How to Rid Your Cat of Fleas
Many cat owners don't realize that cats do not have to go outside to get fleas – the truth is, indoor cats are also susceptible to them. Kittens and sick cats are particularly vulnerable to fleas.
How To Know If Your Cat Has Fleas:
Use a flea comb on your cat and observe the small black specks on the comb. Some call it "flea dirt," but it is actually the excrement the flea leaves.
Smash some with a damp paper towel, and if it turns red - that's the residue from your cat's blood - cat flea control is needed.
Other signs of a cat with fleas?
Licking excessively along the back, and around the tail and hindquarters.
Black and white gritty specks in the hair (flea feces and eggs)
There are dozens of species of fleas, each adapted to a particular host. Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea, is the typ most commonly found in homes. The cat is their preferred host, but these fleas can also suck blood from humans, dogs and other animals.
How to get rid of your cat's fleas:
Use a flea comb to remove all the fleas from your cat's body. Then, apply a flea treatment. But wait - not just any flea treatment...
Here's a tip I received from a long time cat owner and veterinarian. She claims from her experience that most chemical flea treatments for your home not only don't work very well, but they are also dangerous to you, your pets and everyone else in your house.
She recommends using a natural flea treatment.
This particular natural flea treatment works well because it feels like soft powder to humans, but on a microscopic level it is actually razor sharp!
When a flea comes into contact with it, their protective coating is pierced and they immediately lose their bodily fluids, get dehydrated and die.
It's guaranteed to kill fleas, and to be completely safe for you, your children and all of your pets. It's also not as smelly as chemical flea treatments.
Right after treating your cat, vacuum your entire house and wash all blankets, bedding, etc. in hot water and use bleach if you can.
Then, sprinkle the natural flea treatment all over your carpet, bedding and any other surfaces your cat comes in contact with.
Get your cat dewormed. When your cats groom themselves, they ingest fleas - which carry tapeworm. You need to repeat this process once every month for 3 months to make sure you've gotten rid of all of them and to avoid a re infestation.
Warning: If you have decided to use a chemical treatment and you have multiple cats, you need to separate your cats for at least 12 hours, preferably 24 hours after applying the flea treatment.
Because if your cats groom each other, they can lick the chemicals off each other and poison themselves.
After 24 hours, the chemicals have absorbed into their bloodstream and are no longer on the skin. If you suspect your cat (or dog) has ingested the flea medicine, call or take them to the vet immediately.
If your cat only has a mild flea infestation, here is a homemade flea dip that will eliminate the fleas from their body. (You'll still need to treat your home though to prevent re infestation)
Note: This only works for very mild flea infestations.
Homemade Flea Dip
Lemon Flea Dip:
1 pot boiling water
Put the lemon into the boiling water and let it boil for 1-2 minutes, then turn it off. Let it set overnight. The next day, simply 'dip' your cat into it or pour it over your cat's body. Do not rinse the dip off.
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