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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Cat Flea treatment?

My cat is on revolution for like over 7 months now but he has been itching and licking himself on and off. I don't think this treatment is working on him and i am considering switching him to another kind.
Just wondering if i can just switch it or do i have to wait a specific amount of time before switching brands?
Also I'm considering either advantage or frontline plus/combo which one would you suggest?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 11:03 AM
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Itching and licking can be caused by other things. You need to first confirm that the problem is being caused by fleas. You may not be able to see any fleas, but if they are present they are pooping and you can test for them.

Lay some white paper towels or and old white sheet down and place the cat on it. Brush vigorously in the following areas: base of the ears, neck, arm pits, base of tail, around the anus. I find brushing against the direction of the fur is better for dislodging flea dirt. If black specs appear of the white background, wet them...if they turn red then it's flea dirt (which is dried blood).

If you don't find any evidence of fleas, then you have a different issue going on. If you do, then the problem may be bigger than the Revolution can handle if your home is infested and you will need to treat the environment.


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I agree with Doodlebug. Scratching alone is not always an indication of fleas. This could be a food allergy, allergy to something in the home, etc. Look at your cat's skin closely to look for signs of fleas - usually the easiest sign is the little black specks of flea dander. If those aren't present, this is most likely something other than fleas. Or, like Doodlebug said, it may be a larger problem than the medication can handle.
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Sounds a little like dermatitis. I had a cat who had this once, its an itchy allergic reaction that can be brought on by just one or two flea bites and (for my cat anyways) seemed to persist long after the fleas were gone. The vet gave my cat an antihistamine that would help with the problem. Treatment was very inexpensive and seemed to help.
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I'm sure my house is not infested because we're a clean freak family, we clean everything like everyday it's crazy. And i did put him on hypoallergic food but it does not seem to help at all, if anything he's been getting worst and worst. i took him to the vet and they wanted to try changing the food (which i did) but i think i read somewhere and sometimes some type of flea treatment just won't work on certain kitties so i thought i try changing it just to see if it makes a difference. :\
better than doing nothing?
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Did you do the test I outlined? It doesn't make any sense to do anything about flea treatments if you don't know if the cat actually has fleas. In fact, if he did have fleas and the Revolution hasn't been working then your house would be infested by now. So I really don't think you're dealing with a flea problem.


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