When cats get bit by fleas, it can cause them to be very uncomfortable because their skin can become irritated and very itchy. It’s best to do everything that you can to treat flea bites as quickly as you can and prevent them if at all possible. The following guide walks you through a few tips and tricks to use to keep your cat as comfortable as possible when it comes to fleas.
Make Flea Prevention Treats
Preventing the fleas from biting your pets at all is the best way to keep their skin from becoming irritated. A great way to keep your cat from being bit is to make flea prevention treats for them to have once a day. Mix 1/4 cup of brewer’s yeast with ¾ cup of melted coconut oil in a blender. Pour the mixture into a small square dish with a flat bottom. Put the dish into the refrigerator and allow it to harden. Cut the mixture into even sections and store in a zippered bag in the refrigerator. Give one to your cat a day to keep fleas at bay.
Feed Your Pet the Right Food
In order to prevent fleas from biting your pet, try to keep them as healthy as possible. Feeding them healthy food that isn’t filled with fillers or chemicals can make them less tempting to fleas and make their skin less sensitive if fleas bite them. Read the labels on the bag and see if the first ingredient is corn or wheat. The first ingredient is the one that is used the most and it should be a meat or protein, rather than a filler like corn or wheat.
Create a Flea Spray
Another great way to keep fleas at bay is to spray your cat daily with a preventative flea spray. Mix ½ tsp of baking soda with ½ a teaspoon of salt. Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water. Slowly add the wet mixture to the dry mixture so that the reaction that occurs when you mix vinegar and baking soda can be kept to a minimal. Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle and spray your cat daily to avoid a flea infestation.
Create a Smoothing Shampoo
If your cat has been infested with fleas, mix ½ cup of mild dish soap, ½ cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water together to create a shampoo. Wet the cat slightly and lather him or her with the shampoo. Let the lather sit for five minutes and then rinse the cat thoroughly. The mixture will suffocate the fleas and soothe your cat's skin at the same time.
Create a Skin Balm
Flea bites can irritate the skin. Mix ¼ cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/8 cup beeswax, with 8 drops of lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil and microwave for thirty seconds. Stir everything together, place the mixture in a container, and allow to harden in the refrigerator. Rub some of the balms on affected areas of your cat's skin and within a few days, the tenderness should subside.
If you notice that you aren’t able to prevent fleas or able to treat bites your cat has, you may want to take him or her to the vet. A veterinarian can provide medicated treatments that can soothe the issue quickly and easily.
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