Fleas are the most common menace every pet owner knows of. Cats have most likely had problems with them, sometimes big sometimes small but they’re always there. If you’re not really into flea medicine for cats, or you just want to get rid of the little pests with some home remedies for fleas, here are a few basic ways to achieve your goals.
Don’t mistake a flea treatment for cats with the one for dogs. Their physiology is different than the one of cats, and dog remedies may poison cats.
Use the air as a weapon
Fleas require 50% or higher humidity in the air to live. Keep the humidity under 50% for a couple of days. That will kill the adult fleas and the larvae. This is one of the most effective ways because there is no escape, meaning if there are fleas in the house, they can either leave or die.
Just remember to vacuum once again, because when they drop dead you’ll have tiny corpses everywhere. Doesn’t sound too pretty does it?
If your pet relaxes outside your house frequently, make sure to keep your yard clean and exposed to the sun. Most pets like to stick to the sun anyway but this is an extra step to keep in mind.
Fleas hate sunlight and prefer moist areas. Another thing you can do inside or in your yard, is put soap water to the spot you suspect has fleas hatching.
As said, the little critters jump, but without direction. When they get stuck into the soapy water they can’t jump out. Change the water until there are no more fleas.
Cook some flea poison
Flea treatment for cats involves materials you can usually get without many problems. Fleas don’t like the taste of yeast.
You’d want to get some and put it in your pet’s wet food and mix it. Remember, only small amounts. You can also rub it onto the pet’s skin.
Here are a few things you can cook up yourself to help your pet get rid of fleas, and even improve solutions that usually don’t work as effectively or have faded.
Make rosemary tea by adding leaves of it to two pints of water. Boil for half an hour and mix with a gallon of warm water. Apply it to your pet’s fur and let it dry on its own. Only do this if the outside temperature is warm, you don’t want your pet getting a cold.
Slice some lemon in thin pieces; add it to a pint of water and let it be until it boils. Allow it to cool down overnight, and a day after, spray it in areas where you suspect the fleas are.
Be careful not to leave stains. You can rub it over your pet’s fur but don’t let the fur become soaked. Use a little at first to see if your pet is being affected. Lemon is quite interesting because many insects hate it.
For example if you don’t want spiders, spray parts of your wall where they hang out, although they’re a little tricky. Spiders have long legs and sometimes don’t even touch the walls after they create their web.
Who said poison can’t smell lovely?
If the smell of chemicals is one of the reasons you prefer natural flea remedies, try this one out.
Get some fresh lavender and let it soak in water over night. Strain the lavender and put the water into a clean squirt bottle.
Comb your cat’s fur, if you got one use a flea comb. They work wonders. Spray the lavender mixture on your cat. Cats will react to any sort of sprays, so you might want to get someone to hold your cat.
If you’re not in that position, just gently and widely pinch the area on the back side of your cat’s neck. This usually relaxes them if they’re not too hyper. Avoid the face while spraying the water; just spread it over the rest of the body.
Clean your house
Aside from the herbal and chemical approach, you’ll want to kill as many fleas as you can that aren’t on your cat, otherwise they’ll just jump into attack mode when your cat is flea free.
You should do this in areas that are mostly humid and aren’t exposed to sunlight. Before you vacuum you should spread out salt or baking soda. Each is a natural flea killer so to speak.
If you want a more powerful effect, use Borax. Leave it be in the carpet for a few hours, perhaps even a day. Use a broom to apply it everywhere evenly.
After it’s sat long enough, vacuum the carpet. These powders will eliminate any flea eggs that may be inside the carpet. Remember that fleas can jump over a foot, so if you have any fleas in the house, they’ll find their target eventually.
If you mess with any chemicals be sure to keep your cat away. Cats tend to lick any spots on their bodies that get irritated. If your cat walks on the carpet it might start cleaning it’s paws and get sick from the powder.
Be very careful when emptying the vacuum cleaner. Hopefully these home remedies for fleas will be a great treatment. Once again, fleas jump and crawl all over the place, so you’d want to go the extra mile to protect both your cat and yourself.