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When my cat lays down in the tub at night. We wake-up and see little red spots all over the tub. She doesn't have fleas

We have seen little black things stuck to some of her fur by her neck. It is not a flea. It is a hard surface and does not move. We only see the red spots in the tub at night and I think it migt be blood. Is my cat ok? Should I take her to the vet? She is a indoor cat and has never been outside since she was a kitten when we bought her. We brought her to the vets when we got her, and she had fleas and worms then but we got rid of them. She is 1 and a half years old. We also have a chihuahua. He goes outside he is on frontline and we give the cat frontline also. So could you help us? Thank you!


Asked by Member 916476 on Nov 12th 2009 Tagged tinyblooddropsonfloorfrommycat in Other Health & Wellness
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Izadore (Izzie)

Are you absolutely positive that your cat doesn't have fleas? It might not be a bad idea to take her to the vet to make sure because the two things you describe are two very definite signs of fleas. Vets have a special "flea comb" and they know exactly what to look for to check for fleas. If your cat had fleas, was treated, "cured", etc., that doesn't mean she will never get them again. Fleas are just waiting for something warm-blooded to latch onto at this time of year. The only one who can tell you for absolute sure if your animals are infested is your vet who can also prescribe treatment.


Izadore (Izzie) answered on 11/12/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Tutti

Izzie is right, it does sound like fleas. If not fleas it's some kind of skin condition. Your vet will know if it's fleas or a skin problem.


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Daphne

Izzie is right. It definitely sounds like fleas to me. These black and red dots you are seeing is flea poop. Flea poop is digested kitty blood and it turns red when exposed to water. That's why you are seeing it in the tub. They are black otherwise. Try switching to Revolution or Advantage. Frontline did not work at all for Daphne and she had a horrible case that seemed to pop up overnight.


Daphne answered on 11/12/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Guest

Have you thought that it might be ticks. These are hard and they bury themselves under the skin. You could get blood spots when they are full of blood The others are right though she needs to see the vet if they are ticks, they have to be completely removed and they bury deep under the skin Some people think that if they buy over the counter treatment that will be okay but it is useless apart from frontline which has just been released from prescription only and is now sold over the counter. I always say if in doubt see your vet. sharron


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Tigger

If your dog is both indoors and out, then fleas could be hitching a ride indoors on the pooch. While there are "dog fleas" and "cat fleas," in the final analysis, the fleas haven't read the book, and are not all that particular. They will latch onto any convenient warm body, including humans.
Everyone else is correct--the vet is your best bet, here.


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