Natural Flea Collars-- Cheap, Easy and Non-irritating

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Introduction: Natural Flea Collars-- Cheap, Easy and Non-irritating

Fleas suck! Some dogs and cats are also very sensitive to flea control chemicals (like synthetic pyrethrin). Herding and toy-breed dogs, older animals and cats are especially sensitive to chemicals. These flea collars work best for pets who stay indoors most of the time and only go out side to play, walk and potty. Like most natural, organic products, these collars do not work quite as well as evil chemicals that have been rigorously developed and tested- But they do work suprisingly well for being so simple. These collars are also meant only to REPEL fleas- they will not clear up a pre-existing infestation. --WARNING-- Pennyroyal causes miscarriages when taken internally (like that Nirvana song), so if you're knocked up, or think you may be- stay away from pennyroyal altogether.

You shall require-
- a scrap of fabric wide enough to sew into a tube-shape and long enough to tie comfortably around your pet's neck.
- a small handful of dried or fresh pennyroyal (basil works too, but not as well)
- a needle and thread

Step 1: Get Your Stuff Ready

Get all your stuff together.

Step 2: Sew It Up

Fold your fabric in half, wrong side out and sew the long side up tightly.

Step 3: Flip It Out

turn your fabric tube right side out.

Step 4: Fill It Up

Hold the bottom of the tube closed and add the pennyroyal from the top (a funnel would probably be helpful here)

Step 5: Tie It On

Tie your new flea collar around your pet's neck. There should be just enough room to comfortably fit two fingers between the collar and pet's neck. If you are ambitious, you could also sew a buckle, clasp or snap onto it, but you would prabably have to sew up the ends too. These collars will stay potent for 4-6 weeks. Please comment and tell me what you think!

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    Found a natural flea guard that I love by purebodyscent - it lasted 7 weeks and the collars are super cute and lightweight. ;)

    Mint works better for dogs and cats... It repels ticks too.

    Penneyroyal is dangerous! It was historically used to induce abortions.

    Garlic is also toxic to dogs too....never apply it or give it to them to ingest...

    Another good flea repellent is to add brewers yeast to your cats food. You can buy tablets in the vitamin section. Just soak them in a small amount of water then crush them and add to their food. I use this for my cat and it works great. It is totally safe my vet recommend it when my cat was having reactions to the chemical flea meds.

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    Brewers yeast is very helpful in getting rid of fleas! I was giving it to my cats (crush and mixed into soft food). I also made my own 'carpet fresh' with baking soda and borax and it worked pretty good. We have since found out that one of the cats is highly allergic to flea bites and we have to use the flea 'meds' now. QUESTION?...We tore out all the carpet throughout the house and have the original 1920s wood floors...will fleas live in the cracks of the wood or behind the base trim?

    Yes they will and they can live for two years without having a feed..it is shadows as you or an a nimal walks by and carbon dioxide from exhaled breath that reactivates them...

    All the best...hope this info helps...

    They shouldn't live in the cracks or behind the baseboards. They need something living to feed on. I had less flea problems when we got rid of all of our carpeting. I would vacuum really well to make sure all of the eggs are gone so you don't have new ones popping up. Another tip to try, is place a semi large glass bowl full of water in each room with a light shining on the water, for some reason it draws the fleas and they hop in and drown. You could also mix in some rubbing alcohol in the water to make sure they meet their demise. Just be sure your cats can't get to it or they might drink it. Hope that helps sandiemom!

    Hey guys! I don't usually recommend flea collars but I must say, this one has my vote of approval. When my readers tell me that they are thinking of using those nasty chemical based ones I just feel like cringing. Here is my article about the dangers of flea collars - www.thebugsquad.com/fleas/flea-collar-on-pets/ - I will definitely be forwarding this to anyone who is looking for a natural flea collar, thanks for the great article TraumaComet! Regards Natasha

    This is incredibly dangerous. Plant extracts contain thousands of dangerous chemicals, and the effects are quite different on cats and on humans. A cat's skin is exceptionally delicate, and cats frequently have abnormal reactions even to well known remedies which have been properly tested and used on millions of occasions. There are much greater variations between the reactions to medicines of different individual cats than there are of humans. Plant remedies ARE DRUGS, it is not like using candle magic or crystals! There are probably a dozen different plants in the average garden which would give a skin rash to you or I, and different parts of the plant (petals, roots etc) would have different effects. In addition, herbalists know that different specimens of plants will have wildly varying concentrations of any active ingredient depending on soil conditions and weather etc. Look at the way different cats respond to 'catnip'! some love it, others clearly find it unpleasant. Some correspondents here are talking about human reactions to various plants - these will be totally different.

    True pennyroyal is toxic to most animals. Cats ingest toxins via their skins and by licking.
    NEVER use essential oils, these act as neurotixins and can kill you cat. I use dried ground herb; Wormwood (Artemesia affra), Tagetes, Pyrethrum, Helicrysum and Lavender. Add to this some diatomaceus earth and cornflour. The herbs repel, the DE acts as an abrasive and grinds away at the flea's external skeleton causing it to die from dehydration. The cornflour helps to dry out flea eggs in the environment. Also maintain pet health with a natural de-wormer during flea infestations. For that I use ground dried pumpkin seeds mixed with ground dried carrot and some DE.

    I have been using red cedar oil (Cedarcide, Wondercide etc) for over a year now on my 2 cats. If you use the commercial flea/tick drops, it will reduce your pet's life by 25%. You do have to keep reapplying because it does not go into their bloodstream like the commercial stuff does. But if you're diligent and keep ahead of it, you should do fine, One thing in my favor, I don't have a lot of upholstered pieces of furniture - most have cushions I can wash. Otherwise I just spray wherever I think the little critters might take up residence. The red cedar oil (not all cedar oil is alike) works great on my cats and I also spray it lightly on my couch (where my cats like to perch) just in case they bring something back in with them, The red cedar oil is great for killing other pests too. With all the recent problems with bed bug infestation, if I were traveling and staying at a hotel, I would spray with the red cedar oil. It's totally non-toxic - just make sure you personally aren't allergic (everyone is allergic to something). Of course, everything smells like a cedar closet for awhile. :-} Bonus, you can spray on yourself/clothing (if you are not personally allergic) to repel mosquitoes/no-see-ums/gnats etc. I spray my lets before mowing the grass. I used to get chigger bites from the lawn - no more now!

    Isn't the main ingredient for some commercial flea products made from chrysanthemums? Could one mine those and use them instead of pennyroyal? Or what about daiseys? Those stink.

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    Chrysanthemums are also poisonous http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/17-common-poisonous-plants.html

    The idea to make your own "filled" collar is a great one, but pennyroyal is TOXIC to most common pets. Garlic isn't good either. Best thing to stuff the collars with is something infused with orange oil, eucalyptus oil (make sure the cat can't eat it though) or even lavender.

    Best flea AND tick control is a lot of garlic in their diets. 1-2 cloves per day is the target dose for cats. Easy if you make your own pet food, add increasing amounts until they get used to it, and add as late in the cooking process as possible for maximum effect. Use fresh where ever possible, but pre-prepared in a jar will do in a pinch.

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    Garlic is highly toxic to cats. The N-propyl disulphide in the garlic basically shreds the cats Red Blood cells causing a kind of anemia.... Therefore, dont use it

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