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Getting Rid of Fleas on Kittens

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While topical flea treatments are readily available for older cats, young kittens will require alternative methods to rid them of these biting pests. This is a guide about getting rid of fleas on kittens.
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November 16, 2006

Having a new litter of kittens in the house is wonderful, until you discover fleas. Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do for fleas on newborn kittens. I discovered a great tip. Baby wipes with aloe! The kittens love being rubbed down with them. Don't worry about rubbing vigorously. They love it, just like momma giving them a bath. And, if I keep a close eye on them and do this daily, I won't see another flea.

By Kimber from WV

Editor's Note: Be sure to wait at least a week or two before handling newborn kittens and then only for a short amount of time. The mother can reject them if they don't smell right.

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August 10, 2015

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.

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How much would I use of each or equal amounts?

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By 0 found this helpful
March 13, 2018

How do I get rid of fleas on my 2 month old kitten?

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March 13, 20180 found this helpful
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One of the best ways I've found is to use vinegar and a flea comb. You need to put this in a spray bottle and spray it on the cat. Make a bowl of vinegar and comb the cat. Clean the comb in the bowl to get the fleas off the comb. This will also kill the fleas too. The cat is very young and a lot of flea products in the market are harsh and they aren't so good for the cat. I use vinegar to kill the fleas on my animals all the time and it really keeps them off.

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August 21, 20131 found this helpful

I am dirt poor except for my 3 kitties, Nala, Rajah, and Berlioz. We just got Berlioz 3 days ago and now all 3 of my babies have fleas. All 3 are indoor cats. Nala is the oldest, she's over a year old, but the other 2 are about 4 months. Please help. I don't know what to do for them.

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By Lyndsay

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August 23, 20131 found this helpful

Apparently, if you bathe them really well with Dawn dish soap, it will kill the fleas. Also if you sprinkle naptha flakes, which are crushed moth balls, on all your floors, let it sit a couple of hours and then vacuum really well, this will get rid of the fleas.

You have to remove the kitties from the house while the naptha flakes are around as they are really BAD for them! You'll probably have to do both these things every few days until the fleas are gone, and don't get the soap inside their ears or in their eyes. But make sure you get the soap on the inside edges of the ears. Start at the head and work towards the tail. Google "fleas" and "home remedies".

Good luck.

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June 24, 2008

I have a indoor cat that hides a lot because of my two dogs. So today I finally got him to come out when the dogs were outside and noticed he was scratching bad and had scabs along his neck, back and tail. while grooming my cat as always I seen he had fleas. he does not have claws to itch himself and I feel so bad for him. What can I do to help his skin and get rid of the fleas on the animals and in the house? Please help!

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By debbie. (Guest Post)
June 24, 20080 found this helpful

I bought the advantage on ebay for a really good price. I got 8 doses for $22.00. Within the 1st week my cats stopped scratching and within the next 2 weeks they started disappearing from the house. We have been doing this for the last 4 months and have no more flea problems.
Good Luck

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

Along w/ all the other suggestions, you could also try what me and my 'boo' do. He loves nothing better to curl up on my lap after a good brushing and letting me continue grooming him w/ tweezers, just running my fingers randomly and crunching any diehards I might find.

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June 24, 20080 found this helpful

Be very careful with any insect bomb! Be sure to have any gas pilot turned off to the stove, hot water heater and heating systems and open all windows and doors to air out the residence well before re-lighting the pilots!

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Those bombs are highly explosive!

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By sheila (Guest Post)
June 25, 20080 found this helpful

HI, I have found a wonderful all natural product called "cedar cide". We have 2 cats and 2 dogs and had an awful flea infestation every year in this home with or without animals. We have fleas bad in the yard from squirrels and bring them in on us. We spray the whole house and a jug lasts us a year and cost us a third of what we used to spend on poisons. It is safe for all pets, though I have also herd cats do bad with essential oils as they con jest the liver and this has some cedar in it. Our cats have no problem with it but got sick from the poisons.

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By **Shayna** (Guest Post)
June 29, 20080 found this helpful

This is what I did to rid my kitten 10 weeks old of fleas until my Frontline plus arrives. I bought Frontline real cheap off Ebay. 8 month supply for $20.00 that included the shipping! So to kill the live fleas until it gets here. I washed her in Dawn dish soap the blue original Dawn. I did not get her wet first.

