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Controlling Fleas on Kittens

  
 

How Can I Remove Fleas from My Kitten?

Some flea products can be used in kittens as young as 4 weeks. For kittens younger than 4 weeks, groom with a flea comb, or pick fleas off with a tweezers. Be sure to keep the kittens warm while you're working with them; wash their bedding; and vacuum the surroundings.

Fleas can remove enough blood to make kittens anemic, so confirm that the gums are pink.

Because fleas carry tapeworms, watch for rice-like dried tapeworm segments at the rectum or in the stool over the next several weeks.

  
To remove all fleas from your kitten, you will need to also kill flea eggs and larvae to prevent them from developing into adult fleas
  

Flea Treatment for Kittens

  • Products that kill adult fleas now
  • Products that affect flea offspring-the eggs and larvae

For kittens with biting (adult) fleas, you will likely want a product that works quickly to kill these parasites. Capstar is a popular flea product that works within 6 hours to kill 90% of fleas. Once adult fleas are removed, it's important to also kill flea offspring (flea eggs and larvae) to prevent reinfestations. Products that affect flea offspring are called insect growth regulators (IGRs). IGRs are very effective when you can clean up the environment and the kitten will have little exposure to fleas in the future, either from the environment or from other animals-such as our indoor cats.

Flea Products That Kill Adult Fleas (Only) in Kittens

Kitten's Minimum Age for First Application Product Fleas Ticks Intestinal Worms Ear Mites Route
4 weeks / 2 lbs of weight Capstar Adult       Oral
8 weeks Cheristin for Cats Adult

      Topical
8 weeks Fiproguard Max Adult

Ticks     Topical
8 weeks Flea3X for Cats Adult

Ticks     Topical
8 weeks Pet Armor Adult

Ticks     Topical
12 weeks Flea3X PLUS for Cats Adult

Ticks     Topical
12 weeks Frontline Tritak Adult

Ticks     Topical
 

Flea Products That Kill Adult Fleas and Offspring (Eggs and Larvae) in Kittens (IGRs)

Kitten's Minimum Age for first application Product Fleas Ticks Intestinal Worms Ear Mites Route
8 weeks Activyl Adult
Eggs
Larvae
      Topical
8 weeks Advantage II Adult
Eggs
Larvae
      Topical
8 weeks Frontline Plus Adult
Eggs
Larvae
Ticks     Topical
8 weeks Revolution Adult
Eggs
Ticks Roundworms
Hookworms
Ear Mites Topical
  
 
 
   
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