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We just adopted an 8 week old kitten from the neighbor of some friends. She's got fleas, and seems too young to use Advantage on. I'd like to get the fleas nipped in the bud without waiting another month. Does anyone know of any essential oils which are safe and effective?<br>
I've got some rosemary hair tonic, how about that?<br><br>
We also can't tell the gender. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Any tips on that?<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
P.S. it's been so long since I posted on MDC that my kids are two years older now! Guess I'd better update my sig. . .
 

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She's old enough at 8 weeks for frontline or advantage. If you're concerned, call your vet and give her age and weight and they can tell you how much of a vial to use (usually 1/2 to the entire vial).<br><br>
Fleas on kittens are nothing to mess around with, they can make kittens anemic. Frontline or advantage are going to be the fastest, safest and most effective way to get rid of the fleas.<br><br>
Congrats on your new kitty!<br><br>
For sexing, try googling something like gender of kittens to see if you can find any photos.<br><br>
~Julia
 

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yeah she should be old enough for any of the drops. when the foster kittens were 6 weeks we used capstar on them at the vet's suggestion.
 

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I have an 8 week old kitten that I got when he was 5 weeks old. Covered in fleas and nearly anemic, poor little guy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I bathed him in Dawn soap and the vet used a tiny amount of revolution on him. Within 24 hours the fleas were dead and gone.<br><br>
As far as sexing, if you look at their rear end, lift up their tail (while they are feet down, not on their belly) little girls have their 2 "holes" very close together (barely any spacing between them) and little boys are further apart (about an inch or so).
 

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Thank you, very useful!<br>
Sure enough, both Advantage and Frontline are for "cats and kittens 8 weeks and older". I got the "Under 9lbs" and just put it on.<br><br>
Thanks for the sexing tips. There is less than 1/2" of space between the two holes. Off to google to see what I can figure out!<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thank you, very useful!<br><br><br>
Thanks for the sexing tips. There is less than 1/2" of space between the two holes. Off to google to see what I can figure out!<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:</div>
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Sounds like you have a female <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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For kittens to young to use advantix or other....Baby shampoo...Like Johnsons...Kills them dead..A vet told me this years ago when I had a baby kitten and couldn't use the other stuff..Worked like a charm...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Don't mess around with essential oils. The dosing is too tricky--strong enough to kill the fleas can kill or seriously damage your kitten.<br><br><a href="http://www.capstar.novartis.us/cat/en/about.shtml" target="_blank">Capstar</a> is a very safe (safer than frontline or advantage) option for young or sick animals. I love this stuff--I don't know why it's not more widely used.
 
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