Can You Use a Flea Collar for Kittens?
Though there are flea collars out there that are marketed for cats as well as kittens, you need to be extremely careful about using such a product on your kitten.
Flea collars can be very dangerous for kittens under the age of 12 weeks and for any cat, if they are used incorrectly.
Flea collars contain an active ingredient known as pyrethrin which is very effective in killing fleas but is toxic to cats.
If your cat chews on the collar or otherwise ingests this active ingredient, it could lead to gastrointestinal upset and may even damage your kitten’s central nervous system or his heart.
Symptoms of pyrethrin toxicity in cats may include diarrhea, vomiting, drooling, lethargy, dilated pupils, seizures, slowed heart rate, and abnormal blood pressure.
If your kitten is older than 12 weeks, you can use a flea collar but you need to exercise caution.
When choosing a flea collar for your kitten, be sure to read the warning label and follow all instructions. Look for a collar that is made with a breakaway buckle so it will break if your kitten happens to catch it on something – collars that don’t break away pose a choking hazard.
You also want to make sure that you choose a flea collar that is formulated specifically for cats, not for dogs. Flea collars for dogs have higher levels of pyrethrin which could increase the risk of toxicity for your kitten.