|Originally posted by supercat
My daughter got a kitten 2 weeks ago from an adoption place and it died last night. It started with flea infestation and ended with kidney failure. We got another mama cat & 5 kittens today from the same women (we wanted to help save them)I think the mother has fleas, how do I get rid of fleas on a nursing mommy and her 2 week old kittens? Also I have a 4 yr old cat of my own that I'm keeping seperate, they have never been in the same room as one another. What if the new cat has FIV or something else, I don't even know what that is. Is my currant cat in any danger of catching anything? Please help I cant see anymore animals die in my arms again. Including my Luna that I have had for 4 yrs.
Where did you get the kittens? You said it was an "adoption place" but please be a bit more specific.
Assuming you got them from your local SPCA or from a cat sanctuary program, then I think they would have tested the cats for FIV and all the other serious cat diseases, but this does not completely rule out that the cats aren't infected (you'd have to get a test now, then wait a few weeks and get another test to be sure). But I would think a shelter would also have treated for fleas. I also highly doubt a shelter would give up a kitten that was still nursing! So you really need to keep your cat away from these new cats and get the cats to a vet pronto!
Severe flea infestation can be fatal for a young kitten, so you really need to treat the cats for that! Now you can't put a flea product on the kittens, and I am not so sure it would be good advice to put a product on the mother since the kittens are nursing. You may be able to get a spray, and treat the bedding. But move the momma and kittens before you do this and then wait a bit before you move them back. Also treat the carpet around the bedding. Someone else at the forum may be better suited to help you with the flea issue.
FIV is basically cat AIDS. It's usually spread through bites (it does not affect humans). But FIV isn't the only disease you should be worried about. Check the "Health" section of The Cat Site for more info:http://www.thecatsite.com/health/index.html