More people choosing natural flea treatments for their cat are either looking for an alternative to traditional methods, which typically use chemicals or are looking for methods that can be used in conjunction with the traditional methods.
Adverse reactions to chemical products will send us looking for chemical free options, plus we live in such a chemical world that sometimes it just seems enough is enough.
Note the warning in this list regarding tea tree oil. Although tea tree oil is used widely in cosmetics and skin wash it is best avoided for use with cats.
Also avoid using garlic as flea prevention control. Read here for an in depth article regarding pets and garlic toxicity. Word of mouth or reading about others experiences with natural products also helps with decision making but also do your own research.
The main advantage is definitely no chemicals, which could be extremely important to you if your cat has previously had an adverse reaction. Also natural products can be applied more frequently than chemically based products, so there is no need to remember or record dates to reapply products.
There is no doubt that an holistic approach will take more of your time.
As with using chemically based products, you will also need to pay attention to controlling fleas throughout the home and yard, including pets bedding as well as controlling fleas on the cat.
Using a flea comb will help control fleas but you do need to be prepared to use it regularly.
Sometimes it is easier for people to grab a flea collar or use flea drops as those products are known to work quickly. With natural products you will need to be vigilant.
The five products reviewed below are all natural flea treatments for cats. We have reviewed some of the best natural products on the market in relation to natural flea control.
What works for some cats will not necessarily work for others so you need to make those decisions based on your own beliefs and what will work for your cat.
After all, natural or not you need a flea product to actually work and do its job
This product is part of the enormously popular Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Home spray, however this product is specifically for cats. It kills fleas, flea eggs, and ticks by contact and repels mosquitoes.
It can be used directly on the cat by massaging into the cat’s fur. If your cat is not too keen on the spray, spray the product onto a cloth and then apply to the cat.
Cats need to be 12 weeks and older to use this product. It can be used indoors and outdoors. The non staining formula can be used on carpets, bedding and cat furniture, however always spot test first.
Active Ingredients: Peppermint Oil 0.20%, Eugenol (from Clove plants) 0.46%, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (plant-derived)1.78%, Inert Ingredients* 97.56%, Water, Sodium Benzoate (preservative widely used in foods).
The spray is often used in conjunction with the home and yard product to repel fleas.
The scent doesn't linger.
Read the label for information regarding precautions to take, for example not spraying product onto your cat’s face, washing hands after contact with skin, particularly if there is repeated exposure.
If there is a flea infestation it may be necessary to use another product such as Diatomaceous Earth to help get rid of the fleas.
The wipes kill fleas, flea eggs and ticks by contact. This product also repels mosquitoes.
Plant based ingredients are used and certified organic essential oils - Peppermint Oil and Eugenol which is from clove plants.
They are soft and can be used daily or as needed. The wipes make an excellent choice for cats that don’t tolerate sprays. The cat must be 12 weeks or older before using these wipes.
Hint: If the wipes dry out just add a few drops of water. They can have a strong peppermint scent. Made in the USA.
It kills fleas fleas, ticks and mosquitoes and is Ph balanced to protect skin.
There are no chemicals or pesticides in this product and it is made in the USA.
There is no need to drench the cat, a few short sprays and then rub into the coat.
If this product looks familiar it may because it was featured on Shark Tank. Do a test using a small amount first to check for any adverse reactions.
It can be sprayed directly onto cat’s fur and is also safe for your skin and clothing.
Hint: Spray directly onto your hands and rub into the fur. It is safe for kittens.
Ingredients – Cedar: Active: 5.7% Cedar Oil, 2.2% Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, 0.1% Sesame Oil. Inert: 92% Water, Polyglyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Ethyl Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Vitamin E | Lemongrass: Active: 4.2% Cedar Oil, 2.2% Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, 1.5% Lemongrass Oil, 0.1% Sesame Oil. Inert: 92% Water, Polyglyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Ethyl Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Vitamin E | Rosemary: Active: 4.2% Cedar Oil, 2.2% Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, 1.5% Rosemary Oil, 0.1% Sesame Oil. Inert: 92% Water, Polyglyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Ethyl Lactate, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Vitamin E.
