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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone. My little kitten Smudge hasn't been with us for 3 weeks now. Last week she scratched her face. I'm not sure if she's itchy but I haven't seen her scratch her face too often. I came home from work and she had cut her face, there was some mild hair loss around the cut. The cut appears to have healed almost, however the hair loss seems to have worsened. I'm not sure if these are flea bites. I can't see any fleas. I rescued her from an adoption centre and she has been kept up to date with flea medication. However she is due in a few days for more. Is it likely fleas? I'm happy to take her to the vet I just wondered if I could do something else to help first.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 11:40 AM
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Fleas are difficult to see in a dark coat. Stand her on a piece of plain white paper and ruffle her coat all over....if you see black specks on the paper, and add a tiny bit of water to them and it is reddish brown, this is flea dirt (poop), and she has fleas, even tho you may not see them. You can get rid of a lot of fleas from short-haired cats by combing regularly with a fine-toothed flea comb, that can snag the fleas, and them just dip comb into very hot water. If she's long coated it's better to shampoo her with a flea shampoo made for cats (not dogs), as it's difficult to comb thro longhaired cat with a flea comb. With the heat and humidity happening now this is the perfect weather for fleas to hatch out from being dormant.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-19-2017, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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I went to the vet. She has ringworm
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-20-2017, 02:27 PM
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That's a shock - it didn't look like ringworm. How is the vet treating it?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-21-2017, 11:52 AM
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Oh no! That is nasty stuff! It didn't look like Ringworm to me either, and I spent a good three months or so getting rid of it when "Fitty" came down with it shortly after we bought him. Get a hospital-grade antifungal cleaner, wash the floors, with it, wipe down all surfaces, baseboards, vacuum rugs/carpets,etc. It's a mammoth job to keep on top of it.....I did it every week or more often and also had a cream to put on Fitty's lesions (an antifungal ointment "Clotrimaderm"), but even then my Zuba got it too as well as a few spots on my own neck. Be aggressive in getting rid of it, as Ringworm spores can stay in the environment and be inactive for some time and then reinfect. Good luck!

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-23-2017, 01:44 PM
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aw darn! ringworm! it can throw people into a panic, I know. but just clean everything a lot and keep it up even after it's no longer visible just in case. we tried the cream on our cat a long time ago, but she kept licking it off because the bad spot was right on her cheek. we were VERY VERY lucky that it only took 2 weeks for it to go away. I remember reading a funny thing back then that said, "Ringworm when treated will go away in 2 weeks. When untreated, it will resolve in 14 days." ha ha! so who knows if the cream and other treatments even work. but I know we will all do everything we can JUST to be sure, right?

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