Thankful Thursday: We now know what has been bugging Sister Zoe

 

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Bugging, quite literally!  When Zoe went to the Dermatologist Vet last week she had a serum allergy test to see if it would be of any help in determining what has been bugging her.  It turns out that those bugs bugging her are fleas, or at least a flea bite.  Flea is the only thing that had a positive result on this test.  So, given that, we now know something instead of nothing, and I’d have to say that Zoe passed her test.

Funny, as inside only cats you would think this wouldn’t be a problem.  However, we don’t have inside only humans and they can bring those little boogers inside with them, unintentionally of course.  Our regular Vet, Dr. Anderson, gave Sister Zoe a good inspection for fleas but didn’t see any, and she did give her a flea treatment as she though that might be a possibility.  Also, earlier this month our friend Sugar the Golden Retriever had a post that caught our attention and it was called 3 Important Myths about Fleas and Ticks.  Item #3 was Indoor Cats Don’t Get Fleas and Ticks.  That was a very timely post, thanks Sugar.

Anyways, Zoe has had her second flea treatment and the rest of us have had our first. We’re all going to be closely monitoring the situation to see how it goes.  Thanks for all of the purrs and prayers for Sister Zoe, we appreciate them so very much!

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51 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: We now know what has been bugging Sister Zoe

  1. Bev Green

    Rotten fleas Brian….indeed they have allergens even from one bite..luckily we have never had them..and some peeps get a mosquito bite like my son and it becomes a big allergy problem…we hope that Zoe recovers well from this nasty little critters effects..and that the fleas take a hike form your area..has it been particularly humid as they love humidity..sending hugs and hoping Zoe feels back in top form soon 🙂 loves Fozziemum xx

  2. Marg

    Oh that is such good news. Glad you discovered what it is and that is so easy to treat. Fleas are just the worst. It is so hard to keep them out of the house. Hopefully, Sister Zoe will stop pulling her hair out now. Hope you all have a great day.

  3. Katie Isabella

    Mom said she hates giving us kitties as we have been here with her, those treatments on accounta she can’t kiss us for a week or more. That stuff gets off onto her face. But she knows it’s best and occasionally AFTER the problem shows itself she does. She’s lame.

  4. hannahandlucy

    Mum had always given us worming and flea spot on treatment every month as we go outside but she’s cut it down to every three months now and we are much happier and still flea and worm free. She’ll start it more regularly again if she we start to scratch.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  5. Caren Gittleman

    Ugh!!! I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing! It’s good because you now know the problem, it’s bad because your Mom and Dad have their work cut out for them making sure that no more of those nasty critters are lounging around the house!! But at least you now have an answer! xoox

  6. Sage

    Oh, poor Zoe. Those critters can cause a lot of problems. Unfortunately fleas got to our indoor kitties last summer. The vet changed Sage’s flea treatment, treated the kitties and the problem went away. I’m sure Zoe will be a lot more comfortable now!

  7. Pat Hatt

    Fleas are nasty little buggers, need to create a good zapper thing to make them all die if they come near. At least now you, hopefully, know

  8. Oz the Terrier

    And remember Brian…it only takes one flea to bite to have an allergic reaction! I get Flea Allergic Dermatitis but have never been infested with fleas. Go figure. Glad you figured out what was bugging sister Zoe!

  9. Fuzzy Tales

    Well, this is good news, really! Now you know what it is, it’s certainly treatable, and honestly, at least it wasn’t a food allergy, which can be harder to sort out.

    We get the Advantage flea treatments once or twice a season, not monthly, but of course we go out into the garden too.

    Good luck to Zoe…and to everyone else!

  10. Little Miss Jackie

    Oh, so glad that you found that out so Miss Sister Zoe will feel better! Those fleees are no good at all. I don’t get them much because I spend most of my time inside, but if Mom sees me scratch at all I get a fleee treetment. Mom used to have many (sometimes 20) outside kittycats when she was a girl and the fleees would come in the house and bite her leggys. She says that if you already have fleee bites, when another one bites they ALL start to itch again! Those fleee treetments work really well. Mom says now if we could only keep the spiders out of the house…!

    Luvs,

    Jackie

  11. Angel AbbyGrace

    Zoe
    Annabelle has flea dermatitis or allergies to a single flea bite. She was in such misery last January even though she had had flea medication. We had to give her the cat version of comfortis which ended her immediate problem. Mom has found out she must keep flea medication on her each month. We’ve never had that problem with any other cat and have rarely used flea treatments, but Annabelle has to have it. We know Sister Zoe will be feeling much better very very soon! We are glad that the allergy was found and can easily be taken care of.

  12. da tabbies o trout towne

    dood….rite ewe R…we iz never out doors less itz ta zoom frum houz ta car two de ewe noe wear place, yet bout 5 yeerz ago me & daiz getted de nastee fleez N it wuz vizshuz…..
    hizzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…glad zoe iz doin aye oh kay N tell them fleez ta take a hike N dont come bak fora familee ree union either ….boomer

  13. mariodacat

    Hi pal, maybe you are getting to the bottom of the problem after all this time. We sure hope that is what the problem is and that sister Zoe can start feeling better again.

