to controlfleas in my home. I'd dust the cat with it, and ... often likes to walk around on the carpet, pecking at various things he finds that he thinks might be edible.

Hi Bob,
I'm not sure about the carpet dusting only because of the dust particles stirred up and the potential for respiratory problems. I do know that Sevin-5 is used directly on wild birds by rehabilitators for the treatment of external parasites. However during application of the dust, the rehabbers take care not to create clouds of dust that the bird may inhale.

Take care,
~Mikie