I currently live in Saudi Arabia where access to quality vet care and cat medicines and treatments aren't an option so finding the correct advice regarding my geriatric, CKD cat with bad teeth/gums is challenging here. Petunia (my black cat) has recently stopped eating (she was eating like a horse a few days ago), she's still interested in food
but when presented with it she'll give a few good licks then walk away. I've administering subQ fluids for the past three days and am trying to force feed her a little (not very successfully). I brought her to a local vet clinic last night and asked the vet to give her some IV fluids/vitamins. This has helped her. The key piece of info that I got from the vet is that Petunia a/ has fleas (i feel horrible that I didn't realize this sooner), and b/ is showing signs of anemia. We discussed giving her a dose of Advantage II for a kitty under 9lbs (which is what I have at home). I'm super nervous to give it to her in view of the compromised kidneys
but, by the same token, know that the fleas will make the anemia worse and could be fatal.
My question is: should I give her the Advantage? The vet originally said yes, but when she inserted the IV, Petunia freaked out and gave us all a scare. The vet thought she was going into cardiac arrest. It seems that it was stress as she quickly recovered and calmed down but as a result, the vet changed her mind about me giving Petunia the Advantage.
With all this said, it's only this morning that in reading information online, I made the possible correlation of the fleas and the anemia. The vet did not bring this up last night.