5 Natural Ways to Prevent & Get Rid of Fleas on Cats

Independent as they may seem, our fabulous feline companions can’t do everything on their own-and this includes fighting off fleas. Being too sensitive to essential oils, and the fact they lick themselves so much, makes natural flea repellents for cats trickier than it is for dogs. Many natural methods deal with prevention (vacuuming, regularly washing bedding, and so on) but there are a few that you can take immediate action with.

5 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Fleas on Cats- a great list of natural flea remedies for cats!

1. Flea Comb

This is very similar to the flea comb for dogs, and while some cats may find the scent of citrus unappealing, the way this is prepared can lessen the intensity of the smell to their sensitive noses (but not to the fleas) because you don’t use straight lemon juice. Fleas hate the overwhelming smell of lemon, and it seems to help deter them. Combining the lemon with a flea comb-it can be either a regular comb, although the super fine toothed ones sold in stores are optimum-does twice as good a job. You get the pests out with the comb, while leaving a lingering scent of lemon that will keep them from coming back.

cat flea comb

You will need…

-A fine toothed comb or flea comb
-2-3 lemons
-3 cups of water
-A spray bottle
-A pot

Directions

Pour 3 cups of water into a pot and add in 3 lemons that have been chopped up. Bring this to a boil, and then remove from heat before letting the lemons steep in the water for 3 hours (3 is the magic number here it seems.) After it is done steeping strain the lemons and their particles from the liquid and pour into a spray bottle. You can than lightly mist your cat and go through their fur with the comb. Alternatively you can pour the liquid into a bowl and soak your flea comb directly in the solution and then go over your cat. Do this at least twice a day. You can also mist their bedding down, if they don’t seem to mind the smell. Remember, if your cat seems to think the lemon is unpleasant, try something else. You wouldn’t want to have to live covered in a smell you didn’t like either.

Personally: I have started using glass spray bottles when it comes to anything acidic like lemon juice, vinegar, etc., rather than plastic. Whether or not there is anything to chemicals leaching from the plastic, it puts my mind at ease.


2. Apple Cider Vinegar Bath or Spray

Would you want to chomp onto something that smelled overwhelmingly foul to you? Probably not. The same thing is true of fleas and vinegar-even apple cider vinegar, which I actually like the smell of. Applying this during a bath or as a spray does not change a cats internal Ph. levels, and is a good way to naturally remove fleas, especially on kittens.

flea spray

You will need…

-A spray bottle
-Several cups of Apple Cider Vinegar
-Some very mild shampoo that is safe for cats (optional)

Directions

Fill a spray bottle with apple cider vinegar, apply directly to coat, and leave on. Alternatively you can carefully bathe your cat, either with just ACV or ACV and mild shampoo mixed together. If you are using just ACV spray a generous amount onto the fur and let it sit on your cat for 5 minutes before rinsing it off and following the bath with a flea comb. I prefer the shampoo route personally. If you do use it, use a half and half shampoo to vinegar ratio, and suds the cats head first-when you place the cat in water, the first thing fleas will do is run up to the head. Work the shampoo blend into their fur well and let it sit for 5 minutes, rinsing out thoroughly and follow treatment with a flea comb. If your cat will not tolerate a bath, use the spray bottle option, or gently pour cups of water of it instead of setting it in standing water (submersion may make the experience that much more scary to your cat.)

3. 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.

diatamaceous earth flea remedy

You will need…

-Food grade Diatomaceous Earth
-Some gloves

Directions

Wearing gloves so as not to pick up fleas yourself, dust your hands with DE, or take a small handful. Pat or sprinkle onto your cats fur and rub it in so it’s not just sitting on the surface, also avoiding getting too close to their nose. Follow this by dusting your pets bedding (after you’ve washed it) and rubbing it in well so there aren’t a bunch of loose particles floating around to inhale. You can do this treatment on your cat once a day, and on the bedding once a week.

