How to Get Rid of Fleas on Cats and Kittens Using Home Remedies

Cats

Fleas can pose a major health risk to your cat if they aren’t dealt with quickly. Here are our top suggestions for getting rid of fleas on cats and kittens using home remedies. If your cat, however, appears to be suffering quite a bit then we suggest you go straight to the vet instead of trying to rely on some of these remedies.

1. Inspect Your Cat with a Flea Comb

Flea infestation is most likely to occur with outdoor cats but it can happen with indoor cats also. For outdoor cats, we suggest doing a regular inspection of your cat’s coat with a flea comb. The tightly-packed teeth of the flea comb are designed to easily pick out the fleas, but more importantly pick out flea eggs as well.

2. Vacuum and Steam the House

There’s a good likelihood that the fleas have already invaded your house. It’s important that you vacuum the house on a daily basis paying special attention to areas like the carpet. You should also steam all upholstery and bedding. Pay close attention to the places in the house where your cat or kitten likes to hang out. This could, for example, be their bed and cat tower.

3. Keep Your Cat Quarantined

You don’t want your cat to be able to roam freely as this could just get make the flea infestation at home worse. Until you are able to eliminate the fleas, we suggest isolating your cat to a specific area of the house. Your cat probably won’t be happy but this will make the flea infestation a lot easier to manage.

4. Rub Your Cat’s Fur with Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Food-grade diatomaceous earth is a powder that does wonders against soft-bodied insects such as fleas and ticks. One suggestion is to lightly rub some food-grade diatomaceous earth into the cat’s coat. Food-grade diatomaceous earth is non-toxic but you need to make sure your cat (and yourself) doesn’t accidentally breathe in a large amount of it as this may cause respiratory issues such as lung irritation.