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Now for something completely different – a shaved pussy

Pardon the strange title, but I’ve completely become fedup with vets and fleas. Yes, they’re curable (and so are fleas… 😀 ), but geez, my poor pets are suffering just as badly from some of the cures than some of the ailments.

So my cat’s got serious fleas. And this causes serious itch (common in about 30% of cats the allergy to flea bite venom). So, I can’t really wash him as yet to get rid of the fleas, as the chemicals in the flea wash and flea powder could cause even more problems if used on open sores. And, I’m pretty tired of taking him to the vet for injections, as he usually comes back with another ailment.

So, I’ve done something pretty drastic. I’ve started shaving him and applying salve to sooth the sores. In the process, I’m shaving away the home of the fleas. As soon as he’s (almost) completely shaven and his sores healed, I’ll start him on flea powder and as his hair grows back, collar and regular washes.

I must say, to a degree he understands what’s happening and what I’m trying to achieve. He’s not happy with being shaved, but he allows me to shave him piece by piece. When he starts ‘growling’ I stop, let him slap me around a bit and then call it quits for 10 minutes. I’ve managed thusfar in the past 3 hours to shave almost his whole one side. He’s been extremely patient with me, knowing it’s my first time to shave a pussy… 😀

I don’t know how I’m going to tackle his stomach. But I’ll first take a few days to see if this tactic works. I’ll see in the morning how his sores have progressed and post again.

(Today I wish I allowed comments to my posts… would’ve been interesting…)

 

EDIT 2013/10/04
Day 4… he’s, well, happy… chilled a bit, but happy. The sores have started healing to the point of scabs. But there’s still fleas. It’s a process (as most pet owners know), but it seems to be working. Hopefully by Sunday I’ll be able to wash him fully. (Oh joy! He’s luckily chilled.). But I’m sure the worst is now over.

What bothers me is my complacency. I knew there was something seriously wrong, but it took me months to actually try and resolve it. Yes, I know, I’m a horrible person, but he’s a priority.

The dogs, well, they got a nice bath and they’re looking better too. Still major fleas, but I’m powdering them every second day. Will wash them again next week and keep doing until flea population under 1 / 50cm2. Then go into maintenance mode.

EDIT 2013/10/24
Well, interesting. The cat’s not cured of fleas, but he’s definitely better. I’ve been powdering him with flea powder… and he got a bath last week. He really didn’t enjoy that. Even had an accident in the bath… shame. But he’s definitely better. He’s gained weight. Has lots more life. Has moved from the bathroom window to the kitchen window (closer to the milk in the fridge of course). All in all, he’s better. Still lots of work to do.

The dogs, ai, that’s a bigger mission than expected. Because they sleep outside and love digging the holes, it’s a bit more challenging. And I’ve got a big property. About 3000 square meters. And they can run and play and get dirty all over. And it’s a bit more difficult to kill fleas in such a large environment. So I’m taking a different approach with them. Monthly flea dips.

Will post as to how that one goes.

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