Natural ways to rid your cat of fleas.
Using a flea dip is the first step to ridding your cat of fleas. Flea dips are solutions that you mix with water to dilute. These solutions are meant to kill off a large number of fleas on your pet. A good flea dip uses ingredients that can eliminate adult fleas and flea eggs, and provide immediate relief to the cat as well.
Several brands of flea dip are commercially available. While most of them are generally believed to be safe, some cat owners remain concerned about the long-term effects of these products.
Making a natural flea dip for cats is a good low-toxin alternative. A homemade flea bath can be just as effective, but does not include harsh ingredients that may be present in commercially prepared flea dips.
Here are two ways to prepare a natural flea dip for your cat:
Lemon Flea Dip
Lemon flea bath is a good option for controlling fleas because it is all natural and is highly effective in soothing and healing existing flea bites. Lemons contain limonene, a chemical that kills and repels fleas. Unlike other commercially prepared flea baths, the lemon flea dip is non-irritating. Moreover, the method for preparing the solution is budget-friendly and eco-friendly.
Below is an easy-to-follow recipe for making lemon flea dip.
You will need:
- Distilled water
- Spray bottle, sponge or a basin
- Thinly slice a whole lemon, including the peel.
- Boil distilled water in a saucepan.
- When water is about to boil, add the lemon slices. Let the solution steep overnight.
- Take out the lemon slices and pour the solution into a spray bottle.
Using the lemon flea dip:
- Before using the flea dip on your cat, shampoo the cat with a mild shampoo. Comb the pet to get rid of some fleas.
- Spray the lemon mixture on your cat’s armpits, belly, and tail. Spray behind the ears, but be careful not to spray near the eyes.
- The next day, you can just sponge the solution onto your cat’s skin and let it dry.
The lemon flea dip can be used daily on cats that have severe skin problems due to fleas. This will heal the skin and repel insects.
Vinegar and Water Solution
The vinegar and water solution is more effectively used as a flea repellent. It’s cheap to make, and is free of fragrance and skin-irritating chemicals.
To make this natural flea dip for cats:
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
- Spray the solution onto your cat. Spread the solution with your hands or using a brush.
Additional Tips and Warnings
- Before you begin treatment, make sure the problem really is fleas. Don’t immediately assume that your itchy cat has fleas, as not all insects on your pet are fleas. Fleas are hard, shiny, dark brown insects that appear slightly smaller than a pinhead.
- Check where fleas abound so you will know where to spray on more of the lemon dip solution. Fleas are usually found over the rump or around the neck and ears. You can check for flea excrement by combing your cat over white paper. If you see what appears like black pepper, then your cat has fleas.
- When spraying flea dip on your cat, avoid spraying near the eyes.
If you don’t have time to prepare this flea dip, you can always purchase commercially available flea control remedies. ProbioticSmart.com offers up to 30% off MSRP on all Frontline Flea & Tick products for your dog and cat.