The purpose of making an essential oil flea collar for your cat or cats is twofold.
- Firstly you will avoid using a flea collar that is laced with chemicals. Your cat or someone else’s cat you know may have had an allergic reaction to using a chemically based cat flea collar. This is often the reason that people turn to natural options.
- The other highly compelling reason is cost. Flea collars can be expensive. You can make a cat flea collar using essential oils for a fraction of the price compared to buying a commercially made collar.
There is initially an outlay for the essential oils, however these oils last for a long time and we are talking about using drops so a little goes a long way. Essential oils also have a myriad of other uses in the home so a win win once you have made the initial outlay.
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How To Make An Essential Oil Flea Collar For Cats
What You Will Need
½ teaspoon alcohol - vodka - unflavored
1 drop cedar-wood essential oil
1 drop of lavender essential oil
1 drop of citronella oil
1 drop of thyme essential oil
1 teaspoon of vegetable, almond or apricot kernel oil
A fabric collar
How To Make The Infusion For An Essential Oil Flea Collar
Stir all ingredients together.
Soak the collar (see below) in the solution to absorb the oils.
Lay the collar flat to dry. When it is thoroughly dry it is ready to use.
Re-soak or replace the collar as needed, every two weeks or so or when you notice that the collar is losing some effectiveness.
Depending on the size of the collar you may need another teaspoon of the carrier oil.
About The Fabric Collar
Buy a soft fabric collar. These ones come in a bulk pack of 6 which is handy because you can make two at the same time and have one as a spare or back up and still have spare collars to use as needed. Plus they are inexpensive.
If you are crafty you could always make your own collar. If you are comfortable using a sewing machine, this is a particularly good video showing how to make a collar. It has easy to follow directions and gets straight to the point. The demonstration shows a collar for dogs however the same basic principles apply to making a collar for your cat.
Why Is Alcohol Used In An Essential Oil Flea Collar?
Alcohol is used because it creates sillage. Sillage is a term most often used when referring to making perfume. Sillage refers to the degree that a scent will linger in the air. The alcohol helps the odors from the oils to dispel through the air more effectively.
The vegetable oil in this recipe is used as a carrier and to dilute the essential oils so that the collar can be soaked evenly. It would be very difficult to apply the essential oils just using the drops without the oil.
Do not apply 100% strength essential oil directly on to the fur or skin of your cat as essential oils are highly concentrated. Unintentional misuse of essential oils can have disastrous consequences. This link to the Pet Poison Helpline lists the essential oils that cats have trouble metabolizing.
Please observe the cat carefully when the collar is first applied to ensure that there are no allergic reactions or skin and fur disturbances.
What About Garlic?
Fleas do not like garlic so it may be assumed that garlic would be a good inclusion for natural cat flea control however cats cannot tolerate garlic and it can be fatal. Although a cat is unlikely to have severe consequences from an unintended lick of a sauce containing garlic, it is still best practice to avoid garlic altogether. Don’t be tempted to use garlic as part of flea control for your cat.
Refresh the essential oil flea collar weekly with a few drops of the essential oils to keep it active and working to control fleas. You may need to do this more often depending on how well the oils are working to contain the fleas.
How did your flea collar work out? Let us know in the comments below.
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