Cats FAQs: How Much Diatomaceous Earth For Cats

November 13, 2018 4 Comments

Cats FAQs: How Much Diatomaceous Earth For Cats

Wondering how much diatomaceous Earth for cats to use?

In this blog post, we will go through everything you need to know about this topic---and more.

Diatomaceous earth is a plant-based powder that occurs naturally within the earth. The powder gets its unique name because it’s derived from “diatoms”, which are algae-like plants that have existed on earth for millions of years.

The earth is popular for all sorts of different purposes, including as an insecticide for gardening and removing bugs during house cleaning.

And, it has recently gained popularity among pet owners to solve flea-related problems in pets.

Let’s take a closer look at things.

Why You Should Use Diatomaceous Earth For Cats

Let’s take a look at a few advantages of using Diatomaceous Earth for your kitty, shall we?

  • It is a natural pest-killer for cats
  • Kills pests using natural methods instead of a chemical-based toxic solution
  • Food-grade diatomaceous earth isn’t just safe for pets you can ingest it, too
  • It can eliminate hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and pinworms  

You should feed this to you kitty for at least 30 days to see its effects. This will destroy adult worms while also targeting hatchling eggs and smaller worms throughout the lungs and stomach.

How Much Diatomaceous Earth For Cats

Let’s jump into the question of the hour, “How Much Diatomaceous Earth For Cats?”

Your cat's size will affect the DE dosage size

Small Cats and Kittens (2-6 ½ lbs)

½ tsp of food grade DE

Full Grown Cats (7-13 lbs)

1 tsp of food grade DE

Large Cats (>13 lbs)

1 ½ tsp of food grade DE


Diatomaceous earth is growing more and more common among veterinarians and pet owners alike.

In Summary

Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized remains of extremely tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. It is rich in silicon dioxide, and it can be mined from beneath lakes, and places water used to be, like some deserts.

The most common use of diatomaceous earth for cats is to combat fleas.

It’s effective against insects because, when finely ground, it can pierce a number of insect’s exoskeletons and dehydrate them from the outside in.

Confused about something? Leave us a comment, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


4 Responses

Sara Lawes
Sara Lawes

June 11, 2020

Do i have to feed this to my cats every day for ever or just the 30 days?

Sabrina
Sabrina

April 23, 2020

Kim. When you give D.E. you also have to give extra water, I mix it in with the wet food and make “soup”. If you’re cat is severely infested and constipated you probably want to take him to the vet. Get him hydrated and wormed and defecating again. You could try pumpkin mixed in with the wet food and water too if it hasn’t been too long already.

Dawn
Dawn

April 07, 2020

What about ticks?

Kim
Kim

April 07, 2020

Been giving my 14lb cats 1 tsp of DE twice a day, in EACH meal of canned food. They seem to be constipated now. They have roundworms in their poop. What can I do for them? Should I give up and take them for a chemical pesticide?? They’ve been taking DE in their food for one week..
Thanks!
Kim

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