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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-28-2008, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Using Advantage for the 1st time

I just ordered a 6 month supply of Advantage (I plan to use 2 for each cat). I am just curious if I should allow them onto our screened in porch immediately or if they should be restricted at any time. To me, it seemed counter-productive but my boyfriend said it's the best time for them to be allowed outside because if fleas jump on them they will die. I guess he is right but I want to check.

Also, Baby Kitty is the only one not spayed yet. I have had her for 6 months and she is still not fixed. I was not financially able to do it in the beginning and boy I wish I had been. For the past couple months every time I try to schedule her an appt she goes into heat a few days before so I cancel. I have realized I'm just going to have to take her regardless, heat or not, or she will never be spayed. Is it really more complicated? I dont want to hurt her.

Anyways, the reason I am asking is because I was trying to get her an appt within the week or next weekend. Is this Advantage going to be a problem if I take her to be fixed? I am just thinking maybe it should not be on her skin while she has surgery. Anybody have a thought? Should i do the Advantage first and wait a little bit for the spay? Or spay and wait for the advantage? She REALLY needs the advantage and not because we have a huge flea problem but because she scratches herself scabs. The other two are fine.

Let me know if you have any suggestions before I use the Advantage this weekend.

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Okay, well one problem is solved because I just made her appt and it's not til the 19th of July so I am going ahead with the Advantage today. But please still read this about the 1st thing


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I don't think that her being in heat has anything to do with timing on the surgery - correct me if I'm wrong someone. Also, go ahead with the Advantage. Screened in porch is fine - when you think of it - outside cats and dogs are out and they are treated too.

Our old cat used to have seasonal allergies - believe it or not - and he scratched a LOT. It might not be fleas, so ask your vet about it.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-28-2008, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Well, someone probably exaggerated something to me by telling me the surgery was "much more risky" while they are in heat. And they will "lose alot of blood." But I asked the vet and she said yes they lose more blood and so it takes longer but it's not that big a deal.

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Well, in the grand scheme of things, performing surgery on an in-season cat IS technically more risky than one who is not in season. However, if you have a competent vet who is expecting to encounter such a scenario, I don't see much of a problem arrising. It is just the risk (the chance of) things going wrong or bad is higher. Doesn't mean it actually does happen all that often.



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Thank you for the correction. I didn't know this.

When Fin was in heat, we went that same week to get her spayed because we had 2 males in the house and they weren't neutered yet. I assumed it was OK to do it because we DID.

But I didn't know about the possible complications.
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Our old cat used to have seasonal allergies - believe it or not - and he scratched a LOT. It might not be fleas, so ask your vet about it.
Thats true I did not think about that... I will have to see if the Advantage helps. If not, I guess I know.


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