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I'm Soooooo Mad Right Now!!! Argh!!!!

post #1 of 30
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i agreed to cat sit for two weeks. this is the first day, i came home from work, sat on the couch with the cat and realized...she has fleas.

I AM SOOO ANGRY! the whole reason i was hesitant about doing this was because of that very fact!!
I just phoned the vet (24 hour) to see if there was anything I can do right now, but basically she said no, you'll have to wait until tomorrow.

what can i do right now!!! I have hardwood floors, so there's one saving grace.
i;m so upset - somebody please help me!!
post #2 of 30
GAH...is the kitty in your house??
post #3 of 30
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Originally Posted by ScamperFarms
GAH...is the kitty in your house??
yes!!!! and its 12:28 AM!!!
post #4 of 30
Can you not buy some Frontline from another vets?.

Even though you have hardwood floors they'll still need sprayed along the edge beside the wall, because i have hardwood floors all downstairs and when i found one on Rosie when she was a kitten the vet said they still had to be sprayed.
post #5 of 30
Ooops no vets open yet then
post #6 of 30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rosiemac
Can you not buy some Frontline from another vets?.

Even though you have hardwood floors they'll still need sprayed along the edge beside the wall, because i have hardwood floors all downstairs and when i found one on Rosie when she was a kitten the vet said they still had to be sprayed.
i can't do anything right now as its 12:30 AM!!! oh my god i'm freaking out!
post #7 of 30
So is it saturday or sunday where you are?
post #8 of 30
Umm..I.....well..I,...have some revolution sitting here..but i dont suppose that helps as its sitting here. and not there! eeek.

I would defiently quarentine the little booger...and your gonna need to spray spray spray
post #9 of 30
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Well, Basically didn't sleep all night. I quarantined her in the bathroom only to be lying in bed with ear plugs on and felt something huge jump onto the bed. it was her!!! she had somehow opened the bathroom door!!! crazy cat. so i gave up and let her sleep on the couch all night and I stayed in my bedroom "not" sleeping. Now it's 8 am and i'm just waiting for the pet store to open.

My plan was to take her over there, get them to give her a flea bath and while they are doing that I would buy spray and spray my house before she comes back.

My other question is if I should also get something from the vet like Frontline, Revolution, etc. It's not my cat and I have no idea of what this guy (owner) would like to do. Should I just get the Frontline/Rev and put it on her after her bath and then tell him to pay me back?
post #10 of 30
Did this owner not realize his cat had fleas?
When I sat my sister's cats who had fleas, I sure knew it!

I would get whatever the vet recommends and hand him the receipt when he gets back.
post #11 of 30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
Did this owner not realize his cat had fleas?
When I sat my sister's cats who had fleas, I sure knew it!

I would get whatever the vet recommends and hand him the receipt when he gets back.
I don't think he realized, or he knew and didn't care. I don't even know this guy!!
So...you think I should go to the vet's first before the groomer?
post #12 of 30
What are you doing cat sitting for a person you dont even know?
post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by fwan
What are you doing cat sitting for a person you dont even know?
i was trying to do a good deed.

i saw his ad on our local pet website and he was desperate so i thought i would help him out. i am sooo sorry i didn't trust my instincts and not do it!!! Is this what I get for trying to do something good in this world?

Ok, I"m off to the vet's now. wish me luck!!!

ps- please ignore all spelling and grammar mistakes, i am running on 1 hour of sleep!!! LOL.
post #14 of 30
Good luck hehe
no its fine you did a good thing i mean look now she wont be infested with fleas nemore
post #15 of 30
Keep reciepts for all expenses incurred and give him a bill when he gets back be sure to include extra money for time spent spraying your house. If he refuses to pay sue him in sm claims court. IMO (this is not legal advice as I'm not a lawyer) but it is what I would do myself.
post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
Keep reciepts for all expenses incurred and give him a bill when he gets back be sure to include extra money for time spent spraying your house. If he refuses to pay sue him in sm claims court. IMO (this is not legal advice as I'm not a lawyer) but it is what I would do myself.
Thank you everyone.
I went to the vet, got 6 months worth of Advantage (they only sold it that way) that costed $67, bought flea spray to spray my house and treats for her cause I feel sorry for her, and I'm going to have to qurantine her in the bathroom while I spray and do laundry. *sigh*
wish me luck everyone!!!

oh, since i'm running on one hour of sleep and shots of espresso, i think i told everyone my life story from the vet lady to the pet food people! LOL.
post #17 of 30
I would not only flea treat that cat, but my own as well and give the reciept to them to be reimbursed! I make darn sure that my cats are flea free and I'll only ask someone I really trust to take care of the furkids while we're on vacation. This person seems a bit clueless! Bathe and treat those kitties asap! I hope you don't get fleas everywhere! What a drag! Good luck!
post #18 of 30
Don't spend too much, because if you don't know this guy very well, he may refuse to reimburse. Or even not come get his kitty back!

