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How to Get Rid of Fleas From Cats with a Natural Home Remedy

If your cat has a flea infestation, regardless of how bad it is, it should not be ignored. When left untreated, a flea infestation can cause skin problems and anaemia along with other medical ailments. Cats tend to be more sensitive to chemical flea treatment, so you may want to try a natural remedy to get rid of fleas. Natural flea remedies are safer for your cat and for you.

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  1. Wash your cat to get rid of existing fleas. Use a mild, lemon-scented dish soap; fleas dislike citrus scents. Bathe your cat thoroughly. Rinse and repeat the process to ensure you have removed all the fleas.

  2. Use a flea comb after bathing your cat to get rid of any leftover fleas and eggs. Comb your cat with the flea comb at least once daily and each time your cat comes in from the outdoors. This will help prevent future infestations.

  3. Wash your cat's bedding in hot water. Add a cup of vinegar to the laundry load to help kill fleas. Continue to wash your cat's bedding regularly to prevent future infestations.

  4. Vacuum your entire home. Before vacuuming, add a tablespoon of diatomaceous earth to the vacuum bag. Diatomaceous earth can be purchased in lawn and garden stores. It suffocates fleas. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your home after you vacuum, and sprinkle it outside. This will help keep fleas away from your property and out of your home.

  5. Cut a lemon in half. Place the lemon in a pot of boiling water. Cover the pot while you let the water cool, and the lemon steep. When it has cooled, pour the mixture in a spray bottle and mist your cat with it daily. The citrus scent of the lemon may help repel fleas.

  6. Make a mixture of half water and half vinegar. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle. Use this mixture to mist your cat before she goes outside. The acidic quality of the vinegar helps repel and kill fleas.

  7. Give your cat a brewer's yeast supplement. Fleas are repelled by the taste of brewer's yeast, so it is less likely they will stay with a cat that has brewer's yeast in her diet regularly. Sprinkle a teaspoon of brewer's yeast on your cat's food each day.

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Things You'll Need

  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Brewer's yeast
  • Lemon
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Dish soap
  • Flea comb

About the Author

Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.

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