Fleas on Kittens?

I have hardwood floors all over the house except the kitchen and bedroom which have tile floors. I read where you mix apple cider vinegar, Dawn, and water, and bathe both kitties. How much would I use of each or equal amounts?

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August 10, 20150 found this helpful
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Please take your kitties to your vet first to be certain the problem is fleas and not another skin condition like dandruff, allergies, etc!!! Help your kitties feel better now by treating the correct problem, not by treating for the wrong condition just because it may be cheaper! Note also that a bath does not kill/remove all fleas as many crawl up to the head to avoid the wash and then return south, usually to the back as the kitten is unable to reach that area.

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June 30, 20180 found this helpful

You can see fleas easily no need to pay a vet. Dawn and cats emerged to the neck. Pick fleas off is cats heads. Dawn kills them. Four handed job

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August 10, 20150 found this helpful
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Additional flea information will help in a flea battle:

The humble cat (cat, dog, etc.) flea is one of the most abundant and widespread species on Earth. You may have noticed that your dog and cat often choose different places to sleep in your house and outside. Your cat may have five or six favorite inside spots (usually in the sun) and outside even more. Many animals choose several places to sleep to avoid fleas. They might sleep in one spot for a few days and then another for a day or two. This sleep pattern breaks the flea life cycle and does reduce the effectiveness of flea attacks as adult fleas only live for a few days. However, some can live up to one hundred days in a good food environment. As you will see, the flea has a complicated life and you and your pet are invited!

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My husband is an entomologist so I speak with first hand knowledge and experience.

Flea eggs do not stay on your pet, they quickly drop or roll off as they do not stick to anything. The fleas you find in your house hatched from the flea eggs that fell off of your pet. Flea eggs are tiny and opaque white or almost colorless. The fleas you may see on your cat or dog are immature fleas from eggs on the floor or outside that hatched into fleas and jumped back onto your dog. You will also see (many!) small black dots on your dog but these are only flea feces.

The flea eggs in your home and outside are the real problem. Just one female flea can produce 40-50 eggs per day. The eggs fall off into your house and outside so, either way, your dog or cat will then again attract the immature and adult fleas both inside and outside which are the children from flea parents that may still be living on your cat or dog.

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Any dish detergent bath may wash away or possibly kill some fleas on your pet, however, not all fleas are killed. In a bath many migrate up to the head and ear area and then, once the bath is over, travel back to their favorite spots, usually on the back. If you use dish detergent, you can seriously dry the animals skin and may cause skin rashes, an allergic reaction, etc., and you are not addressing the real problem. The thousands of flea eggs that exist all the time in your house and outside hatch and then jump back onto your dog or cat (and you!). So, you and your pets are locked into the everlasting cycle in the life of fleas.

A search online for how to kill fleas brings up many ideas for bathing, applying natural and awful sprays, etc., but these only address the fleas on your pet. Rarely do they address the bigger problem as a whole. You can check this site for answers that address your pet, your home and the outside. As you will see, flea prevention is a much larger problem than just giving your dog a bath.

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

We use "Seven" concentrated liquid, mix per directions, to spray "treat" our yard at least 2 times a year to help control all sorts of pesky creepy crawlies and also give everyone, pets, a once a month pill called, Confortus-only available from your vet. Also, from your vet, for that immediate treatment to kill the live fleas for 24hrs, it is called "Capstar"
Dietenatious Earth works too as as carpet and bed or favorite lounging spot. Sprinkle and leave for a week or two then vacuum and retreat. DO NOT--- use your regular vacuum when you are vacuuming!!!!! It is BEST to use a shop vac because Dietenatious Earth is a very fine powder and will get into the motor and clog it up-burn out the motor.

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August 12, 20150 found this helpful

Use just enough Dawn to make good suds. Dawn by itself will do the job. Start right behind the ears so the fleas don't all run up on the head. Be careful not to get water in their ears. Rinse well and you can use a flea comb to get any that are left.

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Be sure and start a good flea prevention soon, so they don't get started in your house. There are some you can use on kittens, but be careful to get one especially for cats. The dog fleas products can kill cats.

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October 10, 20160 found this helpful

Instead of dawn can we use other washing dish liquid soaps?

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June 12, 20160 found this helpful

I have a kitten about 4- 6 weeks old. It is a homeless kitten, how can I get rid of fleas on it? Plus her eyes are mattered up really bad, I put warm compresses on it's. eyes and washes off the matter for now . please help with home remediy

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June 13, 20160 found this helpful

First, use Dawn dish soap to bathe the kitty. Wash all the towels or whatever you are using for the bedding.

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For the eyes, the warm compresses are a good idea. Keep that up. Also use triple antibiotic ointment (not the cream) and put it on the kitten's eyes after you clean them.

Do you know what to feed it? Use the wet food. It might be tricky getting it to eat cat food at first. Don't use cow milk unless it's the lactose free (Lactaid) milk and then you can use some.

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August 3, 20180 found this helpful

Yes, use WARM compresses to clean the eyes, several times a day. Be sure to use a clean cloth or paper towel each time. For the fleas, bathe using DAWN dish soap, work it into a good lather and let sit for a minute or 2 (NOT IN WATER) while using a flea comb to comb out the casualties. Then rinse very, very well in clean warm water. Be sure to dry the kitty real good, a towel right out of the dryer will help to not get him/her chills. Also a hair dryer on low helps dry and keep the baby warm. However you get the baby dry be sure to use the flea comb also.
I like to give, wheened or not, Goat Milk. All forms are great though I have found the powdered tends to go farther. It's easy on thier tummies and won't give them diahrea or the runny poo's like cow's milk does. Along with that I give a KITTEN formulated soft canned food.

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July 14, 20160 found this helpful

I have hardwood floors all over the house except the kitchen and bedroom which have tile floors. I read where you mix apple cider vinegar, Dawn, and water, and bathe both kitties. How much would I use of each or equal amounts?

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