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Author Topic: Cat sick after Flea Treatment/please help!  (Read 8350 times)
ldudette

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« on: October 25, 2008, 09:50:16 PM »

Hey all,
I am new here and have two 8 yr old males, one persian and one himalayan.  Last week was combing winston and found flea dirt and panicked. My guys are indoor cats only. Took them both this past wednesday for flea baths while I bombed my apt. and cleaned everything. They also got the 1st treatment of frontline. Bennett, my persian had been throwing up a hairball every night before this which was  unusual for him,but he has been grooming excessively with the flea thing(big clue mom!) Anway, today he threw up his breakfast and has been vomiting since then. over a dozen times today, he had one long break from about 1pm until 9pm tonight then he started again.
I did call the emergency on call vet this afternoon and he gave me the choice of waiting or bringing him in, since  am down over 300 bucks with the flea crisis and on disability myself, and bennett is acting normal, purring etc. I decided t wait.  He is sitting next to me now dozing and not hiding like I would expect if he did not feel well.

so, that is where we are at now,I am very worried, my boys are my life and I can't stand when they are not well or distressed.  they have been rea stick tights since the bath the other day and i feel horrible for tracking fleas in to them.  Thanks fo listening and any advice is appreciated, will check back in the am.
ldudette :cry:
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schneesmom

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2008, 04:52:35 AM »

Bathe them again to get the Frontline off of them.  They also need to go to the vet.  One of our users here lost her precious baby a week or so ago because of Frontline.  Don't wait--get that stuff off of them and get them in to the vet before they suffer liver damage and you lose them.    Pat's Bluie also got very sick from a flea treatment.  Please hurry and get them to a vet!
Denise
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rhonab

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2008, 09:15:36 AM »

Quote from: "ldudette"
 they have been rea stick tights since the bath the other day :cry:


Are you saying you bathed them in fronline?  Or gave them a bath to get the Frontline off.

You need to bath them to get the Frontline off...and do it now, I use baby shampoo.  I hope it's not to late since all the vomiting can cause problems on top of the Frontline issues
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ldudette

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2008, 10:01:15 AM »

I read that bootleg frontline can make the cats very sick. I did speak to the emergency vet on call yesterday and he said to keep an eye on them fo rnow. Plan to call them again first thing in the morning. Bennett's vomiting has decreased over the past 12 hours, he went from 1pm yesterday until 9pm and then had another bout of vomiting. Looks like he ate and drank in the night and vomited up some more food and hair, once.  This morning he ate voraciously and has kept it all down.  Still watching him closely.  On the other hand, winston my white hime, has been scratching his cheeks an ears like crazy and I found a ton more flea dirt around there, I am just sick thinking I would have to do this entire process again if the fleas are not gone, or is it normal to still see the flea dirt, could not find a flea at all.  
Thank you all so much for your response and concern, I am so exhausted from all of this, I have two chronic illnesses of my own and this has really taken a toll on me too.  But, I love my babies more than anything in this world so they are worth it!
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rhonab

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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2008, 10:37:43 AM »

If you think you could have gotten some bootlegged Frontline you need to inform the Vet you bought it from.  

Remember you can't use it more often than once a month.

I wouldn't use the Frontline you used this time ever again.....maybe you can get reimbursed for the 4 remaining doses from the Vet you bought it from.
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Winnie1

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2008, 05:22:49 PM »

Frontline regardless of if it's bootlegg or not can still be very dangerous so it's best to give them another bath as soon as possible!

Also cats have natural oils in their skin and that's what the frontline needs to fully disperse over the cat's body.

By bathing the cat your removing those oils the frontline needs to pork properly.

The instructions even say not to bathe the animal for up to something like 5-7 days prior to dosing with frontline. So if they bathed your cat and put the frontline on all in the same day was at least one no no right there.

And only one dose can be given per month as cats can overdose and die that  was as well as having really bad reactions to the stuff and dying.

I don't think frontline is a very safe product.

Bombing is a great idea to take care of the fleas in the house and a product you should get from your vet is called Capstar and it starts killing all the adult fleas on the animal withing 30 minutes and it is safe to be given along with other topical flea treatments at the some time. Awsome stuff!

Make sure you vaccum ALOT and especially under beds and furniture where it's dark and the flea eggs will be and remove the vaccum bag from the house when your done so they don't climb out of the vaccum.

Good luck!

Cindy
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cleonjay

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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2008, 09:34:11 AM »

Please take your furbaby to the vet. He could be having a reaction and die. Like the other poster said a different member just lost her beautiful baby due to frontline. Seems like giving multiple baths to get it off is a good idea if you can't get her to the vet, but vet is best. Keep us posted on your baby.
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Rosebuds Mom

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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2008, 10:30:02 AM »

I'm like you in that I am living on disability. One small, or not so small, emergency can destroy your budget for months. Smudgy got really sick a little while back and my vet is letting me make monthly payments for his care. I know not all vet will do that. O.K. very few will, but maybe you can find a reputable vet who will work with you on a payment plan. I am so afraid for your baby. There has been so much sadness and heartache here lately and I just don't want you to go through it too. Take care.

