Q: Does my cat have fleas?

July 12, 2011 | By Elliesmamma | 2 answers | Expired: 1659 days ago

Does my cat have fleas?

I don't see any right now. We used bombs and carpet powder. Ellie is still licking and biting. She avoids walking on the floor as much as possible. I have also given her 2 baths. Does flea soap lose its effectivness? Mine is at least 2 yrs old. Can someone help me?

Readers' Answers (2)

Jul 13, 2011

The active ingredients in flea shampoo will lose strength after a period of time. It will probably still work, just not as effectively as it did when new. Also, shampoo just to clear up the fleas on the cat at the time. It's not effective for long term flea control. Fleas lay eggs that are immune to the effects of shampoos, bombs, etc. So there may be a new generation of fleas. Be sure to wash all her bedding too. If she's picking up fleas from outside, you should treat your yard. You can use food grade diatomaceous earth safely inside the house around pets & people.

Other things to consider:

Even one flea bath a week can be extremely drying to the skin, so depending on how frequently you're bathing her, she may be itchy due to dry skin.

Make sure you rinse very, very well when bathing her. Even a little leftover shampoo can cause extreme itching. Rinse until you're sure you've removed all the soap & then rinse again for good measure.

If she has fleas, you should be able to find flea dirt on her or her bedding. It will look kind of like someone sprinkled pepper on her & will be found at the base of the hair shafts. When you wipe it away with a dampened cloth, it will turn brownish-red, because basically it's flea droppings made up of digested blood.

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Jul 12, 2011

If youve done all of that I doubt it, but she could have a serious problem, so bring her to the vet.

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