Get Rid of Fleas on Kittens in 5 Easy Steps
When you find one flea on your kitten you can be very sure that there are many more. You need to get rid of the fleas immediately. Your kittens life could be in danger if the fleas are ignored and left untreated. You can remove the fleas in 5 easy steps.
A flea eats 15 x’s its weight in blood, this means that each flea that is on your kitten is taking this much blood from your kittens central blood circulatory system, every time they bite your kitten.
You should be checking your kitten weekly for fleas. Especially if he/she are outdoor pets. A kitten typically won’t show signs of fleas, like itching and biting. If your kitten is itching and biting, and you see fleas on them, they are most likely allergic to the flea saliva that is shared when the flea bites their host, your kitten.
Fleas on your kitten can cause severe and deadly health issues for them. A kitten will become severely lethargic and dehydrated in a very short period of time. If the kitten is infested with fleas, it can take only days for your kitten to die.
Signs That Your Kitten is Becoming Lethargic and/or Dehydrated
- No Energy
- Loss of Interest in Food & Water
- Shortness of Breath
- Rapid Heart Beat
- Very Low Energy Level
- Sleeping More Than Usual
When your kitten becomes lethargic they will lose interest in eating and drinking, along with losing interest in any play. The only thing they will be interested in is resting and sleeping.
If your kitten is not drinking or eating, signs of being lethargic, they can become dehydrated very quickly, literally in a matter of 24-48 hours. When fleas are biting your kitten, they are draining their blood supply. If your kitten isn’t drinking and is infested with fleas, this will kill them.
Follow The Steps Below to Get Rid of Fleas on Kittens:
If your kitten is 8 weeks old or younger, follow the steps below. If your kitten is over 8 weeks old you can follow the steps to get rid of fleas on cats.
1. Fill a sink with warm water, be sure it’s not to hot, you don’t want to burn your kitten. Place your kitten butt first into the water, slowly so they don’t panic. Use a flea shampoo that is safe for kittens. Starting from right behind the ears rub the shampoo into a lather.
Continue down the spine of the kitten, rubbing the flea shampoo completely to the skin. You’re going to completely lather your kitten from the neck to the tail. Be sure to get your kittens belly and feet as well.
Don’t panic if the water turns red. The flea “dirt” or droppings are actually blood, so when the water is mixed with it, the droppings turn red.
Gently hold the kitten in the water with only their head sticking out. This will drown the fleas. They don’t like the water any more than your kitten. Continue holding your kitten like this, rubbing their coat gently with your hands for about 10 minutes.
You will see fleas starting to come up to their face trying to get out of the water, with a wet hand stroke the kittens face, forcing the fleas back into the water.
2. Take your kitten out of the water and rub their bodies gently with a towel. You want to get them as dry as you can so they don’t catch a chill.
3. When your kittens coat is dry, you’ll need to apply a flea powder for kittens to their fur. Follow the directions on the container for kittens 8 weeks or younger.
4. Next you’ll need a flea collar that’s safe for kittens 8 weeks and younger. Be sure to read the label carefully making sure that it says for kittens under 8 weeks of age.
If your kitten is under 8 weeks of age you can use wondercide on him/her. This is an all natural product and is safe for both your feline and canine friends of all ages. This is also a wonderful alternative to harsh chemicals if the mom is still nursing her kittens. You can learn more about Wondercide on the kill fleas naturally page, click here.
5. It would be a very good idea to continue checking your kitten every day for any more signs of fleas. When your kitten is 8 weeks old you will be able to safely treat him/her with a monthly flea treatment.
You have successfully treated your kitten for fleas. To fully get rid of your flea problem, I would recommend treating your entire home so that you don’t go through this again.
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