Headbutts and Kitty Kisses,
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ldudette

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« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2008, 02:07:02 PM »

Hi all,
Thanks so much for al your comments and concern.  We are hanging in there, waiting now on a call from the vet, talked to the front office this morning and they said to keep spraying and vacuuming, but not doing that right now.  Do have the capstar stuff that was mentioned. bennett is not vomitting and is eating and drinking well. Saw fleas on winston yesterday and cried and was depressed all day, this has taken so much out of me.  I also feel sick fuzzy in the head and slightly nauseated, then saw an episode of "Emergency diagnosis" on TLC yesterday and this gal bombed her apartment for fleas and ended up with severe schizophenic like symptoms, ended up being toxic poisoning from the bombs.  have all my windows open now and it has been snowing today so hopefully the fresh air and cold will help, going to vacuum again later.
Will let you all know how we are doing. Thanks again
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Winnie1

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« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2008, 06:22:06 PM »

Did you give the one kitty that has been vomiting a bath or two? Cause if you can't get to the vet yet that's a good start so no more of it gets into the cats system. Cause he may be having an allergic reaction.

My small town vet carries capstar and even the petsmart vet carries it.

Good luck and keep us posted!

Cindy
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ldudette

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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2008, 08:21:41 PM »

no, I have not bathed them, was waiting on the vet and it is near impossible for me to do it, they fight me bad and behave like little gentlemen at the vets.  Now my Winston with the bowel disorder is having diarrhea, so calling first thing in the morning again, I think I forgot his steroids though and that can make it worse.  They are both acting normal now, just needy, they want constant attention since they came home.  I went thru the house again with a vengeance and cooked all my throw rugs in the dryer on high heat.  Hoping I sucked up more of the beasties!!  
also, is winnie one of your cats?? that is my winston's nickname most of the time, call him winnie poo or winnie pooper on a a bad ibs day!!
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Winnie1

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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2008, 10:09:14 PM »

See here's another good tip that you can start now and also if you ever get another cat and that's to bathe them at least once a month and they will get used to it so when it's needed to be done in a possible life or death situation you can do it.

And be very carefull that your cat with diahrea doesn't get dehydrated as that can also be deadly and can happen very fast.

When Winnie got very sick from the fleas i'd seen her earlier in the day and thought she was fine and late in the evening I couldn't find her and she'd hidden herself and found a place to go die and at almost 3 in the morning I had to rush her to the vet as she wouldn't have made it till morning. She was extremely dehydrated and it happened very fast.

You really do need to get this stuff off of them both. I know it's hard and i've got 3 cats and one dog and it's a huge pain. But one good thing is that they get no traction in the bath tub or shower so they can't really go to far with the bathroom door shut and they finally just sit there and take the bath even though they don't like it. There all still learning to like there baths and I realized I should have gotten them used to baths along time ago.

I'm really not trying to scare you but when kitties get sick they can go down hill pretty fast.

I totally feel for you and wish I could be there and help you.

Take care of your self too!!

Winnie's registered name is Xanderlaw Winnie the Pooh and I call her Winnie and Winnie the pooh also! Great name isn't it.

There's a really cute thread going in the C.A.T.S are called Silly names and it's pretty funny some of the cute and goofy names we all call our animals! Check it out if you can and let us know some of your kitties names.

I'm truly hoping for the best for you as that some kitties that have the bad reactions to the flea stuff think are worse healthwise by now and hopefully your kitties are just having a minor reaction to the stuff.

Definately check out the capstar stuff!! And good job with the vaccuming!! Keep it up!

Cindy
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Azurine101

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« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2008, 06:56:02 AM »

HI,
 I am Bluie's mom and she became very ill from her flea meds. If you cannot bath them then try with help to wash just the area where you put it.. just to get it off the hair.  It is still very important to watch them carefully, as it can cause effects on their health weeks later. Bluie vomiting and did not stop.. then after we thought she was better developed a parlelitic bowel. could not go potty, poo.. we almost lost her and the same with my domestic short hair Bear, she almost died from it..
 It is hard on a fixed budget... the meds for flea protection is very expensive and bootleg or products that really are not what they say are very dangerous but easier for most to afford... it is best to have a supple for 12 months but that is so costly. Our vet will sell one tube at a time for customers on a low budget.. this way you only get it if you have a problem.. once you get your babies flea free, at least every other day if you cannot do it every day, check through their fur , if you see a flea remove and kill him and comb kitty good with a flea comb. Always approach any new med with great care.. even shampoos and rinsess.. keep us posted. Pat
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daisychain

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« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2008, 09:01:22 AM »

Fleas are nasty little vermin and I am sorry to hear you are having a problem with them. I used to have them too but luckily didn't run into any problems using the advantage or frontline. Good luck...I hope today is a better day for you all  Sad
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ldudette

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« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2008, 09:05:47 AM »

Pat,
Your Bluie looks just like my bennett!! He is the same color and has the pumpkin colored eyes.  I just finished combing both of them this morning and feel so gross. Winston is covered in the flea dirt and I saw one flea tried to catch him but they are so dang fast.  His fur is so much less dense than bennetts, I don't think he has an undercoat at all, I can easily see his skin. But, Bennett it is difficult to find his skin, combing him I saw lots of tiny white specs, I am assuming those are eggs and I am just overwhelmed. Calling hte Vet again right now.  

The good news is after applying another dose of the red pepper to my patio looks like the squirrels and coons left the birdseed alone. We think that is where the fleas came from.  

I have had a headache on and off myself and am very worried about my exposure to the toxins as well as I already have a compromised immune system, I also have a brain condition and have had over 16 brain surgeries since 1996.  So every headache I get is a potential trip to the hosptial for a CT scan to make sure I don't need more surgery.  

My mom has suggested that I take one room at a time and spray it really good and keep the windows open and keep that room closed off , then vacuum really good before we go back in. She would come and do that for us so I don't have to breathe the fumes.

Will write more in a minute, want to answer winnie too.
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