Natural Control of Fleas in Cats - Christine DeMerchant
Natural flea control is especially advised for sick, very young or very old pets, and those who have shown a sensitivity to pesticides already. Small breed dogs can be at risk for receiving too much flea medication, and cats sometimes accidentally get a dogs dose - very dangerous! So these are even more reasons to go natural to start with.
Bathe the dog or cat. If a dog or cat is infested with fleas, try bathing with a natural flea shampoo. Some shampoos have pesticides added that will kill fleas on the animal, and some have residual repellents. Care should be exercised when selecting a shampoo for a cat, as some contain permethrin, which can be toxic to cats.
If your kitty starts scratching, break out the baking soda. The nifty white powder functions as a leavening agent in baking, but this natural product had multiple uses outside of food including getting rid of fleas on cats. Baking soda contains no harmful chemicals, and it poses no harm to children or other pets. To combat fleas successfully on a...The diatomaceous earth (DE) shampoo is prepared from the fine powder of the naturally occurring rock, diatomaceous earth. This rock is made up of fossilized remains of ancient hard-shelled algae, diatoms, and is a powerful flea repellant. When the shampoo is applied on cats, it penetrates through the tough, waxy exoskeleton of the fleas causing dehydration and eventually killing the fleas. DE shampoo is safe for humans and pets, but it is recommended that you use approved food-grade DE that does not affect cats even if they lick it. DE can be sprinkled on cat’s hair and rubbed thoroughly or dusted on the cat’s furniture and bedding, but make sure to wear gloves and a face mask to avoid direct contact with it.Citrus oil is also toxic and potentially fatal. Most natural flea control manufacturers know this and no longer include these herbal oils in their products, but it is best to read the label to be sure. D-limonene, a citrus oil product is different than citrus oil and it has been found to be safe for use on cats. Vinegar has been used forÂ centuries to clean and deodorize. It is known to work well against ant and fruit fly invasions in the kitchen. Vinegar can also be used to clean and deodorize bathrooms and toilets. Apart from these indoor uses, vinegar can be used outdoors on lawns to prevent aphids, ants and pests eating green produce. White distilled vinegar sprayed on weeds can help kill and control them. Pet owners can also use vinegar to deodorize their dogs and cats. But perhaps, the most important use of this natural ingredient (since you did visit my site about flea bites) is forÂ getting rid of fleas and ticks.Also, remember that if you have a flea problem, not only will your cat have to be treated for fleas, but your home, other pets, and possibly your yard will also have to be treated and made flea-free. Cleaning your cat's environment is not only a means of natural flea control, but is also an excellent method of flea prevention. Natural outdoor flea control methods can also be used to control fleas in your yard.Adding a yeast supplement to your cat's diet has been shown by some studies to significantly reduce the number of fleas on your cat. However, some veterinarians claim that both Brewer's yeast and garlic treatments are ineffective, and that no controlled scientific or clinical tests have shown these two ingredients to have any effect on fleas. Dr. Pitcairn's (author of "Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats") experience with yeast has shown some favorable effects, particularly when the cat's health is good.