Everyone who’s owned a pet dog knows that fleas can be a real possibility for their furry friend. Not only do fleas make your dog uncomfortable, but they can also get into your furniture, carpets and more, and make your family itchy and uncomfortable.
However, fleas are not just a parasite that infects dogs. They can also find and live on cats, which means that if you have a feline friend at home, it’s important to do flea prevention so that she never brings home any of the pesky parasites.
If your cat does end up getting fleas, then it’s important to treat the condition. Treating the cat for fleas helps prevent her from spreading them to any other animals or throughout your home. It can also help ensure that she doesn’t feel uncomfortable or itchy as she deals with the infestation.
One of the best ways to treat your cat for fleas is with coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural substance that can improve your cat’s health, help her feel more comfortable and protect your home. Here’s everything you need to know about using coconut oil to treat cat fleas: how it works, how you can use it to prevent fleas and different ways it can help soothe your cat once she has fleas.
How Does Coconut Oil Combat Cat Fleas?
Coconut oil isn’t just delicious. It has an ingredient called lauric acid, which is known to be a natural flea killer. Fleas know that lauric acid is toxic to them, so they tend to avoid anything with coconut oil on or in it. So if you’re looking for a naturally occurring flea killer that doesn’t include harsh chemicals, coconut oil for cat fleas is one that is easy to find and affordable. By applying it to your cat’s skin and incorporating it into their diet, you can help keep fleas at bay as much as possible.
How Can You Use Coconut Oil to Help Prevent and Treat Fleas on Your Cat?
Coconut oil can be given to a cat to help with fleas both topically and orally. Here are some of the best ways to utilize coconut oil with your cat.
Put It On a Comb and Work It Through Your Cat’s Fur
If you happen to spot fleas on your cat, put some coconut oil on your cat’s comb, then run it through her hair. Coconut oil attracts the fleas and they stick to it, so you can use the comb to simply pull the fleas off. While this method won’t remove all of the fleas (it can be hard to get all of them), fleas don’t like the oil, so they’re less likely to stick around on an animal that smells like it and has it coated in their fur.
Apply It to Your Cat’s Skin and Fur to Soothe Itching
If your cat gets fleas, then you can use coconut oil instead of harsher medications to soothe the itching. Find the wounds on your cat’s skin that she has made due to itching. Then massage coconut oil onto the wound gently. Monitor your cat for an hour after you apply the oil so that she doesn’t lick it all away. This can ease the discomfort of itching and ensure that your cat does not give herself more health issues.
Introduce It Into Your Cat’s Diet as a Preventative Measure
Even though fleas are a topical problem, you can use coconut oil in a cat’s diet in order to help ward off the parasites. Mix about 1/8 or 1/4 of a teaspoon into your cat’s wet food twice a day. The antimicrobial properties in the coconut oil can help keep skin healthy and ensure your cat does not get any infections if she does happen to get fleas.
Are There Any Risks Associated With Coconut Oil for Cats?
Coconut oil is all natural, so it’s mostly a safe way to treat your cat for fleas. However, you can still feed your cat too much of it. A cat’s digestive system may have trouble adjusting to the oil, so they may get an upset stomach the first few times that they eat it.
In addition to digestive risks, cats may also experience health complications from eating a food that is so high in fat. These complications may include pancreatitis, obesity, diarrhea and more.
If your cat starts to experience any strange health symptoms when taking coconut oil, consult your vet and stop administering the oil until you understand the causes behind the symptoms.
If you have a cat that spends time outside or with other cats (or dogs), you may want to look into the benefits of using coconut oil to help them prevent or treat a flea infestation. Not only is coconut oil easy to find and affordable, it also smells pleasant and is safe to have around your pets (and kids).
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Before you apply any treatment to your cat, though, make sure you take him to the vet. Your vet can assess any health situation and ensure that you’re taking care of it properly. He can also suggest any other treatments for fleas, as well as recommend other helpful ways for you to combat infestations or treat a cat’s discomfort once he has the pesky parasites.
Written by Katie King, writer for http://www.allivet.com
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