Has your cat got fleas? Do you want to avoid using harsh chemicals to treat flea infestation? Check out some of these home remedies for fleas on cats. We got home remedies that don’t require you to bathe your cat as well as some quick and easy natural remedies for fleas using ingredients you are likely to have around the home or be able to source locally. If you want to know how to get rid of fleas on cats naturally, check out these options :
Bathe Your Cat With Dish Soap To Kill Fleas
One of the easiest home remedies for fleas on cats is to get them in the tub with some ordinary dish soap and dehydrate the fleas and wash them off. The addition of dish soap to the water seems to drastically subdue the fleas long enough that you can safely ditch them down the drain in the knowledge that by the time they come round from the experience they are rehomed in the sewer.
If you wash your cat outdoors in a tub then don’t just tip the wastewater on the garden when finished – the fleas are not drowned they are in stasis and will come round again. Next time your pet is in the yard the suitably washed and clean fleas are likely to hop right back on again!
Make/Buy An Essential Oil Flea Collar
You could make a natural flea collar from a cotton bandana or collar dosed up with essential oils that are known to have a repelling effect on fleas. A word of warning though, essential oils for fleas on cats have to be handled correctly.
The main essential oils for fleas on cats are cedar, lavender, geranium, eucalyptus, and citrus-based oils. Of course, as we highlighted, some of these oils are dangerous to cats if ingested in sufficient doses – but we are not recommending you douse your cat in these essential oils.
Ideally, you want to use a low concentration oil dropped onto a cotton collar – avoid contact on the skin or putting the oil anywhere near kitty’s mouth.
If you want to be properly safe about this and love the idea of a natural flea collar then don’t mess with oils – simply buy one from a reputable brand. There are plenty online. They all tend to use the same natural oils but are able to boast of 6-8 month protection.
Beware though, these ingredients might be natural but they can be harmful – often cats can have an allergic reaction if the ingredients are in the wrong doses for them. The reaction usually takes the form of skin irritation around the collar area that clears after stopping use.
Still, a collar in conjunction with bathing, shampooing and combing should have them fleas on the run!
Lemon Spray For Fleas On Cats
This is one of my favorite home remedies for fleas on cats because it is so easy. Citric acid is the active ingredient here that fleas hate. It will repel and kill off fleas on contact. The safest way to make a lemon spray for fleas without overdoing it is to take a few cut up lemons, boil in water, then steep for a few hours. Drain off the resulting liquid into a sprayer or dish and apply it to the fur.
You can either spray the resulting lemon juice flea spray directly on – being careful to avoid eyes or as part of your combing ritual you can dip the comb in the liquid and brush through the fur.
You can use this solution as often as you need but keep a sharp eye out for any signs of irritation or skin reaction from your cat. If you see anything untoward stop treatment.
You can also use the same lemon liquid added to a wash to clear pet bedding of fleas, larvae and eggs.
Use A Cedar Oil Spray For Fleas On Your Cat
Cedar oil is one of the essential oils that are actually non-toxic to cats but despised by fleas. They simply don’t like the smell – trouble is kitty might be none too fond of the aroma either. However, if your cat doesn’t seem put out by the odor then there are a number of cedar options available.
You could spray the cedar oil directly on your cat’s fur. It should act as a repellent to fleas. Alternatively, you could comb the oil into the fur when you are generally flea combing. A third method of utilizing cedar oil which we have touched on would be to put the cedar oil on a cotton collar as a homemade natural flea collar.
If your cat just can’t abide the stuff your last option using cedar might be to use cedar chips sprinkled in the garden and around cat bedding as a deterrent to the little blighters.
Many owners report cedar oil for fleas and cedar shampoos to be highly effective flea remedies and actually quite pleasant smelling……if you can get kitty to go along with your plan!
Lavender Spray For Cat Fleas
If you are looking for a natural flea treatment for cats this could be the most powerful option! Do fleas hate lavender? You bet! Lavender and fleas don’t get on! Lavender is almost as effective at killing off fleas as the commercial chemical flea killers. The active ingredient is linalool and it is found to be highly toxic to the cat flea at all stages in its life cycle – good news! The bad news is that high concentrations of lavender oil can poison your cat – boo.
To put all that into context: Linalool generally makes up 50% of lavender oil and said lavender oil will poison your cat. But, linalool in a 1% concentration in a dip will strip a cat of fleas! Additionally treating the carpet with a 1-5% spray will prevent the emergence of fleas by killing them off in all life stages.
