Treating A Kitten With Fleas
15 May, 2012
As any pet owner knows, fleas are a nuisance for you and your pet. And, of course, we want to get rid of them as soon as possible. However, if a kitten develops fleas, it is important to get rid the fleas as soon as possible so they don’t cause a health problem for your kitten.
Below are some steps to take to get rid of the fleas from your kitten and your home.
Purchase a flea comb and examine the hair in sections
Purchase a flea comb, dish soap or a kitten shampoo, and tea tree essential oil. Make sure that the oil is 100 percent therapeutic grade.
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Place a towel or sheet on the floor and place your kitten on top of it. Use the flea comb to brush through the kitten’s hair. Examine the hair in sections; comb against the grain of the hair and look for dirt which is typically flea feces. If you see any fleas or flea feces, drop them into a bowl of soapy water.
Fill up a sink with warm water and dish soap
Fill up a sink with lukewarm water and pour in a small amount of dish soap. After the water gets bubbly, deposit one to three drops of tea tree oil into the water. Mix the oil in the water with your hand. Gently place the kitten into the water. Try to remain calm and praise the kitten so it doesn’t become afraid of baths. You can use gloves to protect yourself from the kitten’s claws.
Next, wet all of the kitten’s hair, except for the hair on its face. Try to avoid getting soap, water and/or the oil into the kitten’s eyes. After the kitten is thoroughly wet, make circular motions in its hair with the tips of your fingers. Try to get the soapy water down to the roots of the kitten’s hair.
Rinse off the kitten
Let the dirty water drain from the sink while you rinse off the kitten with fresh, lukewarm water. It’s important to make sure the soap and oil are off the kitten so it doesn’t lick them later when it cleans itself.
Place your kitten on a clean towel and comb through its hair again. Use a different clean towel to dry the kitten’s hair. After the kitten is dry, immediately place all dirty linen into the washing machine.
Spray your carpets to get rid of fleas in your home
Fill a spray bottle with water and add a few drops of the tea tree essential oil. Spray your carpets with this solution; when it dries, vacuum. Do this a couple of times a day until the fleas are gone. Keep the kitten in a bathroom or little crate while you are doing this to make sure he or she doesn’t pick up the fleas again.
If you act on the fleas immediately, you should be able to get rid of them quickly. Good luck!