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Neighbours poor cat is covered in fleas - WWYD?

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PussinJimmyChoos Tue 09-Jun-09 20:49:06

Neighbours cat is a lovely friendly little thing who likes to climb in when our back window is open. I don't have a problem with this and although we don't have any pets ourself, bought biscuits for her and sometimes let her sleep on the sofa

However, this had to stop when we found fleas. I had to stop the cat coming in (which I hated doing as I'm a cat lover) and treat the house.

I spoke to the neighbour and very politely said your cat has fleas and she didn't take it very well - can't say I blame her as I'd be the same grin

I've kept an eye on the cat for a good couple of months now and poor thing still has fleas.

I bought a flea comb to check the extent and it was full of flea droppings, live fleas. In despair at the discomfort for the poor thing, I front lined her.

This worked for about two weeks, but then the fleas came back again. I can only assume they have other pets/flea infestation in their house

The cat is in reasonable condition, she's not having a reaction to the fleas (thankfully) but is outside a lot, always hungry (although not thin) but fur always twitching and looking a bit dull

WWYD?? I hate to think of an animal in discomfort and she always seems to want to be in our house - I think she'd live there if she could

myermay Tue 09-Jun-09 21:27:06

frontline will get rid of the fleas. the cat keeps coming back to yours though, as you're feeding it biscuits. I'd be horrified if my cat had fleas!

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 09-Jun-09 21:28:48

I'd call the RSPCA, it doesn't sound cared for IMO.

BananaFruitBat Tue 09-Jun-09 21:31:31

Cat's Protection, not RSPCA.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 09-Jun-09 21:34:14

Why not RSPCA? Is not de-fleaing and letting it go hungry a RSPCA problem? To leave an animal with fleas is cruel no?

whooosh Tue 09-Jun-09 21:45:36

I really don't think that the RSPCA would be concerned at all,unless the cat was developing hairloss and extreme distress due to an allergic reaction to fleas.Sadly,they have far bigger things to deal with.

PIJC- I would personally keep doing as you are (as long as you are happy to do so).Keep up the comfort,feeding and frontline and help make the poor cat have a happier life.

BananaFruitBat Tue 09-Jun-09 21:49:45

Problem with the RSPCA is that it's got so big it struggles to deal with small issues, iyswim.

My neighbours found a cat, called the RSPCA and we made a donation to the man who collected her (cheque - and he filled out a little book). When I phoned the centre up a day later, they basically said that if I couldn't find her owners she would be put to sleep.

I have had an aversion to the RSPCA ever since.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Tue 09-Jun-09 21:51:28


meltedmarsbars Tue 09-Jun-09 21:53:29

Cats can re-contaminate themselves with fleas everytime they catch a rabbit.

Pretend the cat has adopted you, keep de-fleaing the cat, sounds like you like the poor thing anyway.

PussinJimmyChoos Wed 10-Jun-09 10:00:42

I think the owners have rabbits actually so that may make was over the moon when I thought the front line had worked and was more than happy for the cat to stay in with us - it really seems to like it here, DS likes her and she's lovely natured and very easy going but I think she's getting reinfested when going back to their house and I can't chance fleas in the house again - was gross the first time

The owner was adamant that he front lines her but all evidence is to the contrary

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