I just wanted to warn all cat lovers so hopefully they won't have to go through what I'm going through now. My oldest cat (16 years old) was the most lovable little calico you could ever want. She was a sweet little cat who only weighed about 6 pounds. I also have dogs and the dogs apparently brought fleas into the house (my cats are strictly indoor cats). I treated all the pets with flea treatment. I had been working a lot of overtime and since I drive over an hour to work I wasn't home much for the last month. I didn't have a lot of time to spend with my pets but I made sure to feed them and give them a pat on the head so they knew I loved them. Sunday night my little calico didn't seem to be herself and one of the other cats was almost standing guard over her. I picked her up and she was still crawling with fleas even though she had been treated a week ago. Her gums and tongue were almost white. I gave her a bath with flea shampoo but she started getting weak. I rushed her to an animal emergency hospital and they said she had severe anemia from the flea bites. They were going to give her a transfusion but she was unresponsive and had a very weak heartbeat. They recommended she be put to sleep. I just held her and cried and they asked if I wanted to see her before they did it. I said yes but she passed away before they had the chance. I spent Monday burying my little buddy and I still feel that if I had only noticed it sooner she might still be alive. Everyone, please keep an eye out for this. I never knew fleas could kill a cat and now my poor Patches is gone and it could have been prevented. I loved that little cat and I miss her terribly. I feel like I failed her. I don't want anyone else to have to go through what I'm going through right now so please take care of your cats.
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6/16/04 at 9:18am