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How do I treat my kitten?

Asked by Facade (22902points) July 9th, 2010

He has a flea (just one). At least I think it’s a flea. When we got him, we were told that they gave him one of the popular flea treatments, but it “didn’t work,” so they gave him a second and “that seemed to be working.” So that’s two flea treatments within a few weeks. I doubt he can have another right now, but what else can we do? Would a holistic treatment be ok?

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gemiwing's avatar

How old is the kitten? Was the flea treatment a pill or topical and was it prescription?

john65pennington's avatar

First, i would have never given a kitten a flea treatment, unless it was okayed by a vet. most of those preperations are not intended for young animals. how about a bath? have you tried a warm bath?

BoBo1946's avatar

like you like to be treated!

syz's avatar

If possible, find out what kind of treatment they gave the kitten. Then contact your vet, let them know what the kitten was treated with, and how old it is. They’ll be able to give you guidance on what is safe for the baby.

In the meantime, without further information, I’d advise a flea comb and some bonding (i.e. grooming) time.

Facade's avatar

@gemiwing He’s 10 weeks, and I’d have to look at his papers to know. Probably topical.
@john65pennington Nope, not yet, but we will soon.

gemiwing's avatar

Ten weeks is too young for most OTC anti-flea treatments that use chemicals. You vet has a foam that will work if it’s needed. Another thing to consider is how these treatments work. Unlike a flea dip which kills the insects immediately; topical treatments are meant to interrupt the flea’s life cycle. It can take up to two weeks to really break that cycle- especially if the animal was severely infested before.

What I would recommend is to give him a bath and then flea comb him. Make sure you comb under his chin really thoroughly. An added benefit will be getting him used to being brushed and touched all over at an early age- which will come in handy for the rest of his life.

Cedar is a natural insect repellent- but he’s still too young for me to recommend using it for him in a collar. You can sprinkle some garlic powder on his food and see if he will eat it. Garlic works well to mildly help repel mosquitoes and fleas.

BoBo1946's avatar

after all, all any animal wants is to be loved, taken care of, good food, etc.! Would love to be my dog! 3 good meals a day, no worries, loved, good place to sleep, and a “good cup of coffee every morning!” geezzzz…what else is there!

Facade's avatar

@gemiwing Excellent! He doesn’t mind being touched. I always touch his paws and face. We’ll probably try the bath thing tonight. I’ve also read that a rosemary oil solution works.

tinyfaery's avatar

Try a bath and consult a vet. Tip: clip those nails before you try and check out a website that gives you tips on how to bathe your cat in a way that will cause you and him the least amount of trauma. And make sure not to get water in his ears.

Facade's avatar

@tinyfaery Good idea!
@gemiwing He seems to like his new garlicy food =)

jazmina88's avatar

giving a cat a bath…always hard for me…..I get cat fur stuck in my tongue.
have fun with your baby!!!!

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