Before my cat even had kittens we washed her and our dog, we bombed the house, we shampooed the carpet, we put on flea spray, but those fleas just kept coming back! Now that she had kittens we don't know what to do since they are so young. We don't know want them to get sick and die, so what can we do to get the fleas taken care of ASAP? Please respond ASAP. These kittens need help!
By Ally from Washington, DC
As far as the flea problem, vaseline dabbed on the flea slows them down and makes it easier to comb them out. Good Luck, we just had 6 kittens and are having the same problem.
My cat had 4 kittens 3 weeks ago, and I noticed that they had fleas on them. I didn't know the mother had fleas as I've been regularly using frontline on her, and she is also totally black, so you can't see fleas on her. I want to bathe them but some people say you can and some say you cant!
Also, if you give the mother a flea tablet. Will it filter through to the kittens and kill their fleas?
Why haven't you taken your animals to a vet? You need to apply a topical anti-flea liquid. And, why did you allow your flea-infested cat to have kittens in the first place? Take all the animals to the vet to get dipped to kill the fleas. The adults will get a monthly flea preventative. While the animals are away, bomb the house, just be sure to remove your dishes, plants and the animals' dishes before the bombing.
Also, as soon as possible, get your cat spayed. There are low- cost spay/ neuter clinics all over. If your dog isn't fixed, get the dog fixed to. Now, what are you going to do with the kittens? You should get them fixed so they don't have babies this winter or spring. 6 weeks is old enough for the surgery. Then, you can try to adopt them out yourself or through a rescue agency.
Once the fleas are gone and the cat and kittens are healthy, try feeding them brewer's yeast tablets. I learned this years ago when we went through a bout with fleas here. Some cats willingly eat the brewer's yeast tablets; one of mine liked it so much she used to eat it first, before eating the food in her dish (we laid the tablet on top of the food). It makes their blood taste horrible to the fleas and the fleas stay away. If there's any chance the cats can pick up fleas again, this might prevent it from happening. We never had flea problems again, because we stopped watching other peoples' pets for them in our home (a dog we watched left his fleas behind). My cats are strictly indoor cats so there's no chance mine will pick up fleas, but if you let your cats out, and they'll eat brewer's yeast, it may be enough to ward off the fleas. It's a natural product, and also has health benefits, as I recall. Brewer's yeast comes in powder form too that can be mixed into food, but if they don't like the taste of the yeast, the cats won't touch their food. As I said, some kitties like it and others don't - but it's worth a try.
Dry borax throughout the house. In their bed too. A gentle bath and flea comb. No poisons.
I would ask the vet about a product to use on the nursing mama cat, and then if it were me, I would flea comb the kittens, to get them off manually and drop the fleas into a cup of soapy water. Also you can use a lice comb for fleas, and then it can have double use later.
This article has a skin so soft recipe, but I have not tried it as of yet. If there are just a few fleas on the kittens, get aloe baby wipes and go over the coat, softly down to the skin. Don't make the kitten wet enough to be cold, and then go over kitten with a lice comb or flea comb. This is what I would do with a small amount of fleas, with a large amount, I would bathe in warm water, with tear free baby shampoo, and lid full of peroxide. Mix this and bathe the kitten. This is iffy, because if the kitten gets cold it can get sick.Too many fleas will kill the kitten from anemia.
Immediately put in in the bed with a warm hot water bottle for it and cover it with lots of absorbent towels, and place it back on it's mom. Poor baby kittens with fleas have such a hard time. As far as the worms go, all kittens have worms when they are little, most of the time, that is why their little bellies stick out.
Just remember to keep the babies warm and check with the vet about worms on the mom, I am wondering if they have a pill that will kill all of them or not like they do for doggies.
Go over the babies all the time with the aloe wipes, it is supposed to discourage fleas, it will not get rid of them, just discourage them, and it makes them happy, especially if you softly brush them like their mommy licks them, along the face and body, they feel like they are being groomed and loved on my mama cat...:)
How can I get rid of fleas from my 1 year old cat and her 3 day old kittens?
