Preventing Heartworm in Indoor Cats Using Neem Oil
I have two female littermates a little under a year old. I live in the Northeast (Lindenhurst, Long Island, NY) where it is now winter, but looking to the summer and mosquito season, I wish to protect my cats from heartworm but feel strongly about avoiding the chemical formulas typically suggested.
I live in a house with no other pets, the upper level of a ranch home having screens in place. Zero chance of cats getting out since there are double doors.
I searched for alternatives and came across neem. I saw a product called Neem Protect (Ingredients: Neem Oil, citronella oil, celery seed oil, eucalyptus oil) but 1). It contains ingredients such as citronella and eucalyptus that I understand can be toxic to cats and 2) there is no stated use for prevention of mosquito bites.
Are the essential oils in the Neem Protect product safe because they are used in small quantities, or would you consider it prudent not to use such oils on cats at all?
Can I safely make my own spray using neem oil, water and perhaps some non-toxic emulsifier--just shake the bottle well?
If neem is effective, how much should it be diluted and how often must I spray it on the cats to afford protection?
Would you suggest spraying the outside of my house with neem, in a more concentrated form perhaps?
Do you have any other suggestions besides neem that I can handle on my own?
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