How to Remove Fleas from Your Kitten

Kittens are susceptible to fleas just like older cats.

However, you cannot use conventional flea treatments on them since they still have weak immune systems and these might be fatal. A kitten usually picks up a flea infestation from his mother cat. If you have other cats and dogs in your household you will also have to treat them to avoid infestation or re-infestation.

Here is what you will need to naturally remove fleas from kittens:

• Gentle liquid detergent.
• Warm water.
• Flea comb.

Start by filling the sink with warm water.

Test the temperature of the water to ensure that it is just right as if you were bathing an infant. Place the kitten in the warm water up to his neck. Do not immerse him completely or pour water over his head. Instead, use a dishtowel to wet the kitten’s head and neck.

Once the kitten is wet, take him out of the water and then put him on a towel. You might want to get some help in bathing the kitten, with one of you holding the kitten while the other massages the liquid detergent into his fur. Just use a little of the detergent. Make sure you massage the detergent all over the kitten’s body, including his neck, back of the ears, tail, and rear, but make sure the soap does not get into his eyes and ears.

Rinse the kitten by putting him back into the water. If he is not struggling too much, you can keep him submerged for a few minutes to ensure that more fleas are eliminated. Sprinkle water on his head to rinse it. If the kitten is struggling, try to finish the job as quickly as possible. Once you’re finished rinsing him, wrap the kitten in a towel and then take him to a warm place to dry.

To finish the job, comb the kitten with a flea comb. First, however, you should prepare a small cup of hot water with a couple of drops of dishwashing soap in it. While the kitten is still damp, comb-over his body with the flea comb to remove any remaining fleas. If you have any petroleum jelly, you can place some on the comb so that the fleas will stick to it. Dip the comb in the water and the fleas will sink to the bottom.

Alternately, you can dab some petroleum jelly on the flea so that it will be immobilized, and then pick it off. Then drop the fleas into the water. Once you’ve eliminated all the fleas from the kitten, take the cup with the fleas and flush them down the toilet.
If you have to eliminate fleas from newborn kittens, you will have to do so manually. Catch them with your fingers or use tweezers. Once the kitten is older than eight weeks, you can already use commercial flea treatment products to get rid of fleas. Consult with your veterinarian as to which is the best product to use for your kitten.