Fleas on my cat......

@Bev1986 (1427)
United States
November 21, 2007 2:52pm CST
My poor cat! I knew she had some fleas, so I gave her some of the medicine that goes on the back of her neck. It helped for a while, but lately, she's been scratching so much that she's losing hair! She's short haired, so it's very noticeable. The medicine says to give it to her once a month, and it's been almost a month, so I put more on last night. She's still scratching this morning, but not as bad. If it doesn't clear up in a day or two, I'm taking her to the vet. Poor thing is looking really bad with those bare spots :(
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7 responses
22 Nov 07
Wash your cat's bedding and any rugs or carpets often as fleas cannot swim and hot water will kill them. Hoover often and freeze the bag before throwing away to kill all fleas etc that you have hoovered up. Bathe your cat in a mild detergent once a week to remove adult fleas, eggs etc. Groom her with a flea comb between baths.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
22 Nov 07
poor kittty. am sure after a few days t should work ifya go the right docage. it worked on our dogs when we lived in Tenn . are you sure she hasnt got dry skin? also?
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• United States
22 Nov 07
Frequent vaccuming and bathing will help with the fleas. You can also take a bowl of soapy water and place it wherever your pet stays the most. Place a warm light over the bowl and as the fleas hop towards the heat they'll end up falling into the bowl and they shouldn't be able to get back out. I've also read online that a natural citrus repellent is great to help control fleas. I've seen orange used, and lemon, so I'm not sure which is best, or maybe they could be combined. You soak them in some water so the water takes on the scent of the fruits. Then, in the morning, you sponge some of this mixture onto your pets. Fleas hate citrus (and so do some other bugs).
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
21 Nov 07
Poor kitty witty, I am so sorry to hear this. Maybe the flea stuff that you are using is causing the hair to fall out. It may be strong, but not very effective. I think cats can be like us, in the sense that what works for one cat, may not work for another. He may be allergic to it. Taking him to the vet if he does not get better soon is a very good idea. Best wishes.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
21 Nov 07
I have to agree with the other who responded that maybe your kitty is having some kind of allergic reaction to the medication. Those medicines are usually very strong with a lot of chemicals. Sometimes one of the best ways to get rid of fleas on a cat is to keep giving it baths using something very mild like Ivory soap, then try and pick out the fleas yourself off the cat..not a pleasant job to do believe me. One time I had one cat that had so many fleas it wasn't funny, and don't ask how many baths that poor cat got. The best way is to pick off the fleas with a tweezer and then quick put the flea into a small bowl of hot water to drown it
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@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
21 Nov 07
hi there Bev1986 yes i know what you mean i have cats as well i gave them that treatment its really expensive stuff that i think i need to buy more next time but i don't know if the stuff works on not but i will see thanks for this discussion
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• China
22 Nov 07
Well ,I think maybe she's not using the right medicine. You'd better take her to the vet.