When it comes to cats, most owners are faced with at least one encounter of fleas. You can easily be overrun in your home by these pests and it can cause a lot of distress to you, your family, and your kitty. What should you do when your cat has fleas? I am going to share some tip to help you out that DO NOT involve harmful chemicals found in flea treatment and collars.

Natural Flea Treatment

Getting rid of fleas is not difficult. Actually, it’s much easier than most would assume! The best solution to rid a cat of fleas is a bath. I have bathed all of my cats for many years and the best advice I can give to make sure it goes smoothly is to ensure your cat trusts you and to handle them gently in the bathtub! You want to buy some Johnson & Johnson Bed Time Bath in lavender. This is tear free and a gentle formula and is key to keeping your cat calm in the water, but more importantly, getting rid of the fleas! You can find this at just about any drug store or online. Be sure to bathe any other cats or dogs in the house, even if they don’t have fleas!

Other Tips

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 cat, it’s still a good idea to follow these yard and home tips to keep fleas away. Other nighttime 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.

Rinse & Repeat

Give your cat a bath every other month, or at least 4 times a year. I bathe 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 are dry. I like to use blow dryers, both of my cats are okay with this. By giving your cat quarterly baths, you will prevent fleas from wanting to live on your cat. Also, your cat will have very beautiful fur and soft skin!

Has your cat ever had fleas? What worked best for them? Share in the comments!

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Michelle Hall
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Michelle Hall

I gave my cats the Hartz flea drops and one got so severely sick by throwing up all over the house. I then went online and tried the Dawn dish soap remedy that only made it worse, she is now losing hair and still throwing up. I am going to try Walmart’s brand of baby shampoo with lavender and hopefully she gets better. I can’t afford to take her to the vet either.

Shauna Hubbard
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Shauna Hubbard

Need help cats eat up in fleas and has a sore eye

Jenni
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Jenni

I have a 6(?) week old kitten that has a few fleas. Not major. I have bathed in dawn and kitten shampoo…. With no help. I’ve tried a flea comb as well. Is there something I can use to prevent fleas? I have cleaned entire house and treated other two older cats with advantage.

Rob
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Rob

I have 3 cats. 2 are strictly outside and one is both. The indoor/outdoor one goes outside during the day/while I’m at work, and comes in when it’s dark or dinner time. I’d love to treat all the cats for fleas.

Britanica
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Britanica
If they have enough trust with you, I recommend giving them lavender baby wash baths. If this is not an option, which most people feel they can’t bathe their cats, using essential oils can help.You will want to get pure lavender oil and put some at the shoulder blades (where the cat cannot lick) and only apply it to the fur, not the skin. This can be done a few times a week. A little goes a long way. You can mix it into some lotion of your own to make it easier to apply to the fur and not the skin. You can also buy a cloth/nylon collar for each cat and soak them in lavender oil over night, then let them air dry. This makes a natural flea repellent collar. Just be sure that they have some give so if they get caught on something while playing outside,… Read more »

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