Kitten Flea Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

Tips for Kitten Flea Prevention & Treatment

How do I prevent my kitten from getting fleas?

It’s highly likely that one or all of your pets come in to contact with other animals regularly, all of which may be carrying at least one flea!

As they say, prevention is better than cure, which is certainly the case in helping stop your kitten from getting fleas. Protect your pet by keeping their flea treatments up to date all year round.

Tip

Your kitten can be protected from fleas from six weeks of age.

Symptoms of fleas on kittens

Aside from seeing fleas on your kitten, a kitten flea symptom is ‘flea dirt’; black dots throughout your kitten’s coat.

Flea dirt is excrement and dried blood, left behind by fleas whenever they live and breed on your buddy. Places to check for fleas or flea dirt include in armpits, groin, around the ears, belly and the base of the tail.

Test whether your cat has fleas by placing a large piece of damp paper towel beneath them as you brush their coat with a flea comb. As the flea dirt hits the damp paper, a small red blot will appear.

Other kitten flea symptoms include:

  • Scratching
  • Chewing
  • Licking
  • Restlessness
  • Head shaking

Get rid of kitten fleas by breaking the flea lifecycle

Fleas lay hundreds of eggs and can infest a household in a matter of weeks. The adult fleas that are visible on your cat makes up only 5% of the number of flea eggs and larval in your kitten’s environment. This is why it’s important to treat your house for fleas as well as your pets, and why your kitten should be treated even when we don’t see any actual fleas on them!

  1. Wash your pet’s bedding, and anything else your pet sleeps on, in hot water
    Washing your pet’s bedding is essential. Your pet won’t stop scratching for long if they jump in to a flea-riddled bed shortly after being treated! Use hot water if you can (a trip to the laundrette might be in order) for the best chance of killing any flea eggs that might be present. If your pet shares your bed or sleeps on the couch, factor in time to wash these things too.
  2. Vacuum carpets frequently
    Thoroughly and frequently vacuuming carpets in your home will help draw out fleas and their eggs.
  3. Keep your pet’s flea treatments up to date!
    Flea control for kittens is the most important step in keeping your buddy flea-free. All other steps will be less effective if your pet’s flea treatment is not kept up-to-date all year round.

As part of their ongoing healthcare, your kitten should also be vaccinated and their worm treatment kept up to date.

Our Recommended Products

Seresto Flea Collar for Kittens & Cats

  • Provides up to eight months protection from fleas
  • Slow release dosage to ensure ongoing protection
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Revolution Flea and Worming Treatment for Cats 3pk

  • Provides treatment against a range of internal and external parasites including fleas, heartworm, ear mites, hookworm and roundworm.

Frontline Plus Flea Treatment for Cats 3pk

  • For the treatment and prevention of flea infestation and biting lice.

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