Fleas are one of those nuisance bugs (like mosquitos) that you can’t believe actually exists. And if you have a pet, you know all too well how annoying they can be.
Now I don’t claim to be a doctor or a health specialist, but I do know from experience that flea collars and flea medications are full of chemicals and poison, so much so that your pet can have an adverse reaction like with any medication on the market. My sister’s dog for instance foamed at the mouth once flea medicine was put on his neck. My cat from many years ago had the same reaction so I knew these were not mere coincidences. This prompted me to search for safer alternatives for both mine and my sister’s animals.
My cat Poppy loves to be outdoors every chance she gets besides when it’s stormy or super cold; and with fleas living outside, it becomes an inevitable situation.
Fleas prefer moist, shady spots in shrubs, trees or even in leaves so make sure they’re trimmed and picked up to lessen your chances of an outdoor infestation.
2 Natural Remedies for Fleas on Cats & Dogs
Coconut oil can be used both topically and orally to keep your cat’s coat shiny and healthy and prevent dry, irritated skin from developing. It kills parasites such as mange, fleas, and ticks which are suffocated by the fat content in the oil.
What is Diatomaceous Earth?
Diatomaceous earth is made up of tiny fossilized diatoms (plankton) that have accumulated over millennia in freshwater lakes. These pure deposits are mined and ground into a fine powder that is naturally high in silica and other minerals. It is this chalky white powder that we call diatomaceous earth.
What is Diatomaceous Earth Used For?
Pure food-grade diatomaceous earth can be used for a large number of different purposes. Here’s a small selection of uses:
- A natural health supplement. Being high in silica, DE supports the growth of healthy hair, skin, nails, and joints
- A stain remover. DE can absorb more than twice it’s weight in liquid. It is effective at lifting stains on carpet and furniture as well as grease and oil spills on concrete floors.
- A cleaning booster and natural exfoliant. DE has a very porous structure, allowing it to add a gentle scrub to your cleaners or even skincare products
- A natural deodorizer. DE can be applied directly to your pet’s coat to limit odors and kill fleas. It also works well in the bottom of your trash can to keep unwanted smells at bay
- Preserve dry food storage. DE can be mixed in with any dry food storage including grains, flour, legumes, rice, and corn. Because DE absorbs liquids, it will help keep your food dry and uncontaminated
Now, breathing in the dust cloud from the diatomaceous earth can cause respiratory irritation, so I recommend doing it outside and tiny amounts at a time. Be sure to rub it in against the way the hair grows so it’s touching the skin. When the fleas walk through the animal’s hair, the silica shards cut through the waxy exoskeleton surface, effectively drying out the flea and resulting in death to these types of insects and their larvae. It’s a non-toxic way to rid your home of fleas.
After you leave the diatomaceous earth on their hair for at least a week, rub some melted coconut oil on your cat. All you need to do is put a chunk in your hand and it will melt, never put it in the microwave. The microwave removes the health benefits and makes it scalding hot.
I have done this with my cat numerous times now with no issues and continue to see no fleas.