Originally Posted by FlickeringHope
It does have to do with diet. As does the infliction with parasitic worms have to do with diets. Changing the biological diet of the creature to commercial pet food creates the perfect environment for parasites.
And I'd like to know how you've actually been close enough to wild animals in order to see them have fleas >.>
This isn't even a debate. There is no scientific evidence that a "natural", as opposed to a "commercial" diet will in any way affect parasitic invertebrates such as fleas. Fleas are drawn to body heat and vibrations, the diet doesn't change that.
Ingesting poisons, like pyrethrins or other potentially harmful chemicals might kill the fleas, but it won't stop them from biting.
If you want to debate this, I'll be glad to accommodate you on another thread. ...but not on this one.
You want to know how I know coyotes have fleas? I've worked with wildlife professionally for over twenty years. I've seen plenty of wild animals, both captive and wild, native and exotic, up close; live, dead, drugged and darted....and I've got a couple of scars to prove it.
I appreciate that you want to do the best for your animals, ...I get that. However, your experiences, as valid as they are for you, are really just anecdotal. You may have great luck at avoiding fleas on your cat. It might be the diet as you say, ...or it might be that you unknowingly live on a toxic waste site and all the invertebrate life died years ago.
It's ludicrous to make a broad assumption like:
Fleas are drawn to cats that don't eat good food. So; if the cat is a stray, and been catching its own meals, it wouldn't have fleas. Whereas, if the cat is someone's cat, and it has been coming back home after being out, and they're feeding it, and they're feeding it commercial pet food, it will have fleas.
There is just no basis in fact for a statement like that. The scientist in me doesn't know whether to laugh out loud that you would actually say something like that, or to feel sad that you would believe it.
Either way, I'm done with the temporary hijack.
becrac16, my apologies. I started the debate and I'm sorry I got off topic.
I do think you should rethink putting them together unless you do a Fe-Leuk test on the new kitty. No vaccine is 100% reliable, 100% of the time. I wouldn't think it worth it to risk Nelly if there were the chance they might not get along. The only "cure" for Feline Leukemia, is death.