Your beloved feline – what you wouldn’t do to make sure it’s comfortable, well-fed, and healthy at all times. But, more often than not, our cats develop conditions that are unavoidable, such as flea infestations. If your cat is infested with fleas, this is definitely a cause for concern, as these pests can multiply so quickly that before you know it, your beloved feline is in dire need of help. If you’re tired of dealing with fleas with vet medication, here’s how to do it the natural way: a list of the best natural and home remedies to treat fleas on your cat.
Some symptoms you should know about
To really confirm whether your cat has fleas, assess their behaviour. If they are constantly scratching themselves and are exhibiting loss of hair, especially on their tail, back, and behind their ears, then they may have fleas. Another sign is a flaky and red scalp, along with lesser-noticeable signs such as lethargy (at least more than usual), irritability, gums that are pale, and red marks or spots on their bedding.
The easy and natural remedies you can take advantage of
- A flea comb
One way to treat fleas in your cat is to use a flea comb. Just drag the flea comb along your cat’s hair, making sure that it is dragged slowly very close to the skin. Pay particular attention to problem areas such as the groin, armpits, and tail base, as these areas are favoured by fleas. Have a bowl of water mixed with soap handy so you can dip the comb in it as you get rid of the fleas so the fleas can drown.
- Apple cider vinegar
There are many reasons why apple cider vinegar has become a cure-all for almost everything – and this is one of them. If your cat has fleas, do away with them with apple cider vinegar. Simply mix two parts apple cider vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle. Shake the bottle thoroughly. Although the mixture does not kill the fleas, it still makes them run (or, more appropriately, jump) away from your cat.
- Water with salt
Surprisingly, some water mixed with salt can act as a natural flea repellant as well. To avoid a flea infestation in your home, clean your floors with a mixture of salt and water. You can also make use of salt alone – just sprinkle some salt onto your rugs and carpets; the salt will destroy the eggs and larvae of the fleas.
Fleas on cats can quickly become a major problem if not treated right away. Other natural remedies you can use are white vinegar, rosemary, cedar chips, and aromatherapy or essential oils such as lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, citronella, and cedarwood.
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