The truth is you may bathe the kittens in dawn dish detergent (the original blue one only). This will kill what is already on them. Give them a good brushing to free them from the dead ones, since they will probably end up eating them and that isn't good for them.
The next step is to rid the house of what might be eggs or larvae. You can spray distilled white vinegar all over the house. It is not fragrant but it works great. The smell of the vinegar will disappear in a day or so. I have older cats and I saturate a wash cloth with vinegar as well and wipe them down ears to toes, instantly the fleas die. I brush them a bit and they're as good as new! They also love the attention although chasing them for the vinegar rub (I have 5) is quite funny lol.
You must get rid of their favorite bedding or wash those items in the hottest water possible, but it's worth replacing for the sake of your pets. Be blessed and thank you thrifty fun friends for all the great advice in the past.
Also, I put two or three drops of apple cider vinegar in their wet food every day. This is great for maintaining flea free cats. Good luck with the kittens, they're wonderful and such a joy to have.
For the gal on disability who adopts cats, God bless you. People can judge but you are giving a loving home to the homeless. Keep finding tips here on thriftyfun.com and you will be able to care for those cats with minimal money to be spent. Vet's tend to overcharge anyway. Be blessed!
This can be deadly to your new babies, as fleas can suck their blood out. Please give them a bath, (watch their eyes) and use a flea comb. Please change their sleeping blankets & etc. What about the mother?
|Just found 2 orphaned 4 week old kitties-house and other cats now flea infested. What can I do for kitties so young to get rid of these pests?|
|RE: Flea Infested Kittens||08/04/2004|
|Use a flea comb on them frequently. Comb the kitten, then dunk the comb and any attached fleas into a dish of soapy water. Rinse the comb, then run it through the kitten's fur again. Wash the bedding daily; no need to wash in hot, the soap will drown the adults and the eggs/larva will be washed away. Sweep Borax into the carpet a few hours before vacuuming, then throw the bag away. Don't bother with flea collars or flea stuff you can get at the grocery or discount store, they usually don't work. Read the product label, it will say what type of animals it is safe to use on, and what age they have to be. Farnam used to make a flea foam that was safe for kittens, but it was only available through vets and I haven't seen it for years. Good luck.|
|RE: Flea Infested Kittens||08/25/2004|
|I'm not sure for fleas if this would work, but it can't hurt to try. A girlfriend of mine kitties got ringworm. After taking them to the vet and getting medicines for them that didn't work and having to disinfect her entire house and other pets, as well. She finally tried organic apple cider vinegar on the ringworm. She said it was working as the kitties let her know it stung, but in a few days the ringworm places were starting to heal. You might try bathing your kitties in this vinegar and water. Best of luck!|
|RE: Flea Infested Kittens||07/15/2005|
|I just read that you can use dawn dish detergent to get rid of them on that young of a kitten. You soap them up from the neck down(starting at the neck) and then you let it sit for 4 minutes and then rinse well! this should work I haven't tried it but pet stores told me it worked as well as some websites!!|
|I need some home remedies and ideas for how to get rid of fleas on small kittens. |
|RE: Kittens with Fleas||07/23/2005|
|I just had the same problem and this is what worked for me: |
I too had read to use salt to take care of fleas. The salt dehydrates them and thus kills them. You sprinkle it over your carpets in the same manner that you would carpet powder, and leave it sit for the day, paying close attention to the area around doorways and the bedding. Vacuum that evening or the next morning.
I did this then I bathed them in joy diswashing liquid with actual lemon extracts...lemon juice is known for killing and keeping away fleas and ticks on dogs, so I thought I would give this a try...IT WORKED!!
