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My cat is allergic to flea bite. What can I use to keep the flees away apart from the usually prescribed poisons?

69 mths ago

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Please let us know if the citronella works. If your cat does not mind you can comb the fur with a fine comb.

69 mths ago

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rub citronella oil into the cat's skin

69 mths ago

There is a great tablet that you get from vets that kill the flees and the eggs and last for quite a long time. Cost for One tab - R 15.00.

69 mths ago

Studies have shown that there are over 15 different antigens in the saliva of the flea. Each one of these is capable of causing an allergic response in a sensitive cat or dog. Despite recent advances in flea control, flea bite allergies still continue to be a common problem. Preventing flea bites is critical for pets with flea allergies: Cats and dogs rarely become desensitized to flea bites once they develop an allergy. Cats and dogs that are not sensitive to flea bites rarely develop lesions from the bites, but may bite or scratch at the flea when it bites them. Some studies have shown that up to 40% of dogs in any given area will test positive for flea bite allergies. Other studies show, that many dogs with flea allergies also have inhalant allergies compounding the problem. There does not appear to be a breed or sex predilection for this allergy. Symptoms: Flea bite allergy is characterized by being a seasonal allergy that is worse during peak flea times in the summer and fall. Even in temperate areas or in cases with home infestations, the symptoms of flea bite allergies appear to worsen in the summer and fall. Cats that have flea allergies will bite at the base of their tail and scratch frequently. The bite of a single flea can cause hours and days of intense itching. Many cats have a characteristic loss or thinning of hair above the base of the tail. In addition, fleas or flea dirt (feces) can be found on the cat the majority of the time. The feces, or flea dirt will dissolve into a red color when moistened; this is because it is primarily digested blood. However, if the cat is bathed or treated regularly, very little evidence of fleas may be found. Severely affected cats may itch over their entire bodies, have generalized hair loss, and red inflamed skin. Hot spots are often a result of flea bite allergies. Flea bite allergy is characterized by being a seasonal allergy that is worse during peak flea times in the summer and fall. Cats with flea allergy dermatitis can have a wide spectrum of symptoms including miliary dermatitis, which is characterized by crusty papules (small, red, raised skin lesions), symmetrical hair loss (alopecia), and eosinophilic plaques and linear granulomas. Diagnosis: Diagnosis can be made by visual signs in combination with the presence of fleas or through intradermal skin testing. Intradermal skin testing is a very effective diagnostic tool for this particular allergy, although some false negativ

Source: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1333&articleid=594

69 mths ago

Frontline is not poisonous at all and I have found that it is really the only thing that permanantly gets rid of fleas. Speak to your vet about it too.

69 mths ago

Fleas hate the plant Marigolds - you can crush up some leaves and petals and rub it on your cat - and coarse salt around your entire home. Good Luck

69 mths ago

Apparently, if you introduce garlic and/or sulphur to the cat's diet, it will eventually rid them of fleas, but it takes about four weeks to work. You can also try bathing your cat in lavender, but I'm sure most cats would rather be bled dry than bathed.

Source: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/fleas.html

69 mths ago

That depends, is he getting the fleas from you? If so perhaps bathing would help.

69 mths ago

Frontline is DEFINITELY the way to go. It is not poisonous and is highly effective. I would not recommend it, but someone proved it's safety by drinking Frontline... rather don't try that! But take my word, I've got 11 cats at the moment and I've been using Frontline for years and years without ever having a problem.

69 mths ago

Frontline. We use it on our cats and dogs and haven't seen a flea in years. Works for ticks too, those we see but they're usually dead or near death.

69 mths ago

I tried the garlic thing with one of the cats I had years ago. But - eeuw! - his breath stank!! I think I'd rather try the other pill mentioned here. (T-Bone: you're such a clever man -- wish I had the time to read your LOOOOONG reply!)

69 mths ago

i think that allergies can be handled by letting your cat live in a plastic container. His quality of life will be limited but atleast no fleas could get to him, he will be the first bubble boy cat

69 mths ago

I used Advantage on our cats and fumigated the house.We haven't had a flea on the cats for more than a year.

69 mths ago

For those who recommended 'Frontline' that is it for me. To stop the allergies you must stop the fleas getting on the cat. So use 'Frontline' or something similar. KILL THEM FLEAS DEAD. One warning - do not feed garlic to your cats it is potentially dangerous for them. Don't take my word for it, but telephone your vet, any cat association, or the SPCA to confirm if this is a justified warning.

Source: Re garlic - talk by a cat expert on the radio

69 mths ago

Add one lemon, sliced and including the peel, to one pint of boiling water. Steep it overnight. Strain the liquid and spray in on the skin and coat daily. This will heal the skin and repel insects.

Source: http://www.greenhome.com/info/articles/pest_control/77/

69 mths ago

Tea Tree Oil - you can get it in a gel and it works wonders for many things.

69 mths ago

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