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I put Dawn around her neck first and quickly rubbed it in as this helps to prevent the fleas from scurrying to her head and face area. Then I put a line of Dawn down her back and worked it in and then under her belly and worked it in. I worked it in real good. Then I added a bit of water to her and then kept on working it in. I could see the adult dead fleas falling off her. Although some did manage to escape to her head and they tried to get in her nose and eyes so for those little critters I used tweezers and picked them off her and put them in container with dawn and water so they would die.

I gently scrubbed her for about 10 minutes with the dawn on. Then I rinsed her off with clean luke warm water. Then I put some Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water on her as the final rinse to repel new fleas. I know she has eggs and larvae that will hatch soon but by then the Frontline Plus should be here and that will work for those.

As for my house I used common table salt. I sprinkled it all over my house. Let it sit for hours then vacuumed and swept it all up. While I waited those hours I washed all bedding, curtains, any dirty laundry etc. I vacuumed corners and trim and anywhere I thought a flea would hide. To get rid of the fleas I guess I had to think like a flea.

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June 30, 20080 found this helpful

Just came across this suggestion from another site and might be helpful ...

When I buy flea collars for my three dogs, I use the extra
that I cut off to put in my vacuum cleaner bag to kill any
fleas that are sucked up! It helps to keep the house flea
free.

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June 30, 20080 found this helpful

When got one of my cats from the shelter, she had fleas. Two doses of either Frontline or Advantage (it was 10 years ago) did the trick.

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By Spiritwolf (Guest Post)
September 19, 20080 found this helpful

Steam cleaning carpets gets rid of many fleas and eggs. Fleas spend much of their time OFF of the animal. Dump the dirty steamer water down the toilet to make sure the fleas don't survive!

Mule Team Borax powder, Diatomaceous Earth, or Boric Acid Powder will kill fleas in carpets and upholstery. Boric acid powder is safe for killing fleas and ear mites on the cat.

Mix Dawn dish washing soap and water in a shallow dish, then place the dish on the floor to catch and drown fleas. Use a flea comb on your cat to catch many fleas. Between combings, dunk the comb in a dish of Dawn mixed with water so the fleas cannot escape.

A mixture I've used for years to kill adult fleas is 5 ounces of liquid Seven and 5 ounces of liquid Malathion to a gallon of water. I've used that mixture even with tiny kittens. Flea collars usually don't work at all, they only drive fleas from the head and neck to other parts of the animal, and some cats are allergic to the collars.

Many products contain Methoprene to kill eggs and larvae but fleas became somewhat immune to methoprene's effects several years ago.

A really good brand of flea spray for the house, that contains NYLAR, which IS EFFECTIVE FOR KILLING EGGS AND LARVAE, is Enforcer Flea Spray for Homes. I found it in a local hardware store. Spray EVERYTHING, even between your mattresses and box springs, under couch cushions, cracks and crevices, in stacks of books or magazines, under the refrigerator etc. Fleas hide everywhere!

Frontline IS good but has the disadvantage of being too expensive for most people to use regularly with a multiple cat household.

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By katie (Guest Post)
November 13, 20080 found this helpful

Can I do something for my cats earmites without spending a fortune at the vet? OTC meds or some other suggestions thanks and joey (my cat) aslo says thanks :)

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August 2, 20090 found this helpful

If garlic cloves are good for dogs then how about cats? as for the apple cider vinegar in the cats water, my cat may have a problem with that. I did use some garlic juice on a cotton ball and dabbed the cat's paws, behind her neck and on her tail the other day. she hated that smell. but either it dried or she licked it off. I use the cat flea shampoo on her plus the flea collar and sometimes the flea drops.she is an inside cat. but still gets fleas, have outside dogs and the fleas come in on us from outside. Will try to add some apple cider vinegar to her water and hope for the best. will try the garlic on cotton ball dab again and have some on hand in a bag. I hate chemicals.
Martha42

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April 19, 2010

How old does a kitten have to be before wearing a flea collar?