4. Biological warfare

Beneficial nematodes are insect-parasitic, which means that these small microscopic “worms” are safe for pets, people, and plants, but not pests. There are many different kinds of nematodes, but the ones marketed for flea control and pest control in gardens are not one of the nasty ones. These little guys have a unique mission, seek out pests (they love flea larvae) and destroy them. It’s a little gross how they go about it-basically they kill the flea from the inside out and then feed on it-but fleas are nasty anyways right? What goes around comes around I suppose. Nematodes have been shown to be very helpful in reducing flea populations under the right conditions. They need moist soil to thrive and to be able to move easily, but they did not have the same level of effectiveness in dry super dry conditions. If you live in an area where nematodes might be useful, you can place them around the perimeter of the house where they act like a tiny army to defend your home (and your cat) from fleas. Use them in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions.

5. Soapy water flea trap

Fleas, well, they aren’t the brightest things in the world, which is good news for us. They are attracted to light, and find its shining splendor irresistible. To take advantage of this, place a very shallow dish with sudsy water under a night light so when they hop towards the light, they hop into the water and drown. Use hot or warm water, as they seek things out by temperature.

You will need…

-A shallow dish (a yogurt lid works well)
-Warm water
-Dish soap
-A night light

Directions

Fill a shallow dish with warm soapy water and place directly under a night light. Check the trap in the morning, empty it, and repeat to help get the fleas under control.

Cats are particularly sensitive creatures, and with the tendency to lick their fur, chemical fleas treatments can make many owners take pause. They also metabolize essential oils differently than dogs, making most of them toxic to felines, which then present another barrier when it comes to flea control. Prevention, such as regularly washing your pets bedding and vacuuming, is one of the best ways to keep you on top in your fight with fleas. If nothing natural seems to work, do know that the infestation may be to such a point that a trip to the vet is needed. Even if you would really rather not go, you and your cat will be better off for it.

Know the enemy

Fleas are dastardly things, but a basic understanding of how they live is a good way to learn how to kill them and keep them from returning (I’ll try and keep this short.) A flea has 4 stages of development-egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The eggs are laid on the host after the female feeds, but easily roll off. Thanks to this little trick, places where the pet sleeps becomes heavily infested-which is why attention to bedding and resting spots is a must. To win this battle, one must fight the flea at all life stages. Kill the adults, get rid of the eggs, and prevent the larva and pupa from ever existing. Easier said than done, of course, but it’s worth fighting for your pets comfort and health.

One course of action you might take…

Kill adults: Use a flea comb to pick them off and drown them in soapy water. Follow this with a flea bath and a dusting of DE. Dust DE on pets bedding and carpets, and vacuum carpets after 30 minutes.

Get rid of the eggs: Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Vacuum carpets like your life depends on it, and be even stricter about your pet’s bed and resting places. Wash bedding often in hot water with a splash of white vinegar as well. Empty vacuum right away and take trash out to prevent the flea eggs from hatching and re-infesting the house. Eggs hatch every 2 days to 2 weeks.

mowgli

Mowgli

Prevent pupa and larvae: If you are religious about doing the above, it becomes possible to prevent pupa and larva from developing and reproducing as they can only reproduce after they feed on blood (which sounds straight out of a bad horror movie doesn’t it?)

Prevention: Fleas populations break down as such-%50 eggs, 35% larvae, 10% pupa, 5% adults. Eggs lead to adults, of course, so don’t underestimate the benefit of regular vacuuming or spraying with something like the lemon spray.

paws

Paws

For Kittens: Treating baby animals with fleas is always a challenge. Even if you plan on using flea medication from the vet, it can’t be used until they are a certain age. They are small, and fragile, and it takes an extra chunk of dedication to safely rid them of the pests. If using DE, always make sure you aren’t being excessive, which might result in the kitten breathing it in. I think regular flea baths and going over them with a flea comb is a good idea, time consuming as it may be.


Tip: Don’t know if your cat has fleas? If you can see little brown or black specks on your pet’s skin, it may be flea feces. Smear one on a wet paper towel-if it turns reddish, its flea excrement, and that’s blood you are seeing.

Dog owner? Take a look at our flea remedies for dogs.