  14. Jan K

    Glad to hear you got to the bottom of that, so now hopefully Zoe can get all better! Two of our dogs had fleas last fall but we got lucky that they didn’t spread to the cats. This year we cleaned up and treated our yard (all naturally) so we hope we won’t have to see a flea again! Sam escapes outside sometimes and I would worry she could find them on her own out there too.

  15. Madi and Mom

    Yes those little pests are good at hitching rides! SeverL years ago my vet told mom I should be on flea preventive all the time…..I am not a big fan of that stuff trickling down my furs to my neck
    Hugs
    Madi your bffff

  16. Whisppy

    We’re glad you’ve figured out what was bugging Sister Zoe. We hate fleas too and we recently had the awful flea situation at home. Your Dad and Mom are going to be super busy vacuuming and cleaning all your toys / beddings the next few days! 😉

  17. Sparkle

    We get fleas sometimes too – it’s the dog’s fault of course! I’m glad Zoe’s problem is something so easily treated.

  18. Cathy Keisha

    TW always worries about fleas cos we have so many dogs on our floor. They only vacuum the carpet outside once a week so lots of fleas can be living on it. They can come under our door or hitch a ride with the peeps. Glad you finally know what’s up with Sister Zoe.

  19. Kitties Blue

    A couple of our angels were allergic to the flea saliva. We started using Advantage years ago and have not had any problems since. Hope you can get things straightened out for Zoe. Sounds as if she had a really severe reaction. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  20. Fur Everywhere

    We are soooo happy that Zoe is going to be all right and that you found out what’s been bothering her! Fleas are nasty little buggers, aren’t they? We is thankful fleas don’t like the desert climate!

    Purrs for you all and hopefully you will has no more trouble with those nasty fleas!

  21. Laila and Minchie

    Hopefully now Sister Zoe will get some relief. Our cousin Sushimi got fleas from them hopping a ride on her humans so now she’s on a flea treatment once a month.

  22. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    Wowzers, that’s fantastic they can do a test like that and be so exacting. No questions remain – just moving forward with (in this case a flea) treatment!

    We’re so very glad that’s been solved! ANd yes, Sugar’s post was GREAT!

  23. Georgia and Julie

    We are glad you found the problem with Zoe and can treat it 🙂
    We know how sneaky,persistent and long living those fleas can be!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  24. Annie

    This is great news as far as knowing what’s been buggin’ Zoe. I know it’s a lot of work to get all the kitties deflea’d, but hopefully she’ll start feeling better very soon. I remember years ago both Lucy & Simba were licking their bellies bald. I went to the vet who suggested fleas. I said there was no way no how we had fleas. They were indoors only and I never saw any fleas. Sure enough, after the treatment, no more licking.

    Pretty Zoe, we are so happy to hear this good news!

  25. KB

    I’m so glad that you now have an idea of what’s bugging Zoe! I hope that she’s starting to feel better. We are very lucky that our climate is so dry that fleas are not usually an issue… Keep getting better, Zoe!

  26. Fraidy Cats!

    yay! Brian, we are so glad you have an answer for Zoe’s itchies and fur loss! we hope she is feeling better all ready 🙂 purrs,

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

  27. CindyLu

    Hate to call it good news – but really, it is. No sickies, nothing horrible…just nasty little bugs to eradicate (if there even are any others around). I’m so glad you’re going to be just fine, Sister Zoe!!
    Say “Boo!!” to those bugs for me!

  28. Dip and Elliot

    Some cats and dogs can get terrible allergies to fleas. Glad you have figured out what is bugging Zoe and can make her feel better.
    Dip and Elliot x

  29. Harvey Button

    Dot Kitten at our place has a ‘chronic flea allergy’ which gives her scurfy stuff and makes her bad tempered. She needs flea treatments. We are looking into safer flea treatments with Tiny Timmy Lipenda (see him on FB) for a safer option though.

    Harvey

  30. Mumsy's Little Chancy Man

    We are thankful you found out about the fleas. Hoping everyone does well with the flea treatments and there will be no more misery for sweet Zoe now that you know what was bugging her and fixed the problem. Hugs and nose kisses

  31. Sherri-Ellen T-D

    Stoopid nastee fleaz!!! WE do nott like dem here n me haz to have monthlee spot-on treetmintz n me purrtestz butt me nose Mum iz rite do diz fer me! Me had fleaz once n it made um n me ‘buggie’!!!!
    Hope Sister Zoe iz feeling bettur n dat all of ya including Dad T are flea free, MOL!
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too x0x0x0x0x0

  32. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    Oh no! Not fleas! So glad to hear that you know what has been bugging Zoe though. We got fleas last summer, even though we are inside cats too. We got them real bad – Mom spent a couple of weeks and lots of money fighting the big War on Fleas, part 1 and part 2. It wasn’t pretty. Good luck, and hope Zoe gets to feeling better now!

  33. Jobi and Fisher

    Oh this is great news, Brian! Do you know, I read that article, too, and a few days later, we had fleas in the apartment! First time in decades of cats. I think sugar must be phychic.

  34. PepiSmartDog

    Great that Zoe’s flea situation has been diagnosed; now you can stomp on those rotten little critters.
    Thank you for joining us again in our Thankful Thursday Weekly Blog Hop.
    We always enjoy your posts and piccies. :=o)

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