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Saturday, March 01, 2003

Cats and fleas

Now that March is here and Spring is right around the corner, I thought this might be a good time to let everyone in on a little home remedy for preventing cats from getting fleas.

For the most part, Madison has always been an indoor cat. One of his favorite things to do in the summertime is lay in an open window soaking up the sunshine and breathing the fresh air. The fleas around here must be genetically programmed to know just which window he's apt to be in because they always find him. About ten years ago, Madison came down with the most unbearable case of fleas I have ever seen. They made him physically sick. We took him to the vet and got him the treatment. They dipped him and prescribed some medicine for us to give him. The worst thing, though, was the treatment made him just as sick if not sicker than the fleas.

That night, he slept in my arms for hours like a little rag doll. It was so disheartening. We later learned that the chemicals in the so-called treatment were basically insecticides. Looking back, I think he was near death that first night after the treatment. In the summers to come, while he never got fleas as bad as that, and despite the medicine and flea collars, he continued to get fleas to various degrees.

A couple years ago, I learned a super easy home remedy in a news group for dealing with fleas. For Madison's sake, I wish I'd known about this a long time ago.

Start with the juice of one fresh lemon. Depending on the size of the lemon, consider that "one part." Add to that ten parts water. Get your hands wet with the mixture and gently rub it into the cat's fur. Take care to just dampen the cat's fur and skin, but not soak it. That's it. That's all there is to it.

We start this in March before the windows get opened. The fleas leave Madison alone now. He hasn't had one flea since we started doing this. We do this about once a month. If you have an outdoor cat, you can do it more often.

For information on the dangers of putting insecticides on your cats start with:

VetCentric: The Hubbub Over Hartz

Posted by Marie at March 1, 2003 3:10 PM


Great page


Posted by: Cathy at March 1, 2003 8:51 PM

My daughter and son-in-law have two indoor cats who have contacted fleas I guess by sitting in windows. They have tried EVERYTHING but the lemon juice. I am sending them your remedy and keeping my fingers crossed for them. Thank you !!

Posted by: Jill at June 20, 2003 7:12 AM

I have 2 adult cats and 3 babies whom we love so much and they have developed fleas and never go outside. If they already have fleas will this remedy work also?

Posted by: Bobbi at July 31, 2003 2:52 PM

This Lemon Remedy does work, also Lemon Dish Soap by Joy works wonders. You can fill up a sink or tub and dunk your cat. Also you can rub the soap on the belly or back and rinse.

Posted by: Sara at September 6, 2003 11:24 AM

never tried before but willing to . i have three indoor cats . can u use leamon jiuce

Posted by: amanda at August 17, 2004 5:36 PM