Home Remedies For Cats With Hairballs

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Are furballs a problem that needs treating?

Virtually all cats have hairballs more or less frequently in their lives, although long hair cats are more prone to hairballs than short hair cats. To prevent excessive hairballs to form in the first place groom your cat regularly. Long hair cats need to be brushed more often than short hair cats.

It is natural for cats to cough up hairballs and you don’t need to do anything about that. However, if your cat has problems expelling hairballs natural remedies can help. When your cat can’t rid itself of hairballs you will see it gagging and straining and it might also only be able to eat small amounts of food. Home remedies for cats are great for hairball control.

Home remedies

One of the best home remedies for cats with hairballs is linseed tea. This is easily prepared by pouring about a litre of boiling water onto one teaspoon of linseed and half a teaspoon of liquorice root. Leave to stand and cool down naturally for four hours, then strain the herbs. Give three dropperfuls to your cat morning and evening until it has expelled the hairball.

Alternatively, give your cat about half a teaspoon of melted butter or margarine once a day for a few days to help the hairball pass through its intestines.

Diet

Help your cat to pass hairballs by feeding it fibre. The easiest option is to buy ready-made cat food for hairball control. These foods are richer in fibre than normal foods and a good hairball formula should contain at least 8% fibre.  Some companies have also developed natural hairball treats such as Cat Lube Hairball and Digestive Aid.

FurBall Dr from PetAlive is another option. This is a herbal supplement for digestion, cleansing and elimination. It comes in capsule form and is easily administered. Give 1/2 capsule 2 times daily for 10 days and then 1/2 capsule once daily. This will keep your cat and your carpets and floors furball-free.

If you don’t want to use a ready-made remedy, feed mashed vegetables in addition to the normal food. Another way to increase your cat’s fibre intake is to add a teaspoon of canned pumpkin to its food. You can also grow or buy your cat some wheat grass. This is a safe and natural way to prevent hairballs. Eating wheat grass may induce vomiting, thus helping to expel hairballs.

These home remedies for cats will eliminate any hairball problem quickly and effectively.

Home Remedies for Cats with Vomiting

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Why do cats vomit?

Cats often induce vomiting by eating couchgrass and other herbs. This is nothing to worry about as they are only using a natural cleansing method and getting rid of excess bile, mucus and other impurities. However, continual or acute vomiting can be dangerous for your cat and should be treated. Home remedies for cats are perfectly suited to cure the problem.

The most common cause of acute vomiting is diet. Your cat may eat something that does not agree with them or they may not be used to certain foods. Cats may also vomit as a result of hairballs. There are other possible causes such as swallowing a foreign object or travelling in a car.

Treatment

Find out what the likely cause of vomiting is, i.e. whether the problem originates from the stomach or not. If coughing is the cause, your cat may have swallowed a foreign object and you will need to seek help from a vet.

Conventional medication for vomiting includes antiemetics, antibiotics and corticosteroids. They may relieve the symptoms but come with side effects. Some of these drugs can cause digestion problems and immunosuppressants can lower resistance to illness. Home remedies for cats are a natural alternative. They can help to restore digestive comfort and help prevent vomiting.

Diet

To treat your cat naturally, put it on half day fast to start with, but still giving fluids. This will allow the system to clean out. Then feed a bland diet of boiled chicken or meat and rice or potato in small amounts. Gradually return to normal meals. This may often be enough if food is the cause of vomiting.

To prevent vomiting in future, gradually reduce commercial foods and replace them with fresh, raw, unprocessed foods. Make sure though you never change your cat’s diet suddenly as this will lead to stomach upsets.

Herbal remedies for vomiting

Certain herbs have proven to be particularly beneficial to prevent vomiting. Slippery elm, marshmallow and mint have been used for centuries as digestive aids. Licorice is an excellent tonic and helps to soothe the lining of the digestive tract. You can add small amounts to your cat’s food.

For continuous vomiting prepare a soothing tisane (herbal tea) of gentian and sage. To make the tisane use one teaspoon of each herb and 200 ml of boiling water. Let the herbs soak for one minute and then administer by dropper, one dropperful four times a day. This will usually calm the vomiting very quickly. If your cat is agitated add a teaspoon of skullcap to the mix.

