By Isolina from Paterson, NJ
I always do a dawn and water bath on kittens and puppies. I use dawn and heavily lather it on them. I once had four puppies that were so covered with fleas that they got on my, and I was almost covered with them. It took four times in a row of rinsing and lathering and the last time, the lather stayed on about two or three minutes before rinsing really well.
With kittens they are really sensitive to water temp so make sure it is warm and not cold or not hot. Talk to the puppies and kittens while they are getting bathed. It calms them down. I always do a nail trim on kittens before bathing them. You have to have a good hold on the little darlings...they are so not liking the bath but the feel so good afterward.
Make a thick circle collar around the neck of the puppies or kittens with dawn. This keeps the most of the fleas from climbing into their eyes and ears, although you will see them run like crazy when they first feel or smell the dawn and water.
I use a bathtub rather than a sink but I have done both.
Here is a video on how to bathe with Dawn and water:
A flea comb is great for when there are just a small number of fleas.
First do a dip/give a bath in dawn dish detergent and comb out that will get the existing fleas. (I tried bio spot was a waste of money). I just had a similar issue, having found 4 kittens that were 3 weeks. When they reached about 10 weeks, I used 1/2 tube of frontline on each to deal with the eggs. I haven't had a problem since. I have gone "natural", but it is all about getting those eggs. I have now rescued over 20 kittens over the past couple of summers. The bath is always my first process before they are allowed anywhere. Then the guest room is their sanctuary until about 10 weeks.
I found at 1-800-petmeds a pill called Capstar and I bought for my 3 dogs and 9 cats and I love it. The fleas just fall off of them dead. I hate putting Advantage or anything like that on them anymore because they seem to get sick from it. I keep a jar of watered down Dawn in the bathroom and when I go in there they follow me and I run a flea comb thru them. It seems I can go a week before I have to give them a pill. I give to them on a Friday afternoon and vacuum the next day.
And be sure to do the dry Borax in the carpets. Leave it down for 2 weeks to get eggs larvae and adults. 2 or more cups per carpeted room 2 weeks. Safe and it works.
So it seems as if you took in more than just a stray, huh? Well, bless your heart for taking the little one in. I'm sure he will bring you much joy once you rid him of the flea issue.
I recommend an all safe, all natural product called diatomaceous earth. It is a powder that can be rubbed on their fur, sprinkled on carpets, pet beds, even your bed if need be. The product is food grade safe and will not harm him if he licks it off during his many daily "cleanings." Please make sure that when purchasing the product you get the food grade and NOT THE POOL GRADE!! My Mother and I both use this product and we love it. I researched on the internet for my own piece of mind prior to using and I always tell others to do the same. This website; www.earthworkshealth.com, as well as many other sites are informative. Simply google Diatomaceous Earth and within minutes you will have all the info you need.
I am amazed at what this stuff can do, not only for fleas but for many bugs/insects. This product is also very cost effective, or of course I would not use it, being I am so money conscious. I purchased a 3 lb. bag from my hardware store (Lowe's) for $9.51 including tax and I have been using it for quite some time now. One last piece of advice before you purchase, make sure you do not pay more than is needed for this product.
Diatomaceous Earth Powder also kills bed bugs and with bed bugs being such a problem nowadays, companies are selling this product at high costs. I know the large hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe's carry it, and it can also be purchased online. Amazon had it at a reasonable cost, but of course then you wait for it to be shipped. And fleas multiply so quickly it's better to take care of the problem now if it can be purchased close to home. Good luck to you and your new little friend!
I've used BIO SPOT flea and tick spray, for cats and kittens. It also sterilizes the fleas so they don't reproduce. It kills and repels fleas, ticks, and bugs too. It's made by farnam pet products. It says for kittens under 3lbs to spray a towel and wrap them in it for 5-10 minutes.
I just got a new kitten and have found a dozen or so fleas on her in the last 5 days, she has a lot of flea excrement on her, but no eggs or larvae. Is bathing her and treating the floors and bedding enough to make sure this doesn't become a problem?
By Katrina L
Please don't use lavender oil or tea tree oil on cats! It is toxic whether applied topically or if they ingest it! Both oils can cause loss of muscular coordination, shaking and tremors and harm the liver among other problems. I'll venture to bet that either oil could be deadly to a small kitten.
If there is flea poopy there are are indeed eggs and larvae so be sure to do a thorough home cleaning/vacuuming including your own bedding and under furniture cushions. What I've done in the past is thoroughly clean the bathroom first, get the tub water ready, bathe the infected cat and then leave the little fella in the bathroom with food, water, litter box and large freshly laundered towel for a bed until all the rest of the home has been cleaned. Maybe even a radio with soothing music too. ;-)
What can I use to get rid of fleas on a 7 week old kitten?
Yuki from Stockton, CA
Have a great time with your new baby. (09/19/2006)
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