|Purred: Mon Sep 4, '06 5:18pm PST |
|Sounds like fleas. You can take some of the black specks and put a bit of water on a paper towel and rub them If they turn red, then you have a flea problem. The black flecks are flea droppings (or flea poop). (Digested blood). Often times you will also see white flecks as well which are the eggs. You need to get started on flea prevention (advantage or frontline) stay away form Hartz Bio-Spot or Zodiac Spot On (or any ohter cheap flea treatment). They have been linked to seizure and death in kitties.
You will also need to treat your house. Bombing isn't all that effective. It sprays up, then falls down. Look at something you can spray yourself. I like Vet Kem's Siphotrol Area Treatment Spray (the name may have changed to Premise spray). You should vacuum throughly and get rid of the bag or dump the contents (if bagless). You can even cutr a flea collar and put it in the bag as you are vacuuming. Then treat the house. In 2 weeks the entire process should be repeated. Reason: NOTHING kills the Pupae stage (cacoon) of the flea. It takes 2 weeks for them to hatch, although if a house is unoccupied for a long time, they can stay like this for years. Make sure to spray under beds, in the furniture, and in closets. Anywhere the cats sleep is important.
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