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15 Home Remedies for Fleas on Cats

As a pet parent, you want nothing more than to care for your cat and be sure that they are happy and healthy. When you find that they have fleas, you immediately begin to panic and look for ways to end their suffering. In this article, we will provide you with home remedies for fleas on cats.

We will offer a list of ingredients for each remedy, and explained how to do them with a step-by-step guide.

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a powerful disinfectant and antifungal. This means that not only will your cat will no longer be itchy; it will no longer be put at risk to become infected with disease from the fleas, either. Tea tree oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for when the bites first start. However, it is important to dilute it properly, otherwise, it can become toxic for felines. The correct ratio is  0.1-1.0 percent dilution, and only applied topically.

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Directions

  • Pour the Tea tree oil into a dish.
  • Dilute it in water, with no more than 1.0 dilution rate.
  • Collect the oil onto a cotton ball.
  • Dab the diluted tea tree oil onto the bites on the cat.
  • Rinse it off after a few minutes.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a common item in the household, meaning that it is something that most people already own. This item has been used medicinally for thousands of years due to its antiseptic abilities. This means that it will both stop the itch and clean the bite at the same time. Its acidic nature creates a place where bacteria and other infectious compounds are unable to thrive.

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Directions

  • Pour the vinegar into a bowl.
  • Use a Q-tip or a cotton ball or swab to dip into the bowl.
  • Apply the vinegar directly to the fur and skin. You want to cover the affected area generously for best results.
  • Be mindful not to get any of the vinegar in your pet’s eyes.

3. Diatomaceous Earth 

Diatomaceous earth is a rock that is made up of ancient algae. It is one of the most effective ways to get rid of your cat’s fleas. You can put it on their skin and it will cut right through the exoskeletons of the fleas. It will also dehydrate the fleas themselves which will surely kill them.

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Directions

  • Take diatomaceous earth and apply it to the flea bites and around them as well.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Rinse it off .
  • Be mindful not to get any of the Diatomaceous earth in your eyes. Wear gloves and goggles.

4. Salt Water

Salt water, or a saline solution, will also dehydrate the fleas. This will kill them from the inside out and stop them from being able to burrow and move. Salt water also helps to clean and disinfect an area, helping to stop any infection on the skin of your cat.

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  • Salt water
  • Q-tip or cotton swab/ball
  • Bowl

Directions

  • Warm up some water.
  • Mix it in with salt.
  • Stir it in completely until it is a solution.
  • Dab a cotton ball into the mixture.
  • Put some of the salt water onto the bites generously.

5. Cedar Chips

Putting cedar chips in your cat’s bedding can help repel fleas. Fleas often burrow into cloth and similar materials, so this can help you stop them at the source.

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Directions

  • Hide away medium sized chunks of cedar in your cat’s bedding to ensure that no fleas get cozy with your kitty.

6. Rosemary

Rosemary is an anti-inflammatory that helps to get the hair to grow. This will help the hair that was lost from scratching to grow back in healthily. This is an easy way to make your cat more comfortable while you are treating both them and the house from fleas.

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Directions

  • Grind up the rosemary leaves.
  • Sprinkle them onto the skin of your cat.
  • Sprinkle them into the carpet or onto the floor where your cat plays most often.

7. Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella is known primarily for repelling mosquitos. In the same vein, it can be used to repel fleas as well. You can light citronella candles in your home to keep them out. Light them on your porch and get citronella torches to burn in the yard. You can also spray the yard with citronella oil to get the fleas to leave.

You can also rub citronella essential oil into the collar that your cat wears. This can help repel them from the actual animal themselves.

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Directions

  • Apply citronella to the flea bites.

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  • Light a citronella candle to fill the immediate area.

8. Earl Grey Tea

Earl Gray tea is another repellent against fleas. Unlike citronella, it is more natural and a totally safe choice. Earl Grey tea can be purchased in any supermarket and in most drug stores and health food stores all the same. This makes it an inexpensive and easily accessible choice for killing fleas in any environment.

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Directions

  • You can spread around tea from the packet onto the floors and into the carpet. Leave it there for a few days and then vacuum it up.
  • You can also sprinkle some onto your cat. Choose to wet the tea bag and then wipe it onto their collar.

9. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Dawn dish soap is one of the tried and true methods. It is used to clean oil off of wildlife in oil spills and is totally safe and effective. With Dawn dish soap, you can practically see the fleas leaping off of the animals when you wash them in the bath. It can be purchased in small amounts for next to nothing.

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Directions 

  • Get your cat in the bathtub with the water already on.
  • Lather up your hands with the dawn dish soap.
  • Rub down the cat from their neck to their tail.
  • Try to get behind the ears if you can but do not get it on their faces.
  • Rinse it off when you’re done.

10. White Vinegar

White vinegar is a common item found in a kitchen, meaning that it is something that most people are likely to own. This vinegar has been used medicinally for thousands of years because of its antiseptic abilities. This means that it will stop the irritation of the skin and clean the bite at the same time. Its acidic nature creates an environment where bacteria and other infectious compounds are unable to thrive.

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Directions

  • Dip a cotton ball into a bowl of white vinegar.
  • Squeeze out the excess.
  • Apply it to the bitten area.
  • Let it sit and then wash it off after a few minutes.

11. Sunflower Oil Mist

Essential oils are an excellent way to naturally rid the cat and the house of fleas. When you use a powerful combination of oils, this is even truer. Some of the best oils for getting rid of fleas include:

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Directions

  • Mix even parts of all of the above ingredients.
  • Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
  • Spray it on evenly over the flea bites and let it soak in.
  • Let the solution sit on the flea bites for as long as they can stand it.
  • Wipe it away.
  • Reapply as often as you need to.

12. Flea Comb

It is common knowledge that most cats hate water, making bath time difficult, even when they need it. If your cat absolutely will not bathe, try using a flea comb instead. The comb will pull out fleas as you work as it has ultra fine, thin teeth that get to their skin and don’t just brush the top of their fur.

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Directions

  • Comb down the length of your cat’s body slowly so that hair does not get caught in the brush. This is especially true if you don’t brush them often.
  • Comb around areas where fleas like to hide. This includes the armpits, neck, groin and the base of the tail.
  • Drown the fleas in soapy water as you remove them.

13. Salt

Salt naturally repels fleas. This is a good choice for those that cats will not let them cover them in salt water. You can put salt along their collars and on their skin. You can also sprinkle it around places where your cat often goes. Salt is a common household item so that you are likely to already have it in your home, making it a virtually free flea killer.

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Directions

  • Spread the sea salt around the area in which your cat frequently plays.
  • You can also put it in their fur and rub it into their skin to help keep the fleas back.
  • Salt can also help clear infection and ease inflammation which can soothe the skin that has been bitten by fleas.

14. Aloe Vera

Known primarily for its soothing effect on sunburn, aloe vera has benefits for animals just like it does for humans. It is a soothing compound that can alleviate the sting of the flea bites as well as it can on humans. Aloe vera is effective in combination with cayenne pepper; this is because cayenne pepper is an anti-inflammatory. This means that it both soothes and stops the inflammation at one time.

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  • Cayenne pepper
  • Aloe vera

Directions

  • Mix the cayenne pepper and aloe vera together.
  • With the paste created, gently apply it to the skin of your cat.
  • The pepper will not only stop the inflammation of the skin; it will also stop the cat from trying to bite at their skin any further.

15. Lemon Spray 

Lemon possesses citric acid. This acid is one of the best home remedies for fleas on cats. You can at once dry up the flea bites individually and stop the stinging pain. This can help your cat to heal more quickly while also making him or her more comfortable.

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  • Lemon
  • Water

Directions

  • Chop up four slices of lemon and drop it into boiling water.
  • Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
  • Spray it on evenly over pet and let it soak in.
  • Let the solution sit for at least 10 minutes.
  • Wipe it away.
  • Reapply as often as you need to.

Conclusion 

Fleas are bothersome to both you and your cat. They can be hard to get rid of during the summer, but that does not mean that you can’t try. This list of the best home remedies for fleas on cats should help you get started. Did we forget one? Remind us in the comments below.

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  1. It is well-known that Tea Tree Oil is highly toxic to cats. While it might kill fleas, it also might kill your cat. Feline application of Tea Tree Oil is never recommended.

    • Hello, Arthur,

      Thank you so much for this recommendation. However, properly diluted tea tree oil can be beneficial to cats, only if applied topically (the correct dilution ratio is between 0.1 and 1.0 percent).

      Have a nice day!

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