There are many commercially available flea medications. However, some cat parents resort to natural flea treatments to prevent potential side effects.
Consult with your veterinarian To find a solution that works for you and your feline friends to fight fleas. Do not switch treatments — and definitely do not stop treatment altogether — without talking to a professional who knows your cat’s individual needs.
Here are ten natural repellents and treatments for fleas that many cat owners have had success with.
Apple cider vinegar is versatile and can be used to remove yeast and allergens that may cause itching or rashes.
Although it won’t kill fleas as a flea treatment it will make them jump on your pet. It should not ever be used on open wounds.
A diluted mixture of two parts apple cider vinegar, one part water can be put in a spray bottle, or you can dip a comb in it and brush the fleas out.
Cedar is one of the scents fleas dislike. Cedar chips can be placed on your cat’s bedding. However, some cats don’t like the cedar smell.
You can also put cedar chips in your garden to repel fleas.
Some advise using a bandanna dabbed with a drop of cedarwood oil mixed with a drop of alcohol to create a natural flea collar.
Fleas are allergic to rosemary. To help fleas stay away, you can make a powder from the leaves and sprinkle it around your cat’s sleeping and playing areas.
It can also be used to provide itch relief. Boil the leaves in water and let cool. Then, let your cat soak it in. It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which should help soothe the itching.
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera gel is a natural flea repellent. Some people mix it with cayenne pepper to make a spray that can then be applied to your cat’s fur. Avoid getting it in your cat’s eyes.
Aloe vera can also soothe itching and hot spots.
Although the gel is not toxic, some parts of the Aloe plant may be toxic to cats. Cats shouldn’t ingest the white sap (also known as the latex).
You should keep your cat away from aloe plants you have grown. You might consider giving your cat the alternative flea treatments on this list if you are concerned about aloe being dangerous.
Always consult your vet before administering flea treatment to your cat.
Lemons are rich in citric acid, which is a natural flea-killer.
You can make a spray that is gentle on sensitive skin by boiling a slice of lemon in water. Allow it to soak overnight. You can then apply the mixture to your cat’s coat with a spray bottle, but avoid getting it in your cat’s eyes and don’t use it on open wounds or scratches.
To kill flea eggs or fleas that may remain, you can also use a cup of lemon juice in your laundry machine to wash your cat’s bed.
While lavender is pleasant to the nose, fleas find it unpleasant. It can be grown in your garden to repel fleas, or you can spray it on your cat to repel them. You can soak it overnight in water. Strain it and then use the liquid in spray bottles. Avoid the eyes, nose and mouth.
You can also dip your comb in the mixture to comb the fleas.
Use lavender essential oils from the original plant. Essential oils of lavender can be toxic to cats because they are very concentrated.
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Eucalyptus is not recommended for use as a flea repellent. It may be toxic to cats and may cause allergic reactions in some cats. However, it repels fleas.
It’s best to keep the eucalyptus in the jar away from your cat, and let the scent drift around the house. You can also put holes in the lid to keep your cat from reaching the leaves. However, the smell can still escape. Many cats won’t even touch the leaves because they hate the smell.
You can grow eucalyptus plants in your garden if you live in Australia, California, or other parts of the world. If your cat is allowed to roam outside, make sure they are not allowed to touch the eucalyptus plants.
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Finely ground salt is a good way to kill fleas. It is effective in killing fleas and eggs left in carpet.
Spread it on your carpet and rub it in. Let it sit for at least two days. Do not leave it to sit for too long if you live somewhere hot or humid. Otherwise, your carpet will become damp and musty.
Salt water can also clean hard surfaces.
Diatomaceous Earth is a natural rock made from fossilized algae. Use food grade diatomaceous soil. It is safe for pets as well as humans.
It can cause havoc for bugs. It can abrasively damage their exoskeletons as well as dehydrate them. It is not an immune or tolerable substance for fleas.
Diatomaceous Earth can be used outdoors as well as indoors on dry surfaces. It should be spread in an even layer and vacuumed up after two to 3 days.
It can dry out the skin of your cat so don’t apply it directly to it.
Vacuum, Wash, & Do Laundry
Fleas are prolific in laying eggs. Washing thoroughly is the best way to fight them.
Vacuum weekly and take the bag outside. This will help to break up the flea cycle and can be combined with salt and diatomaceous earth.
All surfaces and furniture must be washed at least once a week. Your cat’s bedsheets should be washed just as often. Use lemon juice, vinegar or regular laundry detergent mixed with hot water. It may take some time to get rid of all the eggs that fleas lay deep.
What other options do you have to get rid of fleas Are you familiar with any of these methods and have you tried them? Comment below to let us know!