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What Bug Is This? (possible Explanation For "allergy")

Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by javo2004, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. javo2004

    javo2004 Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    I posted recently about an allergy, where the Vet says "it could be anything", so my cat has been on steroids for a few months now.
    Also I stopped all kinds of preventive treatments (deworming, etc), by vet request.

    Today I spotted this sneaky insect while I was grooming my boy. My cat has a long thick fur and it's VERY difficult to spot bugs like this. So I'm wondering if this insect has always been the reason for his allergy (and now that I am stopping all preventive treatments it might just get worse).

    I picked the insect and it didn't jump, so I'm not sure if it's a flea. I recorded some footage of it interestingly refusing to let go of a piece of hair.

    Can you please help identify this insect?

    VID 20190414 175148
     

  2. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    I think that might be a tick. If so, apparently your cat goes outside, or somehow one (or more) got into your house. Not sure about the 'allergy' connection, but you could call and ask the vet about it.

    Here are a couple of articles about ticks and what to do about them.

    Home Remedies for Cats With Ticks

    Ticks on Cats

    Then, again. It might not be a tick either??? A lot of bugs looks similar. It certainly is NOT a flea.
     
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  3. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    No its not a flea.I would send video to vet.I may b wrong but doesn't really look like a flea either
    Definitely send to vet ASAP
     

  4. javo2004

    javo2004 Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    Spotted another one. I'm worried!
    These insects are FAST. As soon as I expose one, it moves elsewhere. I see something small and shiny moving along the skin.
    I don't think it's a tick.
     

  5. jen

    jen TCS Member Top Cat

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    With so many varieties of tick out there, that would be my first guess. Obviously not engorged with blood yet... I think if it were a flea you wouldn't even be able to record it, it would hop away and disappear before you even could think twice about it.
     
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  6. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    Have u looked in the cat's ears??If not do so
     

  7. jen

    jen TCS Member Top Cat

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    Maybe it is a flea then. Have you showed your vet?
     
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  8. javo2004

    javo2004 Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    Just did. They look clean and no bugs.
     

  9. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    It doesn't jump:rolleyes3:
     

  10. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    Great that means no ear mites that has gotten in his fur:yess:
     

  11. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    Here is a pic of a tick - but, that would be before it starts sucking blood out of your cat. It looks the same, but since they are running around and don't seem to be stuck on the cat sucking the blood it might be something else.

    But if the pic you took is of a flea - that is one HUGE flea - bigger than I have ever seen.

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  12. leechi

    leechi TCS Member Adult Cat

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    That's a flea in the video
     

  13. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    If that is a flea, that video was taken with one hell of an expensive video cam, with extra zoom power!!!!
     
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  14. jen

    jen TCS Member Top Cat

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    I had a hunch but was thrown off by it not jumping... which would also go along with an allergy... perhaps a flea allergy? Even with monthly flea prevention, that one bite is all it takes for the cat to break out in scabs. We have one cat like that. She is itchy and scabby if we forget to treat her.
     

  15. leechi

    leechi TCS Member Adult Cat

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    There's nothing for scale except for that hair, but it looks the right size to me. That is definitely a flea.
     

  16. javo2004

    javo2004 Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

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    They are tiny. They look like a tiny grain of rice, slim, black head and brown thorax.
    it lacks the long back legs you see in fleas, so it doesn't jump.
    It appears to have some sort of legs just below its head.
     

  17. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    Its definitely something I would send video or pictures to my vet .And would Google it:agree:
     

  18. leechi

    leechi TCS Member Adult Cat

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    If your cat has been on flea medicine, I would try a different one. Fleas can develop immunity to different poisons. Where I live the Comfortis pill is effective, but Frontline is not. The flea in the video looks like it might be dying, which is maybe why it didn't escape while you were filming. Btw, if a flea is in the cat's coat, it will usually try to burrow in deeper to escape you, they won't usually jump unless they're, say, on the floor.
     

  19. jen

    jen TCS Member Top Cat

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    Yeah upon rewatching I think it is a flea too. Fleas do have little limbs right below their head, they also do have long back legs, it is hard to tell what this ones back legs look like being so tiny. It also looks like the flea is trying to stay gripped onto the hair (and not jumping) in the video because there is not a warm body for it to bury into.
     

  20. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    Ok.I looked up ticks n there are 2 types.Attached and Feeding. Loose and Wandering. It may b a tick
     

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