Our pets are completely part of the family, and our love for them is boundless! To this point, keeping them free of fleas is just one way we show we love them. The added bonus is keeping those horrible little devils-of-nature out of our homes. One of the best things to do is have a small room in your home where you can take your cat and come their fur out, should you start to see signs they might have fleas. Once you comb their fur out, you will likely see either eggs, or fleas themselves. You might even remember seeing your vet do this when trying to figure out if your cat, with dark colored fur, has fleas. You will want to complete this many times a day if your cat does indeed have fleas. One further step you can take is dipping the comb in a dish detergent and water before combing their fur, and then do an additional combings after cleaning the comb, using just water. This will serve to kill the fleas.
The Least Harmful Way To Treat Your Cat
Beyond combing, often times fleas require additional measures to stop them from using your pet as a host. There are non-toxic herbal flea powders. These can be purchased, of you can actually make your own. Some powdered herbs that are effective against fleas are: eucalyptus, wormwood, rue and fennel, just to name a few. You can put any mixture of powders into the equivalent of a small saltshaker for ease of application. These can be applied several times per week if your cat is rather infested. Aside from this, perhaps just 2 or 3 times per day for 1 week, and see how the cat is fairing, and what the results of your combing are turning up. The way this powder works is it does not kill the fleas, nor does it harm your cat at all, but what it does is upset the fleas enough to make them decide to jump off of your cat! If your cat goes outdoors, after you apply the powder just put them outside, and the fleas will just jump off. In addition to this herbal remedy, adding a little Brewer's yeast and garlic to your cats diet might well help. A third part to managing a cat flea problem in the least harmful way possible is to use a non-toxic shampoo. After bathing your cat, you can comb their fur, and then the next day start with a powder application once again.
Flea Control In The Yard
Many people have cat screen houses nowadays. What these are is enclosures designed to allow your cat to enjoy the outdoors without subjecting them to predators. Once fleas are on your cat, they are also likely in your house. We will addressing treating the house next, but for now discussing the need for a cat outdoor screen house, as a part of flea management is important. Instead of applying a toxic solution to your cat as an initial step to dealing with fleas, using an insect growth regulator around your screen house for your cat is the best way to control that area. Once you treat the yard, and you have applied powder to your cat, you can then put your cat in the screen house, and start treating your home. Also, fleas love moisture, so leaving little cups of water that was boiled with the herb rosemary around your cats screen house will attract most all other flea attention.
Home Measures For Flea Control
You want to take slightly more toxic measures in the house as well. There are carpet aerosoles, as well as foggers, and floor sprays. You will likely have to experiment with a variety of these options during flea season. If you live in a climate where it gets cold, additional steps you want to take is on the first day the temperature goes below freezing, spray the house with growth inhibitors and leave it well-ventilated for a number of hours after. Ultimately you want to avoid a new batch of fleas in the Spring.
The Obvious Measures
If all of these steps are not working, it might just be there was more rain in the Spring than usual, or you are just dealing with a difficult flea problem. If this is the case, you might have to go the route of going to the local pet store and buying one of the one-spot treatments for your cat, and then finding an exterminator for your house. Hopefully healthier solutions will prevail, so use these options as a last alternative.