Cat Fleas – How To Get Rid Of Fleas Naturally ?
How To Get Rid Of Fleas Naturally
If you have spotted even just one flea on your pet, then you already have a flea invasion. Keep reading to find out how to control fleas and how to get rid of fleas naturally. You will also discover some safe and reliable home remedies for getting rid of fleas.
My cat, the Crybaby, started foaming at the mouth after applying a standard topical flea treatment (Frontline). I vowed to never give any of my cats’ chemicals to treat any condition, not even fleas.
Fleas are extremely difficult to get rid of once they infest your cat. The best thing is to be proactive and do everything within your power to keep from attracting fleas in the first place. Contrary to marketing lore, chemicals used in Frontline and Advantages are not the best flea treatments for cats. The best flea treatments for cats are all natural flea treatments! In addition to helping you treat flea infestations naturally, I will also provide you with some information on how to prevent fleas. Believe it or not, there are many various ways to accomplish this through the use of safe natural products and home remedies. When you see just how much money you will save in addition to safely keeping fleas away from your cat by opting for a natural product or home remedy, you will always pick natural over chemical. Going natural is not only a cheap flea treatment but it is an extremely safe and effective method.
Once you see how much safer natural remedies are for your cat, you’ll never use chemicals again.
Natural Flea Prevention
Using natural methods is the most effective way to get rid of fleas!
Getting rid of fleas is not an easy task. It requires time, determination and a lot of hard work to rid your pets and house of fleas. The best way to get rid of fleas is to prevent them from invading your pets and your home. Flea prevention is easier, cheaper and safer than trying to get rid of a flea infestation.
The best way to prevent fleas naturally is to keep your cat indoors. You can use DE and borax as all natural flea prevention methods.
Don’t use chemicals to get rid of fleas!
Flea chemical treatments contain pyrethroid-based products, organophosphate insecticides, carbamates, and permethrin all of which are classified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as being carcinogenic to humans and pets.
A warning against using chemical flea treatments
Two of the most common and most harmful pesticides are found in flea products. Both are nerve-paralyzing agents capable of causing convulsions, nausea and respiratory arrest in animals as well as in the insects they’re intended to destroy. Consequently, there are many cases of pesticide-related poisonings each year, many involving not only pets but also children who handle pesticide-treated animals.
Using Chemical flea treatments to get rid of fleas can be deadly for you, your pets and your children.
To start to treat the flea infestation and get rid of fleas there are some first steps that you need to take. Following these steps will make your battle against fleas much easier.
1. Bathe your cat with Dawn dish detergent or a natural flea shampoo product (my favorite home remedy for fleas). If your cat is under 12 weeks old, do not use anything but Dawn (original Dawn, it’s blue!) to bathe your kitten. If your cat is older than 12 weeks old, use Dawn or a natural herbal flea shampoo. Read the ingredients! If there is a word you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce, most likely it’s not all natural. I recommend herbal shampoo’s that contain a combination of any of pine cedar, rosemary, lavender, citronella or juniper.
2. Wash all bedding in hot water. Make sure to dry bedding using high heat to ensure that all the fleas are dead.
3. Vacuum thoroughly. Make sure to vacuum every little crevice. To make your vacuuming more efficient sprinkle down borax, salt, or Diatomaceous earth (make sure it is food grade). Let it stand for about an hour, and then vacuum it up. You will want to vacuum at least twice a day while combating fleas. This includes vacuuming your furniture!
4. Wash all hardware floors with a citrus oil or vinegar. I prefer to use a steam mop. After I use the steam mop, I mist the floor with homemade citrus oil or vinegar. The steam mop is hot enough to kill fleas and eggs. The citrus oil repels them, meaning prevents them from coming back. Do this at least once every two days while combating cat fleas.
5. No matter what method you use for treating fleas, natural or not. You will want to invest in a flea comb. I take a container of hot soapy water and a paper towel. I sit down with my cat, take my time and comb through her fur. After each pass of the comb, I dip the flea comb in the container and swish it around. Any fleas on the comb, will fall into the container and drown. Then I wipe the comb with a paper towel to make sure that all the eggs are off the comb. Make sure as soon as you are done take the paper towel and put it in the trash outside. Do not just put it in your kitchen trash.
How To Get Rid Of Fleas Naturally
How to make citrus oil at home
A wonderful home remedy for fleas!
Chop orange, grapefruit or other citrus skins and cut them into small pieces. Then place them in a pan of water. Simmer for 15 minutes. After simmering, cool thoroughly. Once its cool, you can even sponge this mixture on your cat’s fur to soothe their skin and repel fleas. This is a great herbal way to keep the fleas at bay.
But wait…. Isn’t citrus toxic to cats? Citrus is toxic to cats if it is ingested. Even then, it takes a lot of citruses to harm your cat. The most harmful effect that citrus will have on your cat is diarrhea again that’s only if it is ingested. It’s always important to use your own sense of judgment, do research and ask your vet when trying any flea treatment or flea prevention; including natural flea treatments.
Make sure you wash your cat a few hours after applying the citrus oil mixture to them as cats do not like the smell or taste of citrus. If you do not wash it off them completely they will not groom themselves.
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How to make your cat feel comfortable while being attacked by fleas
1) Give your bath a cat every other day. This will help to remove any fleas that are on your cat and will keep the fleas off your cat for a few hours.
