How to Control Fleas on Cats... Naturally!

How to Control Fleas on Cats... Naturally!

Cats and fleas – just about the worst combination. Fleas get on cats, then they get in your house and then on you. Even worse, some cats are so sensitive to a flea's saliva that they'll itch all over from just one flea bite. Often flea preventive medication will help control the fleas, but what if you want to go the natural route? Here are four simple steps that will help you finally get rid of fleas!

Bathe Your Cat

We know, we know. This can be a nightmare in and of itself. But did you know a quick bath will cause most, if not all, the fleas to fall off into the water and drown. Using a gentle shampoo, or a little bit of dish liquid with a citrus base (fleas are repelled by lemon and orange), along with thorough and regular brushing with a flea comb, will also help with controlling fleas.

Keep Your Home Clean

Vacuuming and disinfecting the floors around the house and in your cat's living area is an excellent way of keeping the flea population under control. Besides, no one wants an uninvited guest – especially if that guest does nothing more than suck on your blood!

Mow and Prune the Yard

A cheap and easy way to reduce flea populations in your yard is to keep the grass, trees and shrubs trimmed and orderly. Sweep under decks and clean the debris and leaves that may be litter the ground. And don't forget to remove or secure any garbage bins that attract rodents or small animals. They may be carrying fleas.

Brew 'Em Away

A daily dose of brewer's yeast mixed in your cat's food is another natural way to repel fleas. You can also try rubbing some freshly squeezed orange or lemon onto your cat's fur, with no harm to your pet if it is licked off, and fresh smelling fur to boot.

Safety First

While fresh-squeezed juice from citrus fruits are safe for pets when applied to the fur and don't pose a threat when ingested in small doses, oil that is extracted from the rind of citrus fruits—such as lemons, limes and oranges—is toxic to cats. This oil contains limonene and can cause liver damage in cats if ingested. The oil is specific to the cells within the rind of the fruit and can only be extracted using specialty equipment.