Tigger

Does any one know of home remedies to get fleas off of cats?

We have fleas on us. Our mother does not have the money right now to get us fronline or anything that is expensive to get rid of the fleas. Our mother is open to anything right now. Please help!!


Asked by Tigger on Apr 1st 2010 Tagged fleas in Grooming
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Izadore (Izzie)

You should know that the fleas on your cats represent only a small population of what's probably in your home. One female flea can produce 20,000 eggs. If you google "home remedies for fleas on cats", a whole list of what you can use will come up including white or apple cider vinegar, borax, hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, etc. It will also tell you how to take care of them in your home You will also have to have their poop tested for worms eventually.


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Guest

Hate to tell you but my last battle with fleas, nothing worked except for the frontline and some spray called knockout from the vet. It was definitely worth spending the money even if she only buys the frontline it will take several days but the fleas will stop reproducing and die.


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Oscar J. Cat

To kill the fleas in your carpet, put some moth balls in your vaccuum cleaner bag or canister and then take the bag out immediately after your done. Do this for a couple of weeks, and you can kill them off significantly.


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Buzz Lightyear

Dawn dish soap, get your cat wet then lather in the soap, leave the soap on them for about 5 mins then wash off, the problem though is that they will keep coming back cuz their eggs still roam in your house, but for the time being use dawn


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Ajaxx Anthony Fisher

I'm not sure about a home remedy for getting fleas off of the cats themselves but I know a good one as far as ridding your home of the wretched little buggers. Get a box of Borax from the grocery store and put it on your carpets and furniture that has fabric. Not only will it kill the fleas, but it will freshen your carpets! A 5lb box is just a few bucks at any local grocer and sure beats the high price of flea powders sold in pet stores.

You could also try getting an inexpensive flea shampoo at Petco, etc, since that's cheaper than Frontline. PetCareRX.com is having a sale on flea meds right now so hopefully your finances will permit you to purchase the good stuff soon.


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Chibi

Is Frontline that expensive? My cats have never had a flea problem, so I don't know much about this. I just priced Frontline and Advantage on Amazon, and Advantage seems to be cheaper, although Frontline seems to be the preferred treatment. Sometimes with drugs it's better to bite the bullet and spend the money for effective treatment before things get out of control. Fleas can give your cats tapeworms, which will require treatment with Droncit (praziquantel). In the off chance that you swallow an infected flea (!), you might get tapeworms, too. The other posters have great ideas for how to get the fleas out of your house, which is essential. But I would consider going online and trying to find a cheap deal on Frontline. Also check out the signs of tapeworm infestation (things that look like rice stuck to your cat's backside). Droncit or its generic equivalent can also be bought online.


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Guest

You should bathe your cats with Dawn dish liquid. Leave it on for a few minutes and you will see dead fleas in the water. Treat the environment that the cats lay in (wash their blankets and bedding). Next, sprinkle Borax laundry soap powder on the carpets and vacuum it up. Throw the vacuum cleaner bag away wrapped in a plastic bag. I would do the Borax and vacuumming treatment at least once a week (or more often) and throw the vacuum cleaner bag away each time. Keep your cats indoors. If they go out, then you will have to invest in Front Line or Advantage to rid your cats of the little flea critters. Good luck. Hope this works for you and your kitties.


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