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74 Comments

  1. Angela Kirk says:

    20 mule team borax in the laundry detergent isle sprinkle it around and behind stove furniture its CHEEPER than any other remedy,I sprinkle it into the carpet then leave it a day then i vacume it up repeat once a week for 2 weeks,be sure to bathe the pets to get fleas of of them I dont have roaches or fleas

  2. Lisa McWilliams says:

    I am going to try this method on getting rids of fleas from my cats & kittens. Hopefully this will work so I can bring 1 or 2 of them in the house & finally have a house pet. Thanks for the info & I will let y’all know how it works.

    any ideas on how to get rid of gnats in the house? I have tried ACV in the bottle method & all it seems to do is attract them without them actually going in the bottle. I will again try bombing the house but with my respiratory problems it really isn’t my best option.

    thanks so much.. Lisa McWilliams

    • Stacy says:

      Pour some wine into a small cup. Then rubberband plastic on top. Finally poke small holes into the plastic with a toothpick. The gnats will crawl down the holes but won’t be able to get back out.

    • JASON says:

      I have had the gnat problem before as well . Couldn’t figure out why they were coming into the house and multiplying faster than I could kill them . It looked to me like they were even coming up from the septic tank and out through the toilet bowl . I made sure all of my sink drains had water in the p-traps ( if they dry out , sewer gases can come into your house ) , all you have to do is run some water down the drain for a few seconds – you could even pour a little bleach down as well . Weeks went by and we still had the problem so I had the septic tank pumped . Well , no luck going down that road either . After a few more weeks of aggrevation I notice that they were more concentrated around a closet where we keep canned goods and our ” onions & potatoes ” . I don’t use onions & potatoes all the time and didn’t really think about it until I openned the closet door and was overwhelmed by the smell of rotten onions , old potatoes and the swarm of gnats . I threw the mushy , blue & black colored onions & old potatoes that had sprouts growing off of them into the trash , sealed the bag , hauled it off to the recycling center ( aka – the dump for the monetarily challenged like myself ) and the gnats went away , I MEAN GONE , almost as fast as they came . You really wont have to kill them once you find the source of what is attracting them , they will leave on thier own , it’s amazing actually . Look for the area where they are congregating , could be a moisture issue , a small peice of food hidden under something , or forgotten ” onions & potatoes ” . Good luck , hope this story helps . Signed copies can be available for a small donation to the save the onion & potatoe foundation :)

      • Angeli says:

        bleach can be VERY dangerous poured into a sink that drains into a septic tank,, its toxic when mixed with septic waste

    • Garett says:

      You will need…

      -Food grade Diatomaceous Earth
      -Some gloves

      Directions

      “Wearing gloves so as not to pick up fleas yourself, dust your hands with DE, or take a small handful. Pat or sprinkle onto your cats fur and rub it in so it’s not just sitting on the surface, also avoiding getting too close to their nose. Follow this by dusting your pets bedding (after you’ve washed it) and rubbing it in well so there aren’t a bunch of loose particles floating around to inhale. You can do this treatment on your cat once a day, and on the bedding once a week.” – Cats have very sensitive skin as do dogs this crap does nothing but irritate the skin of both species adding to their suffering.. void this stuff like the plague!

    • MARIA WHITNEY says:

      We use the vinegar trick…fill a pudding dish or any small bowl and fill it 1/4 full of apple vinegar and place a piece of sarah wrap pull very tight. Then poke holes thru the wrap with a tooth pick, they fly into the holes and can’t get out and drown…

  3. DAWN DRAYER says:

    BLUE DAWN DISH SOAP MADE THE FLEAS DROP OFF

  4. amandadealbuquerque says:

    im going to tried this, but where u buydiatomaceous earth

    • Teresa says:

      I got mine at a natural foods/vitamin store. 9oz. for $13.79 large canister of powder. I put some into an empty spice jar so I could shake it on. Keep it away from eyes and nose.

    • Lori says:

      Amazon.com You can usually get free shipping when your total order is over $25. I also LIGHTLY dust this on the bottom half of my mattress pad, under the sheet, on all the pet bedding.

    • Mimi says:

      I got mine at the Feed store (Olsens Grain). I paid $20 for a 50lb bag. Best deal I could find. I put the stuff in a can with a plastic lid that has holes punched in it and I sprinkle it all over my yard. Kills any kind of sucking insect before it can even get to my pets. I only have to treat the yard once ever couple years, it works that well. Neither my house nor my pets ever have fleas, and my chickens don’t have mites. No tics, ear mites, or any other nasty bugs that try to habitate on my darling little animals.