This product contains a mixture of essential oils (not tea tree) and botanical extracts. It has a pleasant smell because of the oils used, peppermint, cloves, cinnamon and cedar oils.
To make sure there is no adverse reaction, test on a small area for 24 hours before applying to the whole body. Spray lightly but thoroughly, there is no need to drench the cat with the product.
This product can be applied every 2 to 3 days if necessary and it can also be sprayed on bedding, floor rugs and other furniture. The product is in a very easy to squeeze bottle and dries quickly. If your cats gets wet you will need to reapply the product.
This powder gives protection from fleas, flea eggs and ticks. The powder can be applied to the cat’s fur and also bedding and other parts of the house and yard. Sprinkle the powder onto the cat’s fur and then comb through with a flea comb for maximum effectiveness.
This is a good alternative flea control product with no chemicals and a bonus if you have cats and dogs as it can be used on both.
A word of warning - the container may be difficult to open for people with arthritis in the hands.
Like any powder product it can give the cat's coat a chalky look, more noticeable on cats with dark coats. It needs to be applied carefully to avoid clouds of powder. Apply carefully or use an applicator.
These are the active ingredients - Geraniol, a natural extract of the geranium plant and peppermint oil. These are the inactive ingredients - Calcium Carbonate, Isopropyl Myristate, Silica 98.9%.The active ingredients work together with the calcium carbonate base.
If you like the convenience of a once a month only treatment but without the harsh chemicals you may like Only Natural Pet Easy Defense Squeeze On Cat Flea Control.
Diatomaceous Earth can be used by itself as natural flea control or can be used with any of these natural products to provide an extra element of defense against fleas.
This is a detailed explanation about diatomaceous earth and how to use it for flea control in your home.
Neem oil comes from the pressed seeds and nuts of a Neem tree in much the same way that olive oil is produced from olives.
The Neem tree is found mostly in India and other areas in the tropics.
Neem oil has many traditional uses, one being that it repels and controls a wide variety of insects and bugs which is why it is often an ingredient in commercially produced products to keep fleas at bay in cats.
Be wary of products that contain tea tree oil. Tea tree oil may sometimes to be used to mask the smell of Neem oil which is very strong. However tea tree oil is not safe for cats so always read the list of ingredient carefully to ensure that tea tree oil is not listed in the ingredients.
This video shows how to use Neem oil to protect your cat from fleas naturally.
The three products below all contain Neem Oil and have been specially formulated for pets. None of the products contain tea tree oil.
The active ingredients are neem oil and citronella. It is safe to use for cats over 12 weeks old.
For safety, test a small amount of product on the cat’s hindquarter and watch for any adverse reaction. Don’t spray around the cat's’ eyes, ears or mouth.
The best way to apply the product is to spray from the back of the neck right along the body to the tail.
Spray contains No DEET, pyrethrins, pyrethroids or other chemical pesticides.
Made in The USA.
This product can be used on cats and dogs and will kill fleas but it won’t repel fleas so bear in mind that you will need to keep checking for fleas.
There is no sodium laurel sulfate in this shampoo.
A soap and tear free formula makes this shampoo very popular as it has been specially formulated for cats and dogs with allergies and dry skin. It has a gentle fragrance and will also help repel fleas and mosquitos. Work into a rich lather and then leave for 5 minutes before rinsing. Leaves the coat feeling soft and nourished.
Only Natural Pet prides itself on providing high quality products backed by expert advice from holistic health care pet experts.
Here is what Only Natural Pet say about fighting the flea problem naturally (for cats and dogs).
Ark Naturals began as a small family business at a time when natural products were not popular and holistic care for animals was even viewed suspiciously.
Times have changed and people now actively seek natural products and the company offers a wide range of holistic health care for cats and dogs.
This well known brand was also begun at a time when natural health care for animals was not commonplace however Dr. Dawn Curie Thomas had success with her specially formulated products and people were prepared to travel a long way for natural alternatives.
Vet’s Best has a wide range of natural health care for cats.
Spray or Wipes?
Wipes would be useful for a quick touch up especially around the face and head area.
The spray has the added advantage of being suitable for being used around the home and on bedding.
All of the products and brands on this page have been chosen with care for their ethos to natural care for pets and for the proven track record of the products.