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Fleas this year.........are they bad or what????

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I took my 2 house cats into the vet today....my younger one has been scratching his ears, face, head and then I see him flinching his skin on his body, like he is getting bit by something. He also takes off when this happens and runs real fast. I am not seeing any flea.mite dirt in his ears or fleas running around in his hair.........

Now I know fleas *can* live in the carpet and the vet today said that *I* may have brought a flea(s) in on my shoes when I mowed the grass (tracking grass cuttings in possibly)......the vet says cats will act like something is "after" them when a flea bites, they will act like they are trying to get away.......

The vet had me go to Pet Supermarket to pick up some "Advantage"......a 4 pack (because I will treat both cats) is 39.99!! ugh!!! (where can I buy stock in the Bayer company?? sheeesh!!)

I took the younger cat's collar off and applied a tube of it to the back of his neck......rubbed it in real good, and he took off and hid under the couch for 2 hours because he was so upset with me, and it does not smell real good.

It is looking like he is not flinching with his skin, scratching his ears and face, and not doing his little bursts of speed like something is biting him.

The vet says she thinks this may be it......she says indoor cats only need ONE flea to bite them because they are NOT used to them, and are overly sensitive to them.

My vet also said this year is one of the WORST flea years she has seen here in the south......humidity and heat is why she says.

Anyone else have an indoor cat who acted like they were getting bit?? Your experiences??

Dog owners.......are you guys seeing your buddies scratch alot this year?? Are fleas bad where you live???
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I have had one flea outbreak in 7 years with my dogs. The last two years have been flea free with only a few ticks. That is not bad for central Arkansas in a rural area.

I get every kind of wildlife in my yard from moles to deer. We quit using the top spot 3 years ago when one of my boys started having a reaction to it. I don't spray my yard either, so I guess we are getting really lucky.

edited to add:

The spot treatment that one of my dogs had a terrible reaction to was Frontline purchased from my vet. It is not likely it was counterfeit, but you never really know, do you?
 
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