Taking Care of a Stray Kitten

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I found a kitten outside last night. I felt really bad for it, it's been outside a long time and I fed it. I was going to give it to the animal shelter. They only keep it for a short time and if it gets sick, they put it down. I just got a dog and I don't want my dog getting fleas, etc.


I gave the kitten a bath and did find fleas. I got rid of them. I have the kitten outside in my pool area. If I buy him a flea collar will that help. I really don't want him in my house. I am very scared if he did have any more fleas that my house will be infested. Any suggestions? Should I have given him to the shelter or am I doing the right thing?

Kim from Florida

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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

I live in Florida and I have 4 dogs and 1 cat. I use Frontline Plus once a month to keep fleas away. There are other brands as well. Cats are helpful in FL. They keep rodents and other undesireables away. And they are just plain lovable like dogs.

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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

Most of those flea collars have an ingredient in them called pyrethrine as does flea dip and it's harmful to cats and dogs. Frontline is what I use for my pet and the ingredients are safe and the product works great.


As a consumer of pet products, it's important to do some research on ingredients before buying. Use of the internet will give you any harmful effects on any number of ingredients used in products. Your pets will thank you for it with years of better health.

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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

As a veterinarian's wife, I've used and sold many products and I can totally agree with thise comments about flea collars! They smell and they don't work. We couldn't keep Frontline or Advantage in stock becasue they work so well. Be SURE not to use a product designed for dogs on a cat. I've seen too many dead kittens from that. You can find good powders that kill fleas but they smell also. Get a GOOD product like Advantage or Frontline...not a generic that doesn't do the trick.


As far as keeping him is concerned I'd say you did right. There is so much horror in the world today and if you can relieve just that tiny bit of suffering you my opinion.

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December 3, 20070 found this helpful

I found a stray kitten and and i brought it inside gave it a name cared for it to and i still have it. (i found it 2 yrs. ago.)

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December 3, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with the Frontline or Advantage advice. They are the best products and take care of the fleas quickly.

I've placed probably 50 stray kitties (and a few dogs) in homes through the years. Some I keep, others I find homes for myself. If it's one I can't keep at the moment, I put an add in the paper about it being found first. Then, I'll put in an add for a free kitty, but will state that I require references, and I DO check them. Just because the animal is free doesn't mean it needs to go back to the situation it just was rescued from.


Are you planning on the kitty staying around and being an outside kitty, or are you considering bringing him into the house as a pet once the flea situation is taken care of? Most cities have ordinances about free-roaming animals, so having an outside kitty may be in violation, and if picked up you would be subject to fines to get him back. If you don't claim him, then he is destroyed or given to the shelter anyway. Also, if it's declawed already, in most places putting a declawed cat outside is illegal.

He needs to have a good vet check, get de-wormed, checked for distemper, feline leukemia, etc. All hazards to free-roaming kitties.

Good luck, and bless you for caring for this poor little orphan!

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December 4, 20070 found this helpful

once you have bathed the kitten and the fleas are dead they are dead. the eggs should also be dead. take it to an spca they are a no kill shelter as long aas the animal is healthy

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December 5, 20070 found this helpful

My 11 year old British Blue was born in an alley; she was brought in and adopted because she was the runt, and she was waiting until everything, including the neighborhood opossums, ate then eating the leftovers, if there was anything left. I feared she would starve, so in she came. I gave her a flea bath, then when she went to the vet for her checkup he also gave us some spray for her, as she still had some fleas. She was so young, the directions stated I had to saturate one side of a towel and wrap her in it for the prescribed amount of time.


As the fleas tried to escape by running onto her face, I wiped at them with the treated corner of the towel to kill them. Not a single flea since then, on her or her 14 year old brother. I tried frontline on my cats several years ago when I had moved elsewhere, and it irritated them so bad they weren't even mad when I bathed it off of them. Since they are strictly indoor cats, I do not have flea problems. Bless you for keeping the kitten and feeding it, they are wonderful pets and I feel you will grow to love the kitten as much as your dog soon!

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October 19, 20080 found this helpful

I also use Frontline for my dog, but it also comes in cat form, too.

I don't know if it is too late or not, but if I were in the same situation, I would NOT take it to the shelter. They are already overcrowded which means that the chance of them putting him down. Just because he has fleas doesn't mean he wouldn't be a good cat after you get rid of the fleas :)

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