Hi Ashley, We had the same problem, and were at our wits end until our vet told us to do the following. It seemed a little unorthodox, but it worked. Because the babies are so young you can't actually treat the mother or babies with out harming them. What we did was we purchased a lice comb from the pharmacy, and combed the mother out daily. We also used a separate comb to come out the babies once they turned 2 weeks old.
We also purchased an aerosol flea spray (from the vet) to spray down the area the kittens and mother are in, along with the rest of the carpets and furniture, we then vacuumed to get rid of the fleas and residue. However before we sprayed, we made sure the area was well ventilated, and then we moved the kittens and mother to an area where the spray wouldn't be near them. We put them in the bathroom with the fan on and a blanket at the bottom of the door, so they spray wouldn't leak in, then moved them back to their area a few hours later.
This seemed to take care of the problem until the mother and kittens were old enough to be treated. We however did treat the other cats in the house for the fleas. This was a bit of work, but we were quite surprised that it actually worked quite well. And I am happy to say that it is 2 years later and our home has been flea free, since we took these steps. The mother and the babies seemed to enjoy the extra attention they got from their nightly combings. Actually it got to the point when they saw any comb they would come running for a combing.I hope this works as well for you as it did for us. Dina (09/25/2006)
By Geek Chick
I am so thankful that other people out there are having the same unfortunate problem as I am. My cat just gave birth to kitten a week and a half ago and the mother and the kitten are infested with fleas. Like you, I read on the bottle of all of the meds for fleas, and regrettably, there is nothing that can be used on kittens. I was stricken. I have my new babies and the poor little precious babies have icky bugs crawling all over them. I hated it. I also hated the fact that their was nothing I could use. I picked as many off and used a comb but when I go back there are more.
I clean their bedding daily, changing it and treating it with flea and tick powder. For the mother, I used a flea collar when she was not around the babies and also bathed her with dish soap and used flea spray on her. I dried it very well and washed her underbelly with warm water so that the flea solution would not be licked or accidentally ingested by the kittens. The best thing to do is to make sure their bedding is changed daily, and you keep the problem within one area so your whole house isn't covered. This can be a VERY expensive problem to deal with and it really is best to take care of it right away because they multiply like you wouldn't believe. Good Luck! Also, thanks to everyone who posted. You helped me too!(07/16/2008)
So we went to the pet shop and asked for frontline, but they said that they're not allowed to sell it and that only vets can give it to us (the vet was closed because it was on a Sunday), so we got him flea shampoo and flea spray for the house. We bathed him and sprayed the house. The shampoo didn't do much, it only removed the flea dirt and only killed one of the fleas.He was still suffering from the fleas because he still scratched and bit himself. So we took him to the vet two days after, they sprayed him with frontline and we saw all the fleas coming out. We thought he only had three or four fleas, but he had hundreds! Poor little kitty! I think he's ok now, so this is my advice to everyone with this problem. Thank you (10/14/2008)
My 5 month old kittens have fleas. The mama was a stray that I adopted when I saw that she was pregnant. How can I rid my cat and kittens of fleas? I tried to give them a bath and they scratched me up and down. I'm sure it traumatized them as well, since it took them all day to come out from behind furniture. Please help. Thank you.
Roses from Oceanside, NY
I also read that apple cider vinegar acts as a neutralizer for their urine so if they lick it off it won't hurt them. I will admit though my one girl has an itchy ear now and then. I think it might be an ear mite so I will try the AC vinegar at the tip of the ear and see if it "stinks" the mite out. Otherwise they are happy cats. Thank you everyone. You have all given me great advice and tips for the last few years. There is a lot of love on this website. Be blessed friends. (03/13/2009)
How do I safely get rid of fleas from a mother cat and her 3 week old kittens? The mama cat is not going to let me bathe her. I tried it before and have the scars to prove it.
