Natural Flea Remedies for Cats
You walk out your front door one summer afternoon and find a pitiful stray kitten on your doorstep. You reach to pick it up, but are horrified to see that it is crawling with fleas. It’s obviously too young to use strong chemicals or medicines on. Or maybe you don’t have a kitten that has fleas, but instead you have a cat with allergies or health problems that prohibit any flea medications that may damage your feline’s well-being. Of course, there are several natural ways to resolve this problem and they’re pretty simple.
One remedy you may decide to use is so obvious that when you read this, you may not believe it. A good soak in warm water with a little bit of soap or Dawn dishwashing detergent scares the fleas away. When you use this method, use warm water and be sure to thoroughly clean the animal. Especially be careful when you set the cat in the water because the fleas are almost guaranteed to flee to the cat’s neck, head, and face area. This can be prevented by squirting a ring around the pets neck and lathering the soap well. Use a flea comb to pick the fleas out as you wash your pet. If you find that the fleas won’t go away after one bath, you may have to do it multiple times or try a different strategy. The only problem you may need to worry about is whether or not your cat or kitten favors water.
Another way to rid your pet of annoying pests is to wash it with a natural herbal shampoo. There are a number on the market and if you do some research, you may find that there are several preventive conditioners as well. This is a lot like the old-fashioned soap and water technique. Of course, the same general procedure applies. This method has a better smell as an added bonus. Again, the flea comb is a great tool in this and I urge you to use one. They’re relatively cheap and you can find one at your local pet supply store and even Wal-mart!
Lastly, prevention. Fighting fleas is never fun, natural or not, so by following a few simple steps, you can keep them out of your house for good. Wash your pet’s bedding often and keep your own clean. Vacuuming, dusting and just keeping your home clean in general is another step to take in flea prevention. When cleaning your house don’t forget to clean the upholstery now and then, either! Above all, regular grooming using a brush and/or flea comb is a good way to keep your pet flea-free and their coat looking gorgeous.
When you use these procedures, keep a positive attitude. Defeating fleas are hard, but not impossible.