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To Flea someone else's cat?!

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Cadenza1818 Thu 05-May-16 18:59:10

My neighbour has a cat who has a bad Flea prob, to the point where fur is missing and she's constantly scratching and biting. She used to live in my house so thinks this is her territory. We've ust bought a brand new wooden garden table which she sits on and the other day we saw loads of Flea eggs, Flea dirt and blood stains. I managed to check her today and she's riddled.
So, how do I approach it? Don't want to come across judgy but it would be wrong to Flea someone else's cat right? FYI I have a cat, he's Flea monthly and having just checked him, he's fine.

TheSolitaryBoojum Thu 05-May-16 19:01:38

Can you talk to the neighbour?
Otherwise yes, I'd be very tempted. Poor beast can't be happy with an infestation.

HermioneJeanGranger Thu 05-May-16 19:04:01

You need to speak to the neighbour first incase the cat is allergic to flea treatment, but if she's not, she needs to be treated - poor thing must be miserable sad

AnyFucker Thu 05-May-16 19:07:44

I regularly flea treat someone else's cat.

It comes in our house when the doors and windows are open. We got an infestation once which cost a lot of time and money to clear

I don't give a tiny shit if the cat gets a double dose (I doubt it) or is allergic (hasn't happened yet)

If something happened, I would consider it the cat owner's fault for not being a responsible owner

Fizzielove Thu 05-May-16 19:07:55

Neighbour obviously doesn't care cos surely they'd have noticed! I'd just de- flea it, I doubt the owners would notice and I'm sure the cat would feel so much better for it, plus there's less chance of them transferring to your cat!

Cadenza1818 Thu 05-May-16 19:14:30

I could talk to neighbor but don't know how to do it without sounding judgy. I'm itching just thinking about it! Not that this is that relevant but he is a known alcoholic and from rare conversations I know money is not easy. They might not be able to afford it and i don't mind paying but doesn't that come across as condescending and superior? For a little bit of context, we're a fairly middle class family on a council estate. I know that this shouldn't matter but I'd hate to come across like above them or something. Am I over analysing this?!?

TheSolitaryBoojum Thu 05-May-16 19:32:15

Yup, just deflea the cat.

CantChoose Thu 05-May-16 19:35:12

Usually I'd say to flea the cat but my friend had a cat who was really allergic to the flea stuff so I'd try to talk to the neighbour if you can, though I'm not sure how you can without sounding judgy.... Sorry, not helpful really!

strawberrypenguin Thu 05-May-16 19:37:59

I'd do it. Sounds miserable for the cat and you. If his house is infested though which it probably is it might not help much.

NeedACleverNN Thu 05-May-16 19:38:57

I would do it

I have had a bad flea infestation that cost me nearly a grand to eradicate it. It nearly broke me mentally and physically. My legs were red raw from scratching and they were even in my bed

If I saw a cat commonly in my garden and had the potential to come in my house and I saw he was flea ridden I would do it in a heart beat.

Fleas are a nightmare

ScrotesOnFire Thu 05-May-16 20:19:05

What happens if the cat has already been flea treated but it hasn't worked?
If you then flea it again you could make it seriously ill.
Seriously, seriously ill.
Chemical spot ons are strictly once a month, overdosing can be fatal....

TattyDevine Thu 05-May-16 20:20:33

Yeah, I think I'd just do it...

ScrotesOnFire Thu 05-May-16 20:23:31

And you can pick up (totally shit, ineffective) Bob Martin flea spot on from the pound shop so it's quite plausible that he could have been treated already so by putting another load on you would poison him.

You could try flea combing him or a natural flea product like the Billy no mates from but I absolutely would not risk any chemical spot ons or tablets unless your 100% sure he hasn't been given anything already.

gamerchick Thu 05-May-16 20:23:37

I would, poor thing must be suffering horribly sad

andintothefire Thu 05-May-16 20:30:15

Can you go round to your neighbour's and offer him some leftover/spare flea treatment which you thought he might be able to use for his cat? Then you can gauge from his reaction whether the cat has already had flea treatment or is allergic.

Cadenza1818 Thu 05-May-16 20:41:52

Ooo andintothefire that a great suggestion. They know we've just lost a cat so that would be weird to have an extra Flea treatment.

AnyFucker Thu 05-May-16 20:56:43

and in a month when the next treatment is due.... ?

AnyFucker Thu 05-May-16 20:58:06

and next year....

This happened to us. I would rather take the risk of poisoning a cat than have my house jumping with them again

I don't actually know where "our" cat lives, and tbh I haven't tried too hard to find out

they are irresponsible in not defleaing the cat

TheSolitaryBoojum Thu 05-May-16 20:59:18

Once you know if the cat's allergic or not, you can keep dosing or discourage it

PinkSparklyPussyCat Thu 05-May-16 21:06:36

I'd speak to the owner. It sounds to me as though the cat is neglected - it shouldn't have been allowed to get in that state in the first place. Poor thing.

Wagglebees Thu 05-May-16 21:09:11

Do it. They won't even know and I doubt they care.

Poor thing needs some relief.

Wagglebees Thu 05-May-16 21:10:45

Or go and ask if you can adopt it? Doesn't sound like they take much notice of it.

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