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