If the vomiting is severe, take a handful of spearmint, a teaspoon of cloves, cinnamon and rhubarb and pour 500ml of boiling water over the mix. Let it cool down and sweeten with a teaspoon of honey before you administer six dropperfuls every 20 minutes.

If the vomiting is due to food poisoning give half a dropperful of apple cider vinegar mixed with water in regular intervals, every 10 minutes, until the symptoms disappear.

Homoeopathic remedies

If travelling is the cause of vomiting homoeopathic remedies such as kalium phosphate, aconite, cocculus and pulsatilla vulgaris may help. They are tissue salts and well known for their ability keep the stomach calm during travelling and prevent motion sickness.

Pet Alive offers a ready-made remedy with these ingredients. Easy Travel Solution supports your cat’s digestive system during air, sea, or car travel.

Home Remedies for Cats with Pancreatitis

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What is feline pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. It can be acute or develop over time. When  digestive enzymes become activated within the pancreas, they start digesting the glandular tissue resulting in pancreatitis. Symptoms vary greatly and range from digestive upset to severe pain. Chronic pancreatitis is more difficult to recognise and symptoms may come and go.

Along with the correct lifestyle choices, home remedies for cats can bring relief from pancreatitis. In addition, there are things you can do to allow your cat’s pancreas to heal on its own. As digestive enzymes are produced whenever the stomach receives food, put your cat on a fast for 2 days. For natural pain relief during that period, give four dropperfuls of a chamomile and catnip tisane six times a day.

Herbal remedies

Home remedies for cats with pancreatitis can be used on their own or alongside conventional treatment. Certain herbs and homoeopathic ingredients are an excellent tonic for the pancreas.

For example, milk thistle is such a herb. It acts as a powerful antioxidant and helps to remove toxins at a cellular level. Burdock can be taken to assist in the treatment of chronic pancreatistis. It has antibiotic properties and works as a blood purifier.

Homoeopathic tissue salts like nat phos are also recommended as it helps to break down and assimilate fats whereas nat sulph helps to detox the liver and promotes pancreatic health.

There are a number of ready-made herbal remedies available to treat your cat. PetAlive offers Pancreas Booster, a herbal formula that contains bromelain (a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples), sweet fennel, goat’s rue, gymnema (a herb native to the tropical forests of southern and central India where it has been used as a natural treatment for diabetes) and papain (an enzyme present in papaya).

The remedy promotes digestive functioning  and supports the balance of digestive enzymes during digestion. Bromelain is a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes. Papain is an enzyme that breaks down tough meat fibres. Gymnema, goat’s rue and fennel promote healthy levels of sugar in the blood.

Pancreas Booster may be used alone, or in conjunction with conventional medication. In comes in capsule form and is easily administered. Capsules may be given whole or mixed with food or a treat. Give 1/2 capsule twice daily.

If you prefer to make your own herbal remedies, there are a number of options. Prepare a tisane of calamus roots (soaked  in cold water for 8 hours) and give three dropperfuls per day. Also make a thin gruel of honey, slippery elm and half a teaspoon of Swedish bitters and give three dropperfuls morning, noon and evening.

Alternatively, administer a tisane of stinging nettle, marigold, yarrow, catnip, elder, mint 10 times a day, ideally three dropperfuls each time. In addition, bathe the pancreatic region with a very warm St John’s wort tisane mixed with a few drops of St John’s wort essential oil once a day.

Pancreatistis is an agonising condition and you have to be meticulous and devoted in administering herbal remedies for your cat to recover.

Diet

To keep the condition under control, healthy eating is vital. Feed your cat a low fat, high fibre diet, rich in complex carbohydrates. This slows the digestive process and helps to stabilise blood sugar levels. Avoid commercial cat foods which may contain high amounts of sugar and preservatives. Avoid high fat meals as they can raise fat levels in the blood. If your cat is overweight, losing weight is  an essential part of the treatment.

Lifestyle

Exercise is also important to keep your cat’s blood sugar levels under control. Keep the activity level the same each day. Stress can be a contributing factor to pancreatitis, so avoid any stress situations for your cat.