      • susan says:

        this may be the best secret EVER……. thanks for sharing

      • patti says:

        i don’t know the product you were speaking of but I really need it…please let me know what it was I have a dog and a cat and they are on double doses of flea meds per the vet it’s costly and not effective- I get bit in my yard from fleas-got to be something I can do–please help

      • Garett says:

        There`s the proper usage of this product, do not put directly onto your animals it dries out and irritates the skin. use it outside around your home like a barrier. it dries up the pests killing them before they get on you, your pets or into your homes.

    • Crescendo OfpeaceFarm says:

      The best place to buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is your local farmer’s co-op or feed store – they have them even in metropolitan areas.

      A local health food store had Food Grade DE for $10 for a small jar, versus $18 for 40 pounds, You do the math.

      Since I use DE for everything from flea control to gardening to adding it to my animal’s feed to prevent worms, to me it is worth it to get the 40 pound bag, which I’ve had for about a year and have so far used slightly more than half.

      You could also go in on a large bag with a friend or two. ;-)

  5. Yvette Young says:

    what’s a good, natural remedy for bedbugs; why can’t you use the same thing you use for fleas?

    • Lori says:

      Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) will kill anything with an exoskeleton, including bed bugs. Make sure to dust on ALL fabric items; sofa, carpets & bedding that can’t be washed. Work it down into the carpet with a broom. I DUST (not dump) on lower half of mattress pad, under sheet. I don’t like washing electric blankets; I do dust the powder on them and make sure I keep a sheet between me and the blanket. Toss stuffed animals, your & your pet’s bedding into dryer for 15-20 daily. Some say every few days, but I’d rather err on the side of getting them dead! My daughter is a bug bite magnet. I do wash them once a week. Check stuffed animal tags, most can’t be washed. Fleas & bedbugs don’t disappear instantaneously, but they will disappear. Chin up!

  6. Bernie says:

    I saw a carpet cleaning solution that used ingrediants you already have in your home. I can’t remember what most of these were. I think it had oxicleanpowder & maybe peroxide. If you have this reciepe I would be so glad, because my carpet has stains & non of the store bought cleaners seem to work. Thanks.

    • Lauren says:

      I use warm water and plain white vinegar in my carpet cleaner. It got the stains out of my carpet and didn’t leave my house smelling like vinegar.

  7. miriam morgan says:

    i don’t have a comment , but a question about my chihauhau 9mo. old and his weird actions .i thought since you love dogs , you might know what is wrong with my dog.

    • SSBdMFuhressSavannah says:

      Your running a gauntlet there, could be too many things. Take him to All 4 Paws to the vet if you got one, cheapest I have seen. Since I got no ideal what your value of weird is I doubt anyone could tell you much.

  8. Serenity de Clare says:

    How do you spray something on a cat that won’t tolerate having something sprayed on him and runs away and hides and even if you hold him, he claws his way out of your hold and runs away and hides??? Is there any alternatives to spray? We have a cat that was a stray for 20 and we took him off the street when we moved into this house so not only are we dealing with his psychological problems of people shooing him with brooms and such and throwing things at him, but we are also dealing with 20 years of fleas, 20 years of claw growth that he won’t tolerate us trimming. He probably has heart worms, worms, ticks, pukes occasionally, always has diarrhea when he goes to the bathroom and Lord only knows what else but we cannot afford to take him to the vet at this point in time. So yeah, we are trying to deal with the flea problem first because I am getting bit up very badly and I alaredy have a compromised immune system. So far my fiancee hasn’t gotten any bites, praise the Lord. But yeah, our cat will NOT tolerate spray. I did bath him in white vinegar and Dawn dish soap and I thought everything was ok for 24 hours but afterwards our cat was still itching…yeah…

    • Lori says:

      FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth (DE). It kills anything with an exoskeleton. Dust on cat trees, carpet, crease of fabric sofa. You have to work it int carpet w a broom. My daughter is a magnet for flea bites. Put a tiny amount in your hand and work into fur. Wash bedding once a week & Dry all bedding 15-20 min a day. Flea Comb every day…can’t stress this enough. Look at comb with every comb and dunk into soapy water if there is a flea. Otherwise, rake comb onto napkin to remove eggs & dried blood specs (what larvae feed on) EVERY time you pull comb through fur. This way you aren’t redepositing those back onto cat. Yes, this is a pain, but, it works…eventually :)

    • Janelle says:

      I don’t know about the cat, but for some relief for yourself you can get a good tea tree oil soap and laundry detergent. This works to keep the flees off of me and my clothes; otherwise they eat me alive. Keep in mind that the soap can be drying to your skin, though, so don’t use it too often. Tea tree is bad for cats though, so don’t use it there.

