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Hello from near London please help with my cats flea and new bad Habit Problems

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hello all

I am new to the forum
I have a cat called Smokey and we are having some trouble with him

The first problem

1. He has a long term on going flee problem (there was a point where it was ok) but in the last few weeks I have noticed his back has scabs on it (like never before)
We brought an electric comb but it seems to be getting worse

What can i use on him to get rid of the flea’s and prevent them coming back without it harming him .any pills as we use a spray and the comb.

2.he has developed a new habit where he does a POO in the lounge or my mums room and also likes to urinate in my mothers plant pots

He has never done this before
Any ideas why
He’s 8 human years old
Is he having a mid life crisis?????
I will get him a litter tray but what’s going through his head

3. should i give him a bath, might it be bad for him if so what anti flee shampoo
Shpuld be used

Thanks and sorry I have run out of ideas
post #2 of 15

I find flea collars work really well on my cats. I think your questions should be posted in the health board and the behaviour board, though? There'll be more people looking through those who know all about this kind of problem
post #3 of 15
If you go to the store, there is a special shampoo I think its like resolution but its a shampoo, and you wash them, comb them out, bug-bomb your house (after you and youur pets are out) and that should take care of it. THen dont forget to put on a flea collar, they really work to make the fleas stay off! Let us Know!
post #4 of 15
welcome to TCS!
post #5 of 15

Hi, welcome to TCS.
So glad you've joined us! We love hearing about each other's kitties.

You ask some exellent questions...
How long has it been since Mr Smokey has been checked by a vet?
That might be your safest option for dealing with the fleas.

TCS's Behavior forum might be a place where you can get some useful ideas about the poo issue.
I will look forward to seeing some pictures of your kitties.
post #6 of 15
Hello & welcome to tcs. I find the best thing for fleas are the spot ons. I use Revolution on Blossom. It covers fleas, intestinal & heart worms, & ear mites. You put it on the back of their head once a month. As suggested flea bomb the house, but follow the instructions carefully & vaccuum regularly.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hello again and thank your you kind welcomes

but i have some questions (sorry if their dumb)

1.What are spot ons ??

2.how many flea bombs should i use are they very good and where can i buy them ??

3.what is the "ask over the counter " name for the shampoo you guys mentioned

my cat was seen by a vet a few years ago

thanks again
post #8 of 15
Originally Posted by MrSmokey View Post
my cat was seen by a vet a few years ago
Because it's been a few years since Mr. Smokey was checked by a vet....
it would probably save you money and be best for your kitty if he saw a vet, who could give him a needed check-up then prescribe a safe and effective flea medication and also suggest the best way to get rid of them from your home environment.
Better safe than sorry...
post #9 of 15
Hola y bienvenido a TCS, ...Catulina y Milky te saludan!!!........
(Translate: Hi and Welcome to TCS, Catulina and Milky say hello to you!!!...)

See you on the forums!
post #10 of 15
*nods* Yeah, a check-up is a good idea, and the vets have got way more powerful (and less toxic) flea remedies than you will ever be able to get at the store. Also, litter-box avoidance is sometimes a sign of health problems, so getting him checked is a good precaution.

I don't recommend flea collars. They are rather toxic, and a cat is a small animal. They can cause trouble--some cats, for example, lose their fur around the collar... In the worst cases the toxicity builds up and they get seizures, which needless to say is a Bad Thing!!

So I'd say periodic flea treatments are best, rather than a collar. You will have to wash the cat's bedding and treat the house too.

My cat Baby had a really bad problem with fleas; I picked off over a hundred with a flea comb; but we only solved it when the vet prescribed Frontline (which is a medication that goes on the skin on the back of the neck). I combed a bit more, found that the last two fleas had fled to her tail, picked them off, and end of flea problem.

Since it's very dangerous outside for cats in the US, both of mine are indoor cats--so your outdoor cat will probably need a periodic flea treatment rather than just once.
post #11 of 15
Welcome!! Hope you enjoy the site!!!

post #12 of 15
Over-the-counter flea medications often don't work and flea collars can be deadly. The only good place for a flea collar is cut up and put in your vacuum.

Some years ago we had a horrible infestation of fleas, we used OTC shampoos, products for the carpet that we actually got from a vet's office and none of it worked. We ended up having to call in an exterminator.

If I had an infestation now, I would take my cat to the vet, get proper flea medication (Advantage or Revolution are my choices), and sprinkle human/food grade diatomaceous earth on my carpets, sweeping it in to ensure it gets right down into the fibres. DE is completely safe for humans and animals.
post #13 of 15
Hi and welcome to TCS! We are so glad you have joined us!

If I can help you with any questions you have about the site, please click on my username and send me a message.
post #14 of 15
Hello & Welcome to the Cat Site!

Hope your cat Smokeys problems get better

Best Wishes to you & Smokey! Enjoy the forums
post #15 of 15
Hi there we're so happy to get the chance to welcome you and your furfamily to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

I hope you manage to sort out your issues with Smokey soon We use Frontline Spot-On as flea protection/treatment on our kitties. It can be bought from the Vet but we get ours online - it's cheaper that way.
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