When I vacuumed, I put a fresh (and generous) sprinkling of salt on the blanket that they sleep on and between the salt and the bath they are virtually flea free.
|RE: Kittens with Fleas||07/23/2005|
|When I first got my kittens they were five weeks old. Within a few weeks we realized they had fleas. They had to go to the vet anyway to get their shots so I told him about the fleas. He gave me 2 little tubes of something (one for each kitten) and told me to put the medecine on the top of their heads and that it would kill any fleas on them and in the home. Of course, the trick is to keep your cats indoors so they are safer and dont get reinfested. They have never had another flea and that was four and a half years ago. I dont remember the medecine he gave me as being expensive either.|
|By Cindy S.|
|RE: Kittens with Fleas||07/24/2005|
|We just went thru Hurricane Dennis, when I came home the next day after the storm, there was this rat on my front porch. It turned out to be a little kitten, we named her Stormie. She was covered in fleas so I washed her with Dawn and she hasn't had any fleas since. I have a 75lb. red nose pit bull and she thinks that is her baby. The farmers around here spray their crops with Dawn, for what reason, I don't know. Good luck.|
|By Jannie (Guest Post)|
|RE: Kittens with Fleas||07/25/2005|
|We found a new litter of kittens from a faral cat between our block wall and tool shed. We had to use a water hose to get the mom out, and also got the kittens wet. When we got them out they were covered with fleas. And howling. I used Amways, LOC to wash them in warm water. And used a hair dryer to get them dry. By the time we trapped the mom the kittens were flea free.|
|By Great Granny Vi|
|RE: Kittens with Fleas||08/17/2005|
|Add generous amounts of salt to the kitten's litterbox. I did this for my two kittens when they had fleas, and not only did it kill the fleas on the kittens, but it also got rid of the fleas in the house without using any bombs. You'll be happy and the lack of baths will make the kittens happy as well.|
|By Donna (Guest Post)|
|RE: Kittens with Fleas||08/23/2005|
|Using Borax on your carpet will get rid of fleas in the carpet. I think it's similar to the salt method. As for kittens, we just got some and we've spotted a few fleas so we'll be trying the Dawn method. I'll let you know if it works!|
|By anon (Guest Post)|
I have 4 day old kittens with fleas. How can I treat them?
Dadof Four from Chattanooga, TN
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By Abbe, Cincinnati
We gave them a dawn bath today. We're also going to try the salted bedding (washed frequently), and borax (or borax + diatomaceous earth is supposed to work even better), and the vet gave us some Advantage which is an oil you put on the back of their neck. It's supposed to be the best of the synthetics.Wish us luck I'm apparently allergic to fleas and had many huge itchy red welts for the first few days... :( (10/23/2006)
By Pete (3 foundlings, with fleas)
Editor's Note: Yes, normal table or plain salt. (11/10/2006)
By NEW KITTEN
By Chinkie Eyes
I have 3 kittens. They are only a week old today today. What can I do to get rid of the fleas that they have?
Paige from Palmer, MA
You will notice the fleas will die quickly, I don't know if it smothers them fast or what, but I was shocked at what a good job it it. I have used flea soap before and it didn't work as well, the fleas would be crawling while I was soaping the dogs up. Johnson's Baby Shampoo works fast, but you have to work with it a few minutes. (08/03/2008)
A couple tips, though: 1) wear rubber gloves or your hands and arms will be covered in scratches. 2) Be sure to also have a basin of clear water ready to go to rinse your kitten in once you're done bathing her. I didn't think to do this ahead of time and had to rinse her off with the sprayer, she enjoyed that even less than she enjoyed the bath, if you can believe that. (08/03/2008)
As a retired pet groomer I have used Joy on many pets to rid them of fleas. If there are any live fleas left on the kittens just pull them off and squish them between you finger nails. Wash you hands well after de-fleaing the kittens. (08/04/2008)
Then I use a white towel or dish towel, because more than likely you will have survivors and fleas are supposedly attracted to white. Then I proceed to comb the kitten or cat again and afterward check the towel because more than likely you will find fleas alive and dead on the towel. Also I have heard a good spray to make is warm water, dawn and vinegar. Also I've heard you put cider vinegar in the pet's water or/and their food. (08/27/2008)
How can I get fleas off of a 4 week old kitten? I have already tried Dawn.
By here kitty kitty from Helotes, TX
I have one week old kittens, 2 dogs, and 2 adult cats. I know how to get rid of the fleas that the older animals have, but the poor kittens are covered in fleas.
I am looking for an easy non-aggressive way to get rid of fleas on two day old kittens. Please help.
I have 5 kittens that are a week old today. I noticed that they are covered in fleas and have no idea how to get rid of them.
We have 3 adorable 4 month old kittens that we have raised since birth, I have been finding a lot of fleas on them. Does anyone have a cheap and working remedy? Thank you.
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