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Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by tony warburton, Aug 1, 2020 at 10:48 AM.


  1. tony warburton

    tony warburton PetForums Newbie

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    new to this site, info required please, our 7 year old cat has recently picked up fleas, after much combing & house cleaning ☹️, she was at the vets for her annual check up & a cleansing, the vet used advocate, do we still need to flea comb her daily or does that treatment do the job, any help would be much appreciated ??
     
  2. Milo’s mum

    Milo’s mum PetForums Member

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    I am a bit surprised that after having a cat for 7 years you have resorted to combing for flees.
    You can’t get rid of flees via combing alone.
    The Advocate will kill the flees but perhaps you would prefer to bath your cat after a week to get rid of dead bodies.
    Do not forget to repeat the Advocate after a month as it is effective for 4-5 weeks only.
    Happy flee hunting!
     
  3. chillminx

    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    Hello @tony warburton and welcome :)

    The Advocate will kill the fleas and protect your cat from further infestation for a month. You will need to repeat the Advocate treatment every month to keep her protected.

    However the fleas on your cat are only a small percentage of the fleas infesting your home, so you will need to treat your home with a good household insecticide such as RIP Fleas, Acclaim or Indorex to eradicate all the fleas. Launder all bedding on a hot wash

    These household insecticides ^^^ are highly toxic to cats therefore it is important to follow the safety instructions that come with the product and keep the cat out of every room your treat with the insecticide, for the specified time. It is best to do one room at a time, rather than the whole house at once.

    It is worth noting the "Pupal Window" - see link below:

    http://www.ripfleas.co.uk/pupal-window/

    and the "Useful 5 step Guide"

    http://www.ripfleas.co.uk/r-i-p-fleas-extra/


    Advocate treats for roundworms as well as fleas, but does not treat for tapeworms. One type of tapeworm called Dipylidium uses the flea as an intermediate host. While self grooming the cat may swallow a flea infected with a tapeworm larvae. Once the flea is digested by the cat, the larval tapeworm is able to develop into an adult tapeworm.

    So it is advisable to treat your cat for tapeworm as she has had fleas.
     
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    tony warburton PetForums Newbie

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    thank you for your reply, she is normally a house cat but she escaped for 2 days about 3 weeks ago, I'm presuming she picked them up then, will use the web pages you sent & hopefully sort it in a few months
     
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    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    I take it she is spayed
     
  6. tony warburton

    tony warburton PetForums Newbie

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    yes about a year ago.
     
  7. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    Good, otherwise you'd probably also be finding she was pregnant!
     
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