You want to play and cuddle with your kitten, but suddenly you notice something weird, what is jumping on your kitten’s fur? It’s a flea. So how do get rid of fleas on kittens?
Kittens and cats can get fleas very easily being outdoors from some other cats and bring them home or also from their mum cat. Fleas lay more eggs and feed on kittens’ blood like little vampires. They are very small so sometimes it takes time to notice them. Also, finding fleas in your kitten’s fur takes some inspection and time.
But please do not worry because it is possible to treat it at home by using natural remedies or special products that are made for kittens. Many chemical-based products for fleas do not fit your kitten.
So do not worry! This is why we put together reliable recommendations from our research and it is quite straightforward.
How to say that your kitten has fleas?
✔︎ Kitten starts to shake head more than usual and itching all over the body
✔︎ Fleas jumping on your kitten’s fur
✔︎ Loss of fur
✔︎ Red and irritated skin from bites
✔︎Anemia caused by blood loss
✔︎ Loss of energy – and as we know kittens are quite active
So what do you need to do for treatment?
What treatment products and things you do to treat fleas very depend on your kitten’s age and weight. As we mentioned before for small kittens until age 12 weeks is better to wait for any preventive medical products and go for natural remedies.
Use a flea comb
This is the safest option for kittens until age 8 weeks. Try to take off as many fleas as possible with a flea dipped in soapy water by brushing with movements from head to tail. Never use rubbing alcohol on your pet’s skin because it can be very dangerous for your pet as it absorbs into the skin.
You can pour warm soapy water into the sink and put your kitten there for five minutes which should be enough time to kill fleas. There are special shampoos for fleas and ticks, but they can be very irritating for sensitive kittens’ skin because of open bruises plus vets suggest not to use them until age 12 weeks. I would suggest consulting here with your vet not to worsen this situation. Try to use a very gentle non-medicated soap. Dry your kitten with a towel and brush through the fur with a flea comb.
You can start to use special creams only when your kitten is 1.5 – 2 pounds and age 8 – 10 weeks. Always make sure you read the instructions on a package. This treatment is very effective not only because it kills already existing fleas, but also prevents new ones. If you have a cat mother at home make sure that you use topical treatment on her as well because she can reinfect a kitten again. Topical products usually are prescribed by a veterinarian.
Capstar Flea Control Tablets are safe for kittens with weights more than 2 pounds and you can get them in pharmacies.
Try to check for good quality natural collars specially made for kittens, not cats. This product can cause irritation, so I would suggest consulting with your vet before buying any because it should be of very good quality.
Clean your house
Homemade flea killer for your house is a better choice than chemicals to get rid of fleas on the kitten, so you can make some powder by mixing 1 cup of borax and diatomaceous, then crush together dry rosemary, eucalyptus, fennel, and wormwood. All this mixture you can use on your carpets and all over the house.
After you comb out fleas from your kitten’s fur, use a vacuum cleaner and vacuum your house properly to collect all dead fleas. Make sure that you clean your vacuum to be sure fleas are not dropping back on the surface. Also, it is very important to wash your kittens’ bedding the same as yours.
You can also use a special spray that can last for 6 months, but never spray it close to your kitten’s food and it should not contain permethrin because this can cause a serious allergic reaction and be very unhealthy to your fluffy friend. Flea eggs have a 7-day cycle and this is why you need to do cleaning every 6 days for at least 1 month.
Remember one thing if you have a home cat and dog never use the same flea products on both because dogs are different species and it will do more harm than good. Always read labels at the counter to make sure there is no toxic ingredient as permethrin because it is suitable for dogs, not kittens.
There are many kitten owners who shave their cats, but this will not help and your cat can even feel uncomfortable and skin can be damaged during shaving. We would always suggest for any health-related issues seek veterinarian advice.
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