By angel from Akron, OH

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

Please, no. The poison in flea collars goes strait to the liver and the kidneys. Rid your house of fleas with dry borax in the carpets. A natural product. Please don't destroy your kitten. Keep it from harm.

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

Hello, Please DO NOT use a flea collar on your kitten. I have worked for a Veterinarian for over 20 years and they have all said the same thing. There are harmful toxins in the collar that will harm your kitten. Please use Advantage as it can be used on a kitten, it can be bought at your Vet's office. When you take your baby in for his first exam/vaccines talk to your Vet about this. Good luck

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Anonymous
April 20, 20100 found this helpful

Agreed, no flea collar and even on an adult cat (or dog for that matter)!

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful

Definitely no! I agree with the rest. Talk to your vet before using any flea product on a kitten of any age. Besides, most flea collars are also a safety hazard. They do not release like a break-away collar. Break-away collars are designed to break under pressure or weight, such as your cat's weight hanging from a branch. This prevents the collar from strangling or hanging your cat.

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August 7, 2017

I rescued my kitten at about 5 or 6 weeks old, he is now 10 or 11 weeks old, my question is can I put flea drops on him now, even though the drops say to do so at 12 weeks. I give him regular baths every week or 2, and by the time he is due for a bath he has a lot of fleas on him just in that amount of time. I also go through his fur almost daily and take off the fleas that I can see and kill them. I just don't like seeing him scratch, and the poor baby has little wounds crusted over from being bitten. Anyone have any advice? I am also aware of several of the home remedies such as apple cider vinegar, however I have had cats all through growing up and know sometimes flea drops are really what work best, so can I put the drops on him although he is only 10 or 11 weeks?

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April 24, 2017

My cat had her kittens 2weeks ago and they have fleas and need to be bathed with Dawn ASAP. This is her first litter and for whatever reason she has moved them twice now. I am guessing it's because she was "protecting them"? If I bathe her kittens is she going to freak out and harm them or neglect them because I touched them too much or too early? I must get rid their fleas ASAP! Please, any advice would be appreciated!

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By 0 found this helpful
April 28, 2017

How do I remove a flea from my kitty's eye? It's gotten deep into her pupil and I was hoping for some home remedy? I can not afford to go to the vet. So far it hasn't caused an infection; it is just watering a lot. She could use the help. Thank you in advance.

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July 19, 2010

My kittens are 2 days old and are infested with fleas. What can I do to get rid of the fleas?

By natalie

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October 2, 2014

I need home remedies to deflea infested kittens.

By danitaoster

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July 12, 20130 found this helpful

I love animals. I have a little kitten that hangs around my house. She's my neighbors kitten. My neighbor abandoned her. I can't let her in because I am allergic and have a dog.

The kitten almost died of fleas, but I got her medicine. She was doing well, but she has fleas again. It breaks my heart to watch her suffer. I visit her everyday and sometimes lay in my bed crying.

She was rid of the fleas and I was so thankful. Should I take her to a shelter? or would they just put her down? I can't watch her suffer any more.

By Amanda

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June 9, 20090 found this helpful

How can I get fleas off of a 4 week old kitten? I have already tried Dawn.

By Brooke from Helotes, TX

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Kittens With Fleas

Give the kitten a bath with Dawn dishwashing liquid. Start at the face and ears and work towards the back of the body. Leave the soap on a few minutes before rinsing. (05/15/2009)

By Joy

Kittens With Fleas

Wondercide works for me. www.wondercide.com (05/19/2009)

By Rachel Aguilar

Kittens With Fleas

A vet told me one time when I had the same problem to go get some kitten flea spray. Spray it on a washcloth and put the kitty in the washcloth and rub the little rascal. Watch out for the eyes! I run the washcloth around the neck and top of head so the fleas don't go on the face where you can't get them. Do all the kittens like that. Puppies can be done that way, too. (05/22/2009)

By carole

Kittens With Fleas

If the kittens have fleas, then they are in your house. Oil of American Cedar Leaf is what I've used for years with great success. It is a bit costly, and you put 2-3 drops on pieces of brown bag in every corner of EVERY room in your home. Within a week, all fleas were gone. You can get this at LoRann Oils at www.lorannoils.com/. I bought a bottle 3 years ago and still have a bit over half the bottle left. After fleas have gone, put a couple of drops on the brown paper every week for a 'flea free' home. Make sure it is cedar leaf and American. (05/22/2009)

By Joan

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August 1, 20080 found this helpful

I have 4 day old kittens with fleas. How can I treat them?

