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Well it looks like I'll be spending my holidays [which were my intensions any-way] doing a massive cleaning.

TO MY HORROR and embarrassment!!!!!!! Dakota has fleas. I spotted two on her last night.
My poor little baby has fleas. WTF?!? She's an indoor cat!

This perplexes me. Squicks me out! Annoys the fuck out of me. And makes me feel like the horriblest mother pet owner on the planet!!!!!

Dakota is a really pretty eight year old long-hair Hymalain-cross. to me anyway
Dakota is afraid of her own shadow. but is getting better
Dakota is an indoor cat who's never set foot outside in her life. Except to be transported to the v.e.t. and that's always in a carrier
Dakota is only brave enough to scoot out into the hall when I open the apartment door. would there be fleas out there in the carpet?
Dakkota is constantly getting knots in her fur.she hates being combed. Oy.
Dakota hates being cuddled or petted. unless it's on her terms
Dakota is a feisty little hairball and jumps at every opportunity to bite and scratch until she draws blood. which I'm thinking there will be much of tonight when I apply flea killing stuff

Can someone tell me: WHERE THE HELL DID SHE GET THE FLEAS FROM!?!?!?!

Anybody have any tried and true methods of applying flea medicine / treating cats for fleas?

crashcat I'm lookin' at you girlie.

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chrismm
Dec. 15th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, she could have gotten them from the hall.

I LOVE the Advantage stuff that you just put one container thingie on the back of their necks and it works for months. In your case, that would probably be all she wrote--it's not likely that it would recur. You may want to spray the carpet and the furniture, but if you only found a couple fleas, the Advantage (or one of it's ilk) works great, and no need to torture your girl or yourself.

I used to use the kind you get at the vet, just because I used to work in a pet store and my trust of pet store brands is non-existent as a result.
chootoy
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC)
Ohthankgod! That's all it'll take? How long does it take to work? Will I be finding flea carcasses (carcassi?) within minutes, hours, days?
Is this Advantage stuff only sold at vets?
Does the vet have to see her before s/he 'perscribes' it?
*meep* I wanna go home and apply some RIGHT NOW!
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crashcat
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
Choo Baby! You're a great Mommy, don't fret. Those damn fleas can hop on from just about anywhere, including the hallway. I agree with the last commenter (whose name as I'm typing this I have forgotten). DO NOT get flea drop stuff from the pet store, and under no circumstances get Hartz! Animals have died using that crap. Call your vet, and get whatever they have (usually Advantage, or something similar, but try to get one that just treats fleas - some are a "cocktail" that treats a bunch of varmints, but the less chemicals you put on her, the better). They shouldn't need to see her. It's just a liquid that you put behind her neck - works like magic. The live fleas will be gone within 24 hours, and the eggs will be killed too. And it keeps working, so any that might hatch out from the carpets (I know, eeek!!! but the eggs fall off her, land there, and then hatch and jump back on) will be killed too. You usually get 3 doses I think, to give over several weeks. I've found it to be safe and effective. And yes, you will find that horrid pinky browny stuff - THE FLEA DIRT *shudders*, and if you bath her (a-hahaha! *wipes tears* ) it'll look like she's bleeding... it's just dirt, don't panic. Yipes Sweetie, Good Luck! It'll be fine though, honest. You may want to splurge on a vacuum now :)
chootoy
Dec. 15th, 2004 11:21 am (UTC)
chrismm sure does know her stuff! And you're both telling me the same thing. I've got two experts giving me advice so I'm feeling better about getting this rectified pronto.

*blech* even the term 'flea dirt' squicks me out!!!

There's a 'reputable' pet store just up the street from the campus I'm going to scoot up there at lunch and see if they carry that brand. If they don't have Advantage, should I risk another brand?
I've heard of "Tick" and Flea stuff, would that sort of 'cocktail' be okay?

