She said Dr Hanen Abdel Rahman Uses essential oils for cleaning and fragrancing your home to help repel fleas. Citronella, cedar, rosemary, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender can all help to prevent a flea infestation in the house. Consider adding these oils to laundry treatments, home fragrance spray, or vacuum cleaner bag.
Essential oils are controversial for use on cats because cats lack a major enzyme that humans and dogs use to treat oils. Hence, preventing fleas in cats is more difficult when looking for natural options. However, some essential oils can be applied to cats when done properly and with veterinary supervision.
Essential Oils for Flea Treatment
Commonly recommended essential oils for flea treatment in cats are cedar, eucalyptus, and lavender. These are all well-known flea repellents that have been deemed safe when used properly. Lavender is the most common and has been shown in university studies to repel fleas. Cedar oil interrupts the production of certain pheromones, repelling fleas. Eucalyptus has antibacterial properties that also repel fleas.
You should dilute essential oils before applying them to your cat’s coat or bathing your cat with a rinse. Dilution will depend on the oil, so consult a holistic veterinarian or buy a premade rinse from a holistic company. Outdoor cats will need more frequent applications because they will face higher exposure.
In addition to applying the essential oils directly to your cat’s coat, you also can use rinses around your house to repel fleas from the property. Planting lavender, cedar, and eucalyptus plants around your yard or house also can help repel fleas. Use caution as these can be toxic to your cat if ingested in high doses.
Essential Oils Warning
Cats have difficulty processing many essential oils because their liver is not designed to do so. Because of this, use extreme caution when applying essential oils and make sure to dilute them based on a recommendation from a holistic veterinarian. Consult your veterinarian before using essential oil as some, such as tree oil, are dangerous to cats and can cause tumors, toxicity, and other illnesses. Peppermint oil is a well-known flea treatment in dogs but is controversial in cats, so consult your veterinarian before use.
Does peppermint oil kill fleas?
Pure peppermint oil is made by pressing the oil out of peppermint leaves. Though peppermint does not kill full-grown fleas, it helps in restricting their attack on pets. One way it does this is by killing the larvae of fleas, which are more vulnerable.
What oils do fleas not like?
Citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary will all naturally repel fleas. If your dog doesn’t mind a spray bottle, dilute a few drops of your chosen essential oil in water and spray directly onto your dog’s coat.
What Fleas hate the most?
Strong odors like eucalyptus, lavender, clove, citrus, peppermint, and citronella work as effective repellents. Cedar beds for dogs are so popular because of their ability to repel fleas. The scent won’t kill fleas but it does effectively repel them.