Blame it on climate change. Cats are getting more fleas, and flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common, according to Banfield Pet Hospitals’ 2018 State of Pet Health Report.
Is Climate Change Causing More Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats?
With warmer weather, fleas are thriving. And the more fleas there are, the more cats are likely to have an allergic reaction.
Soothing Flea Allergy Dermatitis
Some cats are so sensitive to flea bites, the dermatitis can linger long after the fleas are gone. Your vet would probably recommend an antibiotic or even steroids. But if you prefer natural treatments as I do, put some witch hazel on a cotton ball and dab it on the itchy areas. It will relieve the itchiness and promote healing. Putting vitamin E oil or olive oil on the affected areas will also soothe the itching.
Preventing Fleas The Natural Way
- Sprinkle beneficial nematodes around your yard. Most garden stores sell them.
- Use a flea comb to comb your cat with a mixture of half apple cider vinegar and half water.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of brewer’s yeast to your cat’s wet food.
- Rub the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon or orange on your cat’s fur. Use fresh fruit, not essential oils, which can be toxic to cats. And beware: Many cats hate the smell of citrus. Put some juice on a leg to see how your cat reacts to this new scent before doing the whole cat.
- Use a flea comb and comb your cat often. This will remove any lurking fleas. Get rid of the fur you comb off outside.
- If your cat has fleas, wash her bedding in the hottest water possible and sprinkle food grade diatomaceious earth on it. You can also put it in corners and on the floor along the walls. It often kills the fleas on cats, too. Dip a flea comb in a bag of food grade diatomaceous earth, shake off the excess and comb it into the cat’s fur, being careful to keep it away from her eyes and nose.