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indoor cat has fleas and losing fur

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Old 09-06-2010, 10:37 PM
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on her spine i saw 2 fleas and she has lost hair on her back by her tail. what can i use otc or should i go to a vet?

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Old 09-07-2010, 12:56 AM
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hi! frontline plus or advantage are really safe, probably allergic to fleas is why she is losing her fur. sounds like she needs some fleas medication asap but dont just buy anything otc alot of them dont work well and can be toxic. of course if she seems sick you should take her to the vet, but getting those pesky fleas off is a great place to start good luck kitty
p.s. since she has some fleas be on the look out for tapeworms in the future or after you deflea her you might just want to worm her for tapes ( they can get tapeworms from eating fleas when they groom themselves ) yucky fleas)

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Old 09-07-2010, 03:38 AM
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my cat has the same problem, she is allergic to fleas. even 1 flea sets off the itchies! frontline or advantage help and you might need steroids from the vet. it'll help to try and get all the fleas out of the house too.
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For fleas, an attack on several levels is necessary.

IMO, it's best to get the fleas off the cat and clean the areas fleas may hide, in conjunction with using something like Frontline.

Step one is to get rid of all fleas on the cat.

One of the best ways to remove fleas that are on a cat is to get a special flea comb and set up a bowl of water with a bit of dish soap in (the soap breaks the surface tension of the water, so fleas just don't 'bounce' off). Comb your cat, paying special attention to the back of the neck, underside, and lower back. After each sweep of the comb, check the comb for fleas and if there are any, remove them and put them in the water (wear light plastic gloves if this grosses you out.

If you think the infestation is really bad, a bath might be a better option (or bathing, and using a flea comb at the same time).

After kitty is combed out, put on the Frontline.


Next, you have to get as many fleas as you can out of the house.
To get rid of fleas from the house, sprinkle carpets and edges of the room with diatomaceous earth (found at garden centers), let it sit for a while (maybe 20 minutes), then vaccuum up. Then, with the DE still in the vaccuum bag, vaccuum areas that you didn't put DE on (maybe kitties beds). Immediately put the vaccuum bag in the outside garbage.

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thanks.i never thought of putting soap in water. i am going to take her to the vet fri because of the lost fur.

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This has been a horrible year for fleas! My dogs both had them and infested my house to the point where I'd look down and see several stuck to my ankles. It was SO gross! I used Advantage on them and flea bombed the house, but the fleas never completely went away. Within 2 weeks, the fleas were back on the dogs too. I was SO ticked off, since it's supposed to work for a month!

I've read that Frontline is better, so that will be the one I buy next time. This is the first year I've had a problem with them inside my house. But it was my own fault for waiting so long to treat them.
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My dog had this problem too, even if we live in a region with few parasites thanks to the climate particularly dry and the altitude. He was also loosing hair on the back. The vet said was due to fleas and/or to an allergy. I had to use Advocate (from Bayer) after I've washed the dog with a special very delicate shampoo and put some also special conditioner (unfortunately I don't remember the name). In the past I've also used Frontline and it worked too.
The diet was changed for three months to only potatoes and chicken. After that, I gradually came back to the usual menu (rice, meat, white cheese, salad, etc).
Now that the problem is solved I wash the dog with an anti-parasites shampoo produced with Swiss-Alps herbs (but this I don't think you can find this in US).

I think it's a good idea to bring the cat to the vet because of this problem of the hair: observing the hair, the vet can better guess the origin of the problem. Parasites attack more easily when the hair has a problem, so they can be at the origin of the problem or just take advantage of it (in case for example the problem is a food-allergy).

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PS: I've found on the web this terrible thing about one product against fleas : http://www.hartzvictims.org/. So, to all dogs and cats owners on this forum, I want to say: be careful choosing the anti-parasite products and, of course, don't use that one!
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i have read so many bad things about Hartz.it should be taken off the market.i bought Advantage for my cat. i'm hoping she wont have to take meds. it is nearly impossible to give them to my cat

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My cat has developed a similar problem, but she was licking all the hair off her belly and the back of her hind legs. She has been an inside cat for a long time, and never goes outside.

I took her to the vet, and he said it was either a flea allergy, a food allergy, or an inhalation allergy, or she's just neurotic. He gave her a steroid shot, and it did help her with the itching. We have never found a flea on her, so we changed her food to a special food with one carbohydrate source, and one protein source. After about 4 weeks, there was a big decrease in her itching. We now know she does have a food allergy. However, a few weeks ago, she started licking one leg badly, so I took her back. We still can't find any fleas, but we did find one speck that looks like it is flea feces. I grudgingly put her on Advantage multi because it also treats for heart worms (30% of cats that get heart worms are indoor cats). She will get that monthly, and the regular advantage in between every advantage multi treatment. This means I will also have to treat my other cat, who never goes outside, and is not itching at all. The vet said all it takes is one flea on her to cause a reaction. I hope it helps her feel better. She was looking pretty ragged for a while.

I had the pest control folks spray around the house this spring, and will have them do it again next spring. Other than that, I don't know what else I can do.

Just make sure and take your kitty to the vet for a through check up.
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i sorta remember the last time she had fleas long ago that the vet said she could also take the stuff that comes in a tube otc. i dont remember what it was

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