It seems we have fleas. We've started the treatment and process recommended by our vet, but is our problem getting worse or better? What should we expect next?
Our cat Nick
has fleas. (He's our only pet, and indoor-only.)
Tl;dr version: Applied Advantage II, vacuumed and cleaned thoroughly, flea combing frequently... what to expect/look for next?
Full version: We discovered the fleas by seeing a bunch of flea dirt on his usual hangouts. Only saw one or two live fleas at that time.
Yesterday, we applied Advantage II (from the vet), which is supposed to kill all the live fleas in 12 hours. 24 hours later, we're still seeing live ones (about 20-25 this morning), but they're falling off of him and sort of slow and half dead. That's good? Should we expect more of this? For how long? (Or if this isn't good enough and they should have all been dead much sooner, what next? Could I have applied the Advantage wrong? Nick's fur is extremely dense, but I parted it to get it on the skin. A lot still got on the fur, but I tried to poke it back into the skin really well with the tip of the applicator and a Q-tip.)
We also vacuumed the house like supercrazy (and disposed of the spoils outside in plastic bags), and washed all bedding, curtains, pillows, etc in hot water/hot dryer. Assuming we "got" all the eggs, do we need to do this over and over again until we stop seeing fleas? Or is their near-deadness a sign that they're not laying eggs anymore?
We're not really sure what to expect next and we're (well, mostly I'm) really freaked out about the whole thing (as evidenced by this mishmash of questions). Hope, please!