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We ended up with a cat about 8 weeks ago. This cat was severely malnourished and needed some nursing back to health. The cat is a long haired, teenager. I am convinced that this cat has something that is biting me. We have had it for about 8 weeks and after the first day of having it, something started to bite me. The bites itch like crazy and last for 2 weeks. I have taken the cat to the vet and he said that the cat is perfectly healthy! no fleas and i also sprayed for fleas...mites? please help

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Tarah,

Ask your vet to draw up 4 tuberculin syringes of ivermectin (it is dosed by weight) and give it orally once a week on the same day for 4 weeks and see if the "mites" disappear. Often body mites are very, very hard to see, but I have never heard of them biting people.

For cats, ivermectin is a very safe drug.

Please let me know what transpires.

best regards... Norm.

P.S. instead of spraying for fleas, have you tries Frontline + or Advantix for cats.  Both are pretty good against fleas and they are topical.

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Norman Auspitz

Expertise

I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.

Experience

I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.


Organizations
Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Publications
Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

Education/Credentials
I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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