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8 Home Remedies for Fleas on Cats

8 Home Remedies for Fleas on Cats

The number of people using home remedies for fleas on cats is growing rapidly. As one of the most common reasons for owning a pet, cats too have to be dealt with the same ailments and infections as other pets. Unlike dogs, cats too are not able to communicate with us easily. Hence, they find it hard to come to us for help. 

Cats too can be infested by fleas, more so during the cold winters. It is during this time when fleas infestations are the worst. As you know, cats cannot stand the presence of fleas, as they are extremely sensitive to such. Also, they do not have sufficient defense mechanisms to flush the parasites out of the cat's body. You must therefore take quick steps to remove a flea infestation from your cat's body. 

Cedar Chips

Cedar Chips

One of the best ways to control fleas for your cat or dog is with cedar chips. They are made from the bark of a cedar tree, which is very aromatic and repels fleas. Many pet shops sell cedar chips, as well as all different varieties of flea repellents. These work in conjunction with shampoo to create a great flea control solution for your pet. You can also keep some on hand in case you have an outdoor cat or do not want to use cedar.

When you have cedar homeopathic flea products, you are sure to notice less fleas at the dog or cat door. Cats will be more receptive to going outside when they smell cedar. If you keep a handful of them on hand in the car or house, you will find them less often. And your pet will appreciate that extra boost of aroma. Many people prefer them over other kinds of repellents, since they are so easy to make.

You can buy cedar chips for fleas on cats from any pet store or online. Most people choose to mix them with some other kind of repellent for the house, such as lavender or orange. You can also use cedar for outside the house as well, such as around the dog house, patio doors, etc. It is a great flea deterrent, and cats and dogs love it. They will not run away from cedar wood, and you can keep them safe and clean from fleas by keeping them where they belong, on cedar chips for fleas on cats.

Lemons

Lemons

Have you ever tried using lemons to get rid of fleas off of cats? Maybe you have, but your attempts were unsuccessful. There is nothing more troublesome and frustrating than dealing with fleas on cats, because the itching, scratching and biting can drive you crazy. If you try to use anything to treat your cat for fleas that contains chemicals, such as sprays, it can be harmful to your cat and even more concerning is the fact that some of these chemicals can be toxic to pets, so that is something you need to keep in mind as well. I am going to share with you a tip on how to get rid of fleas off of cats that are already infested with fleas.

The tip involves using lemon essential oil. All you have to do is get a bottle of lemon essential oil and try to rub this all over your pet. You will notice that the fleas will quickly fall off of your cat due to their discomfort from the essential oil. If you want to make sure that the fleas stay off your cat, apply the lemon oil directly to the fleas, and wait for a few minutes. After waiting, you can rinse the entire surface of your cat with warm water, making sure to get all of the oil onto the water. Then, let the water dry, and then put on a clean towel to dry off the area.

If you follow this tip, you will notice that you will no longer have problems with fleas on cats, instead you will have a problem free house, free of itching, and tick bites. If you prefer not to use the lemon method to get rid of fleas, you can also buy an effective flea collar for cats. This type of collar is made from plastic and it has a sensor that sends out an electric impulse when there is an attack by a flea. This will ensure that the next time there is an attack, the collar will send out an electric shock to repel the fleas.

Spices

Spices

Although many of us use the kitchen in order to prepare and cook for our own meals, there are still some things that we just leave in the pantry or cupboard that can actually help you get rid of fleas and other insects. One of these is spices. Spices can not only be used as ingredients for cooking but they can also be used to discourage fleas from getting on your cat. Although there are many different kinds of spices, one in particular which has been proven to be very effective is cayenne. If you do not have cayenne in the house, all you need to do is sprinkle it liberally on any of your favorite foods so that you will not have to worry about attracting these parasites.

Another great way to use spices is to mix them with lemon juice or lime juice. Not only will this mixture help repel fleas, it will also kill them off because citrus kills them. Another good combination to make is garlic and onions. You can also add pepper to the mix if you wish. It is a good idea to keep a bottle of these spices in your cupboard at all times so you can attract these insects without having to do extra work.

Garlic and onions can be mixed with saltpetre and then ground into a fine paste. When you rub this mixture onto the cat's skin, it will penetrate deeply into their skin and break down their immune system. Other spices that are known to kill fleas include oregano, thyme, sage, dill, wintergreen and basil. All these spices can be easily found in a health food store as well as online.

Garlic

Garlic

There are several ways in which garlic for fleas on cats can be used, but the easiest is just to crush a clove and add it to the cat's food. You will want to do this several times a day, until the fleas have all but disappeared from the cat. Although it is true that they do not like garlic, you will find that once they have had a taste of it that they will no longer be around cats. Garlic has been proven in scientific studies to be a great deterrent for both fleas and ticks. The reason for this is that garlic contains powerful compounds called sulphur compounds, which cause irritation to their bodies but which also make the ticks and fleas cough and wheeze.

It is advised that you keep a small supply of this on hand for when the fleas begin to appear in greater numbers. If you plan to treat your cat with garlic, then it is best that you use fresh garlic as once garlic has been consumed it must be thoroughly rinsed off the cat. You should also take care to wash your hands with soap and water before touching the cat, so as to prevent the sulphur compounds from coming into contact with the animal. Many pet owners will also recommend that you smudge the garlic onto the animal's coat in order to 'guide' the smell away, although this is largely unnecessary as the smell will already be quite prevalent on the animal. Garlic will work most effectively when crushed and placed on the back of the cat, or attached to the base of its tail.

