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Fleas on a 2 Month Old Kitten

How do you get fleas off a 2 month old kitten. They cant be treated till they are 4 months old.

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2 Vets said he would not give any meds till 4 months old. We have been bathing her 2 times a week but no luck.

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Yes, you can treat a cat this young. You can use one of the sprays. You spray it on a gloved hand and rub it around the body.

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If there are no other animals with the fleas in your home, then get you a good flea comb and comb away.
It takes time but it's worth it because they multiply so quickly and you don't want them filling up in your home.
You can try some flea bombs for your home but that's kind of a pain in the a**! : )
As soon as the kitty's old enough, get some Frontline or Advantage. I thought they made a kind that's safe in a kitten form but I'm not posotive.
Check around at some local vets and good luck.

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Johnson and Johnson's Baby Shampoo will stun the fleas long enough for you to pick them off and send them down the drain. I have personally used it on a 6 wk old kitten on the recommendation of our old vet and had no problems with it. It definately helps to have an extra set of hands. If the kitten has been loose in your house, you also need to treat there or they will just jump back on it. Good luck.

Take it to the vet, and they can give your kitten a pill and fleas will drop off instantly!


I have heard that Dawn dishwashing liquid kills fleas instantly. If you dare bathe the kitten, do so in the Dawn and rinse it off thoroughly.


i had this same problem last year. I kept bathing them in dawn and ended up getting one really sick. Now I know the vet has Topspot or Advantix that are specially made for kittens less than 6 months, all the fleas will be gone within 12 hours.

Call you vet. you should be able to get Advantax or Revolution for them I don't think there is an age requirement. The over the counter stuff might be a little different that is why it says wait until they are 4 months old. You want to call asap fleas lay eggs pretty quickly and can get in your carpet.

Yes, you can treat a cat this young. You can use one of the sprays. You spray it on a gloved hand and rub it around the body.

Just like the Dawn liquid, I have also used Lemon scented JOY dishwashing liquid. It worked. Hold the kitten by the back of the neck and dip in the sink of tepid water and liquid. Have the other sink filled with a rinse water. That way the process will be pretty quick.
Tip- where long sleeves and some sort of gloves if possible. (scratches)

Ive had this problem before - Murphys Wood Oil Soap works like a charm and is non toxic.

Hi T., we had to get fleas off our 3 month old puppy once. Wash the kitten in dawn dishwashing liquid. That should do the trick! She was maybe 3 lbs when we tried the Advantix stuff and it made her sick, I wouldn't risk it.

Bathing kittens can be difficult and I had a kitten once that I bathed and it died the next morning.

I worked at a vet a couple of years ago and I think they still have a special one for kittens, so I would recommend calling the vet. Just whatever you do, don't use the Grocery store brand! Those can even make healthy older animals extremely sick.

You have had good advice but I want to add something for the long run. I have had many kitten & cats over the years & I would like to suggest to give the kitten a bath on a regular basis (i do mine every month)to get it used to baths. It will be much easier when it is older if it is used to the water & getting a bath.
Just my 2 cents. Good luck with your kitty.

After you bathe if you dare or maybe have it done at a groomer then comb. And also Garlic Oil can help, my MIL is a little overboard in her natural care for her pets in our opinion but she swears by garlic oil to keep fleas and ticks away. I tried it during the winter months and it seemed to work, we've started Frontline again though. You buy the capsules in the vitamin/supplement department at a drugstore or health food store and either add them to their food or administer as you normally would a pill. My dog is the king of spitting out so we just stick it in a spoonful of canned food and he usually doesn't notice. If anything it will get you through the next 2 months. My vet told me this is going to be a very bad flea and tick season again this year.

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