I have bathed the mother in Dawn detergent as well as the kittens. It has seemed to work on her, but not the babies. I have been washing them all in Dawn every two days as told to do by a vet, but it is just not keeping the fleas off them for long at all.
I don't know what else to do for the kittens. I am so worried about them and their health. Does anyone know anything I can put on them that isn't harmful to them or their mother? Please let me know.
By Jana from Charlotte, NC
Sisser617 has it right. I isolated the kittens, it's best with the Mom if you flea-comb her too. I put them in the bathroom for a week and flea-combed once or twice a day (helps to have a radio to listen to) until there were no fleas for 3 times. You develop a rhythm after a bit, comb, dip in hot water (with soap), wipe on towel, comb, dip etc. I had no problems after that. It may seem a pain to do, but if you get them all at first then you'll save time and energy and attention in the future. Good luck. They'll be worth it.
Try using a flea comb between shampoo days. Buy one that has a double row of teeth and just "squeeze" down what you have collected from your cat down into a bowl of warm water and dawn. My cats love to be flea combed and I feel better about not putting any chemicals on them. The cheapest way to treat your home, in my opinion, is to vaccum and do it slowly and often, emptying or changing the bag everytime. Be sure to discard the bag or contents in another bag tied securely outside in the trash. Good luck!
Bath the kittens in some mild dishwashing liquid. Stay away from antibacterial or orange dish soaps. Dawn or the original Palmolive will both work.
I have a female cat and she had her kittens three days ago. I've noticed fleas and ticks on them and don't know the best way to get rid of them. I regularly treat my cat and I only knew she was pregnant about a week or two ago. I had a feeling she wasn't a male like I was told by the people I got her from.
I've got a flea comb and have been combing her and the kittens through (as she lets me) and then putting the comb in boiling water to kill them after each comb. I've treated the mum again and treated my house completely, but they seem to just keep coming, everytime I comb through. It makes me feel dirty, as I'm a very clean person and like to keep my house and cat clean. I am feeling very guilty towards the cats. If anyone has any suggestions on what to use and how I can help the kittens, as I know they're still very young, I'd really appreciate it! And yes as soon as my cat has finished nursing she will be getting spayed.
You are doing the very best you can under the circumstances. Talk to your Veterinarian about tick and flea treatment but it's hard to believe that anyone can not tell the difference between male and female animals. Good luck.
My cat had got out while I was moving. I finally found her. She had kittens a week ago and I also discovered she had fleas. I've tried Dawn dish soap it seems to work on the babies, but not mom. Is there anything else that can be used that won't be harmful to the babies, but will get rid of them from mom? I want to do something so she doesn't keep transferring them to the kittens.
By tayrha from Milleville, MA
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My cat is a little over a year and she just had her first litter yesterday June 6, 2010. I knew that she had fleas before she delivered, but was told that I couldn't give her anything topical until she had delivered the kittens and stopped breast feeding.
This morning I noticed that the kittens now all have fleas on them. I have heard of all the risks and am very confused and concerned about what to do to get rid of them. Please someone give me some helpful advice. I am very worried.
By Jana from Charlotte, NC
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