*blargh!* Poor Dakota. ::wails!!::
crashcat
Dec. 15th, 2004 12:14 pm (UTC)
In a word, NO. I'd never buy a flea treatment from a pet store. I've just heard too many horror stories (ie, severe illnesses, sometimes fatal as a result of the chemicals). The only thing I trust is a product from the vet. But maybe BC is different? If you can find EXACTLY the same thing at the pet store that the vet sells, then I'd say okay. You may only find a 'flea & tick' combo thing, which would be okay... strictly fleas would be safer. But nothing more. How strict am I, eh? :) lol
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cranberryink
Dec. 15th, 2004 11:31 am (UTC)
Oooh, the poor darling. Advantage works great though.

Have fun vacuuming! ;-)
chootoy
Dec. 15th, 2004 01:17 pm (UTC)
*ack!!* I feel horrible about this! My widdle sweedie!!

I have hardwood floors and don't own a vacuum. I'm a wicked broomer (or is that sweeper?)
I guess a dustbuster will do for the furniture, right?
crashcat
Dec. 15th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
A dustbuster would be fine for furniture. What you might want to do too is put a flea collar in the garbage can that you empty the dustbuster receptacle into. That way, any you suck up will meet their demise in the can, rather than hopping out to further annoy you. It's sort of overkill if you're already putting the liquid on Dakota, but I say the only good flea is a dead flea, so ATTACK from all sides! Ack, speaking of which, have you gotten any bites? The little buggers LOVE ankles!
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jcsnaughtygirl
Dec. 15th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC)
my cats got fleas too and they indoor cats its strange huh
chootoy
Dec. 15th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC)
The little buggers (the fleas that is) probably hop onto our slacks or our shoes and hitch a ride into the kitty all-you-can-eat diner.

::grrrr!:: little bastards!

How long did it take to get rid of Sizzle's little visitors?
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lovecat10036
Dec. 15th, 2004 07:58 pm (UTC)
You got mouses? Mouses got fleas! Lovey got fleas one time after she got trapped in the wall (don't ask...my former landlord was a dumbtard), from the mouses. Either that or my neighbors' cat had fleas, which got into the wall. Our whole building actually had to be bug-bombed. It was nas-tah.

Also (and I don't want to squick you anymore than you already are), fleas carry tapeworms, so watch her butt for rice-sized, urm, wiggly things. Lovey had them, and it was no biggie. Two pills down the gullet, and they were gone. Kitties are hearty. Your little Dakota will be fine!
chootoy
Dec. 16th, 2004 08:05 am (UTC)
::wails:: I don't wanna look that closely at Dakota's butt!!!
::wibble:: But I suppose I should check that out too.
*argh* My poor little munchkin! She's gonna want a new mom after all this.
Would you know what kind of pills and can they be taken when she's just been glooked up with that Advantage oil?
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tallories
Dec. 15th, 2004 10:24 pm (UTC)
Indoor cats usually don't get fleas unless they're around another cat or a dog that goes in and out. She could certainly have picked them up from the hall if another animal had just passed by.

Get her weight and call your vet. They can prescribe Advantage (an excellent product) or Frontline or something similar; a product that's easy to apply and that will kill the fleas and keep them dead. It would be a good idea to wash any bedding that she uses and vacuum the carpets.

Good luck! Don't worry, you'll get through it. The joys of pet ownership, eh?
chootoy
Dec. 16th, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
Ah, yes the joy of ALL that horrible guilt.
I picked up the Advantage last night and glooked it all over her neck. she didn't even blink. And she seemed fine this morning. Not falling over from toxic shock or anything.
I'll be having a rip snortin' time over the holidays doing a ceiling to floor house cleaning.
Yay, happy xmas to me
Just kidding.
Thank you for your suggestions. All on the 'to do' list.
tallories
Dec. 22nd, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, you'll get through it! When my parents brought home our family cat Mayonnaise years ago, she was infested with fleas and we got them inside the house. A good cleaning and a little Advantage later, and everything cleared up - we've never had a problem since. Hang in there!
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