    • Angela says:

      I sprayed my dog Cuddles with ACV spray every day, but she still managed to get fleas. Now, they are biting me. Using ACV was a waste of time. The only thing that it did was make my dog smell like a pickle.

      I put some Frontline on her and haven’t seen any since, but they’re still in my room. I’m going to try to wash everything tomorrow, and I might go out and buy DE to sprinkle all around.

      Don’t waste your time with ACV.

      • SSBdMFuhressSavannah says:

        I had a cat used the apple cider vinegar on. Got sick. Took to vet and they said it had no fleas on it at that time. Later when talked to them it was covered. It seemed the only thing the ACV did was get them drunk, they sobered up and back. I got 20 to 30 cats so I got fleas. They was in the house biting me. I sprayed different poisons, some was old and 2 was new like 5 times, Black Flag and stuff, still the fleas. Used DE as put all around and in a few days fleas gone from me. Cats still got fleas, using the DE on and Lemon’s boiled, steeped spray. They are still having fleas. Try’d all natural collars and still fleas. Try’d a few poisons as the cheaper spot on stuff, seemed to make the cats too supersensitive to fleas and they chewed themselves up. Have not try’d Bio-spot yet but will. Problem is you see all these comments on everything and as someone would say this was bad makes you wonder if they are not doing that for the expensive companies on purpose so people run to this outrageous priced stuff. Still heard stuff on that too, true I would not know. I’ve had problems as burning the neck with collars even the natural ones and the Hartz spray and Sergents cheaper brand spot on is where I saw the cats chew themselves to pieces. Just have to do the best I can, 20 to 30 can barely afford the food these day for them. But ACV doesn’t work and I did not see the Nematodes bio-organisms for the ground work. Do DE and Lemon spray and experiment from there. The Soapy/water alunaman pie pan does work, I’ve seen that but you got to watch the cats they try to drink that too.

        • Marilyn says:

          Be sure to treat the premises as well to prevent flea eggs from hatching. This could be why you keep getting reinfested. One time when I had a bad flea problem I made a spray using a quart bottle with some salt and lemon juice extract. Within a couple of days I had no more fleas. I sprayed the carpet and even lightly sprayed the cat that the fleas came with. Animals that have had fleas will also have tapeworms and should be treated accordingly. Some feed stores (such as Tractor Supply) will have the dewormer specifically for tapeworms. Other otc dewormers will not eradicate them.

      • SSBdMFuhressSavannah says:

        And the big question here would be do you work for Frontline? I’ve read the fleas are getting use to that so now Frontline Plus and Frontline Plus 100 and everything else under the sun. I understand that and most stuff as that gets into the nervous system and in time I would think that could not be good, not that fleas are. But then I got a herd of cats, not 1 or 2 so I battle on and Frontline and anything over a few dollars is out of my reach. Makes you wonder how any cat out running loose even survives.

      • JASON says:

        I’m not laughing at your situation , but when I read what you said about your dog smelling like a pickle I about fell on the floor laughing so hard , I’m still having a hard time typing this without LMAO . AGAIN PLEASE EXCUSE MY IGNORANCE because I can sympathize with your situation . I am truely an animal lover , cats , dogs , birds . We are very clean people , but at one time , we had fleas so bad I had to call an exterminator to get rid of them . He used something that had IGR its a growth inhibitor for fleas , it worked extremely well . All of this is supposed to be safe for both , humans and animals . He even said they have a spray ? or something to use on the pet(s) to continue keeping your pet(s) free from fleas . I didn’t buy or try it yet but , I think I’m going to have to – the kids ( my 2 cats ) are being eaten alive and I’ve tried frontline , hartz and the other big name treatment with no luck . The treatment he used inside killed the fleas we already had plus new ones the cats would bring in from outside . It’s been over a year and , knock on wood , no fleas inside – but my kids need something . I use about a tablespoon of Adams flea shampoo and about an inch of water in the canister of my upright when I vacuum for preventive maintenance . I have found that this kills any fleas once they go into the shampoo mixture after being sucked up into the canister . Alot of people vacuum then empty the canister into the trash , well , guess what ? If you do this you are enabling the cycle of life for the fleas that you just vacuumed up – they will find a way to get out of the trash can . The only downside to doing the vacuuming with the shampoo/water mixture is , your canister will have the smell of the mixture in it after you are done – even after you clean it . When I finnish vacuuming , I empty the canister outside in the yard – it’s just hair , dirt , dead fleas ( if you have any ) and water then I wash it out . Just be carefull not to lower the handle of your vacuum to low – remember you have a little water in your canister now . People are probably going to think I’m crazy when I start laughing if someone asks me if I want pickles on anything , hang in there cuddles – love and hugs my furry little friend .

