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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Kittens

How to Remove Fleas From Kittens

Finding out that your kitties have fleas is heartbreaking, especially when you see their cute tiny body being sucked away by those pesky annoying fleas. Thankfully there is a solution for this. Here I will teach you how to get rid of fleas on kittens using the safest methods and remedies against fleas.

First, you must understand that dealing with kitties is a very delicate process due to their small bodies. A severe flea infestation could be deadly for kittens because they don't have much blood to spare. If fleas are feasting on your poor kitty, it could turn into anemia.

Before you begin, check your kitten's gums. If your kitten's gums are pink, that means the kitten still healthy. Now, if your kitten's gums show some discoloration, drop anything you're doing and take them to your veterinarian right away. In not doing so, it could be deadly.

Things to Avoid

  • There are a few things that need to be avoided when treating your kittens for fleas. Due to their nature, they have a feeble processing ability for certain substances that other animals can efficiently process. We have to be very careful, especially with kittens since they haven't fully developed.
  • One of these substances is essential oils. Cats are not able to metabolize and eliminate certain toxins that are found in essential oils. Cats are also susceptible to phenols and phenolic compounds. These compounds are also found in essential oils. The more concentrated they are, the more harmful it can be for cats, not to mention kitties, so make sure not to use any essential oil on your kitties or cats.
  • Before applying any treatment on your kitty, make sure it does not contain any Permethrin. Permethrin is an insecticide component used in several ways to control insects, including fleas. Like the essential oils, Permethrin is very toxic to cats, and you should not use products containing this type of component on cats or kittens.
  • If you decide to use any medication on your kitties, do not use any medication design for dogs or adult cats, it could be deadly. Only use products design for kittens.
  • Do not use Flea shampoo if the kitten is 8 weeks or younger.
  • Do not only treat your kitties for fleas but also treat your home and other pets because if you don't, once you have treated your kitties, the fleas are going to come back and jump into your kitties. You will have to go through the same bathing process once again, which is not recommended daily on kittens due to them being so small and fragile.

Removing Fleas on Kittens Under 12 Weeks Old

There are only two safe ways to help eliminate the fleas on your kittens, and these are combing and showering your kitten. To get started first, you will need a sponge, 2 towels, one to dry them up and the other to keep them warm, and then you will also need some safe shampoo to use. I have found a couple of shampoos that are safe to use on your kitten, which are Arm & Hammer, Burt's Bees, Espree, and Dawn. Lastly, have clean and warm bedding with a heating pad like a kitten nursery for them once you have finished their shower.

When you are ready to begin, start by getting your hand wet and rubbing some shampoo into the kitten's neck, creating a ring around the kitty's neck. This will serve as a barrier for the fleas that will start running towards the kittie's head as you wash the kitten's body.

After applying the soap around the kitten's neck, begin to wash the kitten's body. Then rub the shampoo well around its tail, legs, paws, and body because this will help the fleas drown as you do so. Rinse the shampoo off very well to make sure there is no residue left on the kitten.

Once you finish rinsing the kitten's body, grab a towel and dry them off, then use the sponge to wash the kitten's head. You will do this by first getting the sponge wet and getting the kitten's head wet, then apply some soap into the sponge and work it very nicely around the head and ears. Make sure to avoid the soap getting on their eyes, nose, mouth, and inside the ears.

When you are ready to remove the soap, do not dip the kitten into the water. Use the same sponge, only make sure the soap is entirely off, and slowly start working the soap off the kitten's head.

I have found an excellent video detailing how to get rid of fleas on kittens that I recommend you watch.

After the shower, you need to keep combing your kitten to ensure no fleas are left. Usually, a shower helps kill 95% of the fleas in the cat's body, so combing your kitten will help eliminate any flea left in your kitten.

Once you finish combing them, dry the kitten with a towel as much as possible, then make sure to keep them nice and warm. If you can, use a heating pad and place them in clean bedding that will help them stay warm and cozy.

A Couple of Extra Tips

  • Newborn kitties should only be flea treated using a flea comb or by hand.
  • Try to wait at least 4 weeks to shower them unless the flea infestation is severe and needed.
  • Do not use any natural remedies you find on the web or any essential oil treatments. They could be fatal for kitties at such a young age.
  • Consult with your vet before trying any medication with your kittens. There is a treatment called Capstar, which is an oral tablet that can be used with kittens older than 4 weeks, but there is a minimum weight of 2 pounds as a requirement. Again, consult with your vet if Capstar should be used with your pet.

In Conclusion 

Dealing with fleas on kittens is very tricky due to not being able to use many products that are meant to kill fleas. But with the guide above, you have learned about how to get rid of fleas on kittens in a very safe manner.

Before you start treating your kitties, it is recommended that you treat your home first. You can learn more about it here at how to remove fleas from your house. Also, if you have adult cats, You should follow this process at how to remove fleas from cats. Where you can find the fastest way to remove fleas from your cat and keep them off.

Then I also encourage you to learn about the flea life cycle. With this information, you will understand how to stop another flea infestation from happening again.

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I hope this guide has helped you to remove fleas from your kittens. Don’t forget to let us know how you solved your flea problem in the comments section below.

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