Limit environmental toxins as much as possible to avoid the build-up of toxins in your cat’s body from household chemicals, medication including antibiotics and pesticides. If your cat needs to take conventional medication, consider a detox.

 

Home Remedies for Cats with Allergies

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Types of cat allergies

Allergies occur when your cat’s immune system reacts to a particular irritant that it has been exposed to. Allergies are very frustrating and distressing for cats and manifest themselves in scratching, biting or chewing the affected area.  Home remedies for cats with allergies will help you manage the condition.

There are various types of cat skin allergies. Food allergies are caused by certain food sources or ingredients in commercial pet foods. Inhaling substances such as tree, grass and weed pollens, mould, mildew, smoke, dust or dander can cause atopic allergies. Contact allergies can develop when your cat comes into contact with a particular substance such as flea collars, fabrics, plastic, insecticides, pesticides or rubber. Parasite such as fleas and heartworm can also cause allergic reactions.

Treatment

The treatment will depend on the type of allergy. If you know what causes the allergy, avoidance is very important. Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used to address allergies in the short term and in the long-term.

If your cat suffers from food allergy, feed an all natural diet without preservatives, additives or colourants. Introduce new foods slowly and monitor what effect they have on your cat. Avoid feeding your cat table scraps, sugary or salty foods.

Atopic allergies are caused by something that your cat inhales such as tree, grass and weed pollens, mold, mildew, smoke, dust or dander. Avoid exposing your cat  to irritants such as pollen, smoke, household detergents, fertilizer or pesticides. Vacuum carpets and dust furniture regularly to ease respiratory allergies.

Contact allergies are caused when your catt comes into contact with a particular substance such as flea collars, fabrics, plastic, insecticides, pesticides or rubber. Use stainless steel or ceramic food and water bowls instead of plastic which may cause an allergic reaction.

Parasite allergies are caused by fleas, heartworm, bee sting anaphylaxis.

Homoeopathic remedies

Home remedies can provide effective relief from allergy symptoms. A combination of homoeopathic  ingredients such as arum triph, viola tri, comocladia, chamomilla and cina helps to alleviate  itchiness, scratching, redness and burning of the skin. One such remedy is Allergy Itch Ease from PetAlive which relieves relieves skin allergies and itch.

Biochemic tissue salts also have wonderful homeopathic benefits – Mag. Phos, Kali. mur, Arsen. Alb, and Graphites gently support your cat’s body and help to decongest airways, decrease swollen eyes and help stop sneezing.

Herbal remedies

Herbal home remedies for cats are very beneficial for symptom control. Give a dropperful of a stinging nettle tisane, four times daily for 12 weeks. Add ½ a teaspoon of honey and ½ a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the morning and evening doses.

Feed small amounts of raw, grated garlic every day. A couple of feverfew leaves, finely shredded and mixed into food will also help.

Elecampane has been used for centuries to treat coughs and asthma, often side effects of an allergic reaction. Marshmallow helps to reduce all types of inflammation, while cleavers is used as a cleansing tonic to assist in the treatment of chronic skin conditions such as allergic dermatitis.

To alleviate itchiness, soak the cat’s fur in a solution of stinging nettle, chamomile and lavender tisane. Let the water cool down. Warm water will worsen the irritation. If your cat does not like being submerged into water, sponge the fur from a bowl. Groom your cat well after treatment and keep it indoors to allow the fur to dry naturally.

Although allergies cannot be cured, they can be managed and controlled with home remedies for cats. Simple measures such as bathing your cat, using a natural flea repellent or avoiding exposure to irritants can make a significant difference.

Home Remedies For Cats With Kidney Disease

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Types of kidney disease

Kidney disease in cats is a common problem and may be due to a number of factors such as accident, shock, old age or bacterial and viral infections. There are two forms of kidney disease, acute and chronic renal disease.

Acute kidney disease is sudden and severe. Symptoms occur suddenly and are often a result of toxicity, infections and changes in the body that restrict the blood supply to the kidneys. Chronic kidney disease occurs gradually and over a longer period. Symptoms may not be noticeable at first. If left untreated, kidney failure can occur eventually. Chronic kidney failure is often the result of ageing.

