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Hi, I have an 18 year old cat, who has fleas for the first time. He does not interact with any other animals so I'm not sure how he got them, but he does. I think that it is new. I have read some very scary things on various flea treatments actually harming and in some cases killing the cat, so I am afraid to try anything. Also, I have read about fleas actually causing death in older cats. Any advice/help/guidance on how to help my cat in the most natural way possible would be greatly appreciated!

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October 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM

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Dear Nicki,

You will need to treat the house for fleas with a product that also contains insect growth regulator to stop the immature phase. Multiple times a day comb your cat with a flea comb and kill any fleas by putting them in a small amount of rubbing alcohol. DEFENDEX shampoo is nice to use but I wouldn't stress out your cat by giving a bath unless you still need to after doing the above. Please let us know how you do.

Best regards,

Dr. Char www.vetionx.com

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
October 14, 2014 at 8:32 AM
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