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 online. 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?

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 at it!

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!

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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