Pets are a part of the family and fleas come with pets. This can cause a major problem for cat lovers. Cats can also get fleas and in many cases, there are things that can be used on dogs that cannot be used on or around cats. This includes many natural oils that work for fleas but should not be used on cats. If you are scratching your head while trying to deal with fleas on your kitty cat, you need to know not only what is safe but effective. Here are the top ten best ways to get rid of fleas on your cat.
10. Sprinkle some Salt
If you sprinkle salt around then it will absorb moisture and the fleas will not survive. However, there is the risk that it will pull water from your carpets that you normally would not know was there to the top of your carpet. This can lead to you feeling pronounced wetness, and it will not help you with your flea problem. The best bet, is only do this if you have fleas during the wintertime when your heater will take a lot of the moisture out of the air in your home.
9. Vet’s Always Help
You can always take your beloved cat to the vet to seek flea treatment if nothing else seems to be helping. They have medication that works very well to help treat pets and eliminate fleas. The downside is, often this can cost you a substantial amount of money.
8. Treat the Yard
Fleas come into the house because they are in the yard. To eliminate the fleas in the house that are irritating your cat, you need to handle both inside and out. You can do this by keeping the grass short, putting cedar chips around where the pet plays if they go outside and you may also consider adding nematodes to your yard which are roundworms that eat flea larvae
7. Diatomaceous Earth (DE),
There is one type of DE that is food grade. You need to use it and not the type for pools because it is toxic. Sprinkle it around your house and let it sit for an hour or two. Then you can vacuum it up. It should kill the fleas by drying them out and it is safe for your cat to roll around on to help eliminate the fleas that are on them. The downside is, you may want to wear a mask if you have breathing troubles because DE is a fine powder.
6. Give Your Cat a Brushing
Flea combs are always a good option for someone who needs to get rid of the fleas off their cat and with any luck at all; your cat will enjoy the attention. This works even better if you have a bowl of dish soap and water nearby that you can dip the comb into and kill the fleas as you pluck them off.
5. Clean Your Home and Pet Areas
Wash pet bedding and toys in hot water with laundry soap. Dry as usual. The two combined should kill any fleas that are on the items as well as any eggs that the fleas have laid.
4. Sprinkle Borax
The first step is to vacuum your floors, couches, and pet beds. Then sprinkle borax laundry soap powder on the area. Use a broom to work it into the carpets and down into the fibers of your couch or their bed. After an hour or so, repeat the vacuuming and empty the vacuum of all the dead fleas.
3. Trap the Pesky Critters
Some stores sell flea tape which will trap fleas by using either a unique scent or a light. It works the same as fly tape. Fleas get on it and then cannot get off it. This makes them die.
2. The Au-natural Flea Trap
Put soapy water in a shallow bowl and then place the bowl near your cat’s bed. For this to work, you also need an available outlet that you can put a night light into or plug in a lamp. Leave it overnight. Fleas are drawn to the light and then they die in the water when they jump in.
1. Bathe Your Kitty
Perhaps the least favorite option, as well as the most effective and quick, bathing your cat, is always an option, even if difficult to do. You may use a little dish soap to wash her in or you can buy cat-friendly shampoo. Your cat may be a little upset with you while you are doing it, but the fleas will be gone quickly. Is your cat worth the scratches you may receive?