Herbal Remedies

Home remedies for cats with kidney disease have proven to be effective in improving kidney functioning and provide support to the urinary system without any harsh side effects. Herbs such as burdock, dandelion and cleavers help the kidneys to perform their role as blood purifier and systemic cleanser. They are used in commercial natural kidney remedies such as Kidney Support from PetAlive.

Burdock is a systemic cleanser and blood purifier. It is also well known for its ability to maintain balance in body fluid levels and can help the kidneys to maintain their natural action of flushing out toxins.

Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, D, and C, as well as various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese.

Cleavers is a cleansing tonic, lymphatic cleanser and blood purifier. Regular use helps to strengthen the urinary system.

Other useful herbs for the kidney are parsley, shepherd’s purse, golden rod, yellow deadnettle, yarrow, horsetail, marigold and stinging nettle.

If you are using fresh or dried herbs the best way to administer herbal home remedies for cats is to prepare a tisane (herbal tea). To make a tisane use one teaspoon of the required herb and pour 150ml of boiling water over the herbs. Leave to infuse for one minute. For all kidney disorders give four dropperfuls four times a day.

Diet

To help your cat recover, certain dietary changes will also be necessary. Feed a well balanced all natural diet, or if you have to, feed high quality commercial food that contains the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Sodium and phosphorus levels, however, should be low. Feed small meals but often to ease the burden on the kidneys.

Also make sure that your cat has access to fresh, clean water and drinks regularly. The litter tray has to be clean at all times.

These home remedies for cats with kidney disease will effectively treat the disease and improve the quality of your cat’s life.

 

 

Home Remedies For Cats With Colds

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Natural remedies for cat colds

If your cat has caught a cold, you can easily relieve the symptoms with home remedies for cats with colds. Symptoms of a cat cold include nasal congestion, sneezing, and discharge of mucus from the eyes and nose. Most infections will clear up on their own within one week if your cat is kept warm and hydrated, so keep your cat in a warm, draught free room during the preroid of treatment with access to clean water.

Herbal treatments

Home-made herbal remedies work well in fighting a cat cold. Give your cat two dropperfuls of a warm marigold and stinging nettle tea, mixed with half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a small amount of honey (tip of a teaspoon), four times a day.

When the runny nose is watery in nature, the cold is likely be due to a simple viral infection. Remove the mucus from the nose and eyes with cotton wool balls soaked in a chamomile tea.

To relief congestion, prepare a steam inhalation by pouring a litre of boiling water onto a heaped tablespoon of chamomile. Suspend the cat in a carrier over the steaming bowl and cover the carrier with a towel. Be prepared for protest! Alternatively, if your cat will sit on your knee with its head over the bowl, cover it with a towel for a short while.

Groom your cat as purring helps it to breathe more easily. The longer you can keep your cat purring, the better. Apply a horsetail poultice to the sinuses and the chest overnight.

Homoeopathic remedies

Remedies like calc phos, hepar sulph and ferrum phos can be safely given to manage symptoms of cat colds.

PetAlive offers a remedy called KC-Defence which relieves a dry, hacking cough and sneezing, provides effective respiratory support and protection, helps to clear the chests for easy breathing and strengthens the immune system. The remedy comes in granule form and is sprinkled directly into your cat’s mouth. Administer every hour for up to ten doses. Thereafter, give three times daily for two to three weeks.

Diet

Do not force your cat to eat. Give small portions of easy to digest food. If the cat is feverish prepare a meat and vegetable stew and mix in herbs such as stinging nettle, wild garlic, watercress and feverfew. Completely liquidise the stew before feeding.

If your cat refuses to eat give Vitamin C. This works wonders and a quarter of a Vitamin C tablet dissolved and given in a dropper every day for four days will help to cure the cold.

If the infection does not respond to treatment with these home remedies for cats with colds within seven days or if the nasal discharge turns opaque and yellowish green in colour, take your cat to a vet.

Home Remedies For Cats With Arthritis

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Natural arthritis treatments

Arthritis can be as painful for your cat as it is for humans and, although you won’t be able to cure it, home remedies for cats can help you to manage the condition and make your cat’s life easier.

Herbal remedies

Herbal remedies are excellent for the treatment of arthritis in cats. You can buy them ready-made or make your own.

Muscle and Joint Support from PetAlive is a ready-made natural remedy supporting muscle, cartilage and joint health. It contains herbs, tissue salts and nutritional substances known for their positive effect on muscles, joints, cartilage and tendons.

Cats with arthritis can also be treated with herbal teas (tisanes). Give your cat 2 dropperfuls of horsetail tisane half an hour before feeding in the morning and evening. In addition, give four dropperfuls of speedwell and stinging nettle tisane four times daily. The tea should be made by pouring 150 ml of water on one teaspoon of the herb. Let it brew for one minute, then strain the herb.

Another natural remedy for arthritis uses honey and apple cider vinegar. Mix two teaspoons of honey and apple cider vinegar in 300 ml of water and add one teaspoon of Swedish bitters. Give this once a day and, in addition, two dropperfuls of the mixture without the Swedish bitter every four hours.

A herbal remedy cats will love is an infusion of meadowsweet, cleavers, comfrey, cowslip or rue, stinging nettle, couch grass and catnip. Prepare the tea by pouring 300 ml of water on two teaspoons of the herb mixture. Give three dropperfuls mixed with one teaspoon of honey in the morning and evening.

A poultice of the same herbs can be applied to swollen joints. Alternatively, apply a horsetail or cabbage poultice. Heat the herbs briefly in the microwave, then spread them on a light, thin cloth and bind to the affected area. Leave on overnight. During the day you can apply a compress of Swedish bitters for four hours.

You can also rub some comfrey or sage tincture into swollen joints several times a day, especially in the evening. To make the tincture, take a handful of the herb and macerate for 10 days in apple cider vinegar. Strain the herb and massage into your cat’s coat but don’t over wet. Dry your cat off with hair dryer.

Diet and weight control

Never feed your cat junk food or unsuitable human food. Providing your cat with a diet that is low in carbohydrates and higher in protein will help to alleviate arthritic pain. The amount of protein in your cat’s food should be no more than 60%, with the remaining 40% being made up of vegetables and grain.

If you want to cook for your cat, a meal of raw beef, chicken or liver together with lightly cooked or steamed mashed vegetables such carrot, zucchini, green beans or celery and cooked grains e.g. oats, barley, millet or brown rice, prepared to the ratio given above is excellent.

A minute dose of cayenne pepper in each meal works wonders for arthritis. If your cat dislikes it, feed it in half a teaspoon of honey and water. Also, one chopped fresh leave of feverfew leaf added to each meal helps relieve arthritic pain.

If you buy ready-made food for your cat check the ingredients to make sure it does not contain too much grain. You can also buy cat food that is especially designed for cats with arthritis and will help to reduce inflammation. If the food does not already contain it, supplement your cat’s diet with vitamins. Vitamin A, C, D and E are all beneficial in various ways.

Lifestyle

Make sure your cat gets some daily exercise to keep the joints flexible and prevent muscle wastage. Chasing games are great for exercise. Manage your cat’s weight carefully. Don’t let it become overweight. This will put additional strain on joints and increase arthritic pain.

One way to help your arthritic cat is to provide comfortable and warm bedding. Cold conditions can exacerbate your cat’s arthritis and stiffen joints.  A soft sleeping surface is also better for an arthritic cat than a hard one. A fleece blanket will provide both warmth and a soft sleeping surface.  A thermo bed or a hot water bottle in a cuddly wrap are also beneficial.

Arthritis can be painful but these home remedies for cats with arthritis will bring relief and let your cat enjoy life more.

 

 

Home Remedies For Cats With Fleas

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How to Treat Cats with Fleas

Fleas are extremely common parasites among cats.  And keeping the fleas at bay isn’t all that easy. What makes fleas so incredibly difficult to control is their amazing resilience. One female flea can lay over 2000 eggs during her short life which means infestation can occur rapidly. Flea eggs can survive for months until an appropriate host comes along.

