Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Flea Allergy

Friday, September 27, 2013
Kaiser has been out enjoying the warmer weather - and so have the fleas!

Poor Kaiser has been grooming more than usual and has lost some of his beautiful coat especially over the rump. Normally cats are only mildly irritated by fleas but Kaiser is allergic to flea saliva. Just one flea bite causes intense and long lasting itchiness.

To make Kaiser more comfortable we must try to eliminate all fleas from him and his environment.

Capstar or Comfortis kill the fleas and paralyse flea mouthparts preventing deposition of saliva.

Every month his owners will give him Advantage, Revolution, or Comfortis to keep flea numbers as low as possible.

Because fleas spend most of their life cycle off the cat as larvae and pupae in bedding, carpet, dirt and leaves they will have to wash his bedding in hot water and dry it in the sun. They should also vacuum carpets and furniture often. they may decide to call a professional to fumigate the house.

Kaiser has had an injection of cortisone to block the allergic reaction and give relief from the intense itching.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

abscess hypertrophic cardiomyopathy sense of smell tumour in season stare into space cat friendly kidney disease aggressive sore eyes hairball unsociable kidney desex kittens moving FORLS cat fight urine prednisolone annual check fever client night permethrin marking weight loss tooth seizures sick cat litter box pet meat best veterinarian thirsty wool slow pill weight control feliway touch pain relief when to go to vet off food cat enclosure poisonous hiding cryptococcosis castration biopsy bite lick introductions drinking a lot conflict change laser pointer snakes hyperthyroidism panleukopenia sensitive physical activity cat worms learning exercise African wild cat ribbon blocked cat rash inflammatory bowel disease painful urination behaviour pancreatitis pain aerokat antibiotics panleukopaenia carrier plaque feline herpesvirus holiday sudden blindness corneal ulcer Canberra vomit poisoning hunting sneeze tartar cancer skin cancer hyperactive blood blood test treat cognitive dysfunction flea prevention lame revolution blue breathing difficult lilies vaccine photo competition plants string appointment obese adipokines renal disease snot competition mass not eating enteritis spray herpesvirus dental check holes lily indoor cats old cat mental health of cats wet food cat containment fight constipation senses furballs urinating on curtains or carpet sore ears teeth poisonous plants heavy breathing fear kibble diet comfortis hypertension dental feline enteritis pain killer obesity microchip RSPCA ACT head birthday foreign body award urinating love mince open day high blood pressure weight twitching obsessive compulsive sick dementia worming kitten deaths house call desexing appetite strange behaviour kitten play cta fight thyroid nails eye ulcer gifts hospital enclosure wobbles grooming hole train activity scratch eye infection restless IBD hearing allergy, panadeine cat flu return home insulin meows a lot tapeworm vet visit fits intestine stiff decision to euthanase abscess,cat fight urinating outside litter overweight lymphoma ulcerated nose roundworm diarrhoea new cat snakebite cat aspirin echocardiography heaing blind hungry goodbye face rub euthanasia vomiting snake water cat behaviour litter hard faeces collapse changed vaccination aggression introduction pred information night massage runny nose stress best vet eye introducing pheromone breeder scratching post computer furball catoberfest joints paralysis tick runny eyes fleas arthritis hunter play tradesmen panamax fireworks socialisation unwell tablet signs of pain New Year's Eve anxiety home thiamine deficiency scale best clinic radioactive iodine mouth breathing prey hunters bed lump nose scabs feline AIDS rough play attack polish AIDS blindness gasping new year allergy health check thirst vocal chlamydia bladder stones FIV antiviral grass training skinny poisons sun asthma depomedrol opening hours blood in urine home visit paracetamol wet litter vision cage free cystitis check-up pet insurance snuffle diuretics blockage virus spey sore holidays behaviour change fat bad breath pica mycoplasma cat vet old sensitive stomach dymadon toxins spraying paralysed visit advantage christmas bladder Canberra Cat Vet rigid head kidneys poison heart disease discount worms jumping pet cranky liver flu best cat clinic snuffles urine spraying blood pressure enemies dental treatment drinking more Hill's Metabolic on heat salivation checkup ulcer new kitten tick senior yowling brown snake diabetes holes in teeth fluid pills groom cough scratching itchy lilly outdoor cat toxic cortisone xylitol sucking wool fabric rub body language examination noisy breathing straining snake bite anaemia eyes ulcers paralysis cat enclosures open night odour skin panadol calicivirus flea treatment cat history bump dilated pupils crytococcosus hunched over food puzzles rolls whiskers introduce dry food headache petting cat kitten dehydration

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions