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I've got a 5 week old orphaned kitten. She didn't appear to have fleas at first but as I was bathing her, I noticed fleas going into her ear. They were too fast for me to catch. Would a flea remedy work even if the fleas go into her ears?

Aida, TX

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 14, 20050 found this helpful

Take kitten to vet. Young kittens (cats, too) are sensitive to flea meds (the ones for dogs you find in stores can kill them, apparently -- my friend's kitten died from having seizures due to a flea collar). Vets have flea medicines that are specifically for kittens and they can tell you if the kitten is old enough for treatment or not. They also will have a cat ear cleaning solution that you can gently squirt in the ears that will make the fleas come out or at least drown them.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 14, 20050 found this helpful

careful not too use flea meds on young kittens or dogs.....the amount needed to kill the fleas may also kill the animal when it absorbs through the skin and gets into the blood stream.....look up some natural remedies on the internet, call a vet for advice a call shouldn't cost $ and do alot of outside combing....

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April 14, 20050 found this helpful

Aida,

is that really your name? I had never heard it

or seen it spelled that way except for my

mother....

It is a pretty name.

Annie

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 17, 20050 found this helpful

Take your kitten to a vet. A five week old kitten is too young to be away from its mother. You are harming the kitten by not having it checked at the vet. Flea medicine is powerful, poisonous - remember, it has to kill fleas - and applied incorrectly, can harm a 5-week old kitten. Don't play God!! TAke the kitten to a vet.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 29, 20050 found this helpful

just an fyi stay away from HARTZ flea medication. it can kill your cat, young and old. it can cause less serious reactions sush as seizures and serious stomach upset as well.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 18, 20050 found this helpful

Most flea medication and shampoos are not safe for kittens so young. If you find a shampoo for kittens, I have a solution for the flea in the ear problem. Put the shampoo around your kittens ears first, this will keep them from heading for the ear first. When I bathe my cats or dogs, I start with a shampoo ring around their necks, because I have seen fleas crawl in eyes and noses during baths. There may be fleas already on their heads, but at least the rest can't migrate. It seems that the fleas should be able to just jump over the shampoo, but they don't. I guess their instinct is to burrow in for safety.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 18, 20050 found this helpful

Just left feedback and then remembered something else that may be the solution to the age problem. I had a dog that once got a terrible infestation. They were in the house, so everytime I bathed her, she got covered again. I bought a lice comb at Wal-Mart that was battery operated and is supposed to disrupt the nervous system of lice and nits. I combed her with it twice a day for about a week and the fleas were gone.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 26, 20050 found this helpful

I have an orphaned kitten who is 5 weeks old right now! I got him a week ago. He was flea ridden and I got the best tip to rid him of fleas that worked wonders. Someone from Petco told me to bathe him with the orininal blue Dawn dishsoap and use a flea comb while drying the kitten and after to help get them off. The soap evidently paralyzes the fleas. Hope this helps. I'm going to try it on my 3 year old Corgi dog soon.

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August 5, 20050 found this helpful

USE olive oil for any kitten no matter what age.

Use a lot! Leave it on a couple of hours, you don't have to rinse it off, if there is no mom to lick it clean, you can rub with a towel, fleas can't breath..gets rid of lice and ticks too.

Start with inside the ears first and avoid eyes and mouth.

DO NOT ADD any essential oils like cedar or tea tree or peppermint. these can cause pneumonia or seizures and ultimately death.

Olive oil doesn't burn and leaves coat and skin healthy.

Treat mom's who lick kittens clean with piperazine (worm remedy easily purchased at any retail store. however NEVER treat already ill cats with wormer!

CDC recommends this olive oil treatment for humans with head lice as some lice is resistant to commercial chemical preparations sold over the counter!

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 6, 20050 found this helpful

You can give Avon's Skin So Soft a try it worked on my mothers dog and kitten. Also it is save for human babbies so it won't hurt your pet. It also works for skin problems on your pet too. If you go to my web site it tells you how to make a dip or you can just spray them down and wash it off. Good Luck

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August 28, 20050 found this helpful

I too have a small kitten w/ flea problems and I read on this site about dawn soap. It worked. As I was bathing the kitty all of them stopped moving, I then picked them off and shazam he was itch free, for a day. I cant give him a bath everyday. So I comb and comb. but this is getting old. HELP what more can I do?

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 28, 20050 found this helpful

I just found a 4 week old kitten, when I took him to be check he also had flees. The vet said the best thing to do is comb comb comb. She also said in the uk they spray a towel LIGHTLY and wrap the kitten, keep his head out and hold him like that for no more than 5 min. I did it and then combed him. I think it did the trick but I was scared to do it and would not do it again. It was too stressful for me and the baby!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 27, 20050 found this helpful

One of the most effective ways to get fleas out of your home is to leave a bowl of soapy water under a nightlight in several rooms. The fleas are drawn to the light and then drown in the water.

We had a recent infestation and it took care of the ones in our house without having to spray.

Any shampoo will kill fleas if left on long enough. I think it is about 5 minutes?

Yvonne

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 10, 20060 found this helpful

I was saddened to learn that someone would bathe with nothing but vinegar. If it will clean sinks and disposals - would you bathe with it yourself?

Have you tasted water with vinegar in it? Do you know that vinegar kills bacteria. What if it distroys all the good bateria in your pets colon? If vinegar was helpful for the skin, it would be in every cosmetic around. It would be a real cheap preservative for the cosmetic industry.

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Anonymous
January 10, 20060 found this helpful

Um, I have put vinegar in my bathwater. I have used it when my scalp itches like crazy and won't stop. I am still alive. My skin is fine. I got it in my eyes and it burned, but not for long.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 24, 20070 found this helpful

Perhaps you should use brewer's yeast in the food, the fleas do not like the odor from your pets skin, I realize you have a problem, which is hopefully rectified by now. As a preventitive measure use the brewer's yeast or garlic. hope this helps you or someone else looking at these posts.

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By guest (Guest Post)
August 25, 20070 found this helpful

Please indicate how much brewers yeast is to be added to about 1/4 a can of cat food, thank you.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 16, 20080 found this helpful

I have a 5 week old kitten as well. She has fleas. I tried the Dawn dish soap trick and it got rid of a lot of the fleas but not all of them. I'm constantly combing her to get them off, but I need something that is more effective. Any ideas?

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September 27, 20080 found this helpful

little kittens need no medication for their fleas, just bathe them in a vinegar,dishsoap,water combo and dry them then comb them they love the attention and it will discipline them to be bathed and groomed.. if they don't like the bath.....washcloth and saturate them...(not the fact) q-tip their ears first so the fleas don't hide there.... be blessed animal lovers..... they are God's creation also :)

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July 8, 20090 found this helpful

My mom used to use vinegar in my hair when we ran out of conditioner. It softens your hair... and I know this may be weird, but I like the smell of it! It isn't toxic or people wouldn't use it when dying eggs, then eating the eggs! That is also what makes pickles! So if the vinegar thing works.Go for it!

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June 9, 20100 found this helpful

The kitten's very first stop should be at a vet. It is too young to be away from its mother and it needs to be looked at - virtually every kitten not only has fleas, it also has worms - bathing it will not get rid of the worms. Cats do not EVER need to be bathed (unless of course they have been in something REALLY foul) - they take care of their own grooming and do much better at it that humans can. Please take your kitten to a vet immediately.

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July 8, 20100 found this helpful

My husband brought home a kitten that he found in the middle of a busy street on his way to work. I took her to the vet immediately to get her checked out to make sure she wasn't hurt, found out she is 5 weeks old and infested with fleas. The vet said she was too young for Frontline and sprayed her with a flea spray and told me to give her a dawn bath within an hour. The vet did send me home with a sample of Frontline but since she weighed just 1 pound we couldn't use it. This all happened a week ago and I just saw 3 fleas on her just now and I am sure there is more. I don't wanna have to give her another bath, but I don't want fleas in my house or on my other animals either. Now I feel like I have fleas on me! ugh, I hate those things!

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July 22, 20100 found this helpful

Get to a vet quick! My sister's cat had kittens & she didn't know mama cat had fleas & she infected kittens with fleas & couple kittens died. Thanks Cookie 17

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