Cat fleas can be be a huge problem, especially in the summer months. Flea bites generally result in the formation of a slightly raised swollen itching spot on the skin surface with a single puncture wound. Apart from causing itchy and painful bites to your cat, fleas may also transmit tapeworm. Therefore when you notice your cat has fleas, get your cat dewormed to ensure there is no tape worm infestation.

Some cats are allergic to the flea saliva on the skin and known develop flea bite dermatitis and in severe cases, anemia. Cats with fleas can get very irritated and scratch their skin a lot, often until the skin is raw, weeping or even bleeding. They also lick at certain spots on their skin constantly which may cause hot spots and result in loss of  lose hair or baldness.

To get rid of cat fleas successfully you have to control them both on your cat and in its environment; i.e. your home and other pet cats or dogs. Wash all bedding, rugs, blankets and cushions that your cat has contact with in hot water and vacuum the whole house. Pay particular attention to difficult to reach areas behind furniture and gaps between floor boards.

Home remedies for fleas on cats

Conventional treatment for flea bites will usually involve topical creams and may include antihistamines. However these topical pesticides to control cat fleas may have side effects. Home remedies for cats are a safe and less expensive alternative to commercial cat flea products. They can effectively kill fleas on your cat and prevent future infestations.

Herbal remedies

To calm aggravated and itchy skin cause by flea bites you can use a variety of herbs such as German chamomile, marigold, cleavers or witch hazel. German chamomile is excellent for soothing and cleansing the irritated cat skin. Marigold is a great herb with anti-inflammatory properties and helps to soothe rashes and itchiness. Use these herbs in a compress. Compresses are warm herbal packs that are applied to the affected area. You can use cotton wool or cotton fabric for a compress. Soak it in very warm herbal tea made of  chamomile or marigold, then place it against the area to be treated.

If this is too messy for you or your cat is uncooperative, there are skin soothing natural remedies you can buy. For example, PetAlive offers a home remedy for cats with fleas. Itch Ease relieves and soothes skin itch and stops your cat scratching.

Garlic and yeast are excellent home remedies for cats to repel fleas. Grate a very small amount of garlic mixed with some brewer’s yeast into your cat’s food every day. Alternatively, there are garlic tablets for cats you can buy. Liquid garlic is another option. It contains the essential oils of garlic and aniseed and will help to repel fleas. Either spray directly onto your cat’s coat or mix with an equal amount of water and comb through the coat.

Herbal flea collars

Most commercially produced flea collars are made with toxic chemicals that will be partly absorbed through your cat’s skin. Many cats cannot bear them and desperately try to lick and groom the area around the collar, thereby ingesting the chemicals.

An essential oil flea collar is a natural alternative. It provides excellent protection against fleas and is very easy and cheap to make. You can also buy herbal flea collars.

To make your own, all you have to do is to buy a soft material collar and soak it in a mixture of ½ teaspoon of alcohol and one drop each of cedar wood, lavender, citronella and thyme essential oils mixed with the contents of four garlic capsules for pets. Blend the ingredients together, pour over the collar until the mixture has been fully absorbed. Let the collar dry before you put it around your cat’s neck. This should be effective for one month.

Herbal bath

Start by washing your cat’s coat thoroughly in a bath of thyme and nasturtium water. Use a handful of each herb and put it in a cotton pouch (a big handkerchief will do) and soak it for 2 minutes in boiling water. Let the water cool down to a comfortable temperature before you decant it into your cat bath and you put your cat in!

Soak the cat’s coat well with the thyme and nasturtium water and then shampoo your cat with a rosemary shampoo. Alternatives are shampoos containing pine cedar, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, juniper or geranium. Give your cat a really good wash (for about 10 minutes) and rinse well. Dry the cat with a towel and rub some lemon water (juice of a lemon diluted in half a litre of water) into its coat. Finally dry your cat properly with a hairdryer.

Flea Comb

Get a fine toothed flea comb. Groom your cat daily and place the dislodged fleas into a bowl of water filled with detergent which will kill them.

Cat fleas can be difficult to control but these home remedies for cats with fleas will give you good results.