Ok, so here's my story. My condo is being sold next week and tomorrow I have to have an exterminator in to spray for termites for the buyer. I am not thrilled about this and I will NOT expose my animals to pesticide on purpose. So I thought I had it all wrapped up. All the cats and Max are being moved to my mom's house for the week which I though was a safe place. BUT then she told me that before she left for her Summer home last week she put D Con in the attic to kill the mice. So do you guys think the risk is greater to stay over there where they MAY come in contact with a mouse that ate the poison or bring them back home to a house where the exterminater has assured me that the poison he's using is safe for pets and kids. I guess Mom always has some in the attic and I have never actually seen a mouse inside her house. I think they usually go down to the basement to look for water after they eat poison but the cats won't be allowed in the attic or basement. Oh, and as a side note, when I had mice last year, I trapped them humanely and drove a mile away to release them in the woods. Nothing like a peanut butter cup in a "mice cube" trap to catch mice. So I am entirely against the use of D Con.
Not only do pet owners run the risk of their pet consuming the d-con itself, they run the risk of their pet chomping down on a mouse that ate it. It's amazing HOW they find it, but somehow they seem to against all odds. The end results are not pleasant for our pets.
I'd stick with keeping them where the professional is aware that you have pets and takes measure to treat safely.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
Thanks! That's the way I was leaning but I just wasn't sure. So I'll just take them to my sister's for the day that the house is being treated and bring them back home later that day. My sister just called and offered to take them since she doesn't feel they'd be safe for even one day at Mom's. I just researched the product he's using online and everything I find says it's harmless to mammals and birds. I know he wouldn't steer me wrong because he's a friend of the family and he knows I have everything to lose. I'm just so mad because I thought I had everything all planned so well until she dropped that bomb on me. It didn't even occur to her that it was dangerous to my babies, she was just chatting away about what she did before she left for Rhode Island. Grrr........
***Edited By: MaxandAllie on 7/3/2008 8:59:27 AM*** Reason: add
Oh goody, a troll popped into the middle of my question to waste some space. That was helpful! Just wanted to let the people who offered their advice know that everything went well. The kitties spent the day at my sister's house in her bedroom. She enjoyed it because her cats are still skittish and she can't hold them. So she kept sneaking in for frequent cuddles with my angels. The exterminator reassured me that his stuff was perfectly safe. I think he though I was a little over the top with my paranoid questions. I came home first and there was no smell at all. But I still opened all of the windows for a few hours and wiped a dry paper towel around all the areas the cats hang out just to make sure there's no residue. I brought them home several hours later and I've been keeping a close eye on them ever since. No problems at all. But I think Allie may have been a little stressed from the day in a strange house because she slept on my bed last night which she never does. I hope they do ok moving to a new house. I thought it would be easy because they are so young but I guess cats are cats no matter how old. They don't like change.