If you've ever dealt with fleas, you know just how pesky and annoying these insects can be. Riding fleas from your home is no small task, and expensive harsh chemicals may not always be the answer. For something so tiny, fleas have the ability to wreak havoc on our homes. And worse, the bites they can leave on our cats are painful and itchy. No cat should be forced to suffer, and here are some natural ways to help ward off fleas from infiltrating your home and harming your sweet kitty.
Lemon Spray and Fine Comb
It's been discovered that fleas do not like the smell of citrus, particularly lemon. By investing in a fine-tooth comb and a spray bottle, you can naturally treat your cats for fleas while giving them a thorough brushing. Squeeze several lemons and mix the fresh squeezed lemon with water, then pour into a water bottle and your cat will smell nice and fresh while fleas will stay far away.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This can be applied at bath time, and is a great way to keep fleas away—especially on kittens. If spraying, use the same as you would the lemon spray in the spray bottle.
Keep Kitty's Area Tidy
Regularly wash your cats bedding, as well as diligently vacuuming the area to help in the fight against fleas. But remember, after vacuuming it's a must that you take the vacuum bag/dirt bin outside into the waste bin so that trapped fleas don't escape.
Try Diatomaceous Earth
If you have carpet inside your home, sprinkle a healthy dose of this around the carpet. Allow it to sit for some time before vacuuming it (and the dead fleas) up with your vacuum cleaner. This substance works to dehydrate fleas.
Limit Outdoor Exposure
The safest place for your cat is indoors, and by limiting their exposure to the outdoors this will greatly decrease the chances that they will come in contact with fleas. Just one flea can multiply into a small army in a very short period of time, so keeping your cat exclusively indoors is always best.
- by Modi, owner of a ginger cat