The best non toxic flea wipes for cats give an extra boost to ramp up flea control. They are convenient as it is easy to grab a flea wipe and with a few quick swipes and a quick massage, you have added extra protection from fleas when it is needed most.
Some of the original products featured in this review are no longer available. The reasons given are lack of ingredients and supply. As it may be difficult to offer these products again, they have been greyed out and all links removed. They will be reinstated if they become available again. Incidentally we still do recommend Vets Best as the best non toxic flea wipes so that much stays the same.
Peppermint Oil And Cats
There has been much written recently about negative health effects essential oils, including peppermint oil, can have on cats. It is certainly safe to say that oil applied at 100% strength is definitely to be avoided.
Flea control products do contain peppermint oil in small amounts. The oil been used for a substantial period of time with no problems. Some of the products reviewed use a small amount of peppermint oil.
The ingredients of each of these products and the percentage of oil has been listed so that you can make a decision about using products that contain peppermint oil.
|Name of Flea Wipes||Active Ingredients in Flea Wipes|
|1. Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Wipes for Cats||Peppermint Oil 0.30%, Eugenol (Clove Extract) 0.70%, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate 2.70%, Inert Ingredients (Water and Sodium Benzoate 96.30%)|
|2. Pet Naturals of Vermont – Flea & Tick Repellent Wipes||Lemongrass Oil (4%), Cinnamon Oil (1%), Sesame Oil (1%), Castor Oil (0.5%). Inert (93.5%): Purified Water, Carrageenan, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Mineral Oil, Citric Acid|
Non Toxic Flea Wipes For Cats
1. Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Wipes
Vets Best wipes for fleas and ticks are recommended for cats and dogs over 12 weeks old. They are designed to kill fleas, flea eggs, ticks and mosquitos on contact.
As this is a natural product you do have to reapply more often compared to using a chemical option so be prepared to use the wipes frequently. Always avoid the eye area and the nose and mouth. Make sure to pay special attention when applying around the ears because ticks do like to head for the ears. It is no fun removing the tick.have an external link here
The wipes are durable, yet soft.They can also be used on collars and bedding.
Monitor for any skin reactions because of the Peppermint Oil used in the wipes.
One handy suggestion was to use these as a freshen up wipe between treatments for fleas.
Even if your cat is an inside cat they can still get fleas.
How To use: Wipe across the coat of the cat until the coat feels damp. Avoid eyes, nose mouth and genitals. Massage into the coat so that the products can reach the skin. Let the product dry before allowing the cat to groom or lick. The process can be repeated in two to three hours time but no more than twice in a 24 hour period.
Convenient and works instantly
The scent can be too strong for some cats (note not all cats have this problem).
If you have a long haired cat more than one wipe at a time may be required.
Handy to use in between flea shampoo
Can dry out in the containers
The ingredients are Peppermint Oil 0.30%, Eugenol (Clove Extract) 0.70%, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate 2.70%, Inert Ingredients (Water and Sodium Benzoate 96.30%. There are 50 wipes. They pull from the top of a plastic container. Not recommended for use on pregnant or nursing animals.
2. Pet Naturals Of Vermont Flea & Tick Repellent Wipes For Cats
A natural repellent for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and flies. The wipes are pre-moistened and just need to be wiped onto the cats fur and then worked into the coat.
Ideally you don’t want the cat to lick its coat directly after application. Allow the product to dry. This is not necessarily an easy thing to do depending on the temperament of your kitty, so have some distraction, for example, a wand toy at the ready.
These wipes can be used alongside topical chemical treatments if desired. You may need to use more than one wipe depending on the size of your cat. There are 60 wipes included.
Do they work? Reviews seem to vary considerably. Things to consider are your immediate environment as some areas are definitely more prone to fleas and ticks which may test your dedication to an entirely chemical free option.
For the benefits of no chemicals and on balance we would recommend that these wipes are worth considering.
Note: If the wipes are a little dry when received it is okay to dampen with a little water.
Good for maintenance. Can be used with other flea products.
Pleasant citronella smell.
Easy to use for a quick clean up.
Does not contain peppermint oil.
Tricky to apply if the cat has long hair.
Some people and animals do not like the citronella smell.
Will need to reapply if the cat gets wet.
Active: Lemongrass Oil (4%), Cinnamon Oil (1%), Sesame Oil (1%), Castor Oil (0.5%). Inert (93.5%): Purified Water, Carrageenan, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Mineral Oil, Citric Acid
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Only Natural Pet Easy Defense Flea & Tick Wipes
Active Ingredients: Geraniol 0.9%, Peppermint Oil 0.2% Inactive Ingredients: Glycerin, Potassium, Sorbate, Water, Cellulose (regenerated)
VetriScience Vetri-Repel Flea & Tick Wipes
Active Ingredients: Lemongrass Oil 4% Cinnamon Oil 1% Sesame Oil 1% Castor Oil 0.5%.
Inert Ingredients: Purified Water 91.3% Vitamin E Acetate 1.8% Polysorbate 20 0.4%.
Espree Flea, Tick, Fly & Mosquito Repellent Dog & Cat Wipes
Active ingredients: 5.0% Citronella Oil, 4.0% Peppermint Oil, 3.0% Rosemary Oil, 2.0% Cedar Oil, and 1.5% Mint Oil. The inert ingredients are Vitamin E, Isopropyl Alcohol, and Purified Water.
Advantages Of Using Natural Flea Wipes For Cats
The best non toxic flea wipes for cats will contain no chemicals. This is the main advantage which could be extremely important to you if your cat has previously had an adverse reaction to a products using harsh chemicals.
Natural products can be applied more frequently than chemically based products, so there is no need to remember or record dates to reapply products.
Bear in mind that natural products can cause adverse reactions in animals just as happens in humans. It is always safest to do a spot test first particularly if your cat is allergy prone.
There is no doubt that using products with natural ingredients or taking an holistic approach will take more of your time compared to using chemically based products which are generally quicker and easier to apply.
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. Diatomaceous earth is the perfect product to take care of fleas in the yard and on bedding.
Using a flea comb will help control fleas. Be prepared to use it regularly.
More Natural Flea Control Methods …
If you are looking for more natural options for flea control, using Neem Oil in controlled doses is a good option to consider. Neem oil is also handy in the garden so a good standby product.
Still looking for natural flea treatments for cats? There are choices that are safe for the cat.