Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy for Fleas in Cats

Jun 18, 2017

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Posted by Barbie (Garden Grove, Ca) on 04/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars

ACV for cats - I remembered earth clinic from a lady I rented from so I researched for my cat who has fleas and other issues. I give a five star plus because she immediately felt better as I sprayed a lil at a time I saw larva leave her tail. I also had some my stomach issue clearing up. Thank you so much. It works it really does

Replied by Eileen

You may be seeing tapeworm segments and not flea larve. Any animal that has fleas should be treated for tapeworm as well. They get tapeworm from ingesting a flea when they lick themselves.

Posted by Katelyn (Gb, Wi) on 04/21/2015

We have 4 pets in my household. It's an apartment complex and I was informed that fleas and mites are capable or traveling through the walls and such and can continue to reinfect our pets as long as the whole building is not treated. This in itself has been going no where, trying to get everyone to do so. I have a mainecoon mix and a short hair that have been struggling with fleas since January. I've tried frontline, I've tried flea baths, I've had them shaved, I've tried collars, flea bombs and sprays and nothing is getting rid of them.

I just started trying to use the ACV, but I'm afraid of it making my mainecoon ill. He has an extremely sensitive stomach and any slight change in food often makes him quite sick. Is there anything I can do for him with ACV without making him sick, yet still get it to work?

We're also in the process of getting ready to move into a house this summer.

Posted by Danusia (Salisbury, Uk) on 09/10/2014

Good morning everyone :-) I have just come across this site and am loving all of the positive information about ACV. I have a cat who appears to have a really bad flea infestation, she has long hair and can be very vicious so I can't see how I would be able to wash her or comb her - we have tried in the past but it has ended up with me having many cat scratches! We do feed her wet food so do I add a diluted mix of water and ACV to her meat and then do I still need to treat her topically - sorry I have to have specific instructions as my brain functions slightly differently!

We do have a second tabby cat and a lurcher - although the cats and the lurcher are segregated and don't mix with each other. Our lurcher Flo seems to have a skin problem of sores and is constantly scratching and nibbling but I can't see any fleas on her and I looked extensively

I am new to all of this so all your help and advice would be gratefully received.


Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Danusia!

If you cannot handle your cat, that is a shame, as getting the fleas off via bath and coming is so effective. You might try cutting your cat's claws and using a bathing bag or grooming bag.

That said, adding the ACV to the food helps repel fleas by alkalizing your cat; the balanced PH makes your cat less appealing of a meal for fleas. Some folks actually spray or dip their cats in an ACV solution to topically repel the fleas. If your cat is taking the ACV in his meat you are off to a good start. Another way to alkalize - and this would also be of benefit to the lurcher - is to add baking soda to their drinking water - a maintenance dose would be 1/4 teaspoon to 1 liter of water, and this their only drinking water.

For the lurcher, you might also try a good bath and then a dip in Ted's Mange Remedy; even if he does not have mange of any kind, the solution does a good job of cleansing the skin.

FYI I am also a fellow lurcher lover here! I no longer have 'Leo the Lurcher' but he sure was a hoot and thief to boot!

Please let us know your results!

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada

Hi Danusa ----

Reading on "untouchable" cats, can you lure him or dump him into a cat carrier. Then put the carrier into a tote. Fill with ACV 50/50 water and slosh it a bit, talking nicely with soothing sounds. Take top off a chink, and spray ACv mixture on head and back 'cause you have not scared him by filling up more than 2/3rd. The fleas would have climbed up above shoulders.

Let it sit for about ten mins. Then release the sweetie in a limited area where he can shake. Or in a sunny spot.

You could also use unsaturated Borax in the mix which is really effective.

Meditate on it and then proceed.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Diamond

I read over a year ago to mix either lavender oil or peppermint oil with lemon juice and water then put it in a spray bottle & spray away and it does wonders for all my pets.

Replied by Rj
Atlanta, Ga

Essential Oils should only be used by a professional, they can be very strong on our animals. I think both would be too strong for their noses though the peppermint is great for keeping the critters away. And being that they groom I would not want that in my cats or dogs internally. I keep a peppermint and water mixture around at all times for ants and other crawlers inside and outside of the home.

There's a product called Garlic Barrier which I mix with water (1/4 cup to a pint of water) and lightly mist them with that before they go out on the deck; keeps mosquitoes away.

There's also Diatomaceous Earth which, from what I hear can also be put in a spray bottle but I have only applied to the animal while protecting OUR lungs/noses with a bandana or mask.

Small amounts of garlic in the food does the trick too.

Best! ;-)

Replied by Lauren
Texas, US

Peppermint and Citrus (lemon) are toxic to cats. Please do NOT spray your cat with these oils. They can slowly build or have quick negative effects, leading to death.

Replied by Phyllis
Tuscumbia, Alabama

I completely agree about the essential oils, but need to caution about garlic. I have two Boston Terriers who have Epilepsy and I discovered through elimination that after a while it increased the frequency of seizures.

What I use for flea prevention is Artemisia Combination by Nature's Sunshine once a month. One of the ingredients is sweet wormwood and parasites can't live in wormwood. While it also has garlic, giving it only once a month doesn't seem to have had a bad effect as far as seizures are concerned. I haven't even seen a flea in over two years and they've never tested positive for any kind of worms. So we prevent a number of parasites with one stone.

Replied by Linda

I just bought peppermint spray for dogs and cats. I've sprayed both, now I hear don't spray peppermint on cats. Why?

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney Australia

Peppermint oil is harmful to cats if ingested.

Posted by Romana (Chaparral, Otero County) on 02/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I would like to Thank you for having this web site!! For those who have no idea how ACV works wonders on cats .. I use it for a flea spary and non of my pets have ever had fleas or ticks . Thanks R.L.W & kitty crew Chaparral N.M

Posted by Pat (Monticello, Georgia) on 10/20/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My 5 month old kitten unfortunately has fleas and so he is constantly scratching and biting. I read on another website (written by a vet) about using ACV. You use 1/2 water & 1/2 ACV or just regular vinegar in a spray bottle. While you spray it on you also rub it into their skin. Apparently the fleas don't like the smell or the taste of it and won't stay on the cat.The article also said that cats don't like the smell of vinegar. It seems to be working. My kitten isn't scratching as much (hardly at all), but boy is he licking at the vinegar and water combination. The article also said that the vinegar and water combo will help heal the sores that were created from the scratching and biting. I just thought I would pass this on.

Replied by Morella

A faster way to get rid of the immediate itch and the big bulk of the fleas is to give her an immersion bath with DAWN DISHWASHING DETERGENT. That will rid of the biggest bulk of fleas. Then after she's dry and relaxed to you use the ACV to rid of the eggs and what's leftovers of the demonic fleas!! I have done that many times when I find strays that have to "pimp them up" for the adoption photos. lol

EC: Reminder: Apple Cider Vinegar should be mixed with equal parts water when used topically.