What are some home remedies for treating fleas on cats?


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Natural remedies like eucalyptus and rosemary, along with treating the home to prevent further infestation, are helpful in treating cat fleas. Even when using natural remedies, always to consult a vet to be sure a product is safe.

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Many consumers increasingly prefer the use of natural remedies to treat pest infestation, believing them to be safer for the pet and the environment. Many herbs deter and kill fleas. These include lavender, rosemary, geranium, wormwood, fennel and rue. However, it is important to remember that natural is not synonymous with safety. Some herbs, like wormwood, are toxic in high enough quantities, and others are harmless to humans but poisonous to animals. A veterinary consultation is important before beginning any treatment regime. In the event that natural remedies are ineffective, commercial flea remedies are available. These apply easily to the surface of a cat's hair and skin to prevent flea eggs from developing. These treatments, while not natural, do not harm mammals.

Effective flea treatment requires a thorough cleaning of the home by washing bedding and blankets and vacuuming and steam cleaning carpets. Without effective removal, flea eggs survive in carpet and upholstery for months. In severe cases, it may be necessary to bomb the home with pesticide. Pet-friendly products are available for this purpose, but pets and people should still vacate the premises during the process. Planting herbs and flowers like lavender and marigolds outside the home may help to deter fleas from re-entering the home.

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