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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by DaniMarie View Post
So is revolution safe to use on four week old kittens?
No. Revolution is not to be used on kittens under 8 weeks of age.
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by Mermaid View Post
No. Revolution is not to be used on kittens under 8 weeks of age.
Actually I checked the revolution website, as well as called the vet and he said six weeks is the absolute youngest.
post #33 of 44
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Originally Posted by DaniMarie View Post
Actually I checked the revolution website, as well as called the vet and he said six weeks is the absolute youngest.
Blossom was 10 weeks old when I put her on Revolution for puppies & kittens. It says for up to 2.5kg (5.6lbs) but doesn't say when to start. I've been treating my dogs with Advantage for years & fortunately when we got Blossom she didn't have fleas.
post #34 of 44
I would not use anything on the babies or the mum at this time. Make sure bedding is kept clean and hoover the bed out every day. Use a nit comb through the babies and mum. When you catch a flea stick it into a waiting bowl of boiling water. I would do this twice a day to start with and then once a day whenyou have it under control. Remember to do mum and other animals as well.
The fleas will have laid eggs andyou will have o keep an eye on the situation till the cycle is complete. Flea eggs can live in home furnishings for up to 7 years so when possible remove the cat and kittens to another room and spray with a houshold flea killer ( can get from the vet) or steam clean everything to kill the eggs.

Good luck

Anna
post #35 of 44
i would not use the frontline on the kittens or on the mother because she is nursing and the kittens are just to young, i would first try to borrow some money from someone and get your self or go to a groomer with the mother cat and get her a flea shampoo not a flea dip there is a big differecne shampoo is like when you wash your hair you wash it out flea dip is absorbed through the blood stream and would not be good for her because she is nursing i would try to take care of the area the kittens are kept to pervent futher investation as for the kittens i would try just a flea comb an maybe some very diluted flea shampoo very very diluted. Your question about what fleas can do to the kittens if they are bad enough they can die from them so it is important that you do everything you possiably can i wish you the best of luck
post #36 of 44
Please don't have a bowl of boiling water around the kittens, they could accidentally get scalded.

Take some water with a mild dishwashing liquid (we use Dawn here in North America), comb for fleas and dip the comb in the solution, wipe the comb on a paper towel, comb again, etc. The soapy water will drown the fleas. Using any chemicals on kittens this young would be dangerous IMO.

The only safe way to treat them is with a vet's recommendation and assistance. In the meantime use the soapy water and get as many as you can, wash the bedding in hot water every day.

If you can get some diatomaceous earth it is very safe to sprinkle in the carpets and furniture - just ensure you sweep it in so it settles. Be careful not to inhale the dust, it can cause aggravation in your lungs. I'd make sure mom and the kittens are not in the room when you treat with DE as well. But, make sure you get the HUMAN or FOOD grade DE - NOT the industrial grade.
post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by rockyzeus View Post
i would not use the frontline on the kittens or on the mother because she is nursing and the kittens are just to young, i would first try to borrow some money from someone and get your self or go to a groomer with the mother cat and get her a flea shampoo not a flea dip there is a big differecne shampoo is like when you wash your hair you wash it out flea dip is absorbed through the blood stream and would not be good for her because she is nursing i would try to take care of the area the kittens are kept to pervent futher investation as for the kittens i would try just a flea comb an maybe some very diluted flea shampoo very very diluted. Your question about what fleas can do to the kittens if they are bad enough they can die from them so it is important that you do everything you possiably can i wish you the best of luck
1) Frontline and Advantage are safe to use on pregnant and nursing moms. They have been studied extensively and have been deemed safe. And they are.

2) Flea shampoos are NOT safe for nursing moms. Even very diluted. Never use flea shampoo on or around little baby kittens. I wouldn't use a flea shampoo on adult cats, much less young ones. They contain permethrin, that's a neurotoxin and cats are quite sensitive to it. It also goes systemic, that is, it is absorbed into the bloodstream.

I just wanted to point that out in case someone decided to follow this advice.
post #38 of 44
Thread Starter 
I'd just like to thank everyone for your help and advise.

The kittens and mum are now flea-free.

The vet gave me Frontline spray which can be used on kittens from 2 days old. I also bought some household flea spray from the vets and did my whole house with it (one empty room at a time - leave for 30mins then ventilate)

The combing seemed to go on forever and I thought I was losing to the fleas.

I don't believe Frontline Spray is available in America yet, but one day...

I used normal frontline spot on for Ziggy.

I am so happy.........
post #39 of 44
That's WONDERFUL news and it is great that Frontline has developed a product for use on such young kittens that is safe, since so many young kittens born to feral/homeless mothers come "with fleas" from the start.

Hope it becomes available worldwide very soon! Lives depend on it.
post #40 of 44
Frontline spray has been available in the US since the spot on treatment has been around.
It's just not as popular because it's not as convenient to give. If you need some, ask your vet. You can also get it online, just Google "Frontline spray" and you will find where to buy it.
post #41 of 44
SadieandZiggy used Frontline spray on the baby kittens under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian. I would recommend to anyone who gets this to do the same. It's not labelled for small kittens, so be very careful and do *only* what your vet tells you to do.
post #42 of 44
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Originally Posted by Mermaid View Post
SadieandZiggy used Frontline spray on the baby kittens under the supervision and direction of a veterinarian. I would recommend to anyone who gets this to do the same. It's not labelled for small kittens, so be very careful and do *only* what your vet tells you to do.
You're exactly right, Mermaid. We often tend to just listen to others because we know they have more experiene, etc. with certain things (like cats), but really, when it comes to something like what sadieandziggy needed advice for, she was right in consulting with her vet. Just to be on the safe side!
post #43 of 44
Thread Starter 
DaniMarie is having the same problem with her 3 week kittens, her vets say they have never heard Frontline Spray, and she has tried good few different vets now.

The leaflet with the Frontline Spray does Say suitable for puppies and kittens from 2 days of age as I quoted on DaniMarie's thread on the kitten section of the forum.

I would never advise buying this sort of thing over the internet no-matter how much you trust the site.
post #44 of 44
THANKS, Mermaid -- that is great to know!
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