Flea and tick products are making cats sick and killing some pets, here are alternative natural remedies that work.
Many of the chemicals found in flea & tick products for dogs are harmful to cats because cats clean (lick) themselves so much more and ingest the OPs (organophosphate insecticides) that can damage their nervous system. Cats are also sensitive to most essential oils so use care not to use your dog’s essential oil home remedies on your cat.
The EPA as designated some of the hazardous ingredients to pets and humans to be permethrins are “likely to be carcinogenic…” and pyrethroids have been reported in “more than half of the ‘major’ pesticide pet reactions…” to the EPA. The most serious reactions have been heart attacks, brain damage and seizures.
Other chemicals to be aware of on the ingredient list in flea & tick products are: organophosphate insecticides [OPs] (like tetrachlorvinphos) and carbamates (such as carbaryl or propoxur). Though some of these chemical have recently been banned for use in ‘new’ products the existing product stock can still be sold.
Symptoms of pet poisoning may include: excessive drooling, dilated pupils, vomiting, shaking or shivering, unusual hiding, and/or skin rashes or extra itching.
Avoid all this label reading for chemical risk and make your own safe remedies with the suggestions below. Share what worked best for you and your pet.
Flea Remedies for Cats:
Flea Bath or Spray
Option 1 – Fill the spray bottle with ACV and spray directly on cat and leave on.
Option 2 – Bathe the cat with ACV, sit 5 minutes, rinse off, follow with a flea comb.
Option 3 – Bathe the cat in a 50/50 mix of ACV and mild shampoo, suds them up well, sit 5 minutes, rinse off, follow with a flea comb.
Dry D.E. Shampoo
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock that is made up of the fossilized remains of ancient hard shelled algae (called diatoms, hence the name.) Easily crumbled into a fine powder, DE is an effective and safe means of repelling fleas. While harmless to humans or pets, it is lethal to fleas because of its tiny but incredibly sharp edges that can slice right through the pest’s tough, waxy, exoskeleton. The fleas then die of dehydration. It is important that you only use food grade diatomaceous earth-any other kind is not approved for use on animals or humans, not to mention it will be too finely ground to kill the fleas. Food grade can be safely used externally and internally in both humans and animals, which means that when your cat goes to lick itself off, DE won’t hurt it. The biggest thing you want to avoid is breathing it in-you don’t want those little particles in your throat. This can be avoided by wearing a mask when using it in large quantities (if you are dusting the cats bedding down, for example) and by not going overboard when putting it on your pet.
Directions – Take small amounts of DE and pat or sprinkle onto the cat’s fur and rub it in, avoid too close to their nose. Wash, dry and dust your pets bedding rubbing the DE in well so there is no inhaling particles danger. Treat your cat daily and their bedding weekly.
Soapy Water Flea Trap
Fleas are attracted to light and warmth so here is a drowning trap.
- shallow dish (like yogurt lid)
- dish soap
- warm water
- Night Light
Directions – Put warm soapy water in the lid and place under the night light. Empty the trap in the morning and repeat the process.
KITTENS are extra sensitive so be extra cautious when using DE with them so they don’t breath it in. Baths with a flea comb are best for kittens.
DOG care givers check our Flea Remedies for Dogs
P.S. – Check out the Everyday Roots Book for more than 215 all-natural alternatives to toxic products and medications for you and your family.
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Some ingredients can be obtained at Thrive Market or Mountain Rose Herbs
For a printable “Eddie’s Healthy Pet Tips” from EWG
Source for chemical concerns The Humane Society