Fleas on Kittens
Fleas are horrible creatures that feed of off the blood of who ever they decide to hop onto. They can carry disease from one host to another, transmitting the sickness when they bite. Is it any wonder that we battle these little horrors with such diligence?
If we, as human grown ups are irritated by the flea bites we may endure on our bodies, imagine what a tiny hand full of a kitten must go through when it becomes infested. You may think your precious little bundle is flea free, because he or she is safely in your home away from all other animals. Think again.
Fleas have an amazing way of finding their way in to our homes in the least expected ways. If you’ve been to a friends house that has animals, Freddy the flea probably hopped a ride home with you. Have you walked through a park, or other grassy area today? Yes, Freddy caught a ride and probably invited some friends along for the party.
The party Freddy and friends are gearing up for is going to take place with your tiny little kitten as the host. Being the host of this party is not a good thing for you or the kitten. Freddy the flea and his free loading friends will devour this kitten so fast you won’t realize what happened until the poor thing is nearly chewed up.
The best defense against these rambunctious fleas is an even more aggressive offense. As soon as you bring this little kitten home, check it thoroughly. Even if you don’t see any of the little hoppers, continue checking. Trust me, they hide well. Look for evidence that they have been lurking nearby.
Comb the kitten with a very fine tooth comb, and wipe the comb on a white cloth. Is there any black spots or grainy debris? Check the kittens skin for bites, or a rash. If the skin is excessively pink, this may be evidence of flea irritation or allergies.
If you see any evidence at all, you need to prepare the kitten a bath. Fill the bathroom sink, or a washing bowl, with some warm water. Check the water on your wrist like you would to check for a baby. Skirt in a couple of drops of antibacterial dish liquid. It should be lavender scented if possible. Add several drops of lavender essential oils to the water and swish it around.
Use a bathing mitt to hold the kitten in and dunk him or her into the water. Don’t get the little head under the water, but swish the little guy around gently to wet him well. The kitten may fight you for a bit, but the glove will protect you from scratches and he or she will soon realize that this feels good.
Drain this water and rinse the kitten well. You can hold him or her under a gently running faucet so long as you are careful not to get to much water around the ears and head area. Rub kitty down and cuddle him in a fuzzy towel until he is nearly dry. Trust me, he or she will really enjoy this part.
Now that kitty is clean and flea free, make sure you keep up on your inspection process. Purchase kitty, or even doggie, wipes with aloe vera and vitamin e in them. Give kitty a rub down every couple of days to keep the skin clean and smelling good. Drip a few drops of the essential lavender oils into the wipe container.
You and your kitty will enjoy the soft pleasant scent of the lavender, but it is one scent that old Freddy the Flea and his free loading friends do not like. They will keep on hopping once they get a whiff of kitty’s new scent!