How to Treat and Prevent Fleas in Kittens

Fleas in kittens can be a bothersome affair to your kitten during an attack. Despite keeping your kitten indoors the fleas can still infect them. Nonetheless, these little bloodsucking flightless insects need to be removed from kittens as they can cause major problems.

Not only, do fleas stick their proboscis into the skin and sucks blood but also cause anaemia in kittens.

If you suspect your kitten is suffering from fleas start treatment immediately.

How Can A Kitten Get Infected With Fleas?

Fleas is a common external feline health problem but treatable. Flea bites can cause horrible itching. In addition, a hypersensitive cat’s incessant scratching may open wounds in the skin that are vulnerable to serious infection.

We have several ways that a kitten can get into contact with fleas, namely:

  • Through an infected mother
  • Bacteria infection
  • Contact with other infected kittens.
  • Contact with infected feces
  • Contacted with second-hand infested clothing, rugs, carpets, furniture, luggage, etc.
  • From other pets like dogs

Ways in Which Indoor Kittens Get Fleas

If your cat is an indoor pet you need to worry too about fleas. Despite our constant effort to keep the home environment clean, people and other pets can come and bring fleas to your home.

Regardless, of a cat being indoor it can still get parasites, worms, and fleas because of going to dusty areas of the home, under the sofa, or interacting with other pets, like dogs after outdoor activities.

Remember fleas are small insects that can hang on people’s clothes, shoelaces, shopping baskets, or dog fur when outdoor. Without a doubt, these can become carriers of the fleas to the indoor environment where your kitten is.

Also, the cat may decide to go through the cat flap to enjoy the outside world or acquire them on your trip to the vet or groomer.

Signs of Fleas’ Infestation 

Most fleas hide behind the cat’s head, along the back, and the tummy area.

  • Scratching and Licking of the Fur

The fleas prefer a warm and moist place and your kitten fur is an ideal host where 20 eggs can be laid per day.  A flea cycle can last for a month or stretch further if the humidity and temperature are not suitable.

After a flea bite your kitten can experience itchiness and scratching. When you notice this check your kitten fur for signs of flea infestation from redness of the skin, a lot of scratching, flea dirt, or the presence of fleas. One can also see the kitten licking the fur a lot due to itchiness

  • Poop with Fleas

Fleas can be seen in the poop hence effective flea prevention is necessary. When the cat swallows a flea that is carrying the tapeworm eggs it will lead to tapeworm infestation too.

Cats can also get tapeworms via the flea on dogs if they are living in an infested home or yard.

For outdoor cats, ensure you clear up their mess from the garden/outdoor area. This will greatly reduce the ability for the fleas/ life cycle to perpetuate.

To keep the indoor cat safe, clean the cat litter daily and change out the litter regularly to minimise the reoccurrence of the fleas.

  • Allergic Reaction

Fleas can cause allergic reactions to the feline family. Kittens can be affected by flea saliva which leads to a lot of scratching.

Cats with flea allergy dermatitis are apt to show distressful signs – reddish, crusty bumps.

Other Symptoms Include:

  • Restlessness and change of behaviour
  • Diarrhea
  • Fur loss and scabbing.
  • Loss of Appetite

Solutions to Fleas’ Infestation 

  • Take to Vet for Flea Medication

To start with, we have different medications that can work in weeks, months, or throughout the year. Notably, Nitenpyram (known by its brand name Capstar) kills fleas very fast.

Additionally, another medicine is Lufenuron which prevents the flea eggs from hatching. Obviously, this will be a preventive medicine as when fleas feed on blood that has been treated with Lufenuron, the eggs will not hatch.

Also, one can use topical medicine but need to consult with a vet as some can lead to more harm. Mostly, they are applied or sprayed on the kitten’s skin. One can apply on the back of the skin and reapply after one month to avoid reoccurrence of the fleas.

  • Grooming

Fleas can also jump to humans hence keep the environment clean for both kittens, other pets, and humans into the house.

