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Homemade Flea Bath?

August 3rd, 2004, 08:34 PM
Here we go again.

I found a kitten. Well, not so much FOUND it... I went out lastnight to get cigarettes and as I was walking past the food vendors at the gate of my school I heard this high-pitched and panicked meowing. I walked around to see what it was, and the lady making deep-fried tofu had a cat in her bag. I asked her if I could have a look at it, and it was the cutest cat I've ever seen!! I asked if it was for sale, and she said she didn't want it. So it came home with me.

Provided the dog and the cat can get along, I'll be keeping the cat. He's precious, and I'll get photos put as soon as possible.

In the meantime, he's absolutely covered in fleas. I'm going to try my hand at getting some flea shampoo, but in the event that I can't find any, does anyone know of any kind of homemade flea bath I can use? I've heard I can use regular dishsoap with vinegar and glycerine, or Ivory bar soap, but I want to know if you guys can offer me any advice!


August 3rd, 2004, 09:35 PM
We believed one of our cats had fleas when we got him but according to the label we could not give him a flea bath because he had to be at least 12 weeks of age and we didn't know how old he was. I called a vet and they said that any kind of shampoo (I'm guessing pet shampoo?) will kill the fleas if left on for more than 15 minutes. I don't know if you have access to that either but it's way more common than flea shampoo or bath. Don't get it's face wet though! How old is it?

August 4th, 2004, 01:50 AM
I'm guessing the kitten is about 6 weeks, far too young to be away from its mother, but is nonetheless.

By the way, the fried tofu lady wasn't going to cook the cat, in case you all were wondering! :)

I found a flea dip today, and I tried it out. I hope that it works, I told the guy at the animal medicine store that the cat was very small. If it doesn't, I'll try a regular shampoo for a long period of time.

I think I'm allergic to the cat, though, so I may not be able to keep him after all. Anyway, here's a photo of him!

August 4th, 2004, 08:26 AM
Awww Corey,please don't be allergic :( he needs you sooo much and is adorable,poor little thing.
In a small kitten like that,I would just give it a bath with a mild soap if any soap at all.The fleas will start floating on the water and are easy to spot,then use a finetooth comb and he should be ok.Take care though,all your little puppy needs is fleas :eek:
I am glad you pointed out the lady was not going to cook him,maybe just not enough meat on those little bones yet :D
Your pup and the kitten could have a wonderful life together :D

August 4th, 2004, 09:05 AM
Oh he is so cute, he is SO LUCKY to have found you. When I had my little kittens the vet told me to use baby wash on them and than after they get out take them and hold them and than pick any of the left over fleas off. And make sure you kill them (flush in the toliet, etc.) so they do not get back on the cats. Good luck and thank you for saving this little baby. :D

August 4th, 2004, 10:26 AM
How sweet! Your pup and this kitten are just the right age to really bond together and be great pals! The interaction between the two will be so entertaining. I envy you! When you bathe the kitty, suds up the neck first to create a barrier to prevent the fleas migrating from the body to the head. I use Flea-Flea Bar Soap which is available on-line and is safe for both cats and dogs, puppies and kittens.

August 4th, 2004, 05:14 PM
I gave the kitty to a friend of mine.

I think he and my puppy could have gotten along really well once the cat calmed down a bit. My pup regarded him with a kind of curiosity, not with a desire to eat him. But the cat was really wound up about the dog.

He's really friendly with people, though. But I'm really allergic to him. He's been gone now 12 hours and I'm still sneezing!!

I'll be able to check up on him because he's with a friend... and the friend likes pets, so I'm pretty confident the cat will be ok!

I put a flea collar on my puppy as soon as I brought the cat home. So far so good!! No fleas on him yet.