Thanks for the clarification. I was worried, but not anymore.

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Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 08:12:08 -0700
From: moonsiste...@yahoo.com
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] OT-diatomaceous earth - warning

It is created as a calcium supplement (the same as ground up egg shells). It's 
used as a calcium supplement for farm animals and dogs. As long as it's being 
mixed into wet food it's not a desiccant. It's only when it's inhaled or spread 
as a powder on skin that it has that effect. However, I have never tried 
feeding it to the cats to prevent fleas. Years ago, brewers yeast was supposed 
to be good at preventing fleas when fed to cats. It did absolutely nothing 
except annoy my cats and get me scratched a few times. 

 Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty 
neighbors too!


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 To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org> 
 Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 7:48 PM
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] OT-diatomaceous earth - warning
   



I know someone that FEEDS it to her cats. That can't be good after hearing your 
experience. If it's a desiccant, then I would think it might cause internal 
damage. Anyone know anything about that?

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> Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:50:19 -0500
> From: dlg...@windstream.net
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] OT-diatomaceous earth - warning
> 
> I was really thinking of using it in the yard and on the deck and seeing how 
> that worked.  So far last year and this year we have had NO FLEA OR TICK 
> PROBLEMS.  The cats only go out on the deck, except Harley.  He goes into the 
> woods, but has only had 2 ticks and no sign of fleas.  KNOCK ON WOOD.
>  nOW IF THERE WAS A SOLUTION FOR BUFFALO GNATS.  They raise huge welts on me 
> and so I spend most of my time indoors until they are gone.  They usually 
> disappear when it starts getting hot.
> 
> ---- janine paton <patonjan...@sbcglobal.net> wrote: 
> > I am sorry, I haven't been following this thread but caught the 
> > diatomaceous warning.  Hoping they still
 make this, but 1-800-flea busters out of FL. is my favorite product to use.  
It's a little work, but I think I was over zealous the first year.  Third yr I 
used it, I was not so diligent, but it worked just fine.  It is safe, and it 
lasts a year and that's the real bonus.  Takes a few weeks to work, but it 
really does.  
> 
> Janine 
> 
> 
> ________________________________
>  From: Lorrie <felineres...@frontier.com>
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
> Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 5:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] OT-diatomaceous earth - warning
>  
> 
> Very scary Beth,  Thanks for the warning.
> 
> 
> On 07-01, Beth wrote:
> >    I don't want to start a barrage of OT emails with this post. Just a
> >    quick warnng to be careful
> >    I tried the food grade
 diatomaceous earth this weekend to try to stop
> >    the fleas. I have all hardwood floors - really old ones, with lots of
> >    crevices for the flea eggs to hide in.
> >    I wore a good sanding mask which blocks small particles. I opened the
> >    windows (as many as I could without danger of the cats getting out).
> >    I sprinkled it in the product on the floors using a sieve. I gently
> >    swept it into the cracks in the floor in my bedroom & hallway. If did
> >    not create any visible dust clouds, etc.
> >    I went outside, took the mask off & sat for a bit.
> >    When I went back inside I could not breath. My mouth immediately became
> >    parched & my throat started closing.
> >    I grabbed some water & went
 back outside.
> >    I spent the rest of the day with the mask back on washing the floors
> >    trying to get rid of the stuff.
> >    Please be careful. I am a very active, relatively young  person. I
> >    don't have breathing issues.  This was quite scary.
> >    In addition to the breathing issues, some of it got on my skin & it
> >    just burned.
> >    Again, yes, this was the food grade kind.
> >    I know people on this list use it & have no problems. That's great. But
> >    if you have not tried it, please be careful if you do. Try it in a very
> >    small area, first.
> >    I guess I will go back to vacuuming & flea combing.
> >    I may use the rest in the yard since most of the problem
 seems to be my
> >    dog bringing them in from outside.
> >    Beth
> 
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