    • SSBdMFuhressSavannah says:

      I would think instead of a spray you could just use a rag and wipe it on them. I would used a diluted rate doing that and work your way up to see if it effects them or not and if it does anything for the problem. I think dipping a flea comb in the liquid you are using would be a good ideal too.

      • MimiLee says:

        Maybe having so many cats in one place is the problem, the fleas keep breading and re-infecting faster than you can get rid of them. I would keep up with the DE and lemon water. Also, consider using Advantage for cats in an emergency. It really works. However, I was researching alternatives online as I would prefer not to use poison. And no, I do not work for Advantage! ;)

  9. voni mitchell says:

    Do you think I could use the cat remedy on a ferret? I have 2 cats and a ferret that live in my bedroom for the most part, but don’t want the ferret inhaling the dust.

  10. Carla says:

    For fleas in the carpet, I use table salt. The flea dehydrated after they eat it.
    I use the salt shaker and spread it on the carpet, the next day I vacumm it.
    do it again in 7 days to catch the new hatched and when ever you see fleas
    jump on you.
    It does hurt animals or babies.

  11. Rita says:

    I’ve created a very good flea spray for carpets, curtains, bedding, etc. that seemed to work great!! I use 1/3 hydrogen peroxide, 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 1/3 Dawn dish washing liquid (the blue one only). I shake it just a bit, then use a spray bottle w/a fine spray. I’ve sprayed this onto my carpets, furniture, etc. & within 2-3 days I had not one sign of fleas. I repeated the spraying every day for about a 3-4 days. Right after I used this the first day, I gave my cat a bath in Dawn, patted her dry & sprayed 1/2 hydrogen peroxide & 1/2 apple cider vinegar on her. It worked like a charm!!! The fleas began falling off of her during the bath. When I began drying her, I first held her in the towel for at least 5 min., then patted her dry, combed her for a while, then sprayed her with the above mixture. This will work on kittens as well since they’re too young for formal medications. The mixture doesn’t hurt the carpeting or furniture and the smell, if any, goes away within an hour or so, plus my cat’s fur is just as soft as can be! Give it a try…..it’ can’t hurt them or you & is a very inexpensive way to rid you, your cat & your house of fleas.

    • mandy says:

      This, from every website I’ve read, seems like the best idea for effectiveness, price, & ease. 2 things tho: I’d repeat every day for 2 weeks (hatching cycle). And I’m not sure about hydrogen peroxide on cats fur (won’t they lick it? Are your cats still OK?) Might just skip that one ingredient on that one part.

      • rebecca says:

        I know humans can rinse with it and a few other things that would make it internal. Not fully sure about cats???

      • Diana says:

        Just wondering about using Hydrogen Peroxide…is it safe for cats especially if they lick it? Did you use food grade HP?

    • crystal says:

      I put this mixture together today and almost instantly my cat stopped scratching! I also put him on a half capsule of brewers yeast on the moist food once a day. He seems so much happier now….Thanks so much for the tip I think this is going to work!

    • MimiLee says:

      This sounds great, but can the combo of hydrogen peroxide and ACV cause fading on upholstery and carpets? I know it can lighten hair lol.

