When it comes to cats (and dogs for that matter) most owners are faced with at least one encounter of fleas. You can easily be over run in your home by these buggers and it can cause a lot of distress to you, your family, and your kitty. What do you do when you notice fleas on your cat? I am going to share some tip to help you out that DO NOT involve harmful chemicals found in flea treatment and collars.
So your cat has fleas…
Whether you just adopted a cat or your cat of a few or many years has fleas, it is easy to rid them. Actually, it is easier than most would assume! What you want to do is take a deep breath and say “Yes I can!” because you are going to have to give you cat a bath! I have bathed all of my cats I have ever owned, and the best advice I can give is to make sure you have trust establishment and never EVER rough handle them in the bathtub! You want to buy some Johnson & Johnson Bed Time Bath in lavender. This is tear free and a gentle formula. Why lavender? Lavender is key to keeping kitty calm in the water, but more importantly, getting the fleas gone! You can find this at just about any drug store or Walmart. Buy it online if you can’t find it in store. Be sure to bathe any other cats or dogs in the house, even if they don’t have fleas!
What about the house?
After you have given your cat a bath, you want to clean your home well. Wash any cat beds and store them in a tightly sealed trash bag outside for at least one week. When cleaning the home, use lavender-scented or infused cleaning products. Be sure to wash your clothing, bedding, and blankets as well! For furniture, you want to buy some lavender essential oil. Mix 10 drops for every half cup of water into a sprayer bottle. Shake well, and spray down all cloth furniture in your home. Anywhere you cat spends a lot of time, spray the area with the spray.
And finally the good ol’ outdoors!
You want to be sure if you have an indoor/outdoor cat, that you keep your yard clean. Never have bushes or gardens right up against the home. This is a tip for other bugs as well, such as spiders! Planting lavender around the yard or keeping pots of lavender flowers near doors and windows will not only help keep fleas away, but other bugs like ticks, mosquito, and spiders! Limit your cats time outdoors. If they are hard to keep track of while outside, it is likely best for their safety, you just convert them to being indoor only with outside supervision. If you have an indoor only cat, it is still a good idea to follow these yard and home tips to keep fleas away. Other night critters carry them and will drop fleas and eggs all around your home. For this same reason, it is a good idea to keep all bird feeders at least 15 to 20 feet from your home.
Keep it up!
Give your kitty a bath every other month, or at least 4 times a year. I do my cats every seasonal change. If you live in a cold winter area, be sure to dry them well or keep them closed off in a warm room until they dry. I like to use blow dryers. Both my cats are okay with this. By giving your cat yearly baths, you will prevent fleas from wanting to live on your cat. Also, your cat will have very beautiful fur and soft skin!