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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Hello, I'm new to the forums and after reading a bit I found out things like that flea collars are bad, what do they cause and should I remove them immediately?
And if they are bad why do some vets sell them?
I actually bought mines from my vet.
Also I found that flea shampoos are bad, again what do they cause?
And are any cat shampoos flea shampoos or does it specifically say so on the label?
Are there any other things I should know that I could be using that are harmful?
post #2 of 18
ricardo- how many products out there on the shelves are bad for humans? Why then do doctors push pills that later turn out to cause cancer, why do cigarette companies manufacture cigarettes when it is proven that they are harmful? Just because the product is sold by your vet does not mean it is safe. Flea collars contain toxins, they sit on the skin and build up. They can cause severe problems and health issues. Why sell them? $ that's why.

Before you put anything over the counter on your pet do the research. Read the labels and follow instructions carefully. To do otherwise is foolhardy
post #3 of 18
Also many cats get there paws through the flea collars and get caught. One of mine also got her mouth somehow entangled in one.The drops are much safer for fleas I use Frontine plus.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
OK, thanks forthe help, and what about using shampoos for cats?
I thought they were OK because the vet told me that they were pretty effective, now I see they don't
post #5 of 18
They can cause death. If you need a chemical flea control product, get frontline, advantage, revolution, etc. Not any kind of shampoo, powder, dip, collar, spray, anything. They all contain potentially life-threatening things, although some of the companies are trying to redo their formula, do not trust any of these products. They are less effective.

And I'm not sure where you are, but if you can find a vet who does not sell these products you are probably finding a better vet.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
I see, so I shouldn't bathe my cats?
And if so with what?
Also you mentioned some anti-flea products, in what form are they? (powder, shampoo etc).
post #7 of 18
If you have a cat with fleas, then bathe the cat with warm to hot but not scalding water and a few drops of liquid Dawn detergent. The combination of the warm water and soap will stun the fleas. Then take a flea comb and comb the cat out till dry, the comb will gather the stunned fleas. Drop the stunned fleas in a jar of really hot water almost boiling to kill them. Then when the cat is completely dry, take it to the vet, have him give you the proper spot on flea treatment and treat your cat for tapeworms.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
And if it hasn't got fleas and I just want to bathe him what do I do?
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Can I use a Dry Foam Bathe by BAYER on my 2 month kitten?
It's a cleansing foam which deodorizes, helps keep hair clean, shiny and silky. Dissolves dirt in the hair and skin without damaging them. Makes grooming easy.
What do you think?
Are flea-products the only ones which put cats in danger or also these products?
post #10 of 18
Is it for Humans or pets ? What does the lable say?

Why not just use non-tear baby shampoo.
post #11 of 18
If it hasn't got fleas, there's no real reason to bathe the cat, so I wouldn't be too anxious about it. Generally you want to stick to products designed specifically for cats, or without a lot of toxic add-ins; the one time I bathed my cat, I used Johnson's Baby Shampoo.
post #12 of 18
I agree that unless your kitty is very dirty and itsn't bathing itself then skip the bath. It can be very traumatic fo rthe cat. If you must bathe it then use baby shampoo. A very little amount goes a very long way.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Well, my mom says my kitten stinks because it has never been bathed, so I'll eventually have to bathe it, I'll consider using baby shampoo. About the dry foam it is indicated for dogs and cats and isn't against fleas.
post #14 of 18
Have you thought about other reasons why your kitten may stink? Where is the stink coming from? From the mouth? Fur? Ears? Behind? Could be an infection, ear mites, diarrhea, worms.

If you are definately going to bathe your cat then use baby shampoo. Not one designed for dogs and cats on a young kitten. How young is your kitten? I would definately take Hissy's suggestions and use Dawn Dish Soap and hot water or else use baby shampoo.
post #15 of 18
I use baby wipes or a damp flannel on my cats (oldies who aren't always good at cleaning) - lot easier.
post #16 of 18
Originally Posted by ricardo222222
Well, my mom says my kitten stinks because it has never been bathed, so I'll eventually have to bathe it
Sorry to contradict your mom, but cats don't stink just because they've not been bathed! If your kitten stinks there'll be a reason for it - if you can't find an obvious reason I think a vet visit is in order.
post #17 of 18
I would agree that cats should not be bathed unless there is a good reason for it. When cats smell, they generally do so because of a health or food issue. Cats are quite fastidious about their cleanliness, and dislike being dirty. Nature has given them an effective way of cleaning of themselves, perhaps this kitten wasn't with mom long enough to learn about how to clean herself.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
She smells a bit bad (doesn't stink) because while she was with her mom she lived on a garden with dogs where she got dirty, licked by dogs etc, so she's quiet dirty and she was with her mom for 8 weeks which is OK, so I think she knows to clean herself but still I'll bathe her with any of your suggestions, either baby shampoo or Dawn. Thanks for all your suggestions!
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