Originally Posted by iarecrystal
I have five kittens (about 5 weeks old). I am going to take them to a rescue group that will adopt them out when they're older. But the problem I have is, the people won't take them if they have fleas. These kittens have fleas.
How can I get rid of the fleas? Are they too young for frontline? I've heard also abou Dawn Soap but is that a sure thing that won't harm them?
To treat fleas, it is safe to use a very small amount of kitten strength Advantage, Frontline or Revolution drops, as long as you have your vet's consent to do so! You will need to treat the kitten once a month. Be sure that you obtain the spot on flea treatment from your vet, and not over the internet or over-the-counter. After applying the drop/s, use your thumb to spread it along the kittens back in a straight line, to the tail. This helps to spread the flea treatment over the whole kitten's body. Wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Dosages are as follows:
Birth to one week: one drop (two drops if flea infestation is heavy)
One to two weeks: two drops
Two to four weeks: 3 drops
Four to six weeks: 4 drops
Six weeks on: follow directions on pack
If you don't want to use flea treatments, you can lather some vet-approved kitten shampoo onto his fur and use a very fine flea comb to comb out the fleas. The shampoo immobilizes the fleas, making it easier for them to be combed out. Be careful that the kitten doesn't become chilled during this process. After you have combed all the fleas out, rinse off the shampoo under warm water. Use the hairdryer or warm towel process discussed earlier, and don't get water in the kitten's ears or eyes.http://www.kitten-rescue.com/parasites.html