FLEAS!!

I’ve never written on here before about my two beautiful and perfect children!

This is Elephant. She’s my baby. She is gorgeous and headstrong and independent. She is just like me, and that’s why I love her.

Ellie in the kitchen

Ellie in the kitchen

Elephant is the type of lady who always lets you know where you stand with her. If she doesn’t want to be touched or held, she’ll let you know. If she doesn’t like you, she runs away. She’s very up-front with people. I like that about her.

This is Delilah. She is the cuddling queen. She’s never met a person she didn’t like or a lap that she couldn’t sit in.

Delilah in the jungle

Delilah in the jungle

She is simpleminded and non-judgemental. She just wants to love and be loved. Delilah technically belongs to my sister, Karen, but they both live at home with me these days.

Anyway, to get back on track, Elephant has been really itchy for several weeks; to the point that she’s scratched herself so badly that she’s got scabs all around her neck and at the base of her tail. I finally took her to the vet today, and as the vet and the technician used a comb to look through her mane at the scabs, a FLEA jumped off of her and onto the table!

I feel like the worst mommy on the planet. We’ve lived in this apartment since August, and that’s the only possible cause I can think of. They’re both indoor cats, so there must have been another animal in this apartment before us. I’m mortified to think that it took three full months of itching and suffering before I noticed that there was something wrong with my poor babies.

Elephant does really badly with being put into the traveling cage, and she screams and moans every time. She was very embarrassing in the vet’s office, because she was loud the entire time. Everyone in there felt bad for her and kept talking to her to get her to calm down. Once we got into the exam room, I let her out, and it was like a switch flipped. She was loving and calm and curious–she was rubbing herself all over me, exploring the room, and even jumped up into my lap several times. All of these things are completely out of the norm for her. All in all, she did an amazing job at the vet’s office. She ended up having to get a rabies shot, some other annual booster, a shot of steroids to help with the itching, and a dose of Advantage.

I also got a dose of Advantage for Delilah, and I applied it once we got home. I vacuumed the whole apartment on the vet’s orders, and will continue to do so several times a week for the next few months. I’m hoping this will get cleared up quickly, but I’ve been doing some Googling of fleas, and apparently they multiply like crazy. I can’t imagine how I haven’t seen any around the apartment–either on the cats or on myself–but I’ll be on the lookout from now on.

In closing, here’s one of my all-time favorite commercials.

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