my cat has gone weird

by Jade

This Is Her As Herself

This Is Her As Herself

my cat had fleas so we put some flea medicine on her neck like it said on the box... now she has been acting strangly... like meowing when she has food and just sitting in the rain also she normally sleeps on my bed now she is sleeping in my mums knicker draw... please give me a explamation

kind regards Jade and Michelle

Answer by Kate
Well this is quite difficult to diagnose. i don't think it would have anything to do with the flea medication, it may just be coincidence. or it could be that she is still bothered by fleas and this is making her act strangely or lets say differently from her normal behaviour.

I always advise people when there cats behaviour changes to always visit the vets in case their is some underlining illness which needs treatment. the only ways cats often express illness is through their behaviour as they can not tell us how they feel.

I would suggest taking her to the vets explaining the change in her behaviour and also to ask about the flea treatment you gave just in case it has had an adverse affect.

best wishes Kate

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My cat acts weird too
by: Julie

I have tried the oil but it doesn't work very fast and she does not like it I prefer the tablet Capstar at most vets it is only 6 dollars for a pill but it works within 15 minutes now my cat start meowing and running around all crazy and licking a lot but it's just the fleas dying I guess they bite more when they do and you will start seeing them come off your cat like crazy but within 30 minutes my cat calms down and is much happier with all the fleas gone I would recommend vacuuming after to get all the dead fleas that fall off your cat and he or she should get the rest by cleaning themselves but do watch out for tapeworm cause fleas do carry it.

My cat is acting funny.
by: Anonymous

Today I gave my cat flea medicine and he immediately started acting funny. He has been hissing and his back legs don't seem to be acting right. I am worried about him.

Hi Sometimes the smell of the treatment can upset the cat for awhile but the smell should ease in a few hours.

If your cat is still behaving strangely tomorrow or if other symptoms appear then contact your vet.

As long as you used a good quality flea treatment which was designed for your size cat all should be well. Remember never put dog flea treatment on any cat as it is poisonous to cats.

Hope he is better soon


by: Anonymous

Hi there,

My bf used a half a tube or less of advantage for cats weighing 9 or more pounds on his five pound cat. Is this ok?

yes I think that the fact that he only used half the tube would be fine. of course keep an eye on your cat and if you notice any changes over the next few days, then consult with your vet.


Flea Prevention in Cats
by: Claraes

do NOT use OTC flea preventives on any pet, espceially on cats. Some brands are Hartz, Sentry, Sergents, among others.
They ahve a harmful chemical in them called pyrethrins. Some cats have died, others are permanently damaged, such as paralysis, muscle twitching.
If you are facebook please go to Tiny timmy's Healing Journey. Timmy was victim to one fo teh products, and has permanent weakness in his hind legs. He is a brilliant little cat.
His peeps have gone to the
EPA, asking that these products stop being manufactured, but first being pulled from the shleves.
I ahve a dog who had a reaction last year, although not as severe.
Do a search on Tiny Timmy, even if you don't have a facebook account. He is damaged, but not broken. He is an adorable little cat, who loves doing waht he does, edcuating the public about the dangers of using these products.
If you suspect it could be one of the OTC flea products, drops, spray, collars, any product, get your pet to emeergency care immediate.y

my tom had funny reaction to flea pill
by: kym

My poor old tom (actually only 2 yo) always comes home infested with fleas.
I used flea powder until he started refusing to let me apply it. I guess it doesn't taste too good. :)
A couple of months ago I switched to pills (I'm saving the spot-on stuff for last resort) which I crush up and put in tuna -- about the only thing he'll eat and that has a strong enough small to mask nasties like worm paste &ct.
Anyway. One day he was scratching quite a bit so I crushed up a pill and fed him.
The directions say it starts to work in 30 mins. About 1 hr after eating he started to scratch REALLY a lot -- so it seems the first reaction of the fleas to the meds to to bit even harder.
Within a day all the fleas appeared to be dead.
Anyway, the vet says a grooming cat (my tom just qualifies under this heading :) can remove 75% of fleas in 24 hrs but the next thing to worry about is tapeworm infestation because wild fleas are normally carriers.

by: Anonymous

I just sprayed the house for fleas, applied frontline plus and brought my girl back in. As other comments on this site she walked on furniture as much as posable. My thoughts were she was avoiding the fleas. She quit sleeping on my bed and that’s ok until fleas are under control. She is not the same. The frontline is not acting fast as reported. I powdered her down with a flea powder and gave her a bath with flea shampoo about two weeks after the first application of frontline. The first spraying was with bombs and really didn’t work, had fleas jumping on me two weeks after. Sprayed with household flea spry that doesn’t have the problems of the bombs. Much better, my girl seems better but I just don’t like putting the crap med's on her. Not enough research. Got to be something better and safer. I’m afraid to treat her with the last two. I wouldn’t put it on me!

Yes its the medicine
by: L

Hi there! My cat acts weird every month for a couple days after I give him the medicine. What he does is he wont sleep in his bed and it drives me nutts...
there is something weird about the flea medicine and I dont know what it is! unfortunately we have to give our cats this medicine otherwise the will get worms...but there has to be a better medicine out if you figure it out let me know!

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