Cat Question

  • yogadudeSEATT...

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    May 05, 2008 3:00 PM GMT
    I know this has nothing to do with working out, being gay, or hating Hillary/Barack.....I have a cat question for all you cat owners on RJ. Does anyone else's cat have a strange reaction to the Advantage Flea repellent (the stuff you put on the back of the cats neck once a month to keep the fleas away)?
    My cat, George, becomes a completely different little dude for about 24 hours after I apply this stuff to him. He won't let me near him. My vet says it's not toxic and doesn't hurt. But his behavior so drastically changes, there must be something going on that he doesn't like. I'm just wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this and if so, if you've found any other alternatives. Thanks in advance guys.
  • art_smass

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    May 05, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
    Cats don't get fleas in this part of the world, so I have no first-hand experience with that stuff. However, I do believe that cats will hold a grudge if you do something that they don't like. I have one that gets the occasional mat in her fur, and if I have to get out the scissors to cut it out, she ignores me for a day or two afterward.
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    May 05, 2008 3:26 PM GMT
    art_smass saidCats don't get fleas in this part of the world, so I have no first-hand experience with that stuff. However, I do believe that cats will hold a grudge if you do something that they don't like. I have one that gets the occasional mat in her fur, and if I have to get out the scissors to cut it out, she ignores me for a day or two afterward.


    I guess God figured it was bad enough that the cat has canadians, dont give it fleas too.

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    May 05, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    I have a cat too back at home. Poor thing has FADs(Flea Allergy Disease) meaning that he is allergic to fleas and apparently nothing works on him except for injections. Anyway, we used to put Advantage Flea repellent on him, which didn't work, and he used to be very very sensitive in that area and did not let us touch him there. It must be one of the side-effects even though it is said to be very mild and does not go into the cats blood stream. Maybe George has also got sensitive skin and it affects him.
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    May 05, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    Btw Calson this is a topic about cats and you havent posted any kitty pics yet icon_razz.gif
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    May 05, 2008 3:45 PM GMT
    He may just be annoyed.

    How would you feel if someone you love squeezed something strange & wet on a part of your body you cant reach?

    Um, wait a minute..
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    May 05, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    TroubledMind saidBtw Calson this is a topic about cats and you havent posted any kitty pics yet icon_razz.gif


    yes, ironic isn't it .... icon_lol.gif
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    May 05, 2008 4:23 PM GMT
    TroubledMind saidBtw Calson this is a topic about cats and you havent posted any kitty pics yet icon_razz.gif


    Oh please, do you have to encourage him? LOL
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    May 05, 2008 4:36 PM GMT
    Tried a Cat Flea Collar?
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    May 05, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    I like his "kitty" pics! You know the one's I'm talking about Caslon ;)
  • fryblock

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    May 05, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    I have not had any issues with it, but I do know it doesn't taste good. Maybe your cat tasted it once and ever since then he despises the stuff and the person who puts it on him.
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    May 05, 2008 6:27 PM GMT
    I agree with the other posters who says he's likely just annoyed. Even if he doesn't taste it, the smell is probably driving him nuts. My Ernie is incredibly laid back, but he can't stand having that smell on him that he can't wash off.
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    May 05, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    There have been behavioral changes reported in a small percentage of cats similar to what you're describing. http://www.bayerdvm.com/Resources/Docs/Advantage-Multi-Cat-Label.pdf You could always try Frontline Plus or maybe Promeris which is pretty new. http://www.promeris.com/cats.html My cat, Little White Bastard, says he hopes George feels better.icon_wink.gif
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    May 05, 2008 11:00 PM GMT
    I think that's good advice to switch to Frontline Plus and see if the behavior is the same. It's just as effective in my experience.
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    May 05, 2008 11:05 PM GMT
    iguanaSF saidI think that's good advice to switch to Frontline Plus and see if the behavior is the same. It's just as effective in my experience.


    My cat is on Frontline Plus. She doesn't like getting the squirt on the back of the neck, so I have to distract her with kitty porn... But, she's fine after she gives me the inevitable dirty look and flips me the claw...icon_razz.gif

    I agree that the stuff has a very medicinal odor (both Advantage and Frontline), and the cat might really dislike it. Somehow, I doubt that the cat would be pissed off for 24 hours, though. I have a feeling that there's something to the behavioral change issue with Advantage.

    John
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    May 05, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    I use this on all 5 of my pets. 3 dogs, and 2 cats.

    he may well feel like you have punished him, goin puttin this wet stuff on him. My cats show not reaction to it. But i get a reaction when I put it on.

    My dogs just drop, then expect a treat for being so good, in enduring this procedure.

  • Hagan_F

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    May 06, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    My George (and Gracie) wish your George to get well!