Pet owners often turn to pesticides to kill fleas that infest their pet dogs or cats. If ingested, these pesticides can cause health hazards to the animals and may even prove fatal. Natural essential and herbal oils kill fleas just as effectively as pesticides. However, some herbal oils that kill fleas on dogs may not prove equally effective for cats because cats tend to lick themselves clean. Oils that effectively control fleas in dogs, such as lemon oil, may cause digestive disorders in cats.
Neem oil can control fleas safely and effectively on cats. The bitter taste of neem oil prevents the cat from licking the oil off its fur. Neem's therapeutic properties will not cause digestive or other problems for cats if accidentally ingested.
Eucalyptus oil makes an inexpensive flea repellent. The oil sprayed on cats expels fleas quickly. Eucalyptus normally does not cause an adverse reaction in cats and is good for their respiratory health, if sprayed on after diluting the oil.
Lavender oil mixed with water and sprayed on cats not only kills fleas on infected cats, but also helps make the cats smell better in the process. Spray lavender oil throughout the home, if the home has been infected. The lavender oil works as an effective and sweet smelling flea removal agent.
Peppermint not only tastes good, but also smells good. Spraying peppermint oil on the fur of your cats, and around the house, makes an effective and safe natural flea repellent. Peppermint also does not have any unpleasant side effects on cats if they lick their fur after application if properly diluted.
Rosemary not only has innumerable therapeutic benefits but also is a natural flea repellent and kills fleas on infected dogs and cats. Rosemary oil sprayed on cats and around the house will rid fleas from the animal and the home in a few weeks.
Thyme oil effectively kills fleas on the body of cats, does not cause adverse reactions to the animal's internal systems, and offers a pleasant and natural alternative to pesticides to rid cats of fleas.