Dadof Four from Chattanooga, TN

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Kittens with Fleas

I am going to try the Dawn dish liquid idea. Guess it don't matter if it is concentrated or not. Maybe concentrated would be better, cause it works on grease. lol
Thanks (06/11/2006)

By April

Kittens with Fleas

Dawn dish soap has ammonia to help break down the grease, and fumes to go with it! Some animals get bad reactions to it. For my dog, I use Basic H by shaklee (one part to one part water) to make a shampoo, and it kills the fleas and conditions the skin. It also deters mosquitoes away. It is great for anything in your house, from OOPS to Windex/Pledge! You can check it out under Personal Care in my website: www.shaklee.net/healthy_home101

Note: One quart of this stuff lasts a real long time, with no caustic fumes for sensitive noses. It is all organic, so no worries of toxic waste products! Plus it is 100% money back guarantee. And look at the Basic G, it KILLS Feline Leukemia (easily spread between cats) and disinfects up to three days compared to bleach, without the nasty affects! (06/12/2006)

By Kelly

Kittens with Fleas

Wonderful suggestions. I found 2 kittens about 4 weeks of age full of fleas. Used the Dawn dish soap and haven't found any since. Thanks for the great ideas. (09/06/2006)

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Kittens with Fleas

Yeah- The dawn dish soap does work. Also- any brand of BABY shampoo works. It is inexpensive and doesn't hurt their eyes or skin. When they clean themselves or Mother cat is cleaning them it wont hurt to ingest. Unlike harmful chemicals where cats have been known to die. It really works. When the bath is done, use a fine toothed comb to remove dead fleas. Also, a shallow pan of sudsy water (using DAWN) with a small candle in the center will attract all stray fleas to the glowing beacon in a dark room. The next day, a bunch of dead fleas can be disposed of and forgotten about. Do as many times as needed. Cats do hate baths, so good luck! (09/26/2006)

By Abbe, Cincinnati

Kittens with Fleas

I heard that on a TV add that not only does dawn work on kittens and cats but it works on ducks too. I think I'm going to try it with my kitten. sounds like a good Idea. thank you everyone for the tips.

Erin (10/09/2006)

By Erin

Kittens with Fleas

Not sure if vinegar is good -- most cats detest the stuff. You could permanently annoy your pet doing this.

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)

Kittens with Fleas

IN REGARDS TO THE SALT ARE PEOPLE USING REGULAR TABLE SALT?

Editor's Note: Yes, normal table or plain salt. (11/10/2006)

By NEW KITTEN

Kittens with Fleas

I got a kitten on the 2nd of July, and a few days ago, I noticed some fleas. Just 10 mins ago, I bathed him, but the fleas are still there! I tried combing him, but his fur is too thick, and the fleas just burrow in his fur. HELp! (08/19/2007)

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Kittens with Fleas

Question - Will the salt in the carpet/bedding or the Borax in the carpet harm the kitten? Do you have to isolate them from the room while you use this treatment?

I used Dawn on my 2 month old kitten and it did not kill any fleas (I just read that I needed to leave on for 4 minutes). They did come up to the head/neck and I was able to pinch off and kill. (09/03/2007)

By Amy

Kittens with Fleas and Salt Treatment

I too just found 2 abandoned kittens around 4 weeks old. They have a lot of fleas. How exactly does one use the salt method (amount to use, leave it on for how long, wipe it off or comb it out?) Also, if the kittens are in the garage will the fleas migrate into the house easily? Can the fleas jump on human clothes, skin or hair and be transfered into the house. Please help!

