This is Delores
Poor Delores is around 9 weeks old and was found wandering the streets in LS7.
Her finder searched for mum and siblings to no avail.
Delores has mild flu symptoms but more worryingly... she is riddled with fleas.
We have now treated her for the flea infestation however we cannot say how badly this may affect her.
The flea treatment is specially prescribed medication suitable for very young kittens.
This is only available from a vet.
We are seeing more and more cases of cats and kittens with terrible flea infestations.
FLEAS CAN KILL. FLEAS CAN CAUSE FATAL FLEA ANAEMIA.
Flea anaemia doesn't just mean your cat is low on iron. It's a serious condition in which fleas have drained so much blood that their body is unable to function normally. It's especially common in very young and elderly animals who aren't strong enough to tolerate rapid blood loss.
Flea anaemia can be fatal, so treatment should be prompt.
A cat flea anaemia will need intensive supportive care and medication.
Blood transfusions are not an easy option in a cat as the blood must be cross matched once potential donors have been found.
Not all vets are able to do blood transfusions in the UK .
It is vitally important that you regularly treat your cat for fleas using a veterinary prescribed product.
Treatments bought from supermarkets and over the counter are not as effective.
NEVER EVER USE A DOG FLEA TREATMENT ON A CAT!!
Seek veterinary treatment for your CAT if you suspect he has flea anaemia. It can be fatal if not treated, and the sooner treatment begins the better chance your cat has for a full recovery.