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FELINE FRIDAY: The Flea Problem

November 6, 2009

My kitty has fleas.  Not the normal miniscule, teeny-tiny fleas that most animals get.  Oh no, my kitty has gigantic, enormous fleas that bounce from him to us with the bloodthirsty, menacing look of a parasitic vampire ready to strike.  They are filled with blood, always searching for their next victim.  They seem able to pick out those of us most vulnerable to attack (usually the poor little Chipmunk) and spent their nights feasting under cover of darkness, leaving their chosen victim to awake to a body covered in itchy, sore, red bites.

I am a little bit at a loss as to what to do about kitty’s infestation.  It isn’t unusual for him to maybe pick up one or two while out in the garden, but these would usually die off pretty much straight away, causing no particular problem for either him or the rest of us.  But not this time.  This time, they do not seem to be going anywhere, but are in it for the long-haul.  Obviously they are very happy with the sustenance provided by this particular family during their midnight feasts.  I, on the other hand, am not so enamoured with the current situation.

Theoretically, kitty should not be able to have a flea infestation.  His collar is not just for show, it is a flea-collar designed to kill the nasty little critters as soon as they come anywhere near it.  He also has a (highly expensive) treatment at the vet’s every six months, which is supposed to sterilise the fleas as soon as they take their first nibble of his tender flesh, therefore rendering them unable to breed.  With this combined attack, you would think that no flea in its right mind would come anywhere near kitty, and would instead go in search of another animal (such as the poor neglected moggy a few doors away, who has never even had a sniff of anything as luxurious as an anti-flea collar.  Or any collar, come to that).  So how are they still here?  Are they a new, mutant breed of flea, that has evolved with the specific intention of overcoming such nasties as flea collars and expensive treatments?  Are they alien invaders from another planet, cleverly disguised as fleas so that they can go about their business unnoticed by man?  Or are they just so flippin’ enormous that their metabolism or digestive system somehow prevents them from the effects of the flea-killing treatments we employ?  I don’t know.  What is more, I do not care!  I just want them gone.  GONE, I say!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2009 18:21

    Eeeewww! Scratchy nasty things! Cats that is! *scarpers*

  2. tndaisy1960 permalink
    November 7, 2009 15:28

    Take kitty to the vet and let them give him a flea bath. Let them know that whatever they’re doing to prevent infestation isn’t working, and need to ramp it up! We have Frontline over here, liquid in an ampule that can be applied on the back of the neck. Works great 🙂

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