Kitten Flea Control
Treating fleas on kitten can be done with a variety of different flea control products. Fleas on kittens can be challenging because many are too young for flea shampoos and flea dips. If your flea issue is more than you can handle, taking your kitten to its veterinarian is always a sound choice. Many offer grooming services including flea and tick control, but it varies due to the age of your kitten.
Many flea control products can be purchased at local pet stores or local big box stores like Target. Make sure you thoroughly read the package directions because not all products are made for kittens, especially for ones less than 12 weeks of age.
Kitten flea control products: topical treatments
One of the newest flea control products on the market is called Pet Armor. According to the information on its box, it can be used on kittens as young as 8 weeks. This product comes in an easy to use pipette that allows you to apply it between the hairs, close to the skin. This type product is usually applied between the animal’s shoulder blades, but since products vary by manufacturer, so the application areas. Topical treatments in this form are very popular for pet owners. The product, when applied to the skin, is carried by the natural oils in the kitten’s coat and spread out all over the body. Prior to applying this style product, read the directions on the package and look for these main points: how long does it last, where is it applied and what is the timeframe from application to petting your kitten. Each product is unique in its formulations and will respond to your pets skin differently. This pipette style of flea control and treatment is very popular because it allows the pet owners to take care of their pets without causing any unwanted distress.
Another style of topical treatment is flea powder. This style of flea control is not a popular choice any more, especially for kittens. Flea powders are applied directly to the kitten’s hair, as close to the skin as possible. This needs to be done on the back, stomach and neck (as directed on the bottle). Not only is this very messy, but it can be a danger to your kitten. Think about how kittens clean themselves and then realize this powder can not only get into their mouths and ingested, but if you have multiple cats, it can spread to the others as well. Consult your veterinarian before using flea powder on your kitten.
Kitten flea control products: flea collars
If your kitten does not respond well to the topical style of treatments, then you can try the flea collar. These are not as popular as the pipette topical treatments because many collars can cause harm to the cats and kittens. Kittens are very agile and like to get into any space they can, even indoors. While jumping from place to place, the flea collar can get hooked onto just about anything and become a strangle hazard for your kitten. Read the packages closely as it is best to choose a kitten flea collar that breaks away if it gets caught on anything. Examples of breakaway collars are Zodiac FleaTrol Breakaway Cat Collar and Hartz® UltraGuard Plus™ Flea & Tick Collar. Again, if you have any concerns, it is best to visit your veterinarian.