Treat Kittens Fleas: Safely
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Treat Kittens Fleas: Safely

If you have a kitten that is under 12 weeks of age with fleas, do not treat them the same as you would a kitten over 12 weeks of age. There are some products out there that say, it's safe to treat kittens fleas, if they are over 4 weeks of age or over 5 pounds. You could use there products but it's a risky thing to do, kittens shouldn't be treated with high dose chemical products at such a young age.

There are some very safe steps you can take to treat your kittens fleas safely without chemicals.

A bath for your kitten is a very good start to the flea removal process for your kitten. You can use a regular kitten shampoo or Dawn dish soap for your kittens bath. Follow the steps below to safely treat your kittens fleas.

Step 1: Fill a sink with enough warm water so your kitten can be submerged with only their head sticking out. Place your kitten in the water butt first, slowly, you don't want to scare your kitten. Their natural reaction will be to stay out of the water, but you can make it a good experience for them so that they learn to like the bathes.

Step 2: Put the shampoo or Dawn dish soap in a thick line starting right behind your kittens ears, straight down to the tail. Rub into a very thick lather all over their body, legs, belly and chest. Be careful not to get any in their eyes. Keep rubbing the shampoo right down to your kittens skin, gently, for about 5 minutes. You are smothering the fleas and getting rid of any flea eggs and flea dirt from their skin.

Step 3: Rinse your kittens coat completely, you don't want any shampoo left on your kittens skin because this could cause more irritation to their sensitive skin. After the shampoo is completely rinsed you want to keep your kitten in the water for at least another 5 minutes, ideally 10 minutes. You are drowning the fleas that are on your kitten.

Step 4: Remove your kitten from the water, covering them with a towel and getting them as dry as possible, you don't want your kitten to catch a chill when they are so little.

Step 5: Get a bowl full of fresh water and add a few drops of dish soap to it. You are going to use a flea comb to get any remaining fleas off of your kitten. Starting at the neck, right behind your kittens ears, make full combing strokes all the way to your kittens tail. Rinse the flea comb in the bowl of water before doing another comb stroke. Continue doing this until your kittens entire body has been thoroughly combed and you aren't seeing any more fleas or flea dirt.

You have successfully treated you kittens fleas safely and without chemicals. To make sure that your kittens environment stays flea free you should treat the inside of your home for fleas and the outside of your home if your kitten goes outside.


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