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Pregnant cat with fleas?

post #1 of 10
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The pregnant stray we took in seemed to be pretty clean. With the exception of a few ticks (that my husband spent hours pulling off), we had not seen any other problems. Today, I was checking her genital area and saw a few fleas. She's been in the house several days and I have yet to see fleas on myself, husband or children. I just fear that if I don't do something now I will have a mama cat and a bunch of kittens with fleas in a few days and then I'll be flea infested for 6 weeks because I can't treat them.

Is there anything safe to give her that will act immediately? I thought about giving her a bath, but am hesitant because 1)she has been very gentle since we took her in (no growling, hissing, biting or scratching at all) and 2) I'm afraid it would be too traumatic considering what she's been through in the last week.
post #2 of 10
I made the mistake of trying to bathe the nice pregnant cat I took in too She wasn't so nice and she was pissed for about 24 hrs. I would get a flea comb and wet it a little. Comb the area where you see the fleas first cause she may not sit still for long. I'm not sure if you can use flea medicine on a pregnant cat. If you call a vets office, they should be able to tell you. Good luck
post #3 of 10
Safest thing - call your vet.
post #4 of 10
if you do bathe her use DE FLEA, it's a natural flea shampoo and safe to use on pregnant and nursing moms, and newborns too. It has a spray too for the house and I think you can use it on pets too(check the bottle first). I work at Petsmart in grooming and we get a lot of abandoned cats and kittens there with fleas and we used it with sucess. You can buy it at Petsmart and Petco might carry it too If not use a wet flea comb to get them off. Good Luck and thank you for taking this momma in
Kat and her kitty's
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Kat_and_Luna
if you do bathe her use DE FLEA, it's a natural flea shampoo and safe to use on pregnant and nursing moms, and newborns too. It has a spray too for the house and I think you can use it on pets too(check the bottle first). I work at Petsmart in grooming and we get a lot of abandoned cats and kittens there with fleas and we used it with sucess. You can buy it at Petsmart and Petco might carry it too If not use a wet flea comb to get them off. Good Luck and thank you for taking this momma in
Kat and her kitty's
The vet said the very same thing-- that the all natural or pyrethin-based shampoos are safest. Do you know if Petco will groom a VERY pregnant cat for me? I really don't want her to associate me or my home with something negative.
post #6 of 10
Try the comb soaked in Dawn water and comb her..... But I do agree also she is pregnant might be best to call the vet...
post #7 of 10
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So, I took the Dawn and flea comb suggestion. I went over her whole body, focusing on fleas favorite areas, and did not find one single flea or flea egg. Do you think she's flea free and that the two bugs I saw were some other sort of bug that were just hanging out?

I have not seen any other fleas on her, there are none in the places she sleeps, no one in the family has seen any or been bitten either.

I can't wait to get her on Frontline, so I can know for sure that she's flea free.
post #8 of 10
I had the same problem. I used Frontline on my cat and it is safe for pregnant and nursing Kitties. I then took all the animals out of each room one at a time and used a flea spray on the carpets, beds, pet beds, ect.....Here is the Frontline website if you would like to read up on it.....

http://www.frontline.com/
post #9 of 10
Give her Advantage. One dose and it's a done deal. Shampoos are very stressful for the cat and not all that effective.

Advantage will repel fleas for up to a month and that's important. With a bath she can be flea infested again the very next day.

It's also important to keep an eye on the kittens for fleas. Ideally you'll be able to keep on top of it and comb off the one or two fleas that might jump on them. If it gets bad then you can use a drop - and I really mean just a drop - of Advantage on young kittens. It's very important to keep fleas at bay because they can cause severe anemia in young kittens.
post #10 of 10
My vet told me that Revolution is the only safe med for pregnant moms. It will also rub off on the babies just enough to keep them flea free and not harm them.
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