Bugs on cats

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June 23rd, 2007 04:03
Illinois
ranneh
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We have three cats in our home and a dog. Our cats have had these bugs for over a month, and we are getting a bit worried about them. Not all die from flea shampoo-a few live and they multiply. They haven't really been a big problem until recently. They hide in the cats fur when we try to pick them out. My adult cat has been getting wounds or sores on her neck and back. We were thinking they were from something she'd been doing downstairs-like hitting something or another. But we think that the bugs may be doing it, or that she may just have sensitive skin. Two of the cats began licking and one scratching, and we believe that they have transferred themselves onto our dog. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about this. We're going to try to go to a pet store like petsmart to see if anyone could tell what the bugs were. The cat with the sores, the scratching proble and licking problem is around 3 and is a white and orange tabby, the one licking is around 9-10 months and is white and black, the cat with seemingly no bugs is 9-10 months and is a grey striped color. We believe the bugs are not fleas seeing as they don't jump on us or bite us. Any help would be appreciated.
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June 23rd, 2007 04:44
Florida
suebgone
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look around the top of the tail where it joins into the back, pull the fur the wrong way & I'll be you find a lot of tiny black specks. that is flea dirt. I don't know of any other bugs that it could be. do not get flea treatment OTC, get it from your vet. the sores you are seeing are from the cat scratching its neck. they have to be miserable. some animals attract fleas more than others just as some people attract mosquitoes & some don't. they don't need to bite you - they're having feast de la kitty!
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June 23rd, 2007 07:57
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Thanks for the reply. I looked but I couldn't really see anything. They have really thick fur, so I'll look harder. The only thing is that when you manage to snag a bug-it's really hard-you can kill it by squishing it. All I know is that you cant kill a flea by doing that. =/
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