i've attempted to upload photos for the first time ... hope they are here wondering about the reason for these 'damaged' chrysalis ... they were in a container with other cats and all preparing to go into the J around the same time... could it be they were damaged by another cat touching or scratching them ? i've separated them and plan to let them try to emerge ... unless you recommend otherwise ... thanks Donna
I always take a wait and see attitude. I've heard about another caterpillar silking over a caterpillar that is hanging. Then the skin can get snagged.
Someone on this forum posted about the use of Frontline. She said she had put it on her cat, washed her hands and noted that it may have not been washed off. She thought that the Frontline caused the skin deformation. Frontline is a product used to kill fleas and ticks on dogs and cats.
thanks Mona .... i'll wait and see and report back ... i know about Frontline, altho i have no dogs or cats, i did foster a lost dog a week ago ...... hummmm, now you have me thinking .... my sister applied the Frontline to her, but she was in my house .... we actually talked about it, ... but at that point it was too late ....i had forgotten and it's a possibility ... great web site you posted ... thanks ! Donna
Update: all 3 chrysalis emerged .. and they are ok ... have checked them for OE and they are clean i guess they are pretty tough and can take a lot of abuse ! thanks for being here to help us all through these dramas Donna
Last summer, when I used Frontline I had 3 cats hanging in "J" who started to form their chrysalises, but they couldn't complete the molt. If you read how Frontline works, it says it interrupts the life cycle of the fleas, so they can't mature and reproduce--just what happened to the cats. The only good thing about it was that is was only 3 cats.
My felines never go outside, and they'd never had fleas before, but we raised a litter of stray kittens who had fleas. I didn't use Frontline on them, because they were too young, but my cats ended up with fleas. I was able to bathe the kittens in warm water, which drowns the fleas, but it's hard to keep an animal's body in the water long enough. I wouldn't have used the Frontline, except one of my cats is long-haired and there is no way I would ever be able to use one of those little flea combs on her. Plus, even bathing her would be nearly impossible. Her fur is so thick the water would never reach her skin.