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Anonymous asked in PetsCats · 2 months ago

Cat health?

How do you bathe a cat? My cat is 8 months old, we got him at 5 months. Recently we’ve been finding he has fleas (this is a recent occurrence since he is indoors). If we bathe him, would that be good enough to get the flea poop out of his fur and kill the fleas? We looked online and saw vinegar and dawn soap would kill the fleas but would that actually work? I will get him a flea collar too but I want to make sure hes clean and healthy

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  • Ocimom
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    NO flea collar - most are toxic and can kill your cat or make it sick.  Wash the cat with Dawn (original blue) and use a flea comb.  Use Capstar to kill any fleas on the cat.  You will need to also treat your floors and carpets for fleas.

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  • 2 months ago

    Don't use vinegar, it's not going to help. If you use Dawn, use the blue kind, and rinse a LOT, no soap should be left on the skin or fur.

    That will kill the fleas ON the cat, but any OFF the cat are in the environment and not dead. You vacuum daily to get rid of those.

    Don't use a flea collar, they never work right, and if the collar gets wet it can dump the entire pesticide load into the cat all at once, causing severe liver damage.

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  • 2 months ago

    u should go to a pharmacy and buy special treatment for fleas, u put a drop onto a cat's neck and it is supposed to kill the fleas for 1 month. I have seen medicines which claim they will kill fleas and their eggs. then u re supposed to buy a special comb and just comb the cat. I once had a cat who didn't mind being bathed - he was just standing there. but usually cats do not like being under water and just bathing your cat is not going to get rid of all fleas.

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  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You need to take the cat to a vet for proper treatment, bathing will not kill fleas and anything you put on the cat may be toxic to the cat as anything you put on the cat, the cat licks, there are effective treatments that the vet can prescribe, and you have to treat any rugs and carpets that you have in the house.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Bathe your cat in a very warm room. Use very warm water (but not dangerously hot) and dry it after the bath using a towel and then a hair dryer to minimize the amount of time your cat feels cold. Cats don't like feeling cold, and that is why they instinctively fear getting wet. Your cat will be scared at first by the high frequency sound coming from the dryer motor but it will get used to it after a couple of times.  Shampoo will kill the fleas on contact, but it takes a lot of shampoo and a lot of time before the shampoo can get all the way to the cat's skin, where the fleas are. Fleas may also crawl to your cat's head to avoid the water while you give the cat a bath. Look for them. Fleas can be killed by putting them in rubbing alcohol in a jar. If you look closely at the cat's fur while it is dry, you may be able to see the small, round whitish dots that are the flea eggs. Vacuuming your floors will reduce the number of eggs and fumigating the house will also work but make sure everyone, including the cat, are not in the house when fumigating.

    Even if you bathe your cat and kill all the fleas, chances are the flea eggs are already found their way to the carpeting in your home. The flea larvae only need a small amount of organic matter to grow and change into fleas and they can survive for months until they find a host. They will continue to hatch and continue to infest your cat. You may need to give it baths regularly.

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  • Nicey8
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Hi. You need to bring her to a vet. Fleas on cats is more serious than fleas in dogs. Do not let her into the bedrooms or dirty the halls.

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