Bathing your cat is an integral part of cat ownership, if you’re lucky enough to own a Persian cat then this becomes even more important.
Long-haired cats like the Persian do require more maintenance in order to keep their fur in good condition.
I recently did a post about bathing your Persian cat and why it’s important. The ideal grooming and bathing routine does require you to use a specific cat shampoo. However, choosing the best cat shampoo can be a tricky task with so many different brands out there all claiming to be the best on the market.
In this post, we will look at the best cat shampoos for your furry friend.
Can You Use Human Shampoo On Cats?
Human shampoo isn’t toxic after all we use it on our precious hair but it isn’t ideal for cats, often it will be too strong and can affect a cats skin which results in flakiness.
Human skin is more acidic and has a different pH balance to a cats skin which is quite sensitive. By using human shampoo you will essentially remove the oil from the skin and fur which can causes rashes and irritate the skin.
Oatmeal Shampoo For Cats
When looking for a good quality cat shampoo it’s important to find products that are made from natural ingredients because these are normally the most cat-friendly. I’ve used oatmeal shampoos on my cats and I’ve found these to be really good. They are powerful enough to clean your cat’s fur but kind on their skin and fur.
Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo
As the name suggests Earthbath all natural pet shampoo is made from natural ingredients and contains oatmeal and Aloe Vera.
The whole purpose of this product is to clean your cat’s fur and skin and moisturise with 3% oatmeal and Aloe Vera.
If your cat has itchy flaky skin this product is ideal for soothing and healing the skin and helps detangle your cat’s fur.
This shampoo is completely soap free.
This is one of my favourite cat or kitten shampoos, its vanilla and almond scent leaves your cat smelling and feeling brilliant.
Just to note this isn’t a flea shampoo it’s solely used to clean your cat.
Earthbath conditioner can be used with this shampoo to leave your Persian cat feeling extra soft.
Pro Pet Works Natural Oatmeal Pet Wash
Another popular oatmeal shampoo is the Pro Pet Works natural oatmeal pet wash. This product is made from natural products and made in the USA.
I’ve not personally used this product but looking at the reviews it’s highly rated and contains vitamin A, D, E, Aloe Vera and oatmeal which are all great pet-friendly ingredients.
Overall it looks like a good solid product that will clean and help your cats fur look bright and protect their skin.
As per the Earthbath shampoo, this isn’t designed to remove fleas, it’s designed to clean and maintain a nice healthy coat.
Best Flea Shampoo For Cats
We’ve all been there you’re stroking your furry friend and they’re purring whilst sat on your knee and suddenly your heart skips a beat. Yep, you see the dreaded fleas crawling on your cat’s fur.
Don’t panic though as they’re easily treated with a good flea shampoo.
Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor for Cats
Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo is an effective shampoo for removing the dreaded fleas and ticks.
It contains aloe, lanolin, coconut extract, and oatmeal to help remove fleas and ticks and leaves your cats skin in good condition.
Cat flea shampoos are a great at preventing flea outbreaks. If used once per month in addition to a regular cat shampoo this should keep your cat protected.
Natural Chemistry De Flea Concentrate Flea and Tick Shampoo
Natural Chemistry De Flea is a powerful tick and flea shampoo that is said to kill fleas on contact. It is said to be powerful yet gentle enough on your cat’s skin and fur.
I’ve not personally used this product but it’s reviewed quite highly and after reading some of the reviews most people said it was very effective at removing fleas and ticks.
If you’re based in the UK as I am then a good flea shampoo that I recommend and have used is the Johnsons Vet Cat Flea Shampoo, it’s good value for money and good at preventing fleas.
In addition to the above shampoos, a good flea comb is recommended and the Safari Flea Comb is a good choice if you’re based in the USA or Canada. If you’re based in the UK then I recommend the Rosewood Soft Protection Flea Comb, this is the comb I use and it’s effective.
Choosing the right cat shampoo that keeps your cat’s fur and skin clean is an important aspect of cat ownership. Realistically there are two kinds of shampoos that you need a regular shampoo that you clean your cat with (ideally an oatmeal shampoo) and a flea shampoo.
If you use these two shampoos in sync on a regular basis then your cat should have health and fresh fur and skin. Your choice of shampoo will ultimately come down to your location in the world as some of the shampoos listed above aren’t available outside the USA and Europe.
As mentioned above it’s important not to use human shampoos on cats as this will cause more harm than good.
Before using any cat shampoo I would always recommend speaking to your vet and asking what they recommend but do bear in mind that products bought from vets are often quite expensive and can usually be bought online cheaper.
To give you an idea of my routine of cleaning our cats I would say we use flea shampoo every 6 weeks or so and bath them every 2-3 weeks. If you use the flea shampoo every second wash then this should ensure your cats are flea and tick free.
If your cats go outdoors you may need to wash them a little more but both of my cats are indoor cats. Milo my Persian cat has only had fleas once and coincidentally this was after a visit to the vet and he’s never had them since but I still wash him with the fleas shampoo as it’s a good preventative measure and does no harm.
I always dry my cats with a pet dryer which makes the process slightly easier.