Fleas are usually an unpleasantly normal part of life when it comes to pets. Luckily, between counter sprays and powders,
there are infinite to help abolish a flea problem in your home. Nonetheless, while advertisements flea treatments can definitely help solve fleas in your cat, there are also a bunch of DIY solutions that cat owners can do to expel the nasties without using chemicals or risking potential side effects to your cat or other people close by.
If you’ve already had a consultation with your vet about your cat’s flea problem, here are some at-home cures that
you can try that can help get rid of the fleas for the best.
Before trying any of these at-home remedies on your cat, consult your veterinarian, who will know best which route you should take.
Everyone knows that fleas despise the smell of cedar chips—and there’s a possibility that your cat may not like it either.
However, you could try spreading cedar chips around your cat’s bedding or in your garden. You could also apply cedar
oil spray on your cat’s fur because it is safe and non-toxic essential, or try a few drops on a banana peel or even your cat’s
collar to help keep the fleas stay away.
One of the most powerful natural flea killers is citric acid, which makes lemons a world favorite remedy for dealing with fleas.
You can spray some on your cat’s coat with an easy solution made by boiling two slices lemon or three (let the lemons steep for a few hours), then draining the liquid before pouring it into a spray bottle. Work the liquid gently into your car’s fur—just be sure to not get close to their eyes, and check up on your pet for any redness or signs of irritation. Repeat this treatment as often as needed until the fleas are entirely gone.
If your cat despises water, as most do, you could try using a brush dipped into the solution and brushing the fleas out.
If you’re worried about any fleas and flea eggs still around, add about a cup of lemon juice to your laundry when washing your cat’s
bedding to help kill any remaining bugs.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Another accessible product that fleas don’t particularly like is apple cider vinegar. While it’s not powerful at killing the bugs,
ACV can cause them to jump from your pets’ body so that you can deal with the issue better after, making it a great first attack in your battle against fleas. Try mixing the 2parts of apple cider vinegar with one part water and spraying it onto your cat’s fur. Fleas can be a stubborn mob, so you may have to go through a few of these treatments of applying the solution to your pets’ fur so that you can be completely flea-free.
You’ll also want to make sure to vacuum all your upholstery and floors (and immediately throw away of the vacuum cleaner bag), wash all
bedding, and possibly remove pet food bowls, bird feeders, garbage cans and any other sources of food from your outdoor space
so that you don’t attract other bugs who can re-infect your pet.
Believe it or not, even the most gentle brands of dish soap have shown to be very effective at killing fleas. The dish soap breaks down the bug’s exoskeleton and destroys them within minutes, even after it’s been diluted in water. Simply wet your cat’s fur (a spray bottle will do) and lightly massage the dish soap into their coat before rinsing.
To use the soap to trap and kill fleas that have made your living space their home, you can try filling a shallow dish with warm,
soapy water and place it near any source of bright light. They’ll fly towards the light and drown in the liquid.
Lavender and Chamomile
A mellow way to soothe your cats’ skin—and maybe even help them take a little snooze—lavender is actually a powerful,
fast-acting product to use against bugs. In fact, some studies have shown that formulas containing diluted lavender were just as powerful at exterminating fleas as chemical sprays. To use it, let fresh lavender soak in water overnight before straining out the solution and spraying it onto your pets’ fur without rinsing after.