Fleas’ love any host that they can suck blood from hence even a human is a preferable host for transferring and also being sucked.

It is not an easy job to check everyone coming into your home for flea and tick infestation hence keep the place clean.

Clearly, clean the home, vacuum floors, and clean beddings/curtains, upholstery, and carpets to destroy flea eggs and larvae carried into the house by people.

Keep your pet well-groomed, clean regularly, wash the beddings and the relaxing area often. Preferably on the hot wash cycle, to kill the fleas hiding in them.

Get a flea shampoo that contains rosemary, eucalyptus, or citrus oil. These natural ingredients are particularly effective at treating fleas, and they won’t irritate your pet. Consult your vet so that the shampoo is not toxic and harms your kitten before use.

  • Brushing

Buy a good flea comb to brush your kitten fur. Besides that part the fur with the comb to check for flea bites or flea dirt.

If you are a garden lover or have an attic rodents may find a way into your house bringing fleas to your indoor cat or kitten.

Rats carry a lot of fleas and can drop fleas’ eggs around your home and if they hatch can attach themselves to your kitten fur. Regular brushing will prevent reoccurrence and one can use natural preventive measures like apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. This will help deter fleas from clinging to your pet.

Dip your kitten comb or bush into the lemon juice before brushing and apply to the fur regularly.

These will not completely kill the fleas so use over-the-counter medication for maximum effectiveness. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully for any direct application product that you choose.

  • Anti-Parasite Treatment

It is very hard not to allow your dog which is constantly playing outside to socialize with your kitten.

Visitors can also come with their pets while visiting your home and might bring fleas with them. Constantly check them after outdoor play and perhaps even ask if their pet is on any flea prevention treatments before inviting them in.

It is hard to know the carrier hence anti-parasite treatment is crucial for your pets. Particularly, we have the spot-on treatment that can be applied to the back of your kitten or cat. This will kill the fleas within 24hours and can be applied again after a month.

Check on treatment labels and read the instruction so as to use the correct dosage and not poison your kitten. Do not use dog flea treatment on cats. If unsure consult your vet first for proper usage.

  • Home Made Remedy

Dealing with fleas can be a tiring experience especially if it is an infestation. Sometimes fleas are brought into the house with second-hand items bought. For instance rugs, furniture, beddings, carpets that have them or have flea eggs.

Flea Infestation In Kitten

Not all items but it is good to be cautious, hence do a thorough cleaning of these objects before bringing them into your home.

Fleas can be eliminated in different ways at home after using over-the-counter sprays, fleas collars, and prescribed flea treatment medication from your vet.

These can be a great way to deal with the flea issue at your home but it should be with a consultation with your vet. It is safe as there is no use of chemical aspect in it although it can be less effective.

Most home remedies include lemons, spices, lavender and chamomile, dish soap, apple cider vinegar, and cedar chips.

One can spray lemon juice after extracting it and boiling, then apply gently on the kitten fur till all fleas are gone. If you notice any irritation or redness kindly stop the application.

For cedar chips put a few in the garden, around your cat’s bed or resting area, or cedar oil to keep the fleas away. Finally, use lavender which acts very fast against fleas, it is very a powerful agent.

Conclusion

Fleas can jump to any host even if the distance is big regardless of them not having wings.

Importantly, humans that visit your home may bring the pests indoors in the form of adults, eggs, larvae, or pupae. Fleas and ticks can attach to any host that can be a carrier into your home hence regular cleaning can go a long way in eliminating them.

We cannot ignore flea treatment as this is crucial, get your kitten into one alongside grooming.

Rodents carry flea eggs around and can cause an infestation into your home making the kitten stay unbearable. Keep your counter, kitchen, dustbin clean and sealed as a preventive measure. Rodents and rats can get into the house through holes, cat flaps, or windows. Seal all unwanted entries with metal mesh and keep the house and dustbin clean/sealed.

Lastly, as you cannot control your cat movement indoor or outdoor get the kitten flea and tick preventive treatment all throughout the year.