How to Choose a Cat Shampoo

Ask your cat which shampoo he prefers and he will probably tell you he cares for none of them but there are times when he will need a bath whether he wants it or not. There are a wide variety of shampoos on the market to keep your cat in tip top shape. Unfortunately the choosing is completely up to you with your cat staying as far away from the choice of shampoo as he can possibly get when it comes time to use it. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind when you choose a cat shampoo.

No substitutes

Cats are fastidious in keeping themselves clean but there are various reasons why a bath is essential at times. Do not try to use your own shampoo on your cat. Human shampoo can be too harsh for your cat. You need the proper shampoo to bath your cat. Regardless of how great your own shampoo works for you it has the potential of doing more harm to your cat than doing any good. Make sure you choose a tearless cat shampoo that will not irritate your cat’s eyes or skin.

Wet shampoos

There is an array of wet shampoos on the market that will work for your cat in a water bath. Your cat may not agree but it will get him clean by getting rid of some of the dander and loose hair that his coat collects. Place the water in a sink or the bathtub wherever you feel comfortable and dip your cat in the water. Apply the shampoo and massage it through his coat. Rinse him well making sure all the shampoo is removed. Let him dry naturally or if you have a very agreeable cat you may dry him with a hair dryer.

Waterless shampoos

Waterless shampoos are designed for the kitty that just will not tolerate water. These shampoos can be worked into your cats coat to help remove the dirt and dander that may have accumulated. This is a wonderful option for some cat owners that just cannot persuade kitties to like water.

Medicated shampoos

Medicated shampoos are those that are meant to be used if your cat has picked up some unwanted parasites like fleas and ticks. It usually comes in a dry form but can be found in wet forms. These medicated shampoos are easy to use with the dryer form being the easiest. There are medicated shampoos that are designed to help your kitty if he has developed hot spots or any type of infection on his skin.

Before you use any type of shampoo on your kitty it is better to consult with your veterinarian first. Some cats are allergic to shampoos and they can cause your cat more problems that he needs especially shampoos designed to rid him of parasites. Your veterinarian can advise you which type of shampoo will be best suited for your cat from just a bathing shampoo to medicated shampoos. He can help you choose a cat shampoo that will be suitable for your cat.