Top 7 Cat Flea Remedies

Fleas are one of the banes of cats and owners alike. These minute insects are barely visible to the naked eye, but their bites can irritate both pets and their owners, and once in your house they can be difficult to eliminate. If your cat suffers additionally from flea allergy dermatitis even one small bite can cause weeks of itching and discomfort. Most over-the-counter and prescription remedies, however, include “inert” ingredients that have not been fully tested for side effects or interactions with other medications. Illnesses such as thyroid cancer, liver and kidney toxicity, and convulsions have been linked to ingredients in several popular flea treatments. What, then, is a caring owner to do?

Luckily, there are several natural flea remedies that can provide relief and prevent further infestations. Not only are these natural products safe, they are often far more cost effective than popular flea treatments. Options include natural flea collars, flea dips, and spray repellents, ensuring a range of options for effective, thorough treatment of your pet and your home. Rather than spend money on months of potentially toxic topical liquids or pills, why not try one of the following options? Your pet, and your family, will thank you.

1. Natural flea collars

There are many choices for natural flea collars available today, or you can try making your own. Commercial flea collars often contain toxic chemicals that can harm both pets and adults through skin contact. Natural flea collars, on the other hand, feature flea-repelling essential oils to protect your pet indoors and out, without harming you, your family, or your pet. Be sure to look for collars that are cat-specific—not every essential oil is safe for both dogs and cats, and collars that work on dogs will often be more heavily saturated with a greater number of essential oils. With their smaller size and differing sensitivities, cat collars should feature fewer essential oils in combination, and double-check any essential oil you’re unfamiliar with for possible toxicity.

To make your own natural flea collar, either use a plain webbing collar from a pet store or make your own from webbing or fabric. Blend together one teaspoon of unflavored vodka with either one drop of geranium essential oil or one drop of cedarwood essential oil. Pour over the flattened collar and let dry before wearing, and be sure to refresh weekly for best results. Note that this remedy should not be used on cats under one year old, and the essential oil should never directly touch your cat’s skin.