So how to harness this power without poisoning the cat? What you do is get some real lavender, avoid essential oil, and steep the real lavender overnight in water. The next day you remove the lavender plant and use the water as a dip, spray or to comb into your cat’s fur. This way you keep concentrations minimal whilst getting the benefits of the linalool. You could use this lavender spray for fleas daily if necessary.
By all means water down lavender oil and spray on furniture and fabrics to remove/kill fleas in the home but make sure your cat doesn’t ingest the high concentration gear.
Oregano Oil For Fleas On Cats
Is oregano oil safe for cats? Oregano has a natural ingredient called carvacrol that makes a very effective flea repellant. The problem is that oregano contains phenols that are also very bad for your cat. As a result, you can’t use concentrated oregano oil liberally on your cat – you need to seriously reduce concentration.
A favored method of using oregano oil is to mix the oil with olive oil on a basis of three drops of olive oil to one of oregano. The resulting mixture can then be applied with a cotton ball to areas of the cat that fleas like to congregate on but that is also out of reach of the cat. The usual areas are on the backs of the ears, base of the tail, neck and stomach.
A secondary method of using oregano oil might be to use the oil on a homemade flea collar. Adding a low concentration dose of oregano to a cotton collar along with other low concentration oils can make a collar that will keep fleas at bay!
If you do use oregano to treat fleas keep a sharp lookout for any negative effects and stop treatment immediately if your cat shows signs of irritation, fur loss or change in demeanor.
White Or Apple Cider Vinegar For fleas On Cats
Vinegar has a huge range of uses around the house from cleaning, cooking and health standpoints but did you know that a good old dose of vinegar can also be effective against cat fleas?
Both white vinegar and the more fashionable apple cider vinegar can be used against fleas due to the acidity of the acetic acid found in the vinegar.
Does vinegar kill fleas? These kinds of vinegar destroy flea eggs and the aroma and taste repel adult fleas.
When applied topically the fleas will literally jump off your cat and if you follow up with a flea comb you will find you kill off loads of fleas – with these fleas you should dispose down the sink so that if they revive they are rehomed away from your pet, house or yard.
You can use either type of vinegar but cats may prefer apple cider vinegar due to the taste and aroma.
The best way to use the vinegar is to apply neat to your cat’s coat – problem is that most cats won’t allow this. If your cat just won’t go there then water down the vinegar so you have a 50:50 solution with water or even lemon juice. Even at this concentration, the vinegar will effectively repel and knockout the fleas.
You should ideally spray your cat and let the solution dry naturally. You should also treat your house with the same spray. Your cat and house will smell of vinegar initially but this will dissipate as the solution evaporates.
If you can bathe your cat then you can also use the vinegar in the bath water. This will work as a repellent for a few days – but have plan b lined up ready to swing into action.
Additionally, if you want to go the full mile you can wash/soak clothing and bedding in a vinegar solution to effectively kill flea eggs and repel fleas.
Coconut Oil For Cat Fleas
These days coconut oil is widely available in most markets. If you struggle to find it locally you can pick up coconut oil very cheaply online. It is lauded for its health benefits in humans but did you know it is also a great cat flea killer?
So how does coconut oil kill fleas? Coconut oil has powerful antiparasitic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory abilities due to the lauric acid found in the oil and the high-fat content of the oil that suffocates fleas. Using coconut oil on your cat will soothe irritated skin, kill off fleas, and is safe for cats – indeed by grooming after the oil has been topically applied to their coats they may get some of the other benefits of coconut oil for cats. It can really useful for reducing hairballs.
To treat a cat with fleas bath the cat and then apply coconut oil to the skin and fur. Leave in place for a few hours and then rinse away watching the dead fleas wash out – in fact, the cat will most likely remove the oil after a few hours by licking but the oil will still do the job.
Olive Oil For Cat Fleas
Another one of those home remedies for fleas on cats that are super easy and very straightforward. Olive oil can, surprisingly, be a very effective flea killer. As with coconut oil, you simply rub the olive oil into the fur and skin of your infested cat and let the oil get to work.
Olive oil does not contain lauric acid, but it is thought that the high-fat content suffocates fleas and there may be other natural insecticides within the olive oil that naturally deal with the fleas.
Leave the oil for a few hours and then rinse it off or comb it out if your cat if it hasn’t groomed the oil off already!
Olive oil is often used to reduce the concentration of essential oils such as lavender, oregano, or geranium but can work very effectively on its own. The oil is non-toxic to cats so you can use it without fear. This is particularly useful if you want to treat a kitten or don’t want to chance essential oils.