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Does Nismo have fleas?

post #1 of 14
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Hi all, as you've probably seen we just got a new kitten this evening.
She's pretty much slept since she got here, but she has been biting pretty hard at herself, like I remember my dogs doing when I was little and they got fleas.
I also have an itchy lump which has just appeared on my neck...
What do you think? and how is this treated?

Thanks, Lauren

P.s she's come from a house with, I reckon, over 10 cats and one enormous rotweiler dog
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by Pombina
Hi all, as you've probably seen we just got a new kitten this evening.
She's pretty much slept since she got here, but she has been biting pretty hard at herself, like I remember my dogs doing when I was little and they got fleas.
I also have an itchy lump which has just appeared on my neck...
What do you think? and how is this treated?

Thanks, Lauren

P.s she's come from a house with, I reckon, over 10 cats and one enormous rotweiler dog

Could very well be - but didn't you mention that she just had been to the vet for her final ok - would have thought that they would have been able to catch that. Unfortunately when they are that young - just get a flea comb and start combing.

Also for peace of mind I would still bring her to your vet for another once over asap.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by Hell603
Could very well be - but didn't you mention that she just had been to the vet for her final ok - would have thought that they would have been able to catch that. Unfortunately when they are that young - just get a flea comb and start combing.

Also for peace of mind I would still bring her to your vet for another once over asap.
Unfortunately the lady hadnt had time to take them to the vet... I asked her tonight..
We're going to take her in next week as she'll need her first injection but I'm going to send Mark to vets tomorrow for flea treatment stuff and she's not getting on the bed tonight! ah i feel itchy just thinking about it!
post #4 of 14
How old is the new kitten? One application of advantage or frontline should kill 99% of the fleas within 12 hours. When i first got meowser, he was flea-infested, you could see them crawling all over him from like 3 feet away. Within 12 hours, almost all the fleas had fallen off and were doing death crawls on my bathroom floor. You might want to isolate the kitten in a non-carpeted room, easier to vaccum up the fleas when they fall off.
post #5 of 14
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Nismo is 8 weeks old. I can't see the fleas on her but I pulled back her fur and could see black flecks, apparently this could be flea dirt?
post #6 of 14
Hmmmm it sounds like Nismo could have them?!.

Remember to give Sleeves a dose as well if he hasn't been done already.

Whenever Rosie or Sophie go to the vet for their shots i give both of them a dose just incase they get an unwanted friend from another animal in the waitiing room.
post #7 of 14
if theres a lotta little flecks there yup maybe could be fleas ...I saw a sneaky flea run throught the other day on my kitty ....I use those drops that u put on the kitty even in the winter..as a added protection because you never know when U may come in contact with someone or a pet that has fleas ...My opinion is even inm the winter you are not safe against fleas...and if kitty keeps scratching yes u will want to get that looked at because this could result in a skin irratiion that becomes wrose ..ive sen some cats that had fleas and after a few days theer skin looked horribly sore
good luck !!
post #8 of 14
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It was hard for me to hold the wriggling monkey still long enough last night to get a really good look but I did see a few bits of black when I managed this almost impossible task.
Ill go up to the vets this afternoon after work and ask them what I need as Im sure I'll need stuff for the carpet and the cat tree, bed, cushions etc too? and little Sleeves. I'll also get new worming stuff as she's bound to have those too, coming from a house with so many animals in it. Sleeves hasn't been wormed for a while either so he's bound to get them again now.
ooooh the joys!
post #9 of 14
Just like kids are`nt they? They don`t want to share thier toys...but catch a sickness or some kind of lice-flea etc....and THAT will share!!!
Linda
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hi all, we went to the vet and they said she had to go in for a check up as the flea stuff is prescription only. So we took her in and she definately does have fleas. She's now been treated and we have some stuff to treat Sleeves aswell. So now the washing of the sheets, the clothes, the kitty beds, and the hoovering begins...
post #11 of 14
The Frontline Spot-On we get in the UK now also kills the fleas in the house so you don't have to spray your house anymore.

We use Frontline summer and winter because with central heating the fleas make merry even in winter. Unfortunately, if I get bitten by a flea I have a bad reaction to them and they last for weeks. Got bit in the summer and had to resort to antihistamine cream to get rid of the horrendous itch.

Also talk to your vet about getting your kitties wormed as fleas are the main cause of worm infestation in animals. Just saw in the vets the other night there's a new worm preparation which you dab on the back of their necks just like Frontline (thank goodness as some of my cats are almost impossible to give worm pills to). Can't remember what it's called but am going to the vets tomorrow evening and will let you know what it's called (you'll probably have a similar equivalent over there).

PS. Didn't realise you were over here in Dundee. I live in England now but am originally from Aberdeen
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Python
The Frontline Spot-On we get in the UK now also kills the fleas in the house so you don't have to spray your house anymore.

We use Frontline summer and winter because with central heating the fleas make merry even in winter. Unfortunately, if I get bitten by a flea I have a bad reaction to them and they last for weeks. Got bit in the summer and had to resort to antihistamine cream to get rid of the horrendous itch.

Also talk to your vet about getting your kitties wormed as fleas are the main cause of worm infestation in animals. Just saw in the vets the other night there's a new worm preparation which you dab on the back of their necks just like Frontline (thank goodness as some of my cats are almost impossible to give worm pills to). Can't remember what it's called but am going to the vets tomorrow evening and will let you know what it's called (you'll probably have a similar equivalent over there).

PS. Didn't realise you were over here in Dundee. I live in England now but am originally from Aberdeen

Hi thanks for that, I saw that poster in the vets this evening. Im sure its probably the same one. I know to worm them, esp since little Nismo has just come from her mum, who goes outside and so probably has worms.
Sleeves had worms when we got him I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the first poop he did after the drops!lol.
We got some drops from pets at home which worked for him so Ive already got the same one for Nismo, Ill treat them both in a few days when I know we've got rid of our pest problem...
Thats bad about your bite, I had one on my neck, Im sure it was that it was a huge red itchy lump. It went down though within hours though so I guess I was lucky!
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Another quick question I forgot to ask the vet, should I bath Nismo once all the fleas have died, to get rid of the dirt?
Thanks
Lauren
post #14 of 14
I'd get the proper worm stuff from the vet - it works out cheaper in the end. Stuff you get from Pets at Home doesn't really work especially when the cats get bigger. The dose you have to give adult cats works out a lot more expensive than if you get the right stuff from the vets. Can't remember the name of the last stuff my cats had for worms (threw out the packet) but Drontal is a good one too. Going to try this new spot-on type. Easier than getting shredded (again) LOL.
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