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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Cats Naturally

how to get rid of fleas on cats naturally

Is your cat scratching into oblivion? Then it is very likely your cat has been invaded by the infamous cat flea. This pest can be very annoying, persistent, and even dangerous if you let it get out of hand. But since you are here, it means you are ready to act against it. So I will teach you how to get rid of fleas on cats naturally in a few simple steps that will make your cat very happy when you are done.

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Step 1 - Comb Your Cat

The first thing you will need is a comb and a bowl of soapy water readily next to you. Then gently, slowly, and thoroughly work the comb through your cat's fur from head to tail. After each stroke, submerge the comb in the soapy water, do not try to see if you caught a flea on the comb because fleas are quick. That second you took to see if you noticed any, they will quickly jump-off, so just after each stroke, quickly submerge it into the soapy water for about 15 to 30 seconds. That is about how long it takes for a flea to drown.

Once you have done this, you will know how much of an infestation you will have in your home, but don't worry about that now, and let's focus on getting the fleas off your cat first.

Step 2 - Shower Your Cat

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Showering your cat is the best thing you can do because the fleas are subject to drown. To add more effectiveness, you can use a natural flea shampoo made for cats or use your dish soap like Dawn, which is also safe for animals.

Next, get a container like a basin or a bucket and put your cat inside. Then have the water rise slowly to a safe level until you can submerge your cat's body up to their neck (not the head). When the body is submerged, I massage my cat's fur to make sure all fleas drown; then, I try to have them relax for a bit and comb off the ones running around in their head. After a couple of minutes, I finish the cat's shower as usual and pat them dry, then keep them warm until they are completely dried off.

Step 3 - Apply Coconut Oil

coconut oil to kill fleas naturally
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If you would like to try something more powerful but still safe for your cat, go here How to Get Rid of Fleas on Your Cat in 6 Easy Steps.

So after you have showered your cat, wait until your cat is entirely dried up. Next, make sure to use Organic, Non-Refined, Virgin Coconut Oil.

Now, grab a small amount of about a tablespoon of liquified coconut oil; depending on your home temperature, the coconut oil will be in a hard or liquid state. If yours is hard, you can achieve liquified form by putting a small amount in a cup and placing the cup inside some hot water until you see the oil become liquified.

When the coconut oil is ready, make sure it is not hot that will burn your cat's skin, then apply some of the oil around your cat's neck and the tip of the tail. This will help kill and repel some of the fleas left in your cat. To remove any excess, you can use a comb and note that with time, the oil will come off eventually due to the cat always grooming themselves.

Optional Step with Coconut Oil

Some people like to lather up their cat's entire body with coconut oil; this will help kill the fleas on your cat rapidly. But I do not recommend this because of cats' nature to lick themselves so often. They will end in them eating up all that oil, and I don't think it's ideal for your cat to be ingesting all that saturated fat.

Some cats will also go through trauma due to having something on them that they are not used to and cannot remove easily. Eventually, the cat gets used to it, returning its behavior to normal.

You will also have an oily home for a while because your cat will be roaming around your home, and the cat will be a magnet of dirt. So if you decide to do this, make sure you help your cat groom daily with a comb to help remove any remains and eventually with a bath.

Step 4 - Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home

Finally, after applying these steps, your cat will be without fleas and happy because it won't have to scratch as much anymore. Also, don't forget to comb your cat daily to help it stay flea-free, at least until you have entirely removed the fleas off your home.

Unfortunately, getting rid of fleas takes a lot of persistence regardless of which method you use. Still, like everything else, it's a straightforward process and very effective as long as you do it correctly. 

Now, since your cat had fleas, it is very likely that they have now infected your home, and now you have to work on removing the fleas from your home, else your pet will get infested with them again.

It would be best to learn how The Flea Life Cycle works; this will help you understand why it is very tough dealing with this pest. Next, I urge you to follow the steps here at How to Get Rid of Fleas in the House, where you will learn how to eliminate them from your home and pet.

Lastly, let us know in the comment section below what has been your experience with fleas and what steps you have taken to deal with them? 

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