One of the truly tough parts about owning a cat—especially one who likes to go outside—is that they can potentially attract fleas and bring them into your home. Since fleas are hoppers,—not flyers—they usually hop onto your cat/pet and then hop off in your home and onto another host—either another pet or YOU…watch out, they bite. In the process of trying to get onto you, they get into everything else. Once your cat’s fleas get into the carpet, upholstery or cracks in the floor and starts to lay eggs, you’ll have a nightmare on your hands. The kicker is that you don’t really get a break, pets potentially attract fleas all year round. So, to minimize the risk of making your home a layer for those blood suckers, you’ll need to use a flea repellent to form a protective barrier between your cat’s skin and the fleas he might attract.

Great, now you know what you need. But rather than using store bought flea repellent, why not make your own? It’s safer, easy to make and shields your pet from any diseases that it’s fleas may carry. It’s inexpensive, but just as effective as store bought flea repellent. The best part about homemade flea repellent is that it’s safe to use on your cat. The ingredients are all natural, without a trace of toxins. A lot of store bought flea repellent have toxic chemicals that your cat will eventually lick off and ingest due to their self-grooming habits. If you use homemade repellent you won’t have to worry about your cat having diarrhea, stomach aches, skin itching/irritation, etc.  All you need is a few simple household ingredients and 45 minutes.

Although DIY flea repellent won’t kill fleas, it will aid in keeping most of them away from your pet. Just apply after you bathe your cat or dog. The following are ingredients and instructions on how to make your own repellent.

What you’ll need:

• A small squirt bottle 3-5 ounces (Amazon)

• 2 Cups of water

• 2 Tbsp. alcohol-free witch hazel (Amazon)

• 1 Large lemon sliced

• Handful of fresh lavender sprigs or…

• 1 Tbsp. dried lavender (Amazon), bundles (Amazon)

• 1 Small saucepan (Amazon)

With the exception of the witch hazel, put all of the ingredients in the saucepan. Place the saucepan on a stove and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Then let it cool. It will give off an aroma that is sweet and citrusy. When your mixture cools down, strain it in a colander with small holes. Throw away the lemon and lavender. Mix in the witch hazel and pour the mixture into the spray bottle. Add some lavender sprigs to make it look good. Store what’s left in the refrigerator. Use a bottle a week.

Spray the finished mixture on your pet’s back, then gently massage it into the fur. As you are doing this, you may see fleas jumping out of your cat. Make sure to squish them so they don’t return. If you follow these steps and Treat Your Home For Cat Fleas, you’ll be well on your way to eliminating your infestation.

If you have any tips concerning flea repellent, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section. Thanks for reading.