How To Get Rid Of Fleas/Ticks On A Cat Or Kitten

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First, let me take a moment to thank MissPetPaws for inviting me to do this post. I was just thrilled when she asked me because I am not only an animal lover but I love cats a lot too. In fact, I own a Tuxedo cat.

Second, I would briefly like to tell you a little about myself. Like MissPetPaws I am a blogger myself. In fact, I have two blogs. I started my first WordPress blog in January of 2017 and started my second blog in April of 2017. The name of Blog#1 is WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING)  and the name of Blog #2 is CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. I started these two sites because I had lost my job in January 2015 due to the Department Store closing its doors for good. I was curious, interested and thought it would be fun. I have a 12-year-old cat that found me and she’ll be 13 this September 12, 2019. Like most cats, she has us wrapped around her little white paws. My cat is a Tuxedo cat and stays strictly indoors. She is a very dark grey except for her chin, paws and some of her belly. My cat was named by my nieces and nephew and they named her Daisy Mae. I’m very thankful for Daisy Mae because of her unconditional love, her companionship and the fact she relieves my stress if there is any. 

FLEAS!! This is one word pet owners don’t want to talk about or face because the truth is that one word can lead to an infestation which is never good. You see, adopting/rescuing a kitten/cat is always an exciting time. However, owning a cat/kitten is also a lot of hard work too especially in the beginning. The work starts even before you get that cute little kitten/cat with doing your research, what kind of cat/kitten are you going to get, planning for unexpected vet bills, is your cat/kitten going to be an outside cat/kitten, indoor cat/kitten or both. Also, you will want to ask several questions when you go to adopt/rescue a cat and make sure you get satisfactory answers. Also, check and see if the kitten/cat has been flea dipped. However if it’s a kitten you’re rescuing/adopting a cat/kitten, if the kitten/cat is under 1-year-old don’t and I stress don’t flea dip the kitten/cat. If you don’t know the age of the kitten/cat then take the kitten/cat to your vet and they will tell you if it’s OK or not. At what age can you flea dip a kitten? There are many answers to this question but the safest answer and best answer, in my opinion, is that you should never flea dip a kitten and if you feel it’s necessary, take the kitten to your vet and let them flea dip your kitten. It may cost you a bit and be a little inconvenient but in the long run, it’ll be worth it and you’ll have peace of mind.

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What can happen if a kitten is flea dipped too early? Worst case scenario — death. Let me tell you briefly about my experience. I adopted/rescued this beautiful little kitten and the people said they were going to flea dip the kitten. The kitten was still too young to be flea dipped and we told the people that but they didn’t listen and went ahead and flea dipped our beautiful little kitten which we named Cutie Pie. What was the result of our kitten being flea dipped too early? Sad to say she died at the end of the week. That’s right, I only had her for a week because of what they did. I may have only had her a week but I made the most of it and enjoyed Cutie Pie for as long as I had her.

Once the kitten gets older you may start to see your kitten start scratching more. This could be due to fleas. If you see flea larvae or flea eggs start to show up on your kitten/cat’s bed, your carpet, wood furniture or even your beds your kitten/cat may have fleas. Also, if you start finding bites showing up on your body or bugs showing up in your bed, your kitten/cat may have fleas. Take it from me, having flea bites on your legs is no fun. You’re always wanting to scratch and there always itchy.

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How do you get rid of fleas? There are many ways to get rid of fleas. First, let me tell what doesn’t work. Flea Bombs. I don’t recommend these. Second, What works? Now there is a powder and a spray that does work. In fact, it worked wonders. Another thing, if you own a kitten older than 1-year-old or an adult cat and you want to use a spray/liquid on your cat let me suggest this & that is read the directions and warnings on the bottle/spray before buying because some flea preventions are toxic to cats. If you do this you’ll save yourself frustration, time and money in the long run. Below are photos of the Flea’s life cycle, Flea bites on a leg and Percentage of the Flea life cycle below.

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CAT FLEA LIFE CYCLE.

 

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FLEA BITES ON A LEG (NOT MY LEG).

 

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PERCENTAGE OF THE FLEA LIFE CYCLE.

Now let’s talk flea & tick collars. Since each cat is different and reacts differently to flea & tick collars, you may go through two or three collars before finding one your cat likes and reacts well to. Personally, I like Seresto flea & tick collars. It lasts for 8 months and works. OK so it’s a bit pricey but if you buy at the vet’s and they’re like my vet, they’ll give you a rebate. Buy it at Rural King or somewhere else you won’t get a rebate. Below is a photo of the container. The cat collar is in the container.

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SERESTO CAT COLLAR Check Chewy Price

 

 

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5 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of Fleas/Ticks On A Cat Or Kitten

  1. Thanks so much to Crystal for this excellent post.

    We are so pleased that you have taken the time to write a guest post for us! Don’t forget to drop by Crystal’s site and take a look at her photos and posts.

    Thanks again Crystal you’re the best. Love to Daisy Mae.
    Olivia
    Miss Pet Paws

  2. Great article. I am sorry your kitten passed away. I found a flea ridden kitten once and washed it in the sink with baby shampoo. It looked like we were killing it because the blood from the fleas turned the water red.

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