New Arsenal In the Fight for a Natural Flea Free Environment

We attack at dawnThe Use of Neem Oil for Fleas and Ticks

Neem oil should be considered in your arsenal for bad flea years such as what we have been experiencing in San Diego this year. Using organic neem leaf tea is an effective method for managing flea and tick control in cats. Commercial pesticides may be toxic or too strong for delicate feline systems causing a wide constellation of problems including liver toxicity, immune system compromise, neurotoxicity and even death. We know this is certainly true of the toxic flea, worm and tick preparation distributed by Hartz, (one of the worst) and other pet pharmaceuticals especially if given in the vets office.

Made from the bark, leaves and oil of the neem tree, this seemingly miraculous herb has been used in India as a natural Ayurvedic remedy for 5,000 years! Neem promotes a shiny, healthy coat, strong immune system and healthy skin. And lucky for cats, it is a wonderful organic product; its leaves especially can easily and safely be used for natural flea control.

 

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Dosage and mixtures of neem differ for dogs and cats. Use only 100% organic neem in the following recommended recipes for cats.

Homemade Organic Neem Oil Shampoo to Repel Fleas on Cats (if you can catch them)
Cats lick a lot when grooming themselves; thus, any product used will be ingested. Taking care and using caution is the way to go for flea and tick control in cats. Using prepared shampoos with neem is NOT recommended because they often have other ingredients that can be harmful to cats such as tea tree oil, camphor and other less-than-desirable chemicals. The best flea control shampoo made with neem is one that is homemade. Neem oil, is an oil and you’d think it wouldn’t mix with a mild shampoo but it does mix very well.

-Add neem oil into a gentle pet shampoo at a rate of 1-5 ml (roughly 1/4-1/2 ounce) for every 100 ml (8 ounces) of shampoo. Use the lower amount as a maintenance dose and increase the amount of neem oil if the cat has a flea infestation. Blend the shampoo well into the coat. Treat weekly for effective flea and tick control for cats and to catch all insects in their various stages of development. Thoroughly rinse neem oil shampoo from cat’s fur repeating several times. Since the shampoo is rinsed out, ingestion does not become a problem.

Cat hates water? Continue reading for another effective method for applying neem as a natural flea and tick control treatment.

Recipe for Neem Leaf Tea for Flea Control in Cats

By far the safest method of using neem as a flea treatment for cats is by using the neem LEAF not the oil. Neem leaf is very safe even when ingested in small amounts and shows no adverse side effects.

-Purchase fresh or dried neem leaves. Place in a bowl and cover with water in a ratio of 1 Kg of leaves (about 2 Lbs) to 5 liters (6 quarts) of water and allow them to soak overnight. Keep water at room temperature. The next day grind up the leaves in the water and then filter in two stages. Pour the mixture through cheese cloth and then through a filter paper like a coffee filter. The final result should be a clear liquid tea.

-Spray neem tea on cats if they will allow it or apply liberally to a cloth and then rub the cat down for an excellent flea repellent. Repeat often for pets that spend time outdoors. It may be used bi-weekly in the summer months for flea and tick control.

Optional method for applying neem as a flea treatment, preparation;

Soak neem powder over night and filter through coffer filter in the morning. Dampen a towel or washcloth with the neem tea and gently rub down the fur. Repeat every two weeks. Always when manually applying anything to your pet, dog or cat you want to make it pleasurable. Massage whatever you’re using into the pet. Take it slow and talk gently to them. Our pets will do just about anything to get our attention so if you use this during application you will be creating an enjoyable moment for both of you.
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Using neem oil for flea and tick control for dogs is different than for cats and preparations have different quantities of active ingredients. Commercially available toxic pesticide products are being advertised everywhere; although they may be fast and easy, they may also be deadly to some animals. Using organic neem oil promotes healthy dogs by protecting their livers against damage from poisons, their immune systems against neurotoxins, and their skin against allergic reactions to commercial products. What follows are suggestions for using natural neem oil as a natural flea and tick control for dogs.

The seemingly miraculous substance known as neem comes from the bark, leaves and oil of the neem tree and has been used in India for centuries as a natural Ayurvedic remedy for a multitude of ailments and preventatives. Neem oil promotes a shiny, healthy coat in animals, a strong immune system and healthy skin. And lucky for us, it is a wonderful organic product that can easily and safely be made into a natural flea and tick control mixture for pets. It’s safe for humans too – and it works, incredibly well on dogs, for flea and tick control.

Using Neem Oil as a Rub for Flea Control on Dogs

-Place a few drops of neem oil on palms and simply rub hands through your pet’s fur for effective flea and tick control. Neem oil is best used this way for dogs, only, not for cats.

-For sensitive dogs, dilute the neem oil 1:10 in a light carrier oil like almond or jojoba and rub palms first. Then run hands thoroughly through the dog’s coat for natural, effective flea and tick control.

Organic Neem Oil Makes an Excellent Flea and Tick Spray

-Prepare a general flea and tick spray by mixing 2.5 ml (1/2 ounce) of organic neem oil with 1-2 ml (1/4-1/2 ounce) of mild soap or detergent and .5 liter (2 cups) water. For a stronger solution if there is a problem or the dog will be going into deep bug country, mix 5 ml neem oil, 2 ml mild soap or detergent and .5 liter (2 cups ) water. Use warm, not hot, water to dissolve the oil. Mix water and soap first and then slowly add neem oil for flea and tick control. Add to sprayer and use immediately. Discard after use. Neem oil is unstable and breaks down after 8 hours. Mix anew each time.

Make a Natural Flea and Tick Control Shampoo for Dogs from Neem Oil

Add neem oil into pet shampoo at a rate of 1-5 ml (roughly 1/2 ounce) for every 100 ml (8 ounces) of shampoo. Use the lesser amount for a preventative maintenance shampoo adding more neem oil to the mix if the dog has an existing or severe infestation. Blend shampoo well into the coat. It will leave an odor that will continue to repel unwanted pests. Treat weekly or more often for effective flea and tick control for dogs and to catch all insects in their various stages of development.

Tips:

-Use only pure, 100% organic neem oil.

-Be aware: neem oil smells terrible. But it works and it’s safe for animals and humans.

Warnings

-Caution is advised when using neem oil on animals that are breeders or about to be bred. Use neem oil at half strength for flea and tick control.

-Do not treat cats with concentrated neem oil that is left on the skin. Using neem leaf tea is far safer for felines. See accompanying article for recipes for natural flea and tick control for cats. (refer to the recipe above)

We will be carrying neem powder and leaves in the near future, probably next spring as well as treats for cats, call: ‘Kiddy Kandy’

Organic Jan
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