Spring is here and that means the insects are arriving as well. If you have cats, you know well the challenges of keeping your sensitive feline flea-free. Cats are notoriously sensitive to any chemical products and you should never use anything on your cat that isn’t approved by your veterinarian. Let’s look at some excellent natural remedies that will help keep you and your cats flea-free this spring season.
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a great way to attack fleas at their source without causing damage to plants, kids, or pets. DE consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, which is a type of hard-shelled algae that has the texture of a very fine dust. This ultra-fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate and die within seconds.
The best part of DE is that it’s perfectly safe to use around cats. Spread it on carpets or floors without fear of damaging your home or your family. DE is easily vacuumed up after it’s done its job. It destroys the larval eggs of fleas, effectively disrupting the flea cycle. This is especially valuable around pet beds as eggs can lay dormant for months until the environment is warm enough for them to hatch.
DERMagic Flea Dust and DE Shampoo Bars
If you’re not sure which type of DE to purchase, dog and cat skincare specialist, DERMagic, makes it simple for you to stay safe.
Their natural line of products for pets includes Flea Dust and DE Flea Shampoo Bars that are specially formulated for pets who have very sensitive skin, like our very sensitive cats, and is the best way to keep your pets naturally and safely free from pests.
Wondercide Flea and Tick Protection
Wondercide offers an impressive lineup of all-natural products that are specifically designed for safe use in the home around pets and kids.
The active ingredients in Wondercide Flea & Tick feature the highest-grade cedar oil and lemongrass oil, which have been used for centuries to protect families from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks.
Cedar oil blocks octopamine, which is necessary to regulate heart rate, movement, and metabolism in “bad bugs” like fleas and ticks. When cedar oil is present, pests are repelled. When contacted by cedar oil, pests die. The ingredients are 100% safe, all-natural and perfect for pets and homes of any sensitivity.
A Word of Caution…
Remember, cats are very sensitive to chemical-laden products and, in most cases, cannot safely tolerate essential oils. It is important to understand the formulation of these types of products before using any product on your cat. Do your research before you use essential oils around your cat.
Keeping your cats healthy, eating a proper diet, and ensuring they’re free from disease can go a long way towards preventing an infestation, but in some areas of the country, these fights against pests are an ongoing battle. Before starting any new treatment – whether it’s natural, over-the-counter, or prescription – discuss options with your favorite veterinarian. This year, why not try some of the remedies we’ve suggested to get a jump start on your flea and tick problems before they even begin?
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