How to Keep Fleas Out of the Litter Box?
Although it’s not talked about often, unfortunately, fleas and their eggs and larvae can inhabit your cat’s litter box. Thankfully, there are some effective solutions for ending and preventing this problem.
We’ll describe how to keep fleas out of your cat’s litter box below.
How to Get Fleas Out of the Litter Box
The best way to keep fleas out of your cat’s litter box is to thoroughly clean the box with warm water and mild detergent and completely replace all litter frequently. Also, mix some baking soda and table salt into the litter to kill any new fleas, eggs, and larvae.
Preventing Fleas in Your Cat’s Litter Box
They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is definitely the case with fleas. It is always preferable, and much easier, to prevent a flea infestation than to try to cure one.
Make sure to always clean your cat’s litter box thoroughly. You should clean any waste at least once a day, or every time your cat does its business, if possible.
The litter should be completely replaced at least every two to three weeks. You should wipe the inside of the box with warm water and mild detergent every time you replace the litter.
You can also add a combination of baking soda and table salt to the litter mixture. This will preemptively kill any fleas, larvae, or eggs by dehydrating them.
Of course, the fleas don’t usually start out in the litter box. They end up there after they have been on your cat for a while.
So the best way to keep fleas out of the litter box is to keep them off of your cat in the first place.
Preventing Fleas in Your Household
To prevent fleas in your household altogether, try to keep your cat inside and away from other pets that might become exposed to fleas.
You can also use a flea collar or a monthly treatment, such as Advantage. Just be sure to use one that is specific to cats, since the ones made for dogs have chemicals that may be harmful or even fatal to cats.
Another option is an anti-flea spray or powder. Again, be sure it is made for cats.
It is not recommended to use a flea medallion, since this might get dipped into the cat’s water dish, thereby polluting the water it drinks.
It’s also important to vacuum regularly, especially around areas where your cat likes to spend a lot of time.
How Do You Know if You Have Fleas In Your Cat’s Litter Box?
There are a few tell-tale signs that you have fleas in your home, and therefore, most likely in the litter box, as well. A major sign is if you notice your cat scratching itself more than usual.
Other signs include noticing the fleas’ droppings or eggs. The droppings look similar to specks of dirt while the eggs sometimes resemble dandruff.
Finally, you may notice the fleas themselves jumping and biting. The fleas might bite you, other family members, and/or other pets in the household.
Getting Rid of Fleas
Once you notice that you have fleas, you will definitely want to get rid of them as soon as possible.
To get rid of fleas, you will first want to treat your cat and any other pets in the household. You can do this with a flea shampoo for cats or a flea dip.
It’s important to only use products specifically formulated for cats, and to only use one product at a time. Products made for dogs or other animals may have chemicals that are harmful or even fatal to cats. Likewise, the interaction of products may result in chemical reactions that could be harmful to your pet, as well.
As soon as your cat is rid of the fleas, thoroughly clean your house, including carpets, furniture, and other surfaces that fleas could be hiding in. Vacuum and launder everything that might have fleas in it.
It’s a good idea to add a flea collar to the inside of your vacuum bag to kill any fleas, eggs, or larvae that get vacuumed up. Also, be sure to use hot water and high-quality detergent for all laundry.
Now, clean the litter box thoroughly. Empty and replace the litter and carefully wipe the inside with warm water and mild detergent.
As a final step, mix baking soda and table salt together into the litter mixture. This will help kill any new eggs or larvae, or any remaining fleas by drying them out while keeping your kitty safe.
How to Keep Fleas Out of Your Litter Box
Keep fleas out of your cat’s litter box by thoroughly cleaning the box with mild detergent and warm water. Also, completely replace the litter. Next, mix some table salt and baking soda into the litter to kill any other fleas, eggs, or larvae.