    • Ridaa says:

      Hi, did you rinse them after you sprayed them with hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar solution? Because I wouldn’t want them injesting any of that. Just making sure. Thank you

  12. Nimue says:

    Thank you very much, your explanations have revealed a lot. I’m also dealing with dust mites, and I figure this will help with that also. I cringe when I’m reduced to using chemical flea treatments, and i’ve known the housecleaning is strategic, and now I know how to use DE outside, re a post here. I’ll try bathing my cat, but i think applying with hands will work better.

  13. Laurie says:

    I was at the dog site and clicked this link for cats. I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. I stopped filling my cat’s water dish years ago cause he never drank out of it. He drank out of dogs dish cause we give the dogs better water I guess. We have his food dish up on a shelf cause the dogs think we give him better food. Anyways the other site said something about putting a little vinegar in drinking water if I do that and my cat drinks from it too will it harm him?

    • SSBdMFuhressSavannah says:

      I read somewhere as a drop was okay, I did the drops in like a half gallon of water, a few drops. Not sure on the effectiveness on that.

  14. Bunny66 says:

    Holy Christmas, Batman!! Just tried Dawn dish soap (the blue one) on my 6 week old kitten to treat for fleas and it worked like a dream. The fleas couldn’t fall off fast enough! Simply our approximately one ounce of the soap into a kitchen or bath sink full of warm water, let it suds up and quickly dip the kitten in the soapy water. Be sure to rinse the soap off with warm water. Have a flea comb ready and quickly run the comb through the wet fur. Use an all natural flea spray on the kitten fur and continue to comb through it til all of the fleas have been removed. Be sure to kill the fleas or simply run the comb through water. Wash all of the bedding and be sure to use the spray on carpets, sofas and any other place the kitten uses for bedding down.

    • Geraldine Marsh says:

      Hi,
      All you peopl who are using the Dawn dish liquid, are you in the USA? I live in the UK and have never heard of it or seen it anywhere?
      Thank you.

    • Beverly says:

      Good for you, Bunny66, for bathing your 6-week-old kitten (who’s 3 months older now). Cats generally hate water, especially bathing, so doing it while the kitten is young will hopefully get it used to water and keep it flea-free for years.

  15. m says:

    Thanks for your useful advice, regarding natural flea treatment. I am going to get some lemons.

  16. Dragonfly says:

    If you put possibly-flea-infested pillows and blankets in plastic bags and leave them for month, will the fleas and all their progeny die? I know I can do this with lice but I don’t know if it works with fleas, or if needs longer, or what. Thoughts appreciated!

    • Lauren says:

      I would think 2 weeks would be good since that is the life cycle of the flea and it can’t reproduce without blood.

  17. mary barber says:

    I recently used the ACV with Dawn liquid soap & a little water in the spray bottle for my 3 months kitten. It looks like it’s working. She’s a white cat where fleas are attached more to them. I used salt on the carpet- rubbing it in with a poof sponge to get into the carpet, It was very affective. cheap too.

  18. Liz says:

    I’m wondering if the Dawn dish liquid leaves soap in carpet??

    • SSBdMFuhressSavannah says:

      It would have too. I just know the vets at all 4 Paws told me it worked on fleas but you had to make sure you rinse it good. If you did it a lot I would think it would hurt any animal you are putting it on.

  19. Violet says:

    Never use citrus, like lemons, on a cat!! (Lemongrass, however, is OK when diluted). Citrus oils are toxic to cats, and they will instinctively avoid their scent. Cats don’t have the enzyme to process citrus oil molecules, which can accumulate in their liver. Using citrus — especially essential oils — around the house, on our bodies, and anywhere else near a cat could cause an eventual build up to the point of toxicity.

    • Claire Goodall says:

      Thank you for voicing your concern! The toxicity in lemons comes from the essential oils, which are located in the peel/rind of the lemon. To obtain lemon essential oil, it must be extracted from the rind, either via cold-pressing, steam-distillation, or with a solvent. None of the compound is found in the juice itself. In my experience, I have not run into problems with lemon juice and cats used in the manner listed above :)

    • JASON says:

      I had no idea about the toxicity of citrus for cats , i am glad I found this site . Makes sense to me now though . The other day I was drinking a diet mountain dew and one my two cats came to see what I was drinking and I held the bottle up to her nose so she could smell it and she turned away very quickly .

  20. carol says:

    Does anyone have a easy natural remedy for cat ear mites?

