How to Select Best Shampoo for Cats

Do you ever wonder what could be the best solution to your cat’s fleas or to the dirt it caught through the stroll in the park? Well don’t worry this isn’t an advertisement from a pet shampoo company which is going to rob you by making you realize all of the cat hygiene issues that weren’t even frowned upon earlier. This is a degree-holding Veterinary Doctor’s opinion on whether bathing your cat is actually healthy or just another old pet myth.

Research says that under normal circumstances, you never need to bathe your cats. However, there are a few exceptions. It needs a bath if the cat has got something poisonous on its fur (Bad kitty!), it doesn’t take care of its coat as normal cats do (Accept it or not, you always knew she was abnormal), you are allergic and need to bathe it to keep allergens down, the cat is a show cat and about to be shown (You can’t earn money through a white Persian cat with muddy paws), you are giving it a flea, tick, or lice dip or when it is unusually dirty for some reason (perhaps bad weather).

You purchase a cat shampoo because of the pretty color and the nice fragrance and miss out on the importance of selecting the right product for the job. Considering the obvious pitfalls of bathing an animal with an inherit aversion to water, when a pet owner decides to attack the task of giving their feline friend a bath, what’s the best shampoo for cats? The answer is pretty simple.

The very best shampoo for a cat is actually a production of the cat itself! That’s right! Cats have built-in grooming salons: teeth, nails, paws, tongues and saliva. They are the animal kingdom’s masters of personal care. Despite all their natural resources, however, there are still occasions when your cat may need the intervention of a human-variety bath.

When your feline friend needs a fresh scent, try a gentle cleansing and deodorizing cat shampoo, shampoo available at are good choices. The all-natural formulas are free of dyes, and they clean, condition and deodorize with no detergents to irritate eyes. Although the grooming aisle of a pet supply store will offer a variety of shampoo options and related products (which are super cute and make you want to buy everything), choose a pet shampoo designed to treat your cat’s special needs. Many manufacturers are using botanical and homeopathic oils to blend cleansing, deodorizing and medicated properties that are safe for use on animals.

Alert! Never use human shampoos on cats

Care Alert! Never use human shampoos on cats because the chemicals in shampoos intended for you are too severe for your cat (Believe me, you don’t want to eat her biscuits either). But most importantly, especially avoid pet shampoos that contain artificial dyes, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate or petrochemicals. Watch out for these on the labels unless you’re carrying out mercy killing.

The crux is, however, that you do not need to bathe your cat unless it’s dirty in appearance and the shampoo suited to it depends on the reason why you’re bathing it.

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