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!
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!