Types Of Cat Shampoo
As you have read above, there are largely three forms:
This is an ordinary shampoo, as you would use on human hair. You wet the cat, add a bit of water to the shampoo and then rub the shampoo onto the fur, working into a lather or foam. This then needs to be rinsed
For cats who will not go within a mile of water, or perhaps if your cat just needs spot cleaning (such as after the application of topical medication or if they are too old/young to fully clean themselves). It usually comes as a foam or cream, doesn’t need to be rinsed off, needs no water to be applied and generally just dries without towelling
A 2-in-1. Cat fur usually doesn’t need conditioning as it contains the correct balance of oils and minerals, but if your cat has long fur or it is quite dull, conditioning treatments may help keep knots at bay or provide some shine
The best for you will depend on how your cat is at bathtimes, as well as if your cat has any skin conditions, particular needs or how dirty they get.
How To Choose The Right Cat Shampoo
You must always consider any skin conditions and the type of fur first. Longer hair which easily becomes matted will need an oilier, softer shampoo, but short-haired cats may need something which is suitable for sensitive skin as it is more likely to come into contact with this.
Check with a vet if your cat has any particular issues, such as dry skin or allergies. It is best to stick with natural formulations, but if you do need chemicals (to get rid of fleas for instance), then keep everything paraben, sulphate and dye-free.
If you need specialist shampoo, your vet will often recommend the best form. Always check online for the price though – it’ll likely be cheaper than they offer it.
How To Bathe A Cat
It can be a difficult job, so it is always best to have some help to comfort the cat and also prevent injury to both parties.
Have a towel to hand for drying, a gentle cloth and cotton wool for cleaning around eyes and ears, and ensure the method of rinsing is appropriate. You could use a jug, spray bottle or even just your hands, but never soak your cat.
A hairdryer or dedicated pet dryer could help if your cat has long hair or doesn’t like to be physically dried, but don’t use if it makes them nervous or the dryer gets very hot.
- Fill the sink or bath with a small amount of water, around 10cm, and ensure it is lukewarm
- Gently lower the cat, and wet from shoulders to tail
- Apply a small amount of shampoo to your palm, mix with some water and then slowly apply to the cat in small doses
- Lather or ensure an even coating, and then rinse thoroughly
- Use a slightly damp washcloth to wipe the face, avoiding ears and eyes, then dry cotton wool for the ears. Never insert anything into the ears
- Lightly towel dry the cat before removing from the water and placing on a large towel. Try to remove as much surface water as possible. Blow-dry for a closer result if the cat will allow it