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It's not my cat but I have a stray cat here with a bad flea

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Hi it's not my cat but I have a stray cat here with a bad flea and tape worm infestation. I've been treating it with spot on and gave it a worming spot on. I have now shaved the cat after treating it several times with flea spray etc and combing it but the fleas just won't go what can I do. I can't let it in my house as I don't want fleas. It's not really my responsibility but I feel sorry for it.
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been concerned about the worm? Have you spoken to a vet about this?
Customer: No
JA: Has the cat vomited recently? Any signs of blood in their stool?
Customer: No don't think so another neighbour said they saw what looked like lots of worms in its poo one day. I don't know if it's vomited or got blood she didn't say it had blood in its poo. He does seam hungry a lot.
JA: What's the cat's name and age?
Customer: It's a kitten it doesn't have a name as it's a stray
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: I'd say it's about 12-14 weeks old. I have it in my yard in a cat basket as I have a cat already and don't want to let my cat get the worms or fleas
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

What products have you used?

Is this a feral cat who lives outside 24/7?

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
I've used a spot on flea repellent. I've used another Bob marting clear flea and tick spray on the cat. I've combed it, I've shaved it but the fleas are I'll in its face furr. Yes it's a stray I think. Is there anything I can used on him that will kill fleas eggs and larvae?
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Sorry I can't afford for u to call me.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Thank you for this additional information.

Shaving will not help and isn't advised, so I would avoid doing this again.

Some flea treatments, including Bob Martin and other supermarket products are not very effective.

I would advise using Advantage or Advocate. Ensure you apply it on a dry day as we do not want the kitten to get wet for 48 hours after application.

We should use an effective wormer such as Panacur at the same time.

These treatments should be repeated in exactly one month.

As the kitten is a stray, I would recommend contacting the RSPCA who should be able to catch it and help it. As it is so young, the chances of it being rehomed are high.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Ok thank you where can I buy panacur?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

This is available without prescription from most pet shops, vets and online.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
I will ring the RSPCA tomorrow
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
How do I cancel my subscription to this service please?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Ok, great.

Hopefully we can get on top of this soon.

This web page should help you:

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Thanks I've found it
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Perfect, take care.

Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Thank you