Hi Steve
 My 1st FeLV+ kitties that I brought home were loaded with fleas to the extent that there hair was falling out and dehydration...They got Advantage treatment before they were even tested...
One was about 3 months old and the other was about 12 years and the older one was taking care of the kitten but it wasn't hers...
Anyway they are still doing well 2 years later and 4 others that were in much better condition when I brought them home have died....
 
Fleas can and do kill and also will bring the kittens strength down to the point that FeLV+ will step in...
Getting rid of the fleas is the 1st emergency !!!
 
I would go with Advantage...
 
Tad


Steve Williams wrote:
Cherie,
 
I'm kind of afraid to use Advantage or Frontline with a kitten who has had FeLV+ from birth.  Maybe I'm overreacting, but my recent loss of Leeloo, with the stress of a leg sprain causing onset, has got me trigger-shy.  It is hard for me to impose the tiniest bit of toxic substance or stress on Loki.  I think I will try some natural supplements, diligent combing and cleaning.  But... I want those fleas gone now!  I'm going to try to find boric acid to sprinkle on the carpets also.
 
Has anyone used Advantage or Frontline on kittens with FeLV from birth?
 
Steve
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From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]On Behalf Of Cherie A Gabbert
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 10:47 AM
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Subject: RE: Loki Advice: fleas, throwing up

Steve,
My cats deal really well with Advantage, and it is topical that goes behind the neck.
Cherie


Steve Williams <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Kerry,
 
Yes, I know for sure it is fleas.  All the signs are there: I can see fleas sometimes on him, I've combed a few off of him, and can find lots of flea poop in his normal sleeping spots.
 
Thanks,
Steve
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Subject: RE: Loki Advice: fleas, throwing up

Steve, sorry to ask this--it may be a dumb Q--but do you know for sure that fleas are the source of Loki's scratching?
After Levi began scratching frequently I put a humidifier in the room on the advice of group members.
When the vet came, she examined him and said she was "not concerned" about the scratching. The humidifier did seem to reduce the incidence of scratching among the cats in general.
I hope hairballs were also the source of the throwing up. Kerry
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Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 10:15 PM
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Subject: Loki Advice: fleas, throwing up

Recently, Loki has gotten fleas. He scratches a lot, but it doesn't seem overwhelming.  I don't see any in the house, but will start a good cleaning/vacuuming regiment.  I bought a flee comb, but will of course do more. Does anyone have advice on best course of action for a 9 month old FeLV+ kitty?  I will also go to the vet for any prescribed treatment, but don't want to cause him a speck of stress with treatment.  My vet is very good in this regard since he is opposed to poisonous stuff.
 
For the past three days Loki has been throwing up in the early evenings.  He is eating normally otherwise and this doesn't seem to faze him too much.  Our feeding regiment for him has not changed.  His supplements are L-Lysine and Vitamin C, which he has been give for many months.  His throwing up seems to occur sometime after he has his wet food with supplements in the early afternoon (4pm-ish).  Any advice or comments?
 
Even though he is fine otherwise, this is causing me very much anxiety.
 
Thanks for any advice.
 
Steve
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