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How can I treat my 8 week old kittens for fleas?

How can I treat my 8 week old kittens for fleas?

For very young kittens—under 8 weeks—the safest option is using a flea comb on them once or twice a day. This will allow you to physically remove the adult fleas without exposing your young kitten to potentially toxic ingredients in products.

How do I get rid of fleas on my cat and kitten?

First, treat your cat with a product designed to kill fleas. Bathe your cat or kitten with a specially formulated flea shampoo to kill fleas on contact. Flea sprays can be a good option for water-averse cats. Repeat treatment as needed and recommended on the label.

Can I bathe my kitten with Dawn?

A gentle bath with dish soap will help to kill the live fleas and wash away the larva and flea dirt. Exercise caution when bathing the kitten, as baths can be traumatic to a kitten if done incorrectly. Use comfortably warm water and a fragrance free dish liquid or a natural baby shampoo.

How to safely remove fleas from Newborn kittens?

Flea comb method. 1 Fill a bowl with Dawn and warm water. 2 Carefully remove fleas from the kitten’s coat and drop them into the bowl of water to drown the flea.

How can you tell if a kitten has fleas?

Pale gums, weakness, lethargy and rapid heartbeat are common signs of anemia in kittens or adults with a heavy flea burden. Run your fingers or a flea comb through the cat’s fur; you may spot small, fast-moving dark fleas.

Can a flea infestation cause anemia in a kitten?

A flea infestation can cause anemia in kittens. Check that the gums are pink since this condition can be deadly, and bring your kitten to the veterinarian if you notice a discoloration. Fleas can also cause excessive scratching and skin irritation.

How old do kittens have to be to not have fleas?

For the past couple of days, I’ve been taking care of a 3-week old kitten. Ninety percent of the time I end up finding fleas on kittens and it can be impossible to find a one-time product that is safe for those kittens under 6 weeks of age.

What are signs that your cat has fleas?

The physical signs that indicate flea infestations in cats include persistent scratching, biting at their sides or excessive grooming, and licking their hair coats constantly. There might even be hair loss or black grit, which is flea dirt, in their coats.

What to do if your cat has fleas?

One of the best ways to get rid of fleas on cats is a good bath, which will help to drown fleas and remove them from your cat’s fur and skin. Try a shampoo with a low concentration of natural oils known to repel fleas, such as cedar, lavender, eucalyptus, or citrus.

What is the best treatment for cat with fleas?

One of the best flea medicines for cats is the pill nitenpyram (Capstar). It is effective within the first hour, killing all the fleas on your cat’s body. While killing all of the fleas currently on your cat, this does not prevent fleas reappearing in the near future.

What do parasites live on cats?

Cats are victims of several internal parasites including roundworms, coccidia, giardia and hookworms that can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and anemia. The most common are roundworms (ascarids) that infest nearly every kitten at some time in his life.