Pet health is just as important as human health. Natural remedies are often as effective as conventional treatments, and simpler and safer.
Avoid Cat Fleas with Brewer's Yeast
Health Problems Caused By Cat Fleas
Cats can suffer from many types of parasites. The most common parasite found on a cat’s skin is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). Both outdoor and indoor cats can be affected by this persistent parasite.
A cat becomes infected when a flea jumps onto its fur and starts feeding on its blood. Some cats are hypersensitive to fleas and flea bites and can have severe reactions, but most cats only experience a mild itch. Older cats and sick cats can become very ill as cat fleas can cause anemia.
What Do Cat Fleas Look Like?
Most of the time you can't see cat fleas. Instead what you normally see is their faeces. They look like small black and white grains. Cat flea faeces are made up out of dried blood.
Cat fleas are small, brown and about 2.5 millimeters in size, and they are normally found along your cat’s back and hind quarters. Look around the base of your cat’s tail if you suspect your cat has fleas.
Cat Flea Treatments
There are many different ways in which to treat fleas. New products such as Advantage and Frontline have more or less replaced powders, sprays and shampoos. The new products claim to be a much safer way to treat the problem of cat fleas but I am still a bit reluctant to use insecticides.
By using insecticides you also run the risk of causing an allergic reaction. Allergic reaction from Advantage and Frontline can cause skin problems, and trigger an anaphylactic shock. This happened to one of my cats and it was a frightening experience.
How to Prevent Cat Fleas
There are some really simple ways in which to prevent cat fleas, and here are some easy follow tips.
- Supplement your cat’s diet with Brewers Yeast.
- Try one of the other natural preventative cat flea treatments on the market.
- Make sure you keep the cat’s sleeping area and favorite spots are kept clean
- Hoover your home, and consider investing in a steam cleaner.
- Brush your cat’s coat
Health Properties of Brewer's Yeast for Cats
Brewer’s yeast has a range health benefits to cat. It benefits their coat, eyes, and improve oral health. Brewer's yeast is almost a complete food as it contains proteins, B vitamins, chromium, zinc, iron, a wide range of amino acids and many trace elements. It is the yeast in Brewer's yeast that makes it toxic to fleas. When fleas digest yeast, they soon die.
How Does Brewer's Yeast Work For Flea Control in Cats?
Cats can suffer allergic reactions to flea bites, and bites can even lead to blood problems.
Brewer’s yeast is a perfect, natural way to control fleas and unless your cat is allergic to Brewer’s yeast. It is non-toxic product and very few cats have an allergic reaction.
It works by a chemical reaction that takes place inside your cat’s body and produces a smell that repels fleas. Brewer’s yeast in powder form repels fleas when applied to your cat’s coat.
How to Check Your Cat for Fleas
Health Benefits of Brewer's Yeast Powder for Cats
Brewer’s yeast is not only a good way of preventing cat fleas. It has other health benefits.
Many cat owners see an improvement in their cat’s coat and eye health. Brewer’s yeast for cats can also help to improve oral health. It contains B Vitamins, proteins, chromium, zinc, iron, amino acids and also many trace elements.
Does Brewer's Yeast Repel Cat Fleas?
Cat owners are surprised that Brewer’s yeast work. However, it has been recommended by veterinarians and breeders for a long time.
How Do You Feed Brewer's Yeast to Cats?
The simplest way to administer Brewer’s yeast to your cat is in powder or flake format. Most of the cats I know will happily eat the powder with their normal dry or wet food. As a matter of fact, cats like Brewer's yeast.
Do you need to buy a specialist formula of Brewer's yeast for your cat? No, you don't need to buy a specialist formula. Just buy the ordinary powder or flake formula that is available for humans.
If your cat already has fleas, you can even apply the powder to your cat’s coat to kill off any fleas. I have tried this with friends’ cats and it worked a treat. The other advantage of using Brewer’s yeast as a powder is that you know as an owner, your cat is not going to be ingesting anything harmful.
Vitamin B and Better Cat Health
The B vitamins in Brewer’s yeast can help to protect your cat’s health in more ways than one. B vitamins are vital for human health but they are equally important to our cats’ health. Cats, just like us humans, rely on B vitamins to digest fats, proteins, and turn carbohydrates into energy.
