Coconut Oil To Get Rid Of Fleas?

by Andrea Butje on March 18, 2012

coconut oil prevents fleas?Coconut oil prevents fleas? It keeps kitties’ coats healthy? Let’s find out!

I’d never heard that coconut oil prevents fleas, so I never tried giving it to my kitties.

But a few weeks ago I was putting coconut oil on my legs after a bath and some dripped onto the floor. Kimba (the kittie cutie in the picture) came running over and licked up that coconut oil as if he hadn’t eaten in weeks!

Then he gave me a dry look that communicated something like, “Helloooo . . . coconut oil is great for me!” I went online and discovered that some people say coconut oil prevents fleas. They also give it to their cats to support their digestion and make their coats shine! Who knew?

I put a teaspoon of coconut oil in a small dish by his food and one for his brother who clearly wanted in on the action. They ate it happily! The jury is still out on the fleas and how well this works, but there is no question they love it.

Anyone have animal coconut stories or experiences to add?

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Rebecca Silence March 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Our dogs love organic coconut oil! Our holistic vet recommends it as a great treatment and preventative for fungal and parasitic conditions. We give them about a teaspoonful per 20 pounds of dog per day (for instance, our 60-pound hound gets 3 tsps).

Not only did it help clear the recurring yeast infections that plagued our basset’s ears, it has been super for their skin/coats, energy and weight levels, and digestion. It’s great topically too, to treat abrasions, insect bites, hot spots, etc. They even smell better when they eat it regularly! It seems to be a natural internal deodorizer – no more “doggy breath”!

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The Coconut Oil King March 24, 2012 at 12:10 am

I don’t have a dog, so I haven’t been able to test this myself, but I’ve heard great things about it being used to make your dog’s coat soft and shiny – as you can see Rebecca experienced this as well!

It’s quite amazing what all coconut oil can be used for. Like, olive oil is great and all, but you won’t see me rubbing it on my skin anytime soon – or my non-existent dog for that matter.

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florida massage school March 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Kimba looks just like my cat :) I never knew about coconut oil helping with the coat and fleas! I have to try this as I am on the last treatment of advantage and would like a cheap alternative to keep fleas away! Thanks so much for the tip!

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Mya August 25, 2015 at 1:22 am

Do you think using coconut oil cooking spray (for ease of application :) could work just as well?

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Andrea Butje August 25, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Hi Mya – I think the cooking spray might get a little bit oily on an animal’s skin/fur if you’re spraying it on. I’d just suggest giving a little bit of unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil in their food first to see if they’ll eat it :)

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