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first flea's & now lice!

post #1 of 23
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am sooo upset that i didn't see this sooner! i noticed that the kitten's had really bad flea's, when i got back off my holiday. i treated that, & then i noticed other little bug's on the edge of Princess's coat, after doing a search on the internet, it seem's that it's infact lice! well, neither Sparkle or Glamorous has ever had it, & i didn't really know what they looked like or anything. i've got on order a flea spray because i thought they still had them, will the flea spray kill the lice & the egg's?
post #2 of 23
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you may of read my other thread, saying that my kitten's have lice. am wondering whether i can wash my kitten's in Head & Shoulder's? i mean, i read somewhere that it can help kill flea's, am just wondering whether it's the same for lice?
post #3 of 23
Hi, I am from UK, no I wouldnt put Head and Shoulders anywhere near them, or anything I wasnt sure about. When you think that some plants in the garden can kill them, anti freeze can kill them, asprin can kill them, you have to be so careful. I remember reading on this site that someones cat died after licking something in the kitchen where some cleaner had been used.

I use head and shoulders to fade permanent hair colouring and it strips out 50 per cent. Please dont attempt to use anything on the cats this you arent one hundred per cent sure about.

Best Wishes
Chris
post #4 of 23
Just call in at the vets reception and ask them to give you the correct stuff to get rid of it all. If you are sure what they have, you dont have to have a consultation so it wont cost anything, at least then it will be sorted, or you could cause more problems by using the wrong stuff.

When my cats were kittens, all that was around was that awful stuff nuvontop and they were vomitting for 10 days. I had to get tablets down them for two weeks, not easy. I then used that Drontel wormer on one of them as he had bad worms, it gave him terrible diariaah for 4 weeks. In the end I found the "advantage" for the fleas (cats were fine on that) and the panacur for the worms.
post #5 of 23
By the way, dont get too down that they have fleas and then lice, it may well be that they need worming next. You get all these problems with kittens at the beginning, after that they shouldnt get much wrong hopefully until they get old.

Best Wishes
Chris
post #6 of 23
I wouldn't use Head and Shoulders either!. Your safest bet all round would be to get something from the vet, and definitely avoid over the counter stuff as well.
post #7 of 23
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ok, thank's everyone for the advice & information. do you think it's a good idea to give them a bath, in some medicated cat shampoo for the time being?
post #8 of 23
Remember all cats in the house must be treated and the house must be treated.

We have been in the process for one month now.

Our boys had fleas as well as tapeworms so they've had tapeworm shots as well. And need flea treatment for 3 months to completely rid the flea cycle.

Luckily my dad works for Orkin Pest Control so our house flea treatment was free.

We also vacuum every few days and throw out the bag when done as well as wash bedding and anything else cloth that the boys touch once a week.

Hubby and I haven't been bitten since the flea treatment and we have only found 3-4 fleas live fleas since the treatments which is normal (all on the long haired cat)

Fleas are a pain the butt!

Leslie
post #9 of 23
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Fleas are a pain the butt!
yeh, i completely agree!
post #10 of 23
I'm so sorry for you and the kittens, having gone through that stuff when I was much younger. The vet should be able to help, and don't forget to clean your house like crazy!
post #11 of 23
No, I wouldnt bath them, most cats hate it. I would just go to the vets and get the correct treatment for the cats and, as others have suggested, the house. Get on top of the problem properly to start with. Less stress in the end for you and the cats.
post #12 of 23
No, don't bathe them in any kind of medicated shampoo. Many flea baths that are marketed for cats can be dangerous to them.

It's necessary to take them to the vet.
post #13 of 23
poor you and poor kitties! i went through a similar situation with my rb boy last summer. had been using frontline but it did not work at all. went back to the vet and he gave me stronghold. it was amazing! poor janet was full of fleas but we literally watched them falling off him in droves!

see if you can get some of that. plus it kills lice too!
post #14 of 23
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poor you and poor kitties! i went through a similar situation with my rb boy last summer. had been using frontline but it did not work at all. went back to the vet and he gave me stronghold. it was amazing! poor janet was full of fleas but we literally watched them falling off him in droves!

see if you can get some of that. plus it kills lice too!
i'll give Frontline a go, as it never usually let's me down! the kitten's are not riddled with them, so i may have caught them all in time. being from the UK, have you heard of the flea bomb for the home?
post #15 of 23
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i'll give Frontline a go, as it never usually let's me down! the kitten's are not riddled with them, so i may have caught them all in time. being from the UK, have you heard of the flea bomb for the home?
frontline did work brilliantly for mine until about a year ago. and i know other people have said it wasn't being so effective. weird! still, hopefully it will sort your babies out.

no i haven't heard of the flea bomb! what the heck is that?!
post #16 of 23
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frontline did work brilliantly for mine until about a year ago. and i know other people have said it wasn't being so effective. weird! still, hopefully it will sort your babies out.

no i haven't heard of the flea bomb! what the heck is that?!
i was doing a search on Ebay for flea treatment's, & i came across it. it's a product that you use for the home, it kill's the flea's that are around your house.
post #17 of 23
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i was doing a search on Ebay for flea treatment's, & i came across it. it's a product that you use for the home, it kill's the flea's that are around your house.
it sounds like you would need to evacuate your house before using it!
post #18 of 23
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it sounds like you would need to evacuate your house before using it!
i don't think it's that lethal!
post #19 of 23
Are we talking about the cans that you set on newspapers around the house, start them up, and leave for a while? They can be very effective, but a few warnings:

1. Don't leave any animals in the house.

2. Turn off any pilot lights (gas stoves, furnace, water heater).

3. Don't come back and turn anything on for the full length of time mentioned in the instructions.

#2 and #3 are so that you don't cause an explosion when the house if full of the insecticide mist.
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Are we talking about the cans that you set on newspapers around the house, start them up, and leave for a while? They can be very effective, but a few warnings:

1. Don't leave any animals in the house.

2. Turn off any pilot lights (gas stoves, furnace, water heater).

3. Don't come back and turn anything on for the full length of time mentioned in the instructions.

#2 and #3 are so that you don't cause an explosion when the house if full of the insecticide mist.
am not sure, i know that i wouldn't be able to use it, as we have fish.
post #21 of 23
Flea Bomb!! I would stick to "Aclaim".
post #22 of 23
Again, your vet will give you a spray for your home. I would never use anything without a vets approval.

When i first got Rosie she had a flea, so frontline was applied to her, and the vet gave us a spray for along the edge of the floorboards. We had to spray upstairs first and open all the windows and close all the doors, then when we went to bed all of the downstairs was done in the same manner.

The fumes are toxic so that's why it has to be done that way.
post #23 of 23
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thank's again everyone!
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