Sunday, May 10, 2009
Search: why is my cat acting strange after flea dip
Why: She got dipped Friday afternoon, stayed at the vet overnight (while Orkin de-fleaed my apartment), came home Saturday morning, and is still acting like a total weirdo on Sunday evening.
Answer: For one thing, flea dips are pesticides, aka poisons designed to kill animals. The poisons can be absorbed into a cat's skin, affecting her neurological system. It may also taste bad when she gives herself regular baths. After a couple days, if she's still glaring at me, I can bathe her with a pet shampoo or mild baby shampoo to get any remnants of the dip off her fur.
Also, cats like to look good. She is probably still pissed about all the indignity of having bugs bite her skin and lay eggs in her fur, being squeezed into her little carrier, having to ride in the hot car, being hosed down and manhandled by strangers, and being abandoned overnight in a strange place. She'll get over it.
The More You Know: A flea can live more than 100 days without eating (blood). A female flea can lay up to 2,000 eggs in her lifetime - usually 2-3 months. If each of the 53 million dogs in the U.S. hosted a population of 60 fleas, we'd have more than 6 trillion flea eggs. Laid end-to-end, those eggs would stretch around the world more than 76 times.