2) Use an all-natural flea relief spray. Not only will it provide your cat with some much-needed comfort and relief but it will also help to get rid of fleas on your cat. The fleas don’t like the all natural products in the spray and will jump off your cat. Keep in mind, that they will still be in your house, so you will still need to use a natural flea treatment method to treat your house.
3) Groom your cat often. Grooming will improve circulation, which promotes faster healing of flea bites. Grooming will also allow you to see the current progress of getting rid of the fleas. Another big bonus is that the extra attention will make your cat feel loved, happy, and relaxed.
Flea Traps Kill 80% of Adult Fleas
There are several different types of flea traps that can be beneficial in helping you control a flea infestation. I personally, don’t believe that any of these methods alone, will eradicate your flea problem. Flea traps do nothing to get rid of the flea eggs. You will never get rid of fleas if you do not get rid of the eggs as well.
1) Flea traps are devices that contain a sticky pad, which usually has a special odor attracting scent and a light. Both the scent and the light attract the fleas. The fleas, then get stuck on the sticky pad and die.
2) If you don’t want to shell out the $10 for a commercial flea trap, you can make your own! At night put a plate of soapy water on the floor with a desk light right above it. The light will attract the fleas and the fleas will jump on to the plate. They will become trapped in the suds of soap and will drown. Keep in mind that a homemade flea trap does not work nearly as well but it will do the trick in a pinch.
3) You can also buy strips of sticky tape. You lay them down on your floor, the fleas jump on the tape, and get stuck. I’m not a fan of this method, because the amount of fleas it catches is not worth the hassle.
4)Flea Zapper comb. There is this little flea comb that electrocutes the fleas killing them. It does not electrocute or hurt your cat. I wouldn’t recommend using it if your cat was wet though. Fleas can kill your animals. I love getting revenge on fleas. I much prefer to comb them out using a regular comb and then kill them by hand or watch them drown.
A Cheap Way to Get Rid of Fleas
Borax isn’t exactly all natural, but it’s a much better alternative than using a horrible chemical flea treatment on your cat.
Remove all animals from the room. Sprinkle down the borax. Take a broom and rub it into the carpet. Most people recommend that you wait just one hour. However, the longer it sits the more effective it is. I strongly recommend letting it sit for 24 to 48 hours. You will also want to treat all fabric furniture with Borax. Then, vacuum it up after it sits. This will kill all fleas, eggs, and larva. It will also prevent them from coming back.
Sprinkle a small amount of Diatomaceous earth throughout the house. You will want to make sure you sprinkle it around all perimeters of your house inside and out as well as sprinkle it over your carpets and on your future. Work it into the fibers using a broom or brush. Diatomaceous earth is an all-natural product made from tiny fossilized skeletal remains of unicellular plants called diatoms. But while it may look and feel like powder, to insects it is a lethal dust with microscopic razor-sharp edges which cuts the flea`s protective outer covering, leading to desiccation and death. And while DE spells death to insects, it is harmless to humans and pets. Make sure that you only purchase
Facts about fleas…
Learn all about fleas to effectively get rid of them
Fleas are similar to cockroaches in that they adapt to their environment. They become stronger and grow more immune to the popular commercial flea control chemicals with each generation.
Most of the fleas in your home are living in your furniture and on your floors, rather than on your pet. Flea’s only spending about 10% of their time on your pet. In fact, they only jump on your pet, when they need to feed. This is why it’s so important that you don’t just treat your cat, but your whole house.
Every flea found on your pet means that there are approximately 30 more fleas living in your home.
A hibernating flea cocoon can survive up to a year without feeding. This is why it is so important to stay on top of flea control and flea prevention methods even when you no longer see fleas.
Did you know that a flea can jump 100 times its own height? Did you also know that just one female flea will produce 20,000 eggs in a period of only three months? Did you know that it can take anywhere from three to six weeks for flea eggs to hatch? So you may think that the fleas are all gone, but 3 weeks later, here comes a whole new generation. This is why it’s so important to keep treating your home for fleas for 3 months after all traces of them are gone.
The female flea prefers to lay her eggs in dark, damp places such as cracks in the floor or a corner of the basement. (Most of the few eggs that are laid on host animals soon fall off).
Did you know that there are many different types of fleas? The most common fleas found on cats and dogs are cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis). There are thousands of different flea species in the world.
Be careful of natural products that are really toxic to your cat…
There are several products out there that are labeled as being all-natural but have to potential to be toxic to your cat. Many of these so-called all-natural products contain pyrethrin, which is deadly to all animals; including humans. Make sure to always read the ingredients on whichever flea removal method you decide to use.
People used to believe that giving raw garlic to a cat was an amazing way to get rid of fleas. While this is true with dogs, garlic is very dangerous for cats. We now know that garlic can lead to death and anemia in cats.
When are your pets most likely to get fleas?
Find out when fleas are most active so you can prepare!
Don’t just treat your cat and your house!
Do not use Siphotrol!
I used to recommend Siphotrol as being one of the safer chemical products that you can use on your cat to get rid of fleas. Now, instead, I recommend that you RUN AWAY from Siphotrol. I used it on a bad flea infestation in May 2010. It killed all 6 of my cats. I am still devastated by this loss. My cats were not in the room when I sprayed it. I allowed my cats back in the room a few hours after it was sprayed. Almost immediately all of my cats started acting funny. Five of my cats died within 24 hours with a sixth cat dying a week later. These were all very healthy cats beforehand. It was so hard for me to write and share this, but I want to prevent other pet owners from going through the heartache I have been going through.
Do you know another good way that you can get rid of fleas naturally?