Thanks to everyone for the ideas, I will run them past my vet today and confirm 
if he does have fleas or not.  He eats from only stainless steel or ceramic 
bowls but could have been bitten by something to cause the lump under his 
chin.  So far I've found "natural" flea products with neem oil, clover oil, 
thyme oil, rosemary oil, citronella oil, celery seed oil, eucalyptus oil, cedar 
oil  (combinations of these).   I will ask the vet about testing for 
FIA/Hemobart if he does indeed have the fleas. 
Hope to be flea free,
Stacy and Spanky

Message: 7
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:51:23 -0400
From: Natalie <>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Help- need advice on fleas
Message-ID: <004401cb6a14$8f137ba0$ad3a72...@net>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii . The animal can be sprayed directly with no harm. All
kinds of natural products. - Look under flea control - we use their product to spray
around the house so that no fleas can be brought inside and the cats can use
the outdoor enclosures safely. We use Frontline only on cats that are
introduced to the fold...and of course, we check if they have fleas.
The fewer chemicals you use on cats with a compromised immune systems, the

-----Original Message-----
From: Natalie [] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:43 AM
To: ''
Subject: RE: [Felvtalk] Help- need advice on fleas

If you see something under the chin, it could be chin acne, often mistaken
for flea dirt.  Comes mostly from using porous feeding dishes...try using
only ceramic, stainless steel...There are many non-poisonous alternatives
against fleas....the cedar one is good.  We use nematodes to spray around
the house and with so many cats, have no flea problems.

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Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 10:44 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Help- need advice on fleas

I use advantage. FeLV cats are very prone to Hemobartonella, which will
cause severe anemia & comes from fleas. ALL my cats get Advantage every
month & I have never had a problem. Fleas also cause tape worms which will
deprive the cat of nutrients.
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-----Original Message-----
From: Szacherdroid <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 21:34:49 
To: <>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Help- need advice on fleas

Hi all...I suspect Spanky may have fleas. I found some flea dirt looking
dust and a lump under his chin and also have been seeing little red bugs
around but no fleas when I comb him. Some were flying so I thought, they
couldn't be fleas.  I also have a dog and it has been unseasonably warm here
in WI this week.   

Please let me know how you treat an felv kitty with a weak immune system for
fleas.  I am terrified at the prospect of having to spray my home and treat
him.  He used to get one of the topicals years ago but vet didn't think that
would be good for him now.  We have a vet appt tomorrow for ltci injection
and bloodwork.   I am taking some of the sample bugs I collected for

Thanks for your help, Stacy and Spanky

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