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Fleas and pregnancy

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Q. My nine-month-old cat is pregnant and she also has fleas.  Is there anything I can treat her with or should I wait until the kittens are born?

A. TREAT HER NOW.  There are many safe flea products available from your vet which are perfectly safe to use on your cat when pregnant.  Some of them will also worm her at the same time and also give you protection in the house so that you don’t need to use any aerosols.  

Those fleas that you see are the tip of the iceberg.  They will be drinking her blood, depriving her and her kittens of nutrition at a crucial phase of their lives.  Remember Mum is still only a kitten herself.  

The fleas also act as a source of tapeworm which may further weaken Mum.  The last thing that you need is a huge number of hungry fleas and several tiny new kittens for them to feed on.  This could have serious consequences for the kittens as they could become rapidly weak and anaemic.

Take her to your vet as soon as possible.  She can be weighed and given the appropriate flea treatment and a vet or qualified nurse can give you advice on feeding and pregnancy care.  

You may also want to find out when would be the best time to neuter her, as she could get pregnant again very shortly after giving birth.

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