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I have a fleamergency!!!

post #1 of 15
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Hi all so i have a beautiful lil cat had her since she was about 2 mths old. Shes not an outdoor cat but has a severe case of fleas its gotten so bad that they are eating at my 4 yr old daughter-she looks like she had a really bad case of chicken pox its really bad .I cant just give Trip away she is apart of the family. But we have tried everything from dissenfecting to baths to drops behind the neck( for some reason the fleas seemed attracted to that one she scratched herself bald in one spot) Im just at my wits end my childrens health comes first but i dont want to give up till ive tried absolutely everything. To dissenfect a 3 bdrm with two children isnt very easy
Thanks.
post #2 of 15
I understand your frusteration. Were the drops you tried FROM the vet or did you get them from a pet store? Never use the ones from the pet store, they can be very dangerous and even kill your cat.

Bath the cat with Dawn Dish soap and actually sit there and comb out all the fleas. Dead or alive. Then get some Frontline, Revolution or Advantage. I advise you to not get the same one you got last time if you did in fact get it from the vet. Keep applying it on your cat each month until the problem is gone.

You will \
eed to flea bomb your house too. I believe you remove yourself your children and your pets first. I have never done it. Your vet may have some helpful suggestions too.
post #3 of 15
to get the fleas out of your home, you can buy foggers, they are made by Raid.

To buy some garlic tablets and feed them 1 or 2 a day to the cat. because the garlic will get in their system and fleas dont like the smell or taste of garlic.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by ILoveMittens
To buy some garlic tablets and feed them 1 or 2 a day to the cat. because the garlic will get in their system and fleas dont like the smell or taste of garlic.
I would not give garlic to my cats unless the vet specifically okays it. Some cats can't handle garlic. Just get the flea meds from the vet, there are 3 to choose from and that should work along with fogging your home.

You will need to deworm your cat too because with fleas comes worms and I am sure your cat has them with the large amount of fleas in your home.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by ILoveMittens
to get the fleas out of your home, you can buy foggers, they are made by Raid.

To buy some garlic tablets and feed them 1 or 2 a day to the cat. because the garlic will get in their system and fleas dont like the smell or taste of garlic.

Where can i get the foggers as i have tried walmart and the pet stores cost and arm and a leg with no resolution to the problem. I like the idea of natural remedies just because my children are so young 3, 4 but how safe is that plus miss baby is very picky when it comes to her food.
post #6 of 15
where you live do you have a Country Max store or Agway stores?

the garlic comes in pills, you would have to put in the back of her mouth and make her swallow it, the stores I listed sell both the pills and the foggers
post #7 of 15
The flea meds you will get from the vet are much much much safer for everyone than anything else you can do about fleas. They do not affect mammals, only hard-skinned bugs. The ones you can buy at Walmart or pet stores or the grocery can hurt all of you, including killing your cat. And never give garlic pills to cats, that is not safe.

Also, rehoming (getting rid of) your cat will not help your flea problem, as most of the fleas aren't on her but rather in the environment.

Vacuum everything, and wash everything washable in very hot water, as often as you can. And also do the bath like Jen suggested, taking care not to wet her little head.

Good luck! You can win over the fleas. Make sure to get to the vet, a severe flea problem in a young kitten can cause anemia and also of course that many fleas usually means worms.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
The flea meds you will get from the vet are much much much safer for everyone than anything else you can do about fleas. They do not affect mammals, only hard-skinned bugs. The ones you can buy at Walmart or pet stores or the grocery can hurt all of you, including killing your cat. And never give garlic pills to cats, that is not safe.

Also, rehoming (getting rid of) your cat will not help your flea problem, as most of the fleas aren't on her but rather in the environment.

Vacuum everything, and wash everything washable in very hot water, as often as you can. And also do the bath like Jen suggested, taking care not to wet her little head.

Good luck! You can win over the fleas. Make sure to get to the vet, a severe flea problem in a young kitten can cause anemia and also of course that many fleas usually means worms.
Ok thanks for the tips i will probably just take her to the vet and im with you on not getting rid of her i figure id still have the problem after she is gone. Also i live in toronto so i dont know if the foggers would be called the same thing or where the heck to go to get it. I just feel bad because all trip likes to do is cuddle and its difficult when her fleas attack you.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
The flea meds you will get from the vet are much much much safer for everyone than anything else you can do about fleas. They do not affect mammals, only hard-skinned bugs. The ones you can buy at Walmart or pet stores or the grocery can hurt all of you, including killing your cat. And never give garlic pills to cats, that is not safe.

Also, rehoming (getting rid of) your cat will not help your flea problem, as most of the fleas aren't on her but rather in the environment.

Vacuum everything, and wash everything washable in very hot water, as often as you can. And also do the bath like Jen suggested, taking care not to wet her little head.

Good luck! You can win over the fleas. Make sure to get to the vet, a severe flea problem in a young kitten can cause anemia and also of course that many fleas usually means worms.

we use to give our cats a garlic pill everyday, and they never got fleas, and they're healthy, they never got sick
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by ILoveMittens
we use to give our cats a garlic pill everyday, and they never got fleas, and they're healthy, they never got sick
Well that sure is taking a big risk there and I wouldn't recommend it.
post #11 of 15
one of my cats loves the pills, she bit my fingers cause they smelled liike garlic just now, but ok
post #12 of 15
Some cats can get very ill from eating garlic. If you do a search in our Health and Nutrition forum for "garlic" you will find some threads
post #13 of 15
our vet told us to buy Brewersyeast and garlic pills, to give to our cats to control the fleas and shedding thats why i suggested the pills
post #14 of 15
That is weird, I mean, people go out of their way to avoid garlic in cat food because it isn't good, that is great if your cats can handle it and it works I guess. I don't know, it is a risk like chocolate and milk and stuff. Some cats handle it better then others.
post #15 of 15
Garlic is not a good recommendation. In fact, some vets recommend that you not even feed dogs or cats meat that has been cooked with garlic or onion. It is not just a risk of the cat having a bad reaction to it, garlic damages red blood cells in cats and causes anemia and possibly death. It can also cause serious ulcers.

Here is an about.com article on toxic foods: http://cats.about.com/cs/catfood/a/humanfood.htm
And a cat food company's explanation of why they won't use garlic or onions:
http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/garlic.php

Basically, giving your cats garlic every day is poisoning them, and I'm very glad you haven't experienced any bad reactions
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