Many flea control methods sold today contain chemicals that can be harmful to some cats. For pet owners who don't want to give their cats treatments containing chemicals, there are some natural ways to safely rid your cat of fleas. Flea treatment is important because not only can the pests cause cats uncomfortable bites and itching, flea bites can also cause anemia.
Choose a natural flea shampoo for your cat and bathe him every 7 to 10 days. Natural flea shampoos with ingredients including Neem oil and d-limonene are effective against fleas. If you choose not to use a natural flea shampoo, Dawn dishwashing liquid is a safe and gentle alternative.
Use a flea comb to remove fleas from your cat. Flea combs have tines that are very close together. Comb sections of your cat's hair and remove the fleas caught in the comb. Be sure to kill the fleas after you remove them because if you don't, they could jump right back on the cat. This method is time consuming and your cat may not enjoy it, but it is extremely safe.
Herbal Flea Powder
Herbal flea powder is another natural remedy for controlling fleas on your cat. This remedy will not kill the fleas, but will upset them enough that they will jump off. If your cat is indoors, you may want to take him outside for a little while when the fleas are jumping off. You can buy herbal flea powders at pet stores, or you can make your own, according to Vetinfo.com. Combine one part each of these powdered herbs: eucalyptus, rosemary, fennel, wormwood, yellow dock and rue.
Herbal Flea Collars
Unlike conventional flea collars, herbal flea collars don't contain toxic chemicals. Instead, these collars are made with herbal oils that repel insects. Like herbal flea powder, these collars won't kill fleas, but will simply cause them to avoid your cat. Be sure to frequently check the skin beneath your cat's collar for irritation.