It's hard enough to figure out a good natural flea control method, but when you factor in special risks to cats, it really gets challenging. Let me make it easy for you! I've done a great deal of homework and experimentation so you don't have to.
Surprising facts about flea control and cats
Does your cat hate getting a chemical flea treatment? Do you worry about the safety of flea treatments? You are not alone.
Even the EPA has started questioning the safety of chemical flea treatments.
Even the product manufacturers will tell you not to use chemical flea treatments on animals who are ill or elderly, but so often our dear animals don't show they are ill until it's too late. The flea treatment could really cause serious damage if their immune system is compromised by something else.
Only recently has it come to light that a couple of popular natural flea remedies are also toxic to cats in particular. I'm referring to garlic and to essential oils.
Why cats have special needs when it comes to flea control
It has only recently come to light that cats actually lack the ability to detoxify the compounds in essential oils (and undoubtedly many other less natural products).
It turns out cats are deficient in an enzyme called glucuronyl tranferases, which is essential to a detoxification process called glucuronidation. Glucuronidation is what most animals, including humans, use to safely process things like the terpenes in essential oils.
This means that components of essential oils can rapidly build up in cats bodies and become toxic to them. Essential oils appear to be toxic to cats through skin, internal use, and maybe even through breathing. You can imagine that other chemicals are likely to be even harder for them to detoxify.
Easy natural flea repellent solutions for cats
I stumbled on the B-vitamin method long ago and, to my surprise, it worked. Many years ago I was giving my cat a B-vitamin tablet made for pets and she didn't get fleas even though another cat in the house had them!
The product we were using at the time doesn't exist anymore, but I found a new one that I'm even more excited about because they get good reviews and have a money-back guarantee. It's called Flea Treats and you can order it online or get it at holistic pet food stores. Flea Treats are easy to use because most cats love the taste. Just give it to them with their food each day - especially during flea seasons -- and the repellent ability kicks in about 10 days later.
I can also recommend brewer's yeast as a nice B-vitamin repellent. (In case you are wondering, I do not sell Flea Treats!) Just be very careful not to give cats any brewer's yeast that includes extra iron or additives. That could be toxic. The only really "clean" brewer's yeast I've found for cats so far is Lewis Labs Brewer's Yeast. Mix 1 teaspoon in food per day, at least during flea seasons.
If you are in the middle of a flea outbreak right now!
If in the middle of a flea outbreak, do start the B-vitamin method, but it takes about 10 days to start repelling fleas so you're going to need something more.
Here's what to do:
1. Get that B-vitamin method going.
2. Put a flea trap in one or two infested places. (These are usually dark places.)
Flea traps are cheap and easy and they really do catch fleas. You can get a good one for less than $15 online or make your own by putting a soapy pan of water under a desk lamp on the floor at night.
3. Get a flea comb (inexpensive at pet stores or online) and comb your cat daily until you no longer see fleas or flea eggs on the comb. Each time you catch fleas or flea eggs in the comb, dip it in some warm natural soapy water and wipe the comb off thoroughly.
After about 10 days the B-vitamins will start making your cat unattractive to the fleas, and many fleas will be already be eliminated by the combing and trapping. Any straggling fleas, including any new hatchlings, will find their way out of the building because they need food.