Topical flea products have been on the shelves for years and can now be easily purchased over the counter.
Many brands of canine flea products contain a synthetic insecticide called permethrin, which is toxic to cats.
If a canine product is applied to a cat it quickly absorbs into the skin and then into the circulation system. The most common signs of permethrin toxicity is tremors, twitches, and seizures.
Milo, a one year old orange tabby, had this happen to him last month. His parents thought they were doing the right thing to get rid of the fleas, but quickly found themselves at Pet Emergency Center. Milo would need to be in the hospital overnight with supportive care and muscle relaxants until his tremors were under control. His family was not able to come up with all the funds needed and that is where The Chester Foundation was able to step in and help get Milo the medical care he needed!
— Kimberly (Sacramento)