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blood flecks

juliecats3
November 2nd, 2005, 10:26 AM
We have 3 large kittens (2-year olds, but still VERY playful). We recently noticed flecks of dried blood on the tile floor and on our light-colored sheets. I can find no vet web-site information concerning this. They do not currently seem to be affected by this in any fashion, but it disturbs us. Any suggestions as to the cause, and more importantly, the cure.

kayla
November 2nd, 2005, 10:29 AM
Maybe it could be fleas? I know one sign of fleas is looking for little brown flecks in their hair. How big are the flecks? Are you sure it is blood?

kayla
November 2nd, 2005, 10:31 AM
To see if it is flea poo you can do this:

"These black flecks are flea excrement (or "flea dirt") and are a sure sign that fleas are around. To be extra sure that these black flecks are flea dirt, you can place the flecks on a wet paper towel. If you see a reddish brown circle form around the fleck, you've got yourself some flea droppings and a flea problem (the flecks are your cat's digested blood). "

juliecats3
November 2nd, 2005, 10:38 AM
Thanks, we'll check, but think it is unlikely. With past cats, when they had fleas, WE had fleas ... plus they scratched constantly. Neither of these is the case at present. Plus, they've never been outdoors and so would not likely have had any way to acquire fleas. Is it possible that it's just due to dryness (heating season began for us in the last couple of weeks).