Neem oil to keep fleas from cats

Using Neem Oil For Fleas On Cats


What is Neem Oil And Is It Safe For Cats?

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. Neem trees are native to the Indian subcont​inent and found in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. ​They are grown in some parts of the USA but only in the warmest areas of Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.
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. ​​

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​Tea tree oil may sometimes to be used to mask the strong smell of Neem oil however tea tree oil is not safe for cats​.
​Always read the list of ingredients ​to ensure that tea tree oil is not listed​.

Neem Oil Products For Flea Control In Cats

The products below ​both contain Neem oil and have been specially formulated for pets. ​Neither of the products contain tea tree oil. The products are from Ark Naturals.

Ark Naturals

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.

Neem Protect shampoo

​Relieves itching

​Ark Natural Neem Protect Cat & Dog Shampoo

​This product can be used on cats ​over 12 weeks of age.

It will kill fleas but it won’t repel fleas so bear in mind that you will need to keep checking for fleas.

The shampoo will not dry the skin and is often used for dermatitis caused by insect bites because of the healing properties of the neem oil.

There is no sodium laurel sulfate in this shampoo.

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Ark Naturals Neem Protect Flea Spray

Calm and soothe itchy bug bites

​Ark Naturals Neem Protect Cat & Dog ​Spray

This spray does not kill fleas but helps soothe and reduce itching from bug bites.

The active ingredients are neem oil and citronella. ​
​Before using, test a small amount of product on the cat’s hindquarter and watch for any adverse reaction.

There is ​Citronella in this product which can cause adverse reactions in cats so ​do the safety test before applying to the whole body. Don’t spray around the cat's eyes, ears, nose 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​.

Reapply frequently, every 7 to 10 days. In summer months it will need to be applied regularly. It is water soluble so will need to be reapplied if your kitty gets wet. (No swimming for kitty this summer)

Spray contains No DEET, pyrethrins, pyrethroids or other chemical pesticides and is made in the USA.

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The leaves of a Neem Tree

An aerial view of the Neem Tree - Azadirachta indica

​Neem trees are native to the Indian subcont​inent and found in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Maldives. ​They are grown in some parts of the USA but only in the warmest areas of Florida, Texas, Arizona and California.

​Neem oil is a​ ​ natural product and won't damage ​the environment or harm insects ​such as bees.
Neem oil promotes a healthy coat and its anti bacterial properties means that it helps to heal any wounds on pets including insect bites.

Is It Safe To Make DIY Flea Spray/Shampoo Using Neem Oil For Cats?

​Most DIY products using neem oil to make a flea control spray or shampoo are focused on dogs, not so much cats.  Cats grooming habits mean that the cat ​is likely to ingest some of the Neem.

​Using undiluted neem oil is not advised as there has not been enough testing to know the true outcome.

If you do want to use neem oil to make your own flea busting products use a 1:10 dilution. Always check with your vet if unsure as Neem oil can also interact with some medications.

​For this reason we suggest that at this time, it is safer to stick to commercially produced products ​for cats containing neem oil.

​More choices for flea treatments for cats using natural options.

Cat Flea Wipes

​Non Toxic Cat Flea Wipes

​A quick and easy way to deal with fleas and ticks.

natural cat flea treatment options

​More Cat Flea Treatments Using Natural Ingredients

​There is quite a choice.  You need to be prepared to find what will work for your situation.

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About the Author Rebecca Parker

Hello! I am Rebecca Parker, the content editor of this site. This is my kitty cat in his heyday. He now has diabetes which means twice daily injections and much to his dismay, no more snacking in between meals. This gorgeous and very loved kitty is sadly now deceased, old age caught up with him.