10 Natural Home Flea Remedies for Cats March 13 2017
With Spring just around the corner, you may already be thinking about flea prevention and treatment. Most vet clinic and store bought flea treatments can be expensive, and contain harsh chemicals that are not good for you or your cat. While fleas are not only gross and annoying, they can also cause serious diseases in pets if left untreated. Make sure to check your cat thoroughly for fleas before starting any treatment so you know what you are dealing with.
Here are 15 natural home flea remedies that actually work!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of those amazing ingredients that can treat many different ailments, and is also very affective at getting rid of fleas. While the apple cider solution does not kill fleas, it causes them to jump off and stay off your pet. For temporary relief mix apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle at a portion of 2:1. Drench your cats coat and comb the mixture through. This one spray treatment can last 3-4 days. Repeat if needed.
Please note, this is best done away from the house outside, or in a contained room with no soft furnishings. Vacuum all surrounding areas immediately afterwards, and make sure to empty the vacuum into an outside garbage bin afterwards.
2. Lemon Spray
Lemons contain high amounts of citric acid which kills fleas. To prepare the spray, cut one lemon into quarters and add to boiling water. Allow this to steep overnight, then once cooled add the solution to a spray bottle. Spray over your cats entire coat, specially soaking infected areas like behind the ears, head, around the bum and base of the tail. Cats are very sensitive to the citrus scents, so be careful to avoid the face and areas they may lick like their paws.
3. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
Giving your cat a bath with Dawn dishwashing liquid can affectively get rid of fleas by suffocating them in the soap solution. Add a large squirt of the blue coloured dawn to bath water, and thorough bathe your cat in the soapy water. It is especially affective if you can submerge large areas of your cats body under water. Using it as a shampoo is also very affective. Make sure to rinse the soap off thoroughly to avoid your cats skin becoming dry and irritated.
4. Flea Comb
Every pet owner should have a flea comb at home! They can be used on both dogs and cats, and are very affective at combing out fleas and eggs. Keep a bowl of warm soapy water close by to rinse the fleas out of the comb which drowns them. Comb through your cats hair, paying special attention to infected areas. Do this daily until there is no sign of fleas.
5. White Vinegar
White vinegar is another cheap and affective remedy to eradicate fleas from cats. It can be used to bathe your cat, and also for cleaning. Clean surfaces and floors with warm water and vinegar. Bathe your cat in a mixture of two parts vinegar, to one part warm water. Do no rinse. Allow the vinegar to sit and dry on your cats fur. Repeat every 3-4 days as needed.
6. Aromatherapy/Essential Oils
Aromatherapy oils acts as a repellent for fleas and smells wonderful! Tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cedarwood, geranium, and citronella are most affective. Using these on your cat's fur prior to spring and summer is an affective way of keeping fleas away. Rub the oil around your cat's neck, behind their head and ears, under their chin, and at the base of their tail. Your cat will be one pretty smelling flea repellent!
Fleas hate the smell of rosemary so sprinkling it in areas where your cat hangs out and sleeps, is a great way of keeping them away. Buy a large handful of rosemary leaves and grind them into a fine powder. Sprinkle this on your cats bed, carpets and other areas where your cat likes to perch. A small amount will do, and you won't even notice it's there! Keeping fresh rosemary plants by your front door and around your house, is also quite affective. Rosemary is a cat-safe herb, so not to worry!
Salt and salt water is another great all-natural flea repellent. Add salt to warm water to wash floors and hard surfaces. You can also sprinkle a little bit of salt straight onto your carpet or cat's bed. While salt will only help repel adult fleas, it is very affective in killing flea eggs and larvae.
9. Soapy Water Flea Trap
Attracting and killing fleas around your home is essential once you have treated your cat's fur with a soap, vinegar or lemon water solution. We recommend buying 3-4 night lights and shallow bowls if necessary. You can also use small desk lamps that you may already have at home. Since fleas are attracted to light, take the shallow dishes and fill them with soapy water, placing them under night lights in as many areas of your home as possible. The fleas will be attracted to the light in the water, hop in and drown! You will probably be quite satisfied when you wake to find the bowls full of dead fleas in the morning. Empty the water down the drain followed by hot water to wash them down. Replace the bowls with soapy water daily, and do this until no more fleas appear.
10. Sprinkle Earl Grey Tea
Earl grey tea is another great flea repellent that most people already have in their homes. Open a few bags and sprinkle the loose tea on your carpets and cat's bed. Vacuum up after a few days. Drinking a cup of fresh earl grey tea is also a great way to relax during a stressful infestation!
If you find these home remedies are not working for you, you may need something stronger. Consult your veterinarian before purchasing any flea treatments.