Baby Kittens have fleas

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My cat had kittens in two batches and unfortunately they are only two weeks old and have fleas bothering them. Does anyone know if diatomaceous earth will help? I was considering dusting their box with that to try to keep the blood suckers off of them. Any other ideas would be great too!

-- Doreen (animalwaitress@yahoo.com), April 16, 2001

Answers

Hi Doreen, I always use DE for flea control. Put it in their box and dust them with it, too. Just do it slowly, rubbing it into their fur and don't breathe the dust. I was thinking of you this am and wondering about your dog, the one afraid of the thunder. Did you find something that works for him?

-- Nancy (sonflower35@icqmail.com), April 17, 2001.

My vet gave me a solution... but you could be taking your life in your hands... and it STINKS to all get out!!

A sulfur bath. Flowers of sulfur ( that yellow powder that they use to stop bleeding when they cut dog's nails too close) can be had at any pharmacy. Mix 2T in a gallon of water.

It won't hurt them a bit, though it WILL turn their eyes red. Done once a week for three weeks and not only are they gone, but they usually don't come back. Just watch your hands with those little claws!!

I take it that they are outside and have not been in the house? If so, the vet will have things to kill them in the house as well. Once in the house - always on the cat.....

-- Sue Diederich (willow666@rocketmail.com), April 17, 2001.


I think I will keep the sulfur trick for a last resort, Sue. Sounds too smelly! But that is a good thing to know about and I appreciate it.

Wiley is doing okay. I surrounded the inside of the kennel with the four inch combo panel and he can't chew through that stuff. He just gets so upset when it even rains. He seems to be all right with being in the kennel. I only put him in when I am not here and there's a chance of rain. I'm lucky that I can take my dogs to work with me, but I don't leave the house without at least one staying here for general protection. I try to do the "dog du jour" so they all feel somewhat special at least one day a week.

-- Doreen (bisquit@here.com), April 17, 2001.


I'm glad to hear that's working for Wiley. A real, good loyal and sweet dog doesn't come along every day and it would be hard to put it down. I was giggling about the "dog du jour", cause that's what I do with my kids (children) for my trips to town. God bless,

-- Nancy (sonflower35@icqmail.com), April 18, 2001.

Pick them out! No, Im just joking. You prolly found a solution now though, so im not going to say anything. Greg Franz Is the biggest skank in buffalo.

-- Ashley Gillespie (sara_is4ever@yahoo.com), April 15, 2002.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUSTY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

-- Sara Vanengers (something_ya@yahoo.com), April 15, 2002.

I've had total success with Program. It is non toxic to any animal (including those of us who consider OURSELVES animals) except for fleas. It simply makes the fleas unable to reproduce. It won't kill the fleas that are on the cat, or on your couch, or whatever, but fleas have a short life cycle, so it breaks the cycle.

Fact is, I only had to use Program for a month or two, three or four years ago, and have had no need to use it again. I guess there aren't enough flea ridden cats out here in the country to reinfest my cats. (they came with fleas at no extra charge)

In case you think I'm trying to promote my son's company-NOT; his company (Novartis) does not make Program. Wish it did, then I would be able to get it free.

-- joj (jump@off.c), April 15, 2002.


This is on a totally different subject, but I need help. A feral cat had a litter in my garage, then abandoned them. Two of the litter were still alive when I found them, but I donít know how to care for them. Can anyone help? The kittens are at most two days old.

-- Paul T. Martinez (ptmartinez@hotmail.com), May 05, 2002.

what if it doesnt work

-- davina haught (hotstormoneside@hotmail.com), March 23, 2003.

I was wandering if i could have a sleepover !!!

Love Danielle

-- Danielle Amy La Forge (hifive4@aol.com), February 26, 2004.



Help, My cat just gave birth to 6 kittens tonight and they are already covered in fleas. I did not put the Advantage on the mother while she was pregnant because it says not. Now what do I do?. The cute little babies are going to be eaten alive. YUK... Aren't they too young to put any power on them? Sue Lennon

-- Sue Lennon (lennondesign@comcast.net), June 01, 2004.

my cat also had a litter a few days ago and they too were covered in fleas. my vet told me to wash them in dawn dishwashing liquid and let the suds stay on for 5 minutes rinse well and dry well. this worked wonders for babies and mother. and can be repeated safely every few days. hopes this helps you

-- cathy weaver (tito3538@aol.com), June 14, 2004.

MOTHER JUST HAD 4 KITTENS...THEY TOO ARE INFESTED WITH FLEAS...THE IDEA RE; DAWN DETERG. SOUNDS RIGHT...WILL TRY IT TONIGHT..HAVE SOAKED MY OTHER 3 IN SOADZY WATER AND IT HELPED SOME....NEVER USE FRONTLINE OR ANY OF THAT STUFF UNLESS THEY ARE WELL OVER 8 WEEKS OLD...AND NEVER USE OVER THE COUNTER STUFF LIKE HARTZ..REPORTS HAVE IT CATS ARE DYING OR HAVING SEIZURES FROM IT...AND THEY ARE STILL SELLING THE PRODUCT..PASS ALONG THAT INFO. TO OTHERS.. ALSO TRY MIXING TABLE SALT AND WATER WITH GARLIC POWDER AND PUT INTO A SPRAY BOTTLE AND SPRAY YOUR RUGS AND COUCHES ETC....NOT ON THE CAT - THE SALT MAY BURN THE SKIN....FLEAS HATE GARLIC...IT REPELS THEM...WILL WRITE AGAIN RE' DAWN...ANY OTHER SOLUTIONS SEND THEM TO ME AT SEAMAIDEN@AOL.COM

-- DENISE HEMSLEY (SEAMAIDEN@AOL.COM), July 12, 2004.

Thanks for the info. I wish I would have come here first. The dawn worked great on my kitten.

-- Cindy Kincer (cak60@aol.com), July 29, 2004.

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