If you still bear the scars of your cat's claws from the last time you bathed him, try giving both of you a break by using a waterless shampoo once in awhile.
Sometimes it's necessary to give your cat a thorough bath in water; for example, if your kitty gets into something very nasty, or is very dirty, or if she has bad allergies. But for general grooming and funky odors, a waterless shampoo can do the trick without either one of you freaking out.
Sometimes waterless shampoos are referred to as "dry" shampoos; "dry' usually means they don't need water to perform or to wash out. These shampoos normally contain their own moisture which is quick drying, to be toweled or air dried. You should be sure that all the ingredients are natural and not harmful to your cat if licked! In any case DO NOT USE THEM NEAR YOUR CAT'S EYES OR EARS!
I especially like waterless shampoos for older cats who tend to stop cleaning themselves as they age. Water baths are particularly shocking to an older cat and hair dryers (in the winter) are even more frightening to them.
You should brush your kitty to remove loose fur both before and after you use these shampoos. Pick a dry shampoo that has no odor or a very innocuous one; your cat will tolerate it better.
Here are five of the most popular waterless shampoos for cats. They are all formulated for sensitive skin.
This cat