Scratching a little too much.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2002
Scratching a little too much.
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Sat, 10-20-2012 - 5:15pm

Over the past few weeks, I've noticed Sammy and Misha scratching more than usual.  I am wondering if they have fleas, but I can't imagine how they would get fleas.  I am thinking it just might be dry skin.  Although I can't see any fleas, I was thinking that I should get them a dose of advantage but if I do, would the advantage make things worse or cause a skin problem if they don't have fleas.  In the meantime, I will add a few drops of olive oil to their food.  But if any of you have any suggestions, I will look forward to them.

All the best,

Patrick

Community Leader
Registered: 12-01-2003
Sat, 10-20-2012 - 6:28pm
Tiger and Dusty had fleas once,you would know because if you look in tgheir fur you will see them

Community Leader
Registered: 12-01-2003
Sat, 10-20-2012 - 6:28pm

Tiger and Dusty had fleas once,you would know because if you look in tgheir fur you will see them

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2003
Sat, 10-20-2012 - 11:36pm

You can place a few white sheets of paper on the table then comb them over it and you will see them drop on the paper.  I don't see how they would get them though always being in the apartment but they were at the salon recently to get their nails trimmed though and they could have picked them up there.

 

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Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Sun, 10-21-2012 - 9:58am

Like Jane said you can put them on something white and comb them.  If they have fleas you will see the flea "dirt" or maybe even a flea.  They could have picked them up at the vets or hitched a ride on you when you were out and about.  They are crafty about getting to our pets. You could also invest in a flea comb.  They are cheap and that is an easy way to spot fleas.

If you don't see fleas they could be allergic to something in the air or maybe dry skin like you said.

 

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Community Leader
Registered: 12-01-2003
Sun, 10-21-2012 - 6:34pm
tiger had never been out so she must have got them from Dusty

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2002
Sun, 10-21-2012 - 9:06pm

Thanks, everyone for your thoughts and advice.  I am going to comb Misha on something white to see what falls out.  I do have a flea comb but I will have to look for it.  Sammy won't allow being combed or brushed, but Misha loves it.  If she has any fleas, then Sammy will also have them.   If that's the case, I'll pick up some Advantage from the vets.

All the best,

Patrick

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2002
Mon, 10-22-2012 - 5:44pm

Thanks for all your advice.  Last night I put a white pillow case on the dining room table and within a few seconds Misha was up on the table stretched out on the pillow case.  She lay there for quite awhile as I used my flea comb and brushes on her.  LOL....She enjoyed all the combings and brushings for about half an hour, but I'm sure I over stimulated her as she bit at the comb and brush, my hand got a few good bunny kicks and love bites.  It was good quality time with her but that's not to say we don't have quality time every day.  Anyway, the result of that half hour showed nothing in terms of fleas or flea dirt.  Since she doesn't have fleas, I can be sure that Sammy doesn't have them either.  I think it's just itchy skin and I'll a few drops of olive oil in their food.

All the best,

Patrick