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Q: fleas on kittens?

October 5, 2008 | By Anonymous | 11 answers | Expired: 2140 days ago

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Hi, my kittens got fleas from the mother cat. don't know what to do. Please help me. Thanks

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Kelly
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Oct 19, 2008

For kittens under the age of 8 weeks use Dawn dishwashing soap & warm water. Leave the soap on for a few minutes & then rinse thoroughly. Don't get it in their eyes or ears. Be sure to dry them completely & keep them warm afterwards. Small kittens loose body heat very quickly. You can bathe mom the same way. Do not use any chemical substance on kittens unless you have first checked with your vet. Check with the vet on what to use for a nursing mother too. Many things can be passed through the milk or licked off of the fur & harm the kitten so its best not to give her anything until you check. Dawn is very effective. We use it for this purpose in rescue all the time.

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Herburban
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Oct 06, 2008

Do not buy a flea shampoo from the pet store for little kittens! If they are really young (as in way under 8 weeks) give them a bath with dawn dish detergent, and let it stay on their fur for 10 minutes. Make sure to put cotton balls in their ears so the fleas don't hide there. Consult with your veterinarian for the best way to treat the mother depending on the stage at which she is nursing the kittens. You will have to launder all the bedding the cats have come into contact with at first, and an area treatment of your house may be necessary.

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Lavidania
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Oct 06, 2008

I used a flea shampoo from the pet store....when a kitten is full of fleas I find the best thing to do is bathe them... I found mine on the street. The only thing I could do was dunk her in a flea bath!

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Megan R.
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Oct 05, 2008

Go with Capstar. My cat had fleas and it worked like a charm. It is also very cheap. Also ask your vet about regular flea treatments for your cats to prevent it from happening again. You may also need to flea treat your home with a spray, powder, or bomb depending on the severity of the flea problem.

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Anonymous
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Oct 05, 2008

Get Revolution from your veterinarian. It's much better than over the counter flea preventatives, especially since it will eradicate not only fleas but also internal parasites and ear mites. You can also ask your vet if they have a product called Capstar, it's a pill given to the cat and it will kill the fleas immediately.

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Amber A.
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Oct 05, 2008

There's a ton of flea shampoos at the pet stores.. however, you have to be careful to read directions, not all shampoos are good for young kittens!

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Leslie
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Oct 05, 2008

Ask you vet about a product called Capstar. It may now be under a new name and I know that the local tack and feed store is now able to sell it over the counter(it used to be only available at the vet). It is a pill that you give the kitten and it works in 24 hours and all the fleas are gone.

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Paula F.
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Oct 05, 2008

I have heard that using Dawn liquid dishsoap works but I would reccommend flea products monthly.

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Jessica T.
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Oct 05, 2008

Try bathing the kittens the water makes it easier to see the fleas. Also frontline can be used if they are 8wks old you can also try revolution it can be used on kittens 6wks old. You will also need to treat the mother or it will be pointless to treat the kitten

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Jessica T.
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Oct 05, 2008

On top of the information given by the other answer, a veterinarian can sometimes give a much smaller dosage of advantage or revolution. Again, it depends on how small the kitten is. A normal dose can be given if the kitten is 8 weeks or older. Also, the mother AS LONG AS SHE ISN'T NURSING can get a normal dose of flea medicine. Good luck.

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