  21. Linea says:

    When using DE in the enviroment, I use a small can or jar that fits in the hand with two layers of cheese cloth and a rubber band to hold it on as a ‘lid’. then sprinkle as low to the item as I can to prevent dust up. its like flour in the air. I put the animals out of the room til the dust settles. and I wear a mask if doing a large area. A little goes a long way.
    For my dogs and cats I put DE into a clean small sock just a bit into the toe and rubber band the sock closed at the top. this way you can rub on the animals in specific places fleas like to tread. Neck, back of ears, arm pits, back legs, tail, head and back. I circle the animals body with the DE so if a flea gets on my lil friend, it will eventually have to travel thru the line of DE.
    Remember DE works well to kill but the flea can still bite so if you deal with flea allergies with any of your friends use this in conjunction with some type of repellent like she teaches above.
    Note: DE takes a little while to do its job. It’s not instant. Be patient.
    If you live in dry areas you can sprinkle outside as well but it will wash away in wet.
    I vacuum then sprinkle my carpets til the next vac, but I don’t care that I have white powder on my floor. If you do then sprinkle, wait an hour or 2 then vacuum
    Good Luck! where we live fleas are a year round problem. Neither hot or cold enough for die off and its so hard and annoying to control.

  22. Delenn says:

    Tried using the dawn soap on the kittens and it worked perfectly! Washed the fleas off instantly. What should I use for the big cats because they’re not going to let me give them a bath with the soap?

  23. Deborah says:

    I just used the blue Dawn dish washing liquid to give my cats a bath and removed a lot of dead fleas after lathering them up really good. It works like a charm. Wondering how do you know if your cats have worms?

  24. Amanda Carter says:

    We had to put down one of my favorite kitties last week. We found out she had feline anemia. She had been sucked dry by fleas. I had no idea it could kill them like that, and so fast. I have a floor furnace, and all the neighborhood cats live under there. Thats how they were getting in. I have 3 cats left, and are presenting the same symptoms of the one who died. They are loosing their fur, lethargic, etc. Ive been vacuuming 3 times a day, using dish soap, combing, I take my vacs outside as soon as Im done, each time, and dump. I also have acv in a spray bottle. And I’ve bombed my house. I’m at my wits end. And exhausted. Any ideas on what I’m doing wrong, or any more advice anyone can give me?

    • Joseph Robertson says:

      Be sure you make sure the local cats don’t have access anymore. Your doing all the right things. Need to break the egg / larvae / adult cycle. Have you tried these methods mentioned above like Apple Cider Vinegar or Diatomaceous earth ?

  25. victoria says:

    Just commenting on the “dawn dish soap” question. The UK version is Fairy Platinum its blue too

  26. Carlene says:

    I read somewhere that mixing a small amount of garlic powder in the cats at food will keep fleas off the cats. It does work and the very said the garlic won’t hurt the cats. Fleas can only survive if they can feed. They don’t like the garlic skin. I guess the garlic expels thru the skin and the fleas won’t bite. IMy ankles and arms are so chewed up. I spray a light mist of tree oil hair conditioner on my six and around my ankles. It keeps them from buying me. Any smelly perfume or body airway will work to

  27. Daniel Campbell says:

    I need to know if the apple cider vinegar would burn if the cat had scratch marks on his skin? My cat has fleas and I have been bathing him in baby shampoo. Did not know about the dawn, hydrogen Peroxide, Apple cider mixture until now. I would like to try that mixture to see if it will work. Just need to know if the Apple Cidar would burn since my cat has numerous scratch sores on him. Is there any remedy to soothe his skin sores? Thank you for your help.

  28. Lori says:

    Amanda, you need to take your cats to the vet and make sure they don’t have worms.
    Dumping the vacuum outside only relocates the fleas outside where you can track them into the house on the dirt and sand that cling to your shoes.
    You also have to eliminate the access to the outside cats as they are reinfesting your property.

  29. Lori says:

    Everyone, when you have feral cats living around your homes you will have an issue with fleas unless you address it.
    One of the ways you can slow or maybe even halt flea infestation is to provide the feral animals with a place to sleep, like a doghouse bedded down with clean straw over Diamateceous Earth under the bedding.
    Cleaning this doghouse out every couple of days and bagging the bedding will help with those fleas that the feral cats may carry.

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