We only have one planet, and it's our duty to protect it. That means using as few potentially dangerous chemicals as possible. You probably practice green housecleaning and green lawn care, because you know the short-term benefits of harsh chemicals aren't worth the long-term risks. The same holds true when it comes to eliminating pet parasites, such as fleas. Natural flea remedies may involve a bit more effort on your part, but it may mean a healthier cat in the long run.
The flea comb
When you're using natural flea remedies for cats, regular flea combing is an absolute necessity for tracking your success rate. PetMD recommends paying special attention to the back of the head, groin, "armpits," and the base of the tail, as that's where fleas congregate. Give your cat a good flea-combing at least twice daily, and keep a cup of soapy water nearby for drowning any fleas you find. If you're using a natural remedy and the flea level remains high, that's a sign it's time to use another type of treatment.
Diatomaceous earth, known as DE, is an efficient flea killer, but don't apply it directly to your cat as it can dry the skin. DE consists of fossilized algae remains, and when fleas and other insects come into contact with it, their exoskeletons dehydrate. Always use the food-grade, not pool-grade DE in your home for flea eradication. Sprinkle it around the places your cat most frequently hangs out.
Before putting down DE, vacuum the area thoroughly to collect flea eggs. DE won't kill eggs, and you don't want to give these eggs the opportunity to hatch just to kill the baby fleas. Leave the DE in place for a couple of weeks to break the entire flea cycle. Just vacuum up the powder when that time arrives.
When it comes to dogs and fleas, you have more herbal and essential oil options than with felines. Herbal essences and extracts that don't bother dogs may have a deleterious, even possibly deadly, effect on cats. However, there are some herbal remedies that can get rid of cat fleas. There are those you can apply directly to your cat, and others you leave on his bedding or in his favorite nap spots.
Rosemary is an excellent natural flea repellent. Cattime recommends grinding the leaves into a powder and sprinkling it on your cat's frequent sleeping areas. Lavender is another herb that isn't harmful to cats but repels fleas. You can purchase a lavender spray for cats or make your own with lavender essential oil and distilled water, but don't spray near your cat's face.
Aloe vera juice is another good flea repellent. Mix the juice with some cayenne pepper for added power in a feline flea spray. Again, make sure not to spray the mixture near your cat's face.
Keep everything clean
There's one plus to using natural flea remedies for cat flea eradication. Your house will look cleaner than ever. That's because once fleas are in your home, they lay eggs everywhere. That means the battle against them involves constant cleaning, vacuuming, and washing.
Regular vacuuming, daily if possible, sucks up the flea eggs. Beyond the carpet, use the vacuum on upholstery and pet bedding. Empty the vacuum bags outdoors to ensure flea eggs don't remain in the house. If possible, treat yourself to a professional carpet cleaning for extra depth, but you'll still need to follow up with frequent vacuuming.
Wash your cat's bedding at least once weekly, using hot water. Some apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in the washing machine will act as a mild flea repellent once you put the bedding back in place. When it comes to eliminating cat fleas naturally, diligence is necessary.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.