If you are against the use of chemicals you should know the best natural remedies for the treatment and prevention of fleas in cats.
Every year, with the arrival of summer, the age-old problem of infestations with fleas and other parasites in domestic dogs and cats comes up again. In particular, someone might turn up their noses at the use of chemicals on the fur and skin of their four-legged friend: in this case, it is useful to know the best natural remedies for fleas in cats.
An adequate knowledge of these natural remedies can be useful for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations, which are particularly frequent especially in spring and summer among domestic felines who are used to leaving the house to explore the surrounding area or, more simply, take a walk in the garden.
Below, we present some of the best methods for natural flea control, also useful for assisting the classic flea treatments which it is recommended to subject your cat regularly.
Natural remedies for flea control in cats
In the past, flea treatments to combat infestations by these annoying parasites were very different from today’s formulations: often it was forced to resort to chemical sprays that could poison the animal and from which it was also necessary to keep the children of the house away.
Today, fortunately, things have changed a lot but nothing prevents us from still taking advantage of some of the most effective remedies for natural flea control: let’s find out together what it is.
1. Bathe the cat
It may seem strange, but if your cat has fleas, bathing him with a non-irritating product such as castile soap diluted in warm water will be very helpful. Be careful to carefully soap the area around the neck and ears to prevent fleas from moving towards the animal’s head. After bathing, brush your cat’s coat thoroughly with a fine-toothed flea comb.
2. Set up a non-toxic trap
Place a dish of soapy water under a night light in the room where the cat usually sleeps: fleas will be attracted by the heat of the light and will be trapped in the soap and water solution. Be careful to place the trap in a place that is difficult for the cat to reach.
3. Clean the bed
In a period of flea infestation, it is good to pay particular attention to the hygiene of the kennel : washing the fabrics regularly in hot water also eliminates the eggs and larvae of these annoying parasites. Better to wash all the fabrics with which the cat usually comes into contact, such as any rugs.
4. Aspirate, aspirate, aspirate
Several times a week you have to vacuum all surfaces in the house: floors, furniture, upholstery. A useful trick is to put a scoop of mothballs in the vacuum cleaner bag to get rid of the vacuumed fleas. For bagless vacuum cleaners, the container must be emptied and washed thoroughly with soap and water.
5. Clean up the garden
Keeping the garden clean, with short cut grass is essential. If desired, it is possible to distribute worms that feed on fleas on the ground.
6. Dangerous natural remedies
Among the natural remedies for fleas in cats, garlic is often recommended: attention, this vegetable is dangerous for the health of cats and can cause the animal a life-threatening anemia.
7. Essential oils
Even essential oils can be useful for fighting fleas, but you must always contact your veterinarian first: there are substances that are potentially toxic for the feline organism and that is why before administering them it is good to ask for advice from an experienced professional.