Do you see these symptoms in your cat?
- Relentless scratching
- Skin redness
- Fresh or dried blood on skin
If your answer is yes, then chances are, your little fur ball has fleas! You can find different medications available to treat these pests. Unfortunately, using commercial medications raises the concern of toxicity and other potentially harmful side effects.
For cat lovers, the best treatment is a homemade flea repellent! Aside from using natural ingredients, homemade treatments are cheap and easy to make. You can also use it frequently without worrying about over-medication.
Note though that while we recommend these treatments, seeing your veterinarian is still highly advisable.
Incidentally, even if your furry friend doesn’t carry the above symptoms, continue reading this article to learn more about flea prevention.
Beware of These!
We will be tackling homemade remedies, however, forego these three which cats are prone to have severe reactions.
- Lemon juice
Consuming citrus fruits may induce gastrointestinal discomfort, vomiting, and diarrhea in cats. This is most probably the reason why lemon juice is used as a cat repellent. The citrus oil “d-limonene” is particularly poisonous when swallowed.
- Essential oils
At present, there are natural flea products that use these oils. Basically, what you need to avoid are those essential oils high in phenols and hydrocarbons. These types have the greater risk of poisoning and are considered toxic to cats.
It is a common practice to blend garlic into a pet’s chow. In doing this, the blood becomes unappealing to fleas. Sadly, this is not the case for our cuddly pet. Remember that any member of the onion family, when consumed in huge quantities, may possibly hurt your cat.
Though it may be safe in small proportions, it is not worth the risk. Since this type of remedy may cause life-threatening anemia to our beloved kitty.
This leads us then to our next item. What are home remedies safe to use for cats?
Must Try Homemade Flea Spray for Cats
Most likely there is a flea remedy sitting in your home right now. Aside from saving money, you can peacefully relax knowing that these natural goods are safe for your family and dearest feline. Take note though; avoid spraying on open wounds.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) spray
- 1 cup of ACV or white vinegar
- 1 quart of water
- 1 clean spray bottle
This miracle worker is both a preventive and a treatment solution in one. Keep in mind that it will not supernaturally make fleas disappear instantly or kill these pests for that matter. Fleas hate the smell and taste of vinegar. Technically what it does is make these pests leave your pet. If you don’t have ACV, white vinegar will do just fine.
With that clear, let’s make our own homemade Apple Cider Vinegar spray. For your spray bottle, don’t forget to use a clean one that hasn’t been used with other chemicals. Since we will be using vinegar which is an acid, it can react to chemical traces remaining in the bottle.
Mix the ACV (or white vinegar) and water into your spraying bottle. When you spray avoid your cat’s eyes, nose, ear, and genital areas, you don’t want your pet to link the discomfort with your new treatment. After spraying, finish by working it with your hands. Let the solution dry and do not wash off.
Use a flea comb to brush out pests after 20 minutes. You can continue using this treatment as often as you like until the fleas are all gone.
As a preventive measure, you can spray your little fur ball with this natural treatment before letting it go outside to play.
What’s great about this treatment is that it is environment-friendly. Aside from preventing fleas, it soothes and heals previously inflamed bites.
2. Herbal spray
- Basil leaf
- Neem leaf
- Rosemary leaf
- Clean spray bottle
- Mason jar
Herbals are good DIY flea killer for cats aside from having anti-inflammatory properties that soothe itching. You can do an herbal spray in two ways. First, you can steep the herb of your choice. Once it cools down, spray on to your cat gently avoiding its sensitive areas.
Second, you may opt to combine the above herbs with apple cider vinegar. Just steep your herbs with ACV in a mason jar for two weeks. Regularly shake the concoction to make sure it combines. Afterward, strain the mixture with a cheesecloth or coffee filter then spray on to your cat.
Same with using ACV spray, leave the treatment to dry and do not wash off. Besides the herbs mentioned above, note that coriander seed and peppermint leaf are safe flea repellant for cats.
On one hand, stay away from these plants which are harmful to our beloved pet:
- Autumn Crocus
- Black Locust
- Castor Bean
- Lily (all types)
- Sago Palm
Additional Tips to Get Rid of Fleas
Above all else, using these homemade treatments will be more effective when coupled with the following natural flea control method:
- Bathe Mr. Fluffy
This method may not be ideal for everyone. You will find some cats to be highly averse to water. Yet, bathing is potent in fighting fleas. When taking a bath, the wet environment drowns adult pests and remove eggs or larvae present.
- Wash your Cat’s Bedding
Simply treating or combing will not get rid of the flea population. Most probably there are fleas in the bedding and anyplace your cuddly friend frequents. Routinely wash your cat’s bedding with hot water to fully prevent fleas.
- Vacuum Daily
At first, you may want to have your carpet cleaned professionally to get rid of deposited eggs and larvae. Unfortunately, doing this is not enough. You will need to vacuum every day and dispose of the bag weekly when dealing with fleas. Make a point to vacuum between corners and furniture cushions to really make a difference.
- Maintain Good Health
Sounds simple? In any case, still, the best defense in preventing unwelcome pests is an overall good health. Ensure that your cat receives a nutritionally-balanced diet, proper grooming, and most of all regular exercise. Maintaining a strong immune system and high nutrient levels naturally prevents your cats from unwanted fleas.