Flea Control for Kittens
How to remove fleas from kittens less than 6 weeks
This article concentrates on how to get rid of fleas on
very young kittens only. If you are searching for a
solution to get rid of fleas on cats, kittens, pets and also
from your house you should read the more detailed article
How to get rid of Fleas - House and Pets
How do I get rid of fleas on a
young kitten less than 6 weeks of age?
Many people ask this question and so often they are given
the wrong advice. People will often recommend flea powders,
flea rinses, essential oils and other chemicals that are far
too dangerous to use on kittens less than 6 weeks old.
It is not safe to put chemicals on kittens of less than six
weeks of age. Fleas themselves can also be very dangerous to
young kittens and can even result in a kitten dying from
anaemia so you do need to kill these fleas. If the kitten is
with it's mother and nursing it is more than likely that the
mother cat has a flea infestation so first you need to treat
the mother cat. If there are other cats or dogs in the
household you need to treat all pets and also your house.
How to remove fleas on a very young
The safest way to treat a kitten under 6 weeks of age for
fleas is to bathe him using warm water and Dawn dishwashing
detergent and then to manually pick off remaining fleas. Dawn
dishwashing soap is very effective and it kills fleas quickly.
Many breeders bathe their cats in Dawn.
|Fill your sink or tub with warm water. (Test the
temperature as if you were giving a baby a bath). Using the
kitchen sink is often easiest as you don't have to bend down
and you are more in control. Immerse the kitten up to his neck
and insure that he is saturated. Wet his face and head with a
face washer. Then lift him out and place him on a towel.
Gently massage in the Dawn detergent. Massage the soap all
over his body and around his neck, ears, face, head and under
his chin, being very careful not to get soap in his eyes. The
fleas are not silly and will head for the high dry ground of
the head area.
Then put him back in
the water for a rinse. If he is not fighting and
struggling too much try to keep his body submerged (with
his head above the water of course) for a few minutes.
If he is clawing you to pieces get the job over and done
with as quickly as possible.
Having two people perform the
operation is often easier. One to hold the kitten and one to
massage and wash the the kitten. When finished wrap him up in
a dry towel and dry him off. Try to do this in a warm
atmosphere and don't let him get cold.
After the Bath - Go over the
kitten with a flea comb
Flea combs are very inexpensive and usually quite effective
in catching fleas that still remain on the kitten after his
bath. While the kitten is still damp comb over his body with a
flea comb or pick off the remaining live fleas with your
finger and thumb nails or tweezers while they are struggling to get
through the damp hair.
Have a cup of very hot water ready to
drop the fleas into as you catch them. Hot water is best
as I've seen fleas jump out of cold water. Another idea is to
have some sticky tape placed sticky side up and put the
captured fleas on this. Combing may be
easier on a shorthair kitten than a longhair one. Put some Vaseline
Jelly on the base
of the comb's teeth to stop the fleas from escaping the comb.
||Tip: Have some Vaseline jelly on
hand. If you see a flea on your kitten dab it with a blob of Vaseline
jelly. This will stop the flea from running and will make it easier for you
to catch the the flea and remove from your kitten.
Treating New born kittens for
Unfortunately, as soon kittens are born fleas can infest them. Fleas
from the mother cat will spread to the kittens. The best advice to
prevent fleas on new born kittens is to treat the mother cat with a top
spot flea treatment such as Revolution, Advantage or Frontline. Next you
should manually remove the fleas from the kittens. The kittens are tiny
and it should be easy for your to catch the fleas with your finger and
thumb nails or tweezers and then drop the fleas into a glass of very hot water to
kill them. Once the fleas have been killed on the mother cat the kittens
will no longer be re-infested. Top spot treatments work very fast on the
mother cat, usually within 24 hours or often even less.
Treating an older kitten for fleas
Once your kitten reaches 8 weeks of age you can use a top
spot flea product such as Advantage, Front Line or Revolution.
Ask your vet for advice on which flea product to use. Front
Line and Advantage distribute through the body oils and
Revolution is absorbed into the kittens bloodstream.
If your pet is treated with Advantage the fleas start dying
within one hour and all are killed within two hours.
Top spot flea products are not necessarily expensive. You
can shop around for them on the internet or from store to
store. What is expensive is using products that don't work.
That is throwing money away for nothing. Some chemicals may
also harm your kitten and may result in a large vet's bill.
The makers of top spot products recommend that you apply them
monthly but I have found that once you attain flea control in
your surroundings you may not have to apply the top spot for
You have to treat not only the
kitten but also it's environment
For total flea control you have to get rid of fleas in your
house and on your pets Click to find out how.
It is not sufficient to treat just your kitten or puppy for
fleas you must also treat your house. If you have an
understanding of the flea cycle you will know that only 5% of
fleas in your environment are actually living on the pet. The
other 95% in the form of eggs, larvae and pupae are living in
your house or/and yard. For example, if you catch 10 fleas on
your kitten then at a rough estimate there are approximately
190 fleas developing and maturing in your house.
Treating the kitten's mother for
It wouldn't make a lot of sense to get rid of the fleas on
a kitten then put him back with his mother who is infested
with fleas so you should first treat the mother cat. You
should treat her with a top spot flea treatment such as
Advantage, Frontline or Revolution.
Revolution is a Parasiticide that is applied to the skin of
the cat. Apart from fleas it is also used to treat and prevent
ear mite infestation, sarcoptic mange, roundworm, hookworm and
A word of warning from the manufacturers: Use caution in
using it on sick, weak, or underweight animals, or animals
with broken or irritated skin. Do not use it on puppies or
kittens less than 6 weeks of age.
What not to use for flea control
on kittens and cats
Flea collars are on the whole are completely ineffective
and can cause irritation to the skin.
Beware of using essential oils on cats. Cats do not
efficiently metabolize essential oils and their use can lead
to symptoms of toxicity.
Never use a flea product on a cat that is labelled for use
on dogs. Kittens have been known to die from toxic effects of
dog flea treatments.