Cats are wonderful pets – affectionate, loving, and independent. However, our independent feline friends do require help sometimes, including fighting off fleas. Unlike dogs, flea treatments for cats is slightly tricky due to their sensitivity to essentials oils and that they enjoy regularly licking themselves. Below are a few treatments you can use to get rid of those nasty fleas and enjoy cuddles with your cat again.
1. Use a Flea Comb
While your cat may be slightly sensitive to the lemon smell on a flea comb, it is far better than using lemon juice and fleas detest the smell of lemon so it will prevent them coming back. Comb your cat with the fine teeth, removing the pests as you comb. Dunk the comb in water after each turn and eventually you will remove all the fleas. The lemon scent will prevent the fleas returning.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
As with lemon, fleas despise the scent of vinegar or apple cider vinegar. You have two choices here depending on the personality of your cat. The first is a bath, if you can control you cat for long enough to get them in, apply the vinegar, and get them out before they run off. The second is to apply the vinegar using a spray.
3. Dry D.E. Shampoo
D.E. shampoo is an effective way of repelling fleas. While it is harmless to cats or humans, it is lethal to those pesky fleas as the tiny edges cut through their exoskeleton, causing them to die of dehydration. Make sure you only use food grade D.E. shampoo as any other is not approved for use on humans or animals.
Perhaps a last resort idea for many people, it is possible to purchase worms which are not harmful to humans and pets but killer for fleas. These specific worms seek out larva and feed on them, ensuring your cat remains flea free. It is a gross, but effective way to remove those pesky fleas.
These four treatments are very effective in getting rid of fleas from your cat. Should you continue to experience flea problems after trying these treatments it is recommended that you visit your local vet.