If you are a cat owner, then you are very well acquainted with the on-going battle between your cat and those pesky fleas. While trying to prevent or eliminate them is a constant issue, there are growing concerns among pet owners about the dangers of chemical options and the harmful effects of those on both your pet and your family. We’d like to share with you some natural, chemical-free options for controlling fleas in your cat.
When it comes to home remedies, it’s not uncommon to find that what works for a time, may become ineffective after a while, so mixing things up and trying a variety of methods can often be the best approach. Also, it’s important to remember that while these methods are effective at preventing flea infestation, they likely will not eliminate a flea problem that is already there.
Limit Outdoor Exposure
A cat who spends a lot of time outdoors is going to be more susceptible to fleas than a cat who stays indoors.
Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Cedar, Eucalyptus, Lavender or Citrus are all proven flea repellants. Finding a shampoo with these natural ingredients can be very effective at preventing a flea infestation.
Adding Omega-3s to your cat’s diet is a good way to keep their coat healthy and hydrated, especially if you are shampooing them regularly.
A flea comb can be very effective especially if your cat hates the water. When combing, get the teeth of the comb close enough to the skin and slowly drag the comb through your cat’s hair. Fleas like to accumulate around the groin, armpits and at the base of the tail, so when you’re combing your cat, concentrate on those areas in particular. Also, while combing your cat, keep a container of soapy water nearby so that you can drown the fleas as you comb them out.
Remember, it isn’t enough to just clean your cat; you must also clean your cat’s bedding and the other areas in your house where your cat frequents. Toss your cat’s bedding into the washer and dryer. The heat from the dryer will kill larvae and eggs. Cedar chips can be a very effective way to repel fleas in your cat’s bed.
Vacuuming several times a week is necessary to get rid of any eggs that fleas may have left in your carpet. It may be necessary to have your carpets cleaned initially, and then vacuum regularly in order to keep flea eggs away. Sprinkling salt into the carpet can also be effective at killing eggs and larvae that linger in the carpet fibers.
Remember, tending to your yard is just as important as your house. Fleas can thrive outdoors and then, of course, they come in on your cat. These plants can be effective flea repellants: lavender, fennel, marigold, eucalyptus, and cedar chips. Fortunately, for those of us who live in more wet climates, like Seattle, rain tends to wash away the eggs and larvae that fleas will leave in the yard. Eliminating fleas from your yard is the best way to keep them out of your home.