(b)Editor's Note:(/b) Do not put the salt on the kitten but on the carpets. Fleas can jump quite a few feet and lay eggs very fast so multiply quickly. (09/17/2007)

By Bugphobia

Kittens with Fleas

I tried the dawn on my kittens today, so I'm gonna cross my fingers and pray it works. (11/17/2007)

By Anita

Kittens with Fleas

I will try the dawn soap. Just wondering if anyone has used tree tea oil? We used it to finally get rid of lice at our house. It was a miracle so thinking it might work on fleas too?! (11/24/2007)

By ksnow

Kittens with Fleas

I just tried the Dawn soap on my new kitten. I got her wet then put the soap on working it in. Left it on for about 5 minutes while I worked it though her fur from the neck down then rinsed her. 7 fleas dropped off in the water. Combed her with a flea comb and haven't found anymore yet. (01/20/2008)

By Hpeter

Kittens with Fleas

Several years ago, I had found a kitten with fleas. He was sick and anemic. The Vet had told me to use PALMOLIVE DISH DETERGENT. I did and it worked.
That along with feeding him chicken noodle soup help him get better. (01/20/2008)

By TINA RENE'E

Kittens with Fleas

My cat had her kitties yesterday, 5 total and I am noticing the babies have fleas. How long should I wait to try the dawn thing. I wouldn't want the babies to get sick from the cold but am also concerned that the fleas might be burrowing in their cavities. Please advise me! (04/24/2008)

By mokita

Kittens with Fleas

I haven't used dawn soap on my kitten yet but does it work and am I suppose to use a flea comb in the water while the soap is on her? (05/04/2008)

By gabby

Kittens with Fleas

I took in a stray about a year ago that had kittens and grew attached to the little runt who later died from the fleas that infested it even after I tried every trick. My own cat had 4 kittens not too long ago and when I noticed that they had a few fleas I decided that I wasn't going to put them through all that. I applied Advantage to the mother and with what got on my fingers (she has long, thick hair and I usually have to rub some in) I just rubbed it on the back of the necks of the kittens. It wasn't much at all but it worked and it worked fast. I know your not supposed to use it on babies but I had tried everything else, thankfully it worked and none of the babies were hurt from it. (05/06/2008)

By Christine

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Kittens with Fleas

I have just adopted a little guy who was rescued by a very nice Lady and now realize he is infested with Fleas. I was wondering if Dawn works better than Baby shampoo? Also is Dawn as safe as Baby shampoo? I just don't want to hurt the little fellow with treating him with something that is potentially harmful to him. (06/01/2008)

By Elaine

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Kittens with Fleas

Buy a flea comb. baths will only work if you leave the kitten in the soapy water up to their neck for a few minutes which is hard with little kittens. DO not put anything onto the kittens who are less than 8-12 weeks old and always consult with your vet. Fleas jump high so once you find one immediately put the comb in a bowl of soapy warer to drown it then flush it down the toilet when you are finished. Fleas multiply quickly and can be deadly to kittens dont ingore this problem they will infest your house. (06/30/2008)

By rachelle.

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Kittens with Fleas

I have an 6 week old kitten. notice he had fleas. Right away I put him in an plastic small storage bin (this is his bath tub). And filled it with warm water cool to touch. All the way up to the neck line. Brought local kitten flea shampoo. So I left the kitten in the water for about 5 minutes, and the dead fleas were floating in the water and fell to the bottm. But be careful I took the kitten out the water and wrapped him in his towel to dry. They were some survivers. When I unwrapped him they crawled into the towel. So I had to take a tweezers and pick them out and sink them into the water bath. Also sprayed the house (07/13/2008)

By Chinkie Eyes

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Kittens with Fleas

I just got a kitten today. He is 7 weeks old and was given to me completely infested with fleas! I brought him to a groomer to get rid of them and was still infested. They gave me a spray that I could use to help kill and comb them out with a flea comb, so I did that also. A friend also swore up and down that sprinkling baby powder on their fur and combing it through will kill off any survivors. Waiting a few days to put on the kitten flea collar. I haven't tried the dawn dish soap bath but if this all doesn't work, I will try it. Question: is it really ok to bring the kitten in the house? I don't want my place infested with fleas! :( (07/25/2008)

By Courtney

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July 19, 20100 found this helpful

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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September 4, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

I am looking for an easy non-aggressive way to get rid of fleas on two day old kittens. Please help.

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