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So this adorable flea-infested kitten adopted my family 3 days ago. DD and I heard it meowing in the woods all afternoon and when we went outside, it marched right up to us and demanded to be loved. I'm guesssing she is about 8 weeks old? She is tiny but her claws and teeth are hard. I'd be suprised if she were older.<br><br>
Anyway, the vet was closed, so no frontline yet. We did a bath and comb (is there a trick to a flea comb? I can barely catch the stupid things)... She looks super healthy, clear eyes and ears, no worms in the poop, etc. I don't really want to take her to the vet at this point for various reasons, mainly because i don't trust them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Everytime we take our "other" cat in for something, they say she is pregnant, even after we tell them she has been fixed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Ah, only game in town...<br><br>
She's having a hard time eating dry kitten food. I've been giving her some half-raw egg in the morning, some meat during the day, and soggy dry kitten food at night. Is there anyone who can point me to a fairly concise homemade kitten food site? Should I buy some milk replacer to wet the kitten food? I've had teeny bottlefed kittens, and cats that birth and nurse kittens, but I've never had a cat this small find me of it's own accord and I'm second guessing myself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I don't want to give her kitty vitamins because I think it would be too easy to over-dose her... but I know the fleas have drained her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Last thing: After 3 nights inside, she didn't meow all night! But, she did pee in the bed this morning. again. Night one, she peed right on Dh, he jumped up and ran her to the litter box. Night 2, she peed on our friend asleep on the couch. This morn, she peed on me. I put her in the litter box. Is there anything else I can do? I randomly put her in there during the day, and she goes... so, she knows where it is and what it is for... is it just going to take her a while for bladder control? I should probably set an alarm to wake me up to put her in the box, huh?<br><br>
Anyway, she's just the sweetest thing. Wants to be with everyone. Follows DD around like a puppy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Even our cat that hates everything is okay with her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I just don't know exactly what I'm doing... or where to go for good advice.
 

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Hi! Just wanted to let you know that you are not ignored. The board is moving faster than usual and I'm losing track of threads.<br><br>
How far is she having to walk to get to the box? She may need a few boxes scattered throughout the house so she decides to go to a box instead of on your bed. Otherwise, she WILL get better; life with an infant kitten is always a little challenging.<br><br>
You can absolutely make her food or feed her raw--<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPitcairns-Complete-Guide-Natural-Health%2Fdp%2F157954973X%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1214403101%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Pitcairn</a>'s book is best for cooked homemade; google "raw food cats" for a ton of sites for raw feeding. For the short-term, I would feed her canned food mixed with her kibble to get her used to eating the crunchies. Then implement whatever feeding program you'd like.
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: I love this new smilie<br><br>
She's eating great now. Keeps trying to nurse off of me, because i smell like milk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
We are in a small apartment, the litter box is less than 10 feet from the bed.<br>
Now she is pooping in the corner in the bedroom (and hasn't peed on anyone again). So, yep, I'm just going to put an open litter pan where she is going... Our "other" box is closed and more in the middle of the apartment... so proabbly not the 2 best things for a baby kitty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
The poor thing still has fleas! I've been giving her a bath daily (just a touch of soap to trap the fleas) and drying her with a microfiber towel (woo-hoo, it traps fleas, too!) then flea comb her. Every. Day. I've aslo been doing the vacuum, wash, repeat for everything in the house. *sigh* Kentucky summers and fleas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Dh is putting Sevin Dust outside tonight, and I'm not hanging clothes out on the line (we saw a couple fleas before little Furball came anyway)... I hate fleas.
 

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is she old enough for frontline or advantage? I think they need to be around 8 weeks old. a vet could tell you the correct dosage.<br><br>
~Julia
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">is she old enough for frontline or advantage? I think they need to be around 8 weeks old. a vet could tell you the correct dosage.<br><br>
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Honestly, I don't think she is. We are giving her a few more days.<br>
She just *barely* has her teeth, and according to the "how old are these kittens" threads, she is somewhere between 5 and 7 weeks... And she is just so darned friendly, from the get-go. I'm pretty sure the mother was moving the litter and this one got lost. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Don't know if I should start a new thread or not <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br>
Is it possible for fleas to be immune to Frontline? Dh was checking our big kitty last night and she had fleas on her. I just put Frontline on her 12 days ago! We've been using it for... about 3 years now, and we have lived in this home for a year. I know fleas are bad in our area, but this is... well....<br>
Should we switch to a different treatment? But it will have to wait until at least 30 days, correct? Can I give her (our 5 year old cat) a flea shampoo? Or do I have to wait until the 30 days are up for that, too?<br><br>
There are so many stray animals that come to the neighbor's (apartment complex) and I'm wondering if they are just tracking the itchy little buggers on our yard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Dh is putting Sevin Dust down outside tonight, with much hope...<br><br>
We noticed a couple fleas in our office last week, so i know the fault doesn't solely lie with new little kitten. I stopped hanging our clothes outside <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> thinking they were coming from the yard. We are vacuuming, washing, blah blah like crazy. Only the cats have visible fleas, and we are trying to get rid of the eggs, I suppose.<br>
We dealt with fleas last summer, but our cat was the only one unaffected!<br><br>
I really hate fleas. With a passion. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Dh just bought a new 6 month supply of Frontline, I'm willing to take it back for something else if something else will work!
 

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I've had better luck with Advantage on my cats. It's Frontline on the dog and Advantage on the cats. Dunno why, but it seems to work better that way (for us).
 
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