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

Has Your Kitten Got Fleas?

Depending on the age of the kitten you have two courses of action.

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

First of all...

How To Get Rid Of Fleas On Very Young Kittens

Don't use conventional flea treatments on very young kittens. It is distressing to see very young kittens with fleas however the video below has some good points. 

Now, there are just 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 kitten’s neck area. This is because the neck area is where the fleas will immediately jump to when kittens and cats are being bathed.
  • Secondly, when the bathing is completed, don’t forget to rinse kitty with some lukewarm water. He may have rinsed the kitty although that was not obvious in the video.

Flea Comb For 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.
Once again, begin combing at the neck area. For more information about flea combs and how to use then, read here.

Remember that when you give a kitten a bath, the fleas will come back, the bath is not enough to repel fleas after bath time is over.

Get into the habit of checking your little kitty for fleas daily and use a flea comb, like this one, to keep the 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. There is more information here about Diatomaceous Earth.

Diatomaceous Earth

This is Diatomaceous Earth

Are Fleas On Kittens Harmful to Health?

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

Are Fleas On Kittens When They Are Born?

No 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 For Kittens 8 Weeks And Older

The age of the kitten and the weight of the kitten are the two most important points to note here.

Always check the label of the product you are going to use to make sure that your kitten is the age required to use the product and take note of any safety precautions.

In addition to age requirements many products also stipulate a weight requirement before using.
It is important to follow these manufacturers recommendations so 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.
We need to make sure our fur babies receive the best and safest treatment for them.

Flea Treatment for Kittens Reviews

Bayer Advantage 11 Flea Control Treatment


Advantage II Once-A-Month Cat & Kitten Topical Flea Treatment, 2-5 lbs.Advantage II Once-A-Month Cat & Kitten Topical Flea Treatment, 2-5 lbs.

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 if the product hasn’t been used before in case of an allergic reaction. It is just a precaution but one that is well worth taking with any product not used previously.

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

Vectra for cats and kittens


Vectra for Cats & Kittens Under 9 Lbs 3 DoseVectra for Cats & Kittens Under 9 Lbs 3 Dose

Kittens need to be 8 weeks old before using this product.

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 dose does prevent and control and stop fleas plus it prevents a reinfestation which is always an issue.
It comes with many positive recommendations and is cost effective.
There are three doses in this package – see top right corner of package.

SENTRY Fiproguard Plus Flea and Tick Topical for Cats, 1.5 lbs and Over, 6 Month SupplySENTRY Fiproguard Plus Flea and Tick Topical for Cats, 1.5 lbs and Over, 6 Month Supply

This product is for cats over 8 weeks old and weighing more than 1.5 lbs.

It has the same active ingredients as Frontline Plus.

It kills fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae and ticks and chewing lice for up to 30 days.
It is waterproof.

It comes with a 3 pack application or a six month application. It has an easy to apply tube, which 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.

Keep kitty still for a few seconds after applying for the product to absorb.

This short video shows exactly how to apply the product.

This same method is suitable for any drops/ topical products.

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Cats and Kittens


Frontline Plus for Cats and Kittens (1.5 pounds and over) Flea and Tick Treatment, 6 DosesFrontline Plus for Cats and Kittens (1.5 pounds and over) Flea and Tick Treatment, 6 Doses

This is a six month supply with a once a month dose however it can keep working for up to 6 weeks. Mark the date you apply the product on a calendar so that you know when it is time to reapply.

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

It has a snap applicator top making it simple to apply the product by squeezing onto the skin between the shoulder blades.

It is waterproof.

All of these products have a reliable track record. Often our choices depend on a recommendation or from having used a product before. If this is the first time you have used a flea product for kittens, Advantage is hard to beat and is a good choice, it will begin working within 12 hours. It is also a well known brand. If the infestation is specially bad, consider giving the kitten a bath first as described and shown 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