Flea Treatment & Medicine for Cats | Fleas & Ticks on Cats | Petco
Flea and tick medication for pets is among the most effective and easy-to-use treatment for eliminating or preventing fleas and ticks from infesting your cat, dog, kitten, or puppy. Many topical treatments such as Frontline and Spot On are available over-the-counter and work immediately. Depending on the level of infestation, you can actually witness the fleas reacting to the medication and sometimes feel the fleas jumping off of your pet during the first few minutes after application. The topical medication absorbs into the animal's bloodstream through the skin and works quickly to paralyze fleas and ticks, preventing any further egg laying and killing them on the spot.
Once the kitten reaches four weeks of age, a few products aimed at fighting off fleas and ticks can be administered. Capstar is one and works to kill 90 percent of fleas in just hours. You can give most other preventative medications once kittens are 8 weeks old. Topical treatments like , or are applied once a month between the kitten’s shoulders and neck and work to keep infestations at bay.
Even newborn kittens can get fleas which are often spread from the mother cat to the kitten. However, flea control medications must not be used on very young kittens. For kittens younger than 4 weeks, groom with a flea comb, or pick fleas off with tweezers. Be sure to keep the kittens warm while you're working with them. To prevent a recurrence of the fleas, it's important to also wash the kittens' bedding, vacuum the surroundings, and treat the kittens' mother if she's living with you. Revolution can't be used on kittens younger than six weeks old. Because a flea infestation in kittens can be serious you should check with a veterinarian abouthow to treat fleas in kittens younger than six weeks old. In fact, even though Revolution states you can use it on kittens oversix weeks old, you should check with your veterinarian before putting ANY flea medication on a cat that is younger than eight weeks old.Years ago before the more advanced (and better) flea treatments were available I gave a new small kittena flea dip at the advice of a veterinarian. The kitten apparently licked some of the flea medicationoff of her and later that night I had to take her to the emergency room at the animal hospital toget her a shot of atropine. Thankfully, she survived (for another 16 years), but you must bevery careful when using flea medicine on kittens or even on adult cats. Flea medication contains insecticidesthat may be harmful to your cat or kitten, as well as the fleas. For this reason, don't give yourcat a flea bath or dip, and don't use flea sprays or powders on your cat. The cat will lick the insecticide off and maybecome very ill.Pet parents of new kittens might be wondering when it is the right time to start their kitty on tick and flea medication. Some might assume they can start giving the cat these medicines as soon as it is born, while others might think felines don’t even need the protection unless it is going to go outside.You don't mention what product(s) you used on your kitten and cat. Hopefully, you took them both to the vet. If not, a trip to the vet is necessary. Tapeworms are difficult to get rid of and your cats need to be treated professionally. As for the fleas, I have always had luck using Advantage topical flea medication on my cats. If your kitten is less than eight (8) weeks old, you should NOT apply any flea medication on her. Check with your veterinarian. You could try bathing the cats in Dawn dish liquid and let the cats dry thoroughly before applying any flea meds next month. Always wait out the 30 days before applying the next dose. Also, you need to treat the environment in order to get rid of fleas. This means all places where the cats sleep and play. Most importantly, keep them indoors so they can't bring in fleas and get tape worms. Best of luck.Vacuum your home and especially the area where your kittens rest or sleepWash all clothes, fabric, and bedding that your kittens have come in contact with. Wash them in warm water using a strong detergent like There are a variety of sizes and types of available. It is necessary to use a comb when their fur is wet as it will be easier to bring out the hiding blood sucking monsters.Medications are another way of removing ticks but before applying them, it is important to check with your vet.You can also visit a vet if you feel your kittens are spending a lot of time scratching or if you find their gums are not pink. Most vets recommend that kills adult fleas but not larvae or offsprings.