I sure hope your kitties don't end up with fleas!
post #19 of 30
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hi again. So i sprayed the cr*p out of everything and she's in the bathroom with her advantage on and probably absorbed by now. Do you think it's ok to leave her in the bathroom for awhile? I don't want to let her out until my friend comes by and combs her for me, but that won't be until later....i feel so cruel! And no, I can't comb her myself - i'm too freaked out.
post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by journey
hi again. So i sprayed the cr*p out of everything and she's in the bathroom with her advantage on and probably absorbed by now. Do you think it's ok to leave her in the bathroom for awhile? I don't want to let her out until my friend comes by and combs her for me, but that won't be until later....i feel so cruel! And no, I can't comb her myself - i'm too freaked out.
It's not the end of the world. She could have had something a lot nastier, like ringworm.
post #21 of 30
Yes, it's okay to leave her in the bathroom, esp. since the fleas are freaking you out and you wouldn't want her to take it personally!! It's probably traumatic enough for this poor cat to be in a strange place, then making the rounds about town. And it sounds like her owner may be a bit clueless, to say the least, so the poor cat probably doesn't have the best faith in humans to start with. And even though this is a hassle for you, I am so glad that you are able to help this poor kitty out - can you imagine the torment of those flea bites.....Even if you don't get reimbursed by the owner, you will have done your good deed and you should give yourself a pat on the back for that!!! You are doing the right thing, and sooner or later this good you do will come back to repay you many times over!! I could go on & on about how I've stuck my neck out on a limb, thinking I was being such a fool, & then, later, even months or years later, whomever I've helped, or someone that knew me because of them, will get to repay me....Trust me - you did the right thing! -this one's for you!!!
post #22 of 30
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Originally Posted by catsknowme
Yes, it's okay to leave her in the bathroom, esp. since the fleas are freaking you out and you wouldn't want her to take it personally!! It's probably traumatic enough for this poor cat to be in a strange place, then making the rounds about town. And it sounds like her owner may be a bit clueless, to say the least, so the poor cat probably doesn't have the best faith in humans to start with. And even though this is a hassle for you, I am so glad that you are able to help this poor kitty out - can you imagine the torment of those flea bites.....Even if you don't get reimbursed by the owner, you will have done your good deed and you should give yourself a pat on the back for that!!! You are doing the right thing, and sooner or later this good you do will come back to repay you many times over!! I could go on & on about how I've stuck my neck out on a limb, thinking I was being such a fool, & then, later, even months or years later, whomever I've helped, or someone that knew me because of them, will get to repay me....Trust me - you did the right thing! -this one's for you!!!
Thank you

That made me feel a lot better.....I'm going to go check on her now to make sure she's not having a reaction to the Advantage.....
post #23 of 30
Thread Starter 
wow - did i really overreact?
these people in a different forum that I wrote in desperation last night basically all wrote "jeez, chill out they're just fleas", "its not the end of the world there drama" etc.

I realize I did make a big deal about it, but fleas are a big deal! aren't they?
post #24 of 30
To me they are - I hate bugs - fleas are bugs. When I was young, my parents never treated our cats for fleas - I would always have flea bites and fleas on my socks. I get my house treated (pet safe) for bugs every 3 months. I also treat the cats for fleas every month - all year long.

Just say no to fleas.
post #25 of 30
Fleas are a big deal. It's expensive to treat the cat, the house, etc., not to mention VERY time consuming. Then there's the fear that you missed some and you'll be infested forever. I understand! You did the right thing!
post #26 of 30
Well, it's all relative - if the fleas AREN'T in THEIR house, or on THEIR cat, yeah, it's no big deal.....Just like if some car is broken down in Arizona, in triple-digit heat, it's no big deal, just call AAA to send a tow truck, right?! But to the ones who are suffering, you bet it is a big deal!! Besides, some pets & people can have allergic reactions to fleas - my daughter's Queensland Heeler got this terrible reaction to fleas, just huge welts; he needed to be treated by the vet & to top it off, the poor dog then had an allergic reaction to the flea bath that the vet gave him. So, my daughter had me drive down & pick up her dog & he is now at my grandson's paternal grandmother's house up here - for some reason, our area doesn't have dog fleas, it's too dry & the altitude is too high, or something like that. I think that you were smart to jump on the problem right away - fleas can infest a place pretty rapidly, from what I understand. And I'm sure that you didn't want to spend your entire weekend de-fleaing the place.
post #27 of 30
No you didn't overreact. I would have done the same thing! And fleas are a big deal. Not only does the poor cat who gets bit have to deal with the itch, but they could be allergic to the bites. We had a cat when I was younger that was allergic, there were many times she'd lose the fur on her tail and other areas because she was scratching and biting at the bites; her skin would be raw from it all. Plus tapeworm is transmitted by fleas which is no fun for the cat to get (and no fun for their owners to see ). And like others said, it's expensive to de-flea the cat and house.
post #28 of 30
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See, I knew you guys would understand!!! That's why I keep coming back here. It's such a nice positive helpful board.
I combed her in the bathtub and actually didn't find any live fleas, just some black flaky thingies, but not a lot.
So I let her out of the bathroom and boy she was glad. But now she's lying despondantly sleeping in a strange corner of my house, and I keep apologizing to her and even cried because I feel so bad for her.
The fireworks are tonight and they are soooo noisy so she's going to be freaked out. All in all, not a good day for kitty or for me! Let's hope tomorrow turns out better.......
post #29 of 30
You did not overreact. I would have freaked.
Fleas carry tape worm. The cats can get the tape worm if they eat a flea. Tape worm requires a vet apt.
Many cats also have allergies to flea bites.
Fleas are only the tip of a very big iceburg...financial & emotional.
You did right by acting as soon as you noticed them.
Lei
post #30 of 30
WEll I would have been FURIOUS, BUT I would have gone to a super market and bought a flea collar. I know they CAN be dangerous for cats BUt I would still have run it all up and down the cat, AND I would have bought a flea comb or a lice comb and combed the cat - IN THE BATHROOM. Then taken the cat and put it elsewhere and left the comb and hair in the bathroom with the flea collar. Collar cann't hurt HAIR and then 9/10 of the fleas would have been gone.

If you think fleas are bad - try having ANTS all over! Personally I would take the fleas any day! Course if I had my druthers I would not want either! <sigh>
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