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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-05-2015, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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flea & worm medication and first bath

when i adopted my 3mo kitty from the shelter, they gave me some flea medication and worm medications and said i should do it once a month. it's been a month, i don't notice him scratching himself uncontrollably, just the occasion scratching. and i don't see any "sesame seeds" around his bumhole. do i still need to administer the flea / worm medications? he was given worm medication before i adopted him, and i gave him a dose of flea medication on day 2. he was not known to have worms but the shelter staff gave him the meds anyway. do i really need to do it monthly even if he is not showing symptoms ?

second question, he has not be bathed since i got him a month ago. although he has not soiled himself and he has been licking himself regularly, and he is an indoor cat, but he has been to the vet twice, in other words he has been out of the house. when is it ok to give him his first bath?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-05-2015, 01:44 PM
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If he cleans himself well. you never need to give him a bath.

The need for flea medication medication is situational. An indoor only cat typically doesn't need it. But if I lived in a warm all year round climate, I think I would use it. Or an area heavily infested with fleas that could hitch a ride on you into the house. If I lived in a apartment building and a lot of my neighbors had dogs I would use it...very easy for an apartment building it get infested if people don't treat their dogs for fleas.

BTW, the "sesame seeds" you refer to are only indicative of one type of worm...tape worm, which is passed to cats by ingesting infected fleas. But there are several other types of worms that animals can get that there may initially be no signs of until they are heavily infested and you see live worms in their poop or vomit. My dog recently had hookworms. I had no idea, they were only found because I took in a stool sample for a fecal test when he had his annual check up. Ended up having to treat him and Holly.

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