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My cat is acting weird after flea treatment.
My cat is 11 yrs old and has been spayed, and she's had every flea, tick, and mite treatment imaginable.
We're a veterinarian practice, and we do treat for parasites, as well as heartworm and flea treatments. This was her first year of getting treatment.
Last year was her first year, and she didn't need any flea treatment at all, so we were a little concerned when she came in this year. But after one treatment of the heartworm preventive, she was fine. She's been fine since. She has an old collar that she wears all year around, and I use that collar to pull her hr back to keep it away from her neck.
About a week after her heartworm treatment, she started scratching and scratching and scratching at her neck and shoulders. It's never been a problem before. It looks like she's scratching at fleas. But she's been treated for fleas.
After her heartworm treatment, I gave her the flea treatment and her collar was in place. After I put the flea treatment on, she scratched at her collar for a few minutes, and then she seemed to settle down. Then about an hour later, the scratching and biting and scratching started up agn, but this time she was licking at her face and her neck, and then she started rubbing and rubbing and rubbing her shoulders. She stopped that after a few minutes, but it was a little different than when she'd been scratching at the fleas.
We've always given our cats one treatment of the heartworm preventive before the year ends, so she's only had that once, and it's been over a month ago.
My vet is out of town until next week, so I don't know if we're doing anything wrong. But we do all of the preventives and treatments according to what's on the package insert. We haven't had any problems at all, so we didn't do any flea treatments last year.
When I went to work this morning, my daughter and her daughter were talking to the cat. I overheard the conversation, and they asked if her fur was just always like that, because it was pretty greasy and she was licking her fur. The girls sd that it looked like she'd been licked by a dog.
They sd that they heard my daughter say something about fleas, and then the cat started scratching and licking herself. The daughters told her mother that the cat scratched at her collar, and that's when her mother told her that she'd seen her scratching and licking after she'd been given the flea treatment.
I'd heard my daughter talking about fleas before, but I'd never thought it was a problem.
After we got home from work this evening, I gave her a flea treatment. I used a spot-on flea treatment that doesn't have a shampoo in it, and it's supposed to have less impact on your cat's skin than some of the shampoo-based treatments. It worked really well, and she seemed to get the treatment almost immediately. She didn't seem to notice that I had the flea treatment in my hand.
We don't have any fleas on our furniture or on our pillows. She also has fur all over her tl, so she has to take care of that part of herself. She doesn't seem to be in any discomfort, and she was playing around with her toys as usual.
She's been scratching and licking herself for the last few hours, and it doesn't seem to be going away. I've never seen her act this way.
I just called my vet and I asked if it would be okay for her to go to the groomer and have her claws trimmed. She's just had her nls filed for the last few weeks, so I didn't think that was an issue. But she's been scratching a lot, so I thought it might be better for her to have her claws trimmed. She's been to the groomer before, and she had her claws and nls trimmed as a kitten. But I don't remember it causing this much discomfort. I know that they don't take a lot of nls, but she's been scratching a lot. I think she's just trying to get rid of all of this itching.
My vet has to call me back when he can to let me know if I'm doing the right thing.
If she has fleas, I would take the flea treatment agn, just to make sure she gets rid of them completely. But I was thinking that the flea treatment might have caused her to get them in the first place.
Is it normal for her to be so much worse today than it was after her first flea treatment? Is that normal behavior for a cat to be scratching at herself like that?
I'd say, if you're not 100% sure about the fleas, just wt for your vet to call.
I've never seen that happen before, that's for sure.
My oldest cat has been treated for fleas on and off for years. She's been fine for many years until this year. After she received her flea treatments, she started scratching and licking. She scratched at her paws and then at the hr on her head. She also got her ears scratched. It looked like she was trying to get rid of her fleas, and she was really uncomfortable. She was in a lot of pn, and she had to be medicated for it. She's never been like that before. She never showed any signs of discomfort before.
What would you have thought about that?
I'm still scratching at this and thinking about what I've been reading about cats with fleas. It doesn't make sense to me.
We gave our cat flea treatments three years ago. Her coat was thin and didn't look too good. My husband and I thought it was her age. She had started showing signs of getting fleas a year ago, and we had her flea treatments. We had to take her to the vet for flea treatments three times. We thought