Every pet owner knows the struggle of trying to eliminate parasites. They are these super-organisms that manage to survive in the severest conditions and that always manage to return, regardless of all our efforts to keep them away. There’s always this new and revolutionary product or recipe that is guaranteed to scare these buggers away forever, but they still manage to adapt and overcome any obstacle they encounter. So, how do we finally get rid of these pests? Well, there’s no set recipe and there’s definitely no 100% success rate instruction, so the only smart thing you can do is combine prevention and treatment, as well as caution at all times and eventually hope for the best.
However, when it comes to treating kittens from fleas and ticks, methods and tools for curing them may differ from methods that are used on adult cats. These may even be more important, as very small kittens are very sensitive and they must receive treatment ASAP, given that a bunch of blood-sucking parasites can be fatal to such a tiny organism. That is why these cases must be taken seriously. Let’s see what that actually implies.
A good natural way to treat fleas is to make an apple cider vinegar solution. Vinegar is the key ingredient, but it shouldn’t be used directly as it might irritate your pet’s skin. That is why you should dilute it and then use it on your pet’s fur and skin. We won’t discuss proportions as they vary, depending on your kitten’s weight and age. It’s best that you consult a vet to get a precise and accurate answer. Make sure you cover your cat’s skin and fur entirely before you start using a flea comb to exterminate the fleas. Of course, as you already know, this works only on live fleas, they lay eggs which cause a reinfestation after a week, so it’s best to repeat this treatment every few days if not every day in order to completely cure your dear pet. After they’re gone, you can do the process once a week for prevention. Moreover, you can use this solution for ticks, too, with a help of thin tweezers that should do the trick.
Given the fact that you’ll be dealing with kittens, keep in mind that some products are not meant to be used on such young cats. There are special lines of anti-flea shampoos and other cosmetics that are specially made for baby animals. However, many brands solve this issue by clearly emphasizing the minimum age and weight of a cat that can use that specific product safely. So, once your kittens are old enough, at least fourteen weeks old and weighing at least 4.1 pounds, you will be able to treat them with quick and safe treatments such as anti-parasite Comfortis for cats. When looking for the best way to treat your cat, don’t forget to read the product safety information and feel free to consult your vet.
Take care of the environment
Once your kittens have been taken care of, you need to clean their whole surroundings. That includes their bedding, their houses, toys, your whole house and yard, basically any place your pets spend your time, as well as all other pets you may have. Don’t forget to treat all your pets, not only infested ones. Make sure to do your research when it comes to ways of cleaning your rugs and other things from fleas and do it all appropriately. Parasites don’t allow mistakes since they’re their ticket back to the host.
Keep your yard tidy
Not only should you clean your whole residence, but your yard and your garden need to be very tidy. Parasites love to hang around tall grass or dense bushes. Do your best to eliminate these places where parasites can nest and that way, you’ll contribute to your pets being much safer in their own homes. Unfortunately, you cannot affect what they do and where they go outside, but the best you can do in these situations is just have a regular check-up after their nights out.
When it comes to prevention, it’s best if it’s done at the same time to all your pets. There are special collars, powders or liquids that serve as prevention from parasites. There are even injections that provide a shield from parasites for a certain time period. It’s best if you consult your vet on the topic of prevention and create a parasite-prevention plan for all your pets which will be overseen by a vet.
There’s nothing sadder and more worrying than when a baby pet gets sick. Regardless of how harmless some parasites may seem, they present a much greater danger to young animals than for adults. That is why this problem should be addressed seriously and with a clear head.