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Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX In combing and brushing Cogent, I have not observed any live mites. What I have observed, however, is small, scab-like "things" attached to the roots of the hairs that I have brushed/combed out....no movement with these observations. Maxine, her sister, has no such issues. Maxine is on a new diet of Hill's MD wet food. Cogent is still on dry food. My first indication of change with Cogent was small, bump-like "things" on her skin. After combing/brushing thoroughly, no bumps returned. No lesions, no open sores. No scratching of the ears or even of the skin. Unlike Maxine, at this time, no hair loss, and her coat is very thick. Appetite is normal, bowels, etc. normal, affect is normal, but she is obviously itching.
In review, about 10 days ago, I used a new cleaner to the wood floor. I don't know if this is significant, but I am considering all possibilities.
Additionally, no discharge from ears....I always had Collies in the past, and as outside pets, have dealt with ear mites, but as house cats, I am still trying to figure this out.
Thanks so much for your help!
I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX help. Dr. Scott. Just wondering how in the world, if lice are the issue, could this occur? As a retired teacher of young children, I have also dealt with lice in children....just can't figure out how house cats can acquire or be exposed to lice. I do agree, a very early morning visit to the vet on Monday will be indicated.
Let's just hope and pray it is nothing so menacing! She needs some relief, for sure. I will advise you of the diagnosis on Monday.
Many sincere thanks, XXXXX XXXXX! I look forward to the follow-up and hopefully the mystery will be solved.
Good evening and take care!
Good day, Dr. Nimmo!
I took Cogent to the vet and he couldn't find any live fleas, but decided to treat this condition with both Cogent and Maxine (I took Maxine in the next day.) using Revolution. He decided to do this by taking a scab, placing it on a wet cotton ball, and after 10 minutes, if there were any signs of blood (Cogent's scab showed some indication of blood, but very little.), hence the decision to treat them for fleas, though he felt if there were fleas, there were/are very few of them. Additionally, he gave Cogent a shot of antibiotics. Maxine had also had a shot, previously. I have observed that they aren't scratching as often. I also administered the Revolution. This is to be given once a month to both cats.
Upon asking if I need to treat my home, he said no, because it appeared that if they do have fleas, there are very few and since both are on the Revolution, there would be no host that had any fleas.
Again, many thanks for your help!