Originally Posted by Yosemite
I think Hissy is trying to tell you that even if the shampoo says for cats it may not be safe for your kitten. She is suggesting Dawn dishwashing liquid and if anyone knows these things, it's Hissy. She has more experience and knowledge than a whole bunch of put together. Trust and use her advice.
I agree! Stay away from those over-the-counter products, they are pestisides and more, and can indeed harm your cat. Hissy knows ALOT, listen to her!
Frontine and Advantage are both medications, I think... Not shampoos. Dawn is not meant to be used like a shampoo, just a tool in combing out the fleas. See below.
Just fill a jar or bowl with real warm water, add some Dawn dishsoap in the water, mix, and dunk a flea comb in the solution. Then comb the kitty, and dunk over again between every stroke. The soapy water will kill fleas, and the flea comb will help comb them out. If you see a flea on the comb, then quickly dunk the comb in the water; they will drown in the water + the soap will help kill them too. Otherwise fleas crawl fast, and jump too, so you have to be quick. Your cat might end up quite wet, but just get it done and then dry him/her off with a towel, and keep warm until completely dry.
Also, make sure to vaccum your home real well, prefeably every day for a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the situation. That will help get rid of a bit of the fleas and the eggs that will fall off the kitty onto the carpets etc. You can easily end up with a flea infestation, which will be a pain.
My kitten Jasmine had fleas when I got her from the shelter, and I started treating the kitty and the house right away. The kitten couldn't be treated until she was 2 Lbs, which she wasn't since she was very sick and malnurished, but as soon as she reached 2 Lbs (one week later) I treated her with Revolution, which is a vet prescribed medication. There are other meds too, that are good ones (I'm no expert here...). That totally took care of her. No fleas since. But before we could treat her, we would hand pick fleas out of her, using comb, Dawn, fingers, and we'd hold and cuddle her alot, while looking for fleas that all of a sudden would show up. Then we'd grab them, with Jasmine's hair and all (she tolerated anything!). I also bathed her, using baby shampoo, 2 times, which got rid of some too. This was all sooo helpful, even the vet couldn't find any signs of them. I knew they were there though, since we found them OR the black dots in the fur, now and again. But it really kept the house from getting all those eggs around.
Anyway, I know this is getting long... -What I did with vaccuming: It has been suggested to throw the bag out right away, but I also drissled down some flea poison in a pile on the floor, the kind that you can treat carpets with, vaccumed that up, and THEN vaccumed the house. That way I figured any fleas or eggs that was vaccumed up, would die inside the bag with the poison... And I vaccumed up this poison using all the attachment, to make sure none could hold eggs and keep them alive.... I basically went to war, without poisoning the house. I wanted to avoid poisons around for the cats' sake, but mostly for our three young children and ourselves.
Bottom line is; taking these measures, I NEVER have seen any signs of fleas since! It's been over a month now, so I figure it worked!!!
That's all (as if that's not enough...