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This Is All You Need To Know About The Best Flea Treatment For Kittens


Has Your Kitten Got Fleas?

First of all, the flea treatment will depend on the age of the kitten. ​

  1. If the kitten is less than 6-8 weeks old do not use conventional flea treatments. ​ There are other things you can do.  See the video below.
  2. If ​the kitten is over 8 weeks old there are a number of flea control options which are described in more detail below.

How To Get Rid Of Fleas On Very Young Kittens

​Don't use conventional flea treatments on very young kittens (less than 8 weeks). ​ ​The video below has​ useful information showing how to get rid of fleas on very young kittens​.

​There are​ a couple of points to note from the video.

  • Firstly, it is a very good video however, it would have been advisable to begin by bathing around the neck area of the kitten. This is because ​fleas immediately jump to the neck area when kittens and cats are being bathed.
  • Secondly, when the bathing is complete​, don't forget to rinse kitty with some lukewarm water. He may have rinsed the kitty although that was not obvious in the video.

Use A Flea Comb On Kittens

​Using a flea comb after the bath, when kitty has been towel dried is THE best way to remove any fleas that may still be around.

​Begin combing at the neck area. ​Read this article for details ​showing exactly how to use a flea comb for maximum effectiveness. ​

Remember that even after giving a kitten a flea bath, the fleas will come back​. The flea bath is a very effective solution to immediately take control of the situation but not enough to continue to repel fleas after bath time is over. Most flea shampoos are for use in kittens/cats over 12 weeks old.

Get into the habit of checking your ​very young kitty for fleas daily and use a flea comb to keep fleas at bay. You don’t need to purchase a specific comb for kittens, a comb for an older cat will work just as well.

Another natural way to kill fleas on kittens, in addition to bathing and using a flea comb, is to use Diatomaceous Earth and this is safe for kittens. 

Diatomaceous Earth

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Are Fleas On Kittens Harmful to Health?

A flea infestation on kittens can have adverse health effects such as anemia. While this is not often a problem in adult cats it is seen frequently in kittens.


Are Fleas On Kittens When They Are Born?

​Kittens are not born with fleas however if the mother cat has fleas or the bedding has fleas, it won’t be long before your kitten also has fleas.

fleas on kittens

Flea Treatment Reviews - Kittens - 8 Weeks & Older

​The age of the kitten and the weight of the kitten are two important points to note here. ​Check the label of the product you are going to use to make sure your kitten is the age required to use the product safely ​and take note of any safety precautions.

In addition to age requirements a weight requirement is often stipulated for safety using the product.We have included that information wherever possible.
 
It is important to follow ​manufacturers recommendations. ​Weigh your kitten before looking at products. This will make it easier for you to either include products for consideration or eliminate if the weight requirements are not met.
 

Bayer Advantage 11 Flea Control Treatment

Advantage II - Once A Month Kitten Topical Flea Treatment begins killing fleas, flea eggs and flea larvae within 12 hours of application.

It controls existing flea infestations and prevents further infestations and remains effective following a shampoo treatment, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight.

It's a once a month flea treatment and prevention and is safe for cats and kittens 8 weeks of age and older.  Always read the whole label before deciding which product is best for your kitten and how to apply the product safely.

The product is liquid and is applied to the back of the neck once a month. It is simply a matter of parting the fur and squeezing the product onto the skin.  It is always wise to watch carefully for 24 hours ​in case of an allergic reaction. It is just a precaution but one that is well worth taking with any product.

This product does cater for different weights - under 5 lbs, 5 - 9 lbs and over 9lbs. Just make sure you have the correct product for the weight of your cat.

The specific kitten formula is for use with kittens 8 weeks of age or older and not exceeding 5 pounds.

Vectra for cats and kittens

Kittens need to be aged 8 weeks before using this product and weigh under 9lbs.

One advantage of this product is that it is fast acting and begins working to kill fleas in 6 hours. It is not greasy. It dries quickly and has an applicator to make the treatment process easy and non messy.

Each monthly dose prevents and controls and stops fleas plus it prevents a re infestation which is always an issue. ​There are three doses in this package. See the top right corner of package for the number of doses.

This product is for kittens over 8 weeks old and weighing more than 1.5 lbs. It has the same active ingredients (fipronil and (s)-methoprene,) as Frontline Plus.

It kills fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae and ticks and chewing lice for up to 30 days.
​Being waterproof is a bonus, no need to reapply if your kitten gets wet.

​​It is easy to apply. The tube​ is snipped at the narrow end and then the product squeezed and applied between the shoulder blades. Hold the kitten with one hand and apply using the other hand. Part the fur with your hand so that the product is applied to the skin as much is possible.

​Try to keep your kitten still for a few seconds after applying to allow the product be absorbed.

This short video shows exactly how to apply the product​ and this same method is suitable for any drops/topical product application.

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Cats and Kittens

​This is a once a month dose. ​ Mark the date you ​use the product on a calendar so that you know when it is time to reapply. The months do roll around quickly and it is easy to forget. ​

The product has no expiration date provided it is kept in its original packaging and at room temperature.

It is very easy to apply. The applicator has a snap line which is clearly indicated on the product so no snipping is required. Part your cat's fur ​at the base of the neck, above the shoulder blades and then squeeze the product from the applicator onto the skin.  It literally takes seconds. Repeat this proc​edure after 30 days.​  This product is waterproof which is handy.


​Recommendations

Advantage II Flea ​Prevention Treatment is our recommend​ed flea treatment for kittens, to prevent, ​control​ and kill adult fleas and the immature stages of fleas. ​Crucially it begins working within 12 hours. ​It caters for different weights​ and only needs a monthly application. ​​

If the infestation is specially bad, consider giving the kitten a bath first as described and shown in the video at the top of the article.

Read the labels and check for any weight or age restrictions, two things that are important when dealing with fleas on kittens.


flea treatments suitable for kittens

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