By cblack28 from Walton, KY
Now for a tip about bathing a cat, first have plenty of towels, one for the bottom of the sink, so the cat doesn't slip, one for the top of the cat to hold her down, at least one for drying the cat and several for mopping up the blood. It's also a good idea to have peroxide and/or betadine handy for post bath clean-up. (I have lots of scars.) Kittens are easier to train for bathing, my daughter started bathing one of her kittens at about 5 weeks old and now 10 years later the cat still gets regular baths easily. Holding the cat by the scruff of the neck also helps keep claws further away from any vital organs. (07/17/2009)
This is extremely useful in emergency situations, as you can get a lot of fleas quickly this way. For the rug, borax works fine, so does diatomaceous earth, which big pet outfits (Petsmart, etc.) carry in 5 gallon buckets. Borax is cheaper. Spread it, use a stiff broom or light rake and dust mask, "comb&" it into the rug and go out for several hours, if it's really bad, stay with a friend overnight. Come back and vacuum thoroughly.
You can also rent a rug cleaner and use it as well, they have pet stain soap that I think has tea tree oil in it, which kills lice and a number of other bugs. If not, it's worth getting some, think they are starting to carry it in the hair section of the grocery store. If not check with the aromatherapy type stuff. You don't have to shampoo or get the tea tree oil, but it will add to the long term removal of the fleas. It's worth it in the long run.
My cat, who was the curious type and often got herself into as much trouble as a dog, hated baths. What I had to do is strong arm her. First, make sure the water is quite warm, not really hot, but pretty warm. They have a higher body temperature than we do and need warmer water. After quickly picking her up and putting her in the tub and in the same move grabbing her just behind the shoulders, I gently but firmly pushed her down to where she was plastered to the tub bottom. Holding her just firm enough to keep her from getting away, I washed her quickly with the other hand, talking lovingly and comfortingly to her the whole time.
Now, we had quite a relationship, soul mates, but she hated the bath and would have bolted at any chance. Be quick, be firm, be strong and be compassionate. Get into Vet mode. I'm no Vet, but if you are calm and in control, and talk comfortingly to them, they realize they must go through this but it will be over shortly. They'll holler and try to get loose, but if you are holding them right, they can't. Rinse and dry them quickly. Of course, keep the door shut and let them escape the tub by themselves. Expect to get wet, it's a given. Don't use a hair dryer, unless they're brought up with them as a kitten (aka pure bred cat show Persian), they are terrified and stressed by it.
Just have a towel handy and drop it over them and rub them down a bit, they'll do the rest. Let them out quickly. They feel trapped by then and need to feel in control of their world again. Also, cats rarely need baths and shouldn't be bathed unless:
Never bathe an injured cat, either, they could have worse injuries than you know of and you may do irreparable damage.
I had my cat until she was around 18 years old, and though she's been gone for 3 years, she's still a part of me. I hope yours will be soul mates to someone for a long time. (07/17/2009)
By Kita from Philadelphia, PA
By Miggie from Flemington, NJ
Last year I rescued a kitten and he had fleas. I took him to the vet the day after we found him. He was just under one pound, and was too little to medicate for the fleas. He was very lethargic and probably would have died in a day or two if we hadn't taken him in. I had to wash him with dishwashing liquid and comb him with a flea comb. Once he was big enough, we gave him meds to get rid of the fleas. The vet should be able to give you good advice for treating your cats.
Please take them to the vet, especially the kitten! I hope it goes well for all of you. Best of luck. (07/17/2010)
They need to be wormed with Droncit or whatever the vet recommends. The new dewormers take care of all of them at the same time. Don't go getting holistic here. Do it right and have the vet give you what is needed. The next thing is to deflea your house and all other areas that your cats go. Go to PetSmart for the right products. Clean all throw rugs and sleeping areas. Another tip, the product, Revolution, kills ear mites.
From personal experience:
The tapes cause the cats to get the runs that end up outside the litterbox and splashes the sides of the box. Very stinky and messy; also dehydrates the cat. Also, the cats might not use the box if it's a bad experience for kitty using the box, like getting stomach cramps or pain while pooping.
Advantage is my favorite to use on a cat. Frontline has something in it that us more poisonous in the ingredients or toxic to the environment. (07/21/2010)
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