Topical Soothing for Flea Bites in a Cat

Topical treatments will soothe your flea-bitten kitty's skin.

Topical treatments will soothe your flea-bitten kitty's skin.

If Fluffy has fleas, she'll suffer from the effects of the flea bites even after you've ridded your home of the little monsters. Getting rid of the fleas is definitely a step in the right direction but you'll still need to soothe your kitty's skin and help heal the bites.

Prescription Options

Your vet might prescribe a cream or ointment for you to apply to your itchy kitty's irritated skin if fleas have been nipping at her hide. Some cats suffer from an allergy to flea bites that will cause them to scratch even once the flea has been removed, and they may injure themselves. Antibiotic ointments will stop the bites from becoming infected, and steroid creams or ones containing antihistamines will reduce inflammation and alleviate the annoying itch. This will give your cat's skin a chance to heal.

Soothing Herbs

If you want to go the natural route for soothing your cat, the herb and plant department offers many choices. Calendula is one such herb: brew calendula tea and apply it with cotton balls to the irritated parts of your cat's skin. Chamomile and echinacea are other herbal remedies that have a reputation for alleviating pain and inflammation as well as healing the skin. These are also available as teas, or made into tinctures. If you have a aloe vera plant, just slice off a thick, juicy leaf and apply the sap from the plant directly to flea bites on your cat's skin for almost instant relief from itching.

An Oat-y Solution

Oatmeal is often touted for its moisturizing and soothing properties. It's simple to put together an oatmeal poultice for your cat when flea bites are driving her mad with itching. "The Pet Lover's Guide to Natural Healing for Cats and Dogs" recommends cleaning the bite area first with one teaspoon of salt dissolved in one cup of water. To make the compress, just allow half a cup of rolled oats to soak in one cup of water until most of the moisture has been absorbed. Drain away any excess water, then put the saturated oats between folds of gauze and place on your kitty's skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Afterward, gently pat the area dry with a clean towel.

Avoid This Oil

Humans use tea tree oil for everything from cleaning house to treating acne and bug bites. While it is effective for pet parents to use, it's not entirely safe for use on cats, especially in its pure or undiluted form. In their book on veterinary herbal medicine, Susan G. Wynn and Barbara Fougère report that three purebred cats were poisoned from being treated with tea tree oil, with at least one known death after having been sprayed with the oil to treat dermatitis. Forego the tea tree treatment and instead use one of the number of other, safer options available.

 

About the Author

Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.

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