Vitamin B will help to support your cat’s nervous system and keep his liver in good shape. There is even a lot of evidence which seems to suggest that the chromium in Brewer’s yeast can support cats with diabetes, and help to prevent infections.
How Much Brewer’s Yeast Should I Give To My Cat?
There are no hard and fast rules but 1 mg for every two kilos of your pet’s body weight is about right. My cats like the flakes and they get about 1 tablespoon per day per mixed with their biscuits.
Quick Guide to the Health Benefits of Brewer's Yeast for Cats
- A healthy nervous system
- Better energy levels
- Improved liver function
- Good skin quality
- Improved eye sight health
- Better Digestive Health
- Less risk of feline blood disorders
Brewer's Yeast Flakes
Always Be On The Look Out For Feline Health Problems
Other feline illnesses can affect your cat. Keeping an eye on your cat's health is essential. Most cat owners vaccinate their cats so they are unlikely to encounter the preventable health problems. But, it is still a good idea to be aware of health issues that can occur.
Spend some time with your cat every day to ensure he or she is healthy. Brushing and stroking their coats allows for time to inspect them for lumps and bumps.
Outdoor cats tend to fight and dispute their territory. This can lead to some nasty injuries which can lead to abscesses. Having an abscess is the most common reason for emergency visits to the veterinarian. Cat bites are very infectious and they are often deep. Sometimes a cat can end up with multiple bites during a fight.
Digestive issues can cause long term health problems and even allergies. Poor quality food is the main problem and feeding your cat a quality wet cat food or kibble will save you money on veterinary fees.
© 2014 Annie Messeri
Annie Messeri (author) from Spain on August 09, 2015:
It is a good natural treatment that works, and improves your cat's health.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on August 04, 2015:
Fleas have been awful this year. I was not aware of this method. I will have to give it a try.
Annie Messeri (author) from Spain on September 06, 2014:
If your cats do not have fleas you should not bathe them. I would not go to Walmart if your cats or kittens have fleas, I would always suggest you visit a qualified veterinarian. Brewers Yeast does work and is safe to add to food but it is not instant. A lot of flea treatments work within 24 hours, ask your vet for the best advice.
rayna ramos on September 06, 2014:
I've got 3 RagDoll Cat/kittens who haven't known infestation, until we recently moved In with a friend.
the kittens are a out 10 weeks old, and I've already bathed the lot of them using lukewarm water, and must a quarter sized dab of suave shampoo/conditioner.
the Queen did well, as I used to bathe her semi regularly as a kitten. She's NEVER had fleas or worms I n her life! And, we are All of us, just beside ourselves with what's occurred!
I googled it to find this information, so have taken precautions to insure their safety, but plan to head to WalMart or petsmart to pick up some pesticide prevention to accompany their baths. Question, can cats/kittens ever become sickly and die from bathing them to combat fleas?
Annie Messeri (author) from Spain on August 27, 2014:
Not having carpets really helps when it comes to flea control. I am not a lover of carpets and I really do think they can be the home of so many nasty things.
Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on August 27, 2014:
So far, this year, I've been able to control the flea problem by surrounding my mobile home (and underneath) with a boric acid roach powder that also kills fleas. Inside, I use it around the base of the cabinets and outside edges that the cats don't have access to, Then, I placed cedar chips inside and under their cushions that they lay on because fleas don't like cedar. I also have a combination spray of lemon juice and clorox that I use on hard surfaces where they sometimes lay.
Besides all of that, brushing them almost every day seems to help the most. And then I use a flea comb just to be sure. Occasionally, I pick 1 or 2 off, but that's controlling them when you live in Southeast Texas, believe me!
One other thing I do since we don't have carpet (which is probably a good thing), I try to sweep every day to get up the little tufts of hair the cats leave in the corners and edges because fleas like to hang out in the hair. That prevents a lot of problems also.
If it gets to the point where none of this is working, I'll try the yeast, though. It's a good suggestion and I thank you for sharing it!
Annie Messeri (author) from Spain on August 12, 2014:
MsDora You are more than welcome - Brewer's yeast is good for us humans as well. Take care.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 11, 2014:
Good information for cat owners; didn't mind learning the facts myself though I don't have a cat at the moment. Thanks for this very useful article.