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How to help a scabbed kitten?

Fleas have found their way onto my cats. My smallest kitten has the sharpest, most painful, deadly claws. She's scratching herself because of the fleas and causing serious damage. She has cuts, blood, and scabs all over her. So I can't give her a flea bath. Hubby's afraid of putting medicated drops (like frontline or advantage) on her cause the poison might get into her blood w/ all those open cuts. So what can we do? We don't think it's fair to declaw her (nor can we afford it) when the only reason for her serious scratching is the fleas. We just need a safe flea treatment. What can we use that won't hurt her in the process? I was thinking of using that liquid bandage stuff then the drops. Good idea? Suggestions?

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Asked by jus1jess at 12:14 PM on Aug. 13, 2009 in Pets

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  • give her a bath (not fun, sorry)
    then maybe apply some triple antibiotic ointment
    perhaps even top the cuts with desitin or vaseline. they might cover the open wounds thickly enough so you can apply some flea medicine.

    Answer by mama_moonsong at 12:16 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Dilute Original Listerine 50-50 with water and dip the kitten. The tincture of Benzoin will keep the fleas off, the alcohol will disinfect the lesions. And treat the house including any and all bedding, stat.

    Answer by Fistandantalus at 12:18 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • If your kitten has super sharp claws, you either need to trim them yourself or take her in to the vet and have them trimmed. It's very easy to do yourself, with a regular pair of nail clippers. Just cut off the sharp tips (pressing on the pads will extend her claws) and make sure not to cut the quick.
    Here's a link to the Humane Society's page on trimming claws:
    Also, Diatomaceous earth sprinkled on your carpet, left for 24 hours and then vacuumed up should kill the fleas in your carpets. Or, if you live in a very low-humidity area, you can try salt.

    Answer by SarahLeeMorgan at 5:32 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • Take her to the vet and let them help her.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:52 PM on Aug. 13, 2009

  • i would give her a bath in dawn dish soap like once a week to kill the adult fleas on her intill her sores r closed and then i would go get a flea dip or shampoo high in pyrethin (sp) and use that...pyrethin is what advantage and frontline use to kill fleas...the shampoo and dips cost a lot less and u get more for ur money

    Answer by rainmommy at 12:36 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • True a bath is best, then do use Desitine on the wounds it has zinc and fishoil to help heal and protect the wounds then use Regular plain old listerine to their fur it helps a ton and you can use it as a mosquitoe replellant as well for you and your family it Really Works. I live in Washington State and we use it on us all the time when we go for hikes in the woods.

    Answer by Hundrey at 1:38 AM on Aug. 14, 2009

  • Kitten with fleas and / open wounds : How about some NuVet Plus Feline vitamins ; just 1/2 teaspoon per day - mixed into some wet cat food:

    Last - Use some D.Earth powder / organic human grade - dust this little one 3-4 x per week . very low cost and very safe...

    see here for more info:  Diatomaceous earth for cats with fleas:

    Open sores on cat : witch hazel and nuvet supplements


    Answer by nuvetmarie at 11:28 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

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