If you wish to try garlic for fleas on cats in combination with other methods, then you should ensure that you are taking all possible precautions with regard to flea control. You will need to vacuum your house, for example, in order to ensure that the dead fleas and ticks are removed from carpets and floorings as well as ensuring that there are no fleas in feeder areas and food traps. You may also wish to treat your cat with a topical insect bite treatment to help remove the fleas that have already taken hold on the cat, as this will assist in continuing to eradicate any flea infestations that have occurred. If the garlic does not work for your cat, then your vet may be able to prescribe an alternative method of insect repellent that will be far more effective at helping to control fleas on cats.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar

Have you ever tried baking soda and vinegar for fleas on cats? If not, you should. This method for killing fleas has been around for years, and is known to be one of the most effective and least expensive. In fact, it's cheaper than some commercial products on the market today.

Before you start using this method for your cat or dog, you need to know that you can't use it on all pet types of skin. It works best on dogs with dry or very sensitive skin. If you have a cat or dog with extremely dry skin, you should consider using a commercial product. The same goes if your pet has thick or scaly skin - the combination of baking soda and vinegar won't work on them. Also keep in mind that some allergic reactions can occur from the mixture.

You mix one half cup of baking soda to one half cup of vinegar. Then give your pet a bath and follow up with flea shampoo. For cats, once a month you should apply the mixture to the belly, head, and tail of your cat and then rinse them off with warm water. For dogs, you can apply it to their ears and on the skin beneath the ears as well.

Dish Soap

Dish Soap

Using Dawn dish soap for cats is an old time tried and true remedy for keeping your cat from biting. Although you can certainly put your cat in the tub (with around three-four inches of water in it) and soak it there, we've found that most cats quickly find this method very offensive. This is because dish soaps are not particularly odourless and contain lots of chemicals that cats hate. The fact that it's also kind of gross also doesn't help. 

If you do decide to use this method of detergent on your pet, you should only use a small amount at a time. You wouldn't want to give your beloved pet something that they'll immediately want to run off with every time they see you using it. Although many pet stores carry it in varying concentrations, you can usually find Dawn dish soap for fleas in just about any pet store or convenience store. It's also available online, but make sure that you read the warnings and cautions on the labels very carefully before giving it to your cat or dog.

When using the dish soap for fleas method, you should first spray the entire house with the cleaning liquid a couple times beforehand. This will get rid of any fleas that might be lingering in the vicinity. After spraying the entire house with the soapy concoction, you then simply take a few drops of it and place it into a small spray bottle. Now all you need to do is give your pet a gentle shake, and after that, you should be good to go. Once you keep doing this, however, it's a good idea to spray your pet with flea repellent as well, in order to keep them safe from fleas during the warmer spring and summer months.

Lavender and Chamomile

Lavender and Chamomile

There are many ways to control fleas on cats but one of the most popular methods is through the use of lavender and chamomile. This is because these plants are known for their soothing qualities and it has been found that they are also very effective at killing fleas. They are naturally very powerful in their abilities to repel insects such as fleas, ticks, mites, roaches and fleas, all from biting or stinging into the plant. It is these very powerful antibacterial qualities of these plants that make them great for treating any type of flea infestation, whether it be from your pet or from another animal.

Some people prefer to put a mixture of lavender and chamomile extract on their cat to kill off the fleas before they come into contact with your home. Many animal doctors recommend this as a measure for keeping cats and dogs flea free. The reason for this is because when an animal ingests lavender or chamomile it will begin to have an calming effect on the system, calming the blood vessels and the muscles which are usually affected by inflammation and itching from an allergic reaction. Once your animal begins to feel more relaxed this will reduce the number of fleas that can come into contact with your pet. In addition to relieving your cat of fleas the other benefits that lavender and chamomile gives is that they are excellent for removing odors that have built up from an allergic reaction and can also help prevent the formation of mold.

There is an active ingredient in lavender and chamomile called Isoprene which is very effective in eliminating the bacteria and parasites that cause fleas. Many pet meds do not have Isoprene which makes using prescription meds for your cats or dogs a very good idea. This Isoprene is also very effective at killing bacteria and viruses such as E-coli. You should talk to your vet about how to use lavender or chamomile for killing ticks, heartworms and fleas as part of your pets overall flea control plan.

Onions

Onions

You have probably heard of using onions for fleas on cats. Although it is not recommended to use it for long term, it can be very effective if used for a short time. It is one of the most powerful natural remedies for fleas and very effective in killing adult fleas. Onions contain an active ingredient called allicin which is said to be able to penetrate the seven layers of the cat's skin to reach the flea.

Onions should only be applied to the affected areas as they will burn easily and will cause irritation to the cat. Fleas actually thrive in warm and wet areas so placing the onions directly on the cat's head can be very effective but should be avoided as the heat from the head could make the cat feel uncomfortable. Using a hair dryer on high is also recommended to speed up the effect of applying onions for fleas on cats. Just remember not to leave it on too long as it might lose its effect.

Other methods that are proven effective for treating fleas are powders that are mixed with cooled milk and are used like old-fashioned ice cubes. Cats hate the smell and will avoid coming into contact with them. Fleas are also sensitive to hot and cold so the same remedy would work for both. Another homemade remedy that works well for flea control on cats is using orange peels. Just keep in mind that just like onions for fleas on cats should never be ingested; they can cause severe liver damage if they do so.

Conclusion

Many people feel that traditional medicine is better than home remedies. While this may be true for some people, for others home remedies are safer. The active ingredient in the spot-on treatment, chemicals, is not as harmful as some of the ingredients in cat flea collars.

The chemicals in these types of treatments have been proven to cause skin allergies and irritation. The effects of the chemicals can be even more serious than in traditional medicine.

Natural flea control methods are better for your cat's health. And they do not have the side effects that chemical-based products can cause. Natural flea control products do not kill the fleas, just the fleas' eggs. The eggs of fleas do not survive long. If they are killed, the fleas leave your home and can not come back.

 

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