Even some people who are quite well-learned find this fact a challenge to remember: cats are feline, dogs are canine. And never the twain shall become a hybrid of the two. Sure it sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised.
I only bring this up because a rumor that is raising its ugly little head again is that a certain brand of over-the-counter (OTC) flea and tick treatment has been harming cats. I want to make readers aware that the main reason for making the distinction between cats and dogs is because flea and tick treatments are made for either cats or dogs. Either cats OR dogs. Nothing is said about using dog flea treatment on cats, because this is not recommended. It can result in harm to some cats.
When I’m considering using something as potent as flea/tick treatment on my cats, I also wear disposable gloves to prevent my getting exposed to the chemicals in the treatment. Neurological damage can occur to humans too, when handling flea and tick treatment, and we easily outweigh most cats by 10 to one.
Likewise, dogs are mostly larger than cats, but this lulls people into thinking that they can use a dog’s flea treatment on their cats, they just have to dilute it so that it isn’t so potent. Despite the message on the product packaging, they still think that over-the-counter flea and tick treatment made for dogs can be used on a cat. This flaw in thinking has not only harmed some pets, but has resulted in death in some instances as well.
So if your cat has been having a good time outdoors lately, and has the parasites to prove it, you’d best consult with your veterinarian before going ahead with any OTC drugs.
While this might cost you an office visit to the vet, isn’t your cat worth it?