Talk

Advanced search

OCD kitten fleas!

(35 Posts)
missladybird Sun 12-Nov-17 21:52:03

Just adopted the most gorgeous little kitten but unfortunately she has fleas. Took her to the vets first thing this morning who sprayed her with frontline. I've just combed as many fleas out as I possibly could.

I have a small dd and I have really bad ocd regarding chemicals etc so I really don't want to use a spray in the house. Is it a necessity with wooden floors? I have carpets upstairs but the kitten has never been up there.

Worriedobsessive Sun 12-Nov-17 21:53:13

Yes because once you’ve got fleas they are a bastard to be rid of.

Litten pics please!

ghostyslovesheets Sun 12-Nov-17 21:54:15

where did you adopt her from that she had fleas sad

Advocate is better than a spray as it will kill them off on her and any that land on her - did your vet not suggest it or is she too young?

Dancingfairy Sun 12-Nov-17 21:55:20

Yes I have wooden all downstairs but when my cats god fleas my god my house was riddled with them. They will be in sofa/curtains basically any soft furnishings so definitely needs doing.

pinotnoirismyjam Sun 12-Nov-17 21:55:49

Frontline probably won't work as fleas are resistant to it now - our cat picked up fleas on frontline. Advantage seems to work.

Unfortunately you will need to spray down the house and wash anything that might have come into contact with the kitten. Do it room by room and ventilate well and it'll be fine.

Dancingfairy Sun 12-Nov-17 21:57:00

Surprised vet used frontline though as I keep hearing people say how rubbish it is!

missladybird Sun 12-Nov-17 21:59:06

A woman who fosters for a small local rescue. She apparently gave the kittens Bob Martin tablets 2 days before I got her hmm

I bought the frontline houseguard stuff before reading about indorex. Is the frontline stuff safe?

Justbookedasummmerholiday Sun 12-Nov-17 22:02:32

Frontline doesn't work ..
Bath kitten in Fairy or baby shampoo,use a nit comb! spray the house and hoover every single day.

dementedpixie Sun 12-Nov-17 22:03:13

Bob Martin stuff is also said not to work. Are you sure she didn't mean worming tablets? Flea treatments are normally spot on applied to the back of the neck

missladybird Sun 12-Nov-17 22:11:57

Apparently kitten is too young for anything other than the frontline spray. I'm so itchy and feel disgusting!

IHATEPeppaPig Sun 12-Nov-17 22:15:53

From recent experience spray everything otherwise you will end up with fleas everywhere!!!!!!

Dancingfairy Sun 12-Nov-17 22:16:12

Bob Martin comes in tablet form I have them in my drawer at home as it's what I gave my a cat before realising they don't work.

pinotnoirismyjam Sun 12-Nov-17 22:16:35

Advantage can be used on kittens at 8 weeks, and the kitten shouldn't have been separated from its Mum before this.

We used a standard insecticide to spray down the house.

kali110 Sun 12-Nov-17 22:27:48

Bob martin wont work as it has the same stuff as frontline.
You'll have wait 7-14 days till you can use anither one, but buy adovate, that is the best one.
Has it been vaccinated?

dailydance Sun 12-Nov-17 22:35:57

I was told by a vet to wait another 30 days before applying any other flea treatment. Better safe than sorry esp for a kitten imo.

Mine too were infested when I got them. It’s ok.. you’ll get rid of the fleas. Put kitten in empty bath (just for confinement) and go him/her through with a flea comb, drowning the little buggers in a glass of water. Do this every evening. Hoover everyday and change the bag once a week. Be careful of the fumigation as the fumes can be pretty strong and may be too much for a kitten. On the plus side it’s coming into winter so fleas are easier to kill off. The eggs / ones that lie in dormant ..you’ll get over the winter with lots and lots of hoovering. Don’t get psychosomatic ;) .. quite easy with fleas!! smile

dailydance Sun 12-Nov-17 22:36:29

*go through him/her

missladybird Sun 12-Nov-17 22:36:41

She's just under 9 weeks. The frontline spray must be working to some extent as the fleas have slowed down enough for me to catch some of them. So if I spray around where dd plays etc she can't be harmed?

dailydance Sun 12-Nov-17 22:44:01

Use the fumigation sprays as a last resort. They are not good for animals or humans. Don’t over react. I lost count at about 60 flea killings per cat (caught from flea comb & drowned). I did fumigate but I regret it; it was an over reaction and was a massive massive pain in the arse ensuring it was safe for the cats afterwards and rooms well aired for hours while keeping cats out of rooms). You’ll feel better when you’ve had a couple of weeks of daily hoovering (Hoover furniture too) and when you see the flea numbers decreasing (if you comb everyday you’ll notice a decent decrease after a week. I actually lost half a stone from all of the hoovering 😂

I’ve had cats all of my life; they have all had fleas at one time or another. I have never been bitten.

dailydance Sun 12-Nov-17 22:47:28

Oh and you have to drown the fleas. They sometimes jump from the comb if not caught in it properly. Another reason to do it in the tub/bathroom. Comb & dunk. Then hoover bathroom and rinse tub.

missladybird Sun 12-Nov-17 23:00:36

I am overreacting and I'm much more bothered about the chemical aspect of the sprays than the actual critters! The cat has only been in 2 rooms - kitchen and living room. They both have wooden floors and i have a leather sofa. Not many soft furnishings around. I can't being myself to spray it where dd and the kitten both play even if I keep them out of the room for a while

dinoboogie Sun 12-Nov-17 23:05:53

I would also want to avoid using nasty chemicals but I've heard that spraying the house is a must if your cat brings in fleas so I'd probably do it sooner rather than later...

Weedsnseeds1 Sun 12-Nov-17 23:09:54

Comb the kitten, Indorex the house and also get diotomacious earth and chuck it everywhere.

CardsforKittens Sun 12-Nov-17 23:17:22

The safest thing for the kitten is to bathe it with baby shampoo and comb with a nit comb. The kitchen sink is good for this, but the bathtub works too. Water should be quite warm (same as for a baby). Keep the kitten's head out of the water. You might find all the fleas congregate on the kitten's face if the rest of the kitten's body is under water. This is icky but a good oppprtunity to catch the fleas and drown them. Keep bathing and combing every day until you're sure the fleas are gone.

dailydance Sun 12-Nov-17 23:26:34

I hate using chemicals too. They are last resorts for me now. You’ll need to hoover all of downstairs every day, but obv spending more time in those two rooms. Still hoover the sofa / under cushion parts even though it’s leather. Comb every day and don’t freak out if one jumps from the comb (unlike me.. I did an excellent shrieking riverdance impression). Get the hoover immediately if that happens.

I don’t have dc, but if I did, I would be even less likely to use chemicals than I am now.

kali110 Mon 13-Nov-17 05:56:19

Id seek vet advice as its a kitten ( it was the vet who advised us to give another flea treatment within the 30days) but as its a kitten id check it was ok to do this, especially as she's given it tablets.
just becareful as some cats can
Be allergic to flea bites!

Bob Martin stuff is also said not to work. Are you sure she didn't mean worming tablets? Flea treatments are normally spot on applied to the back of the neck
You can get actual flea treatment in tablet form, though i have no idea if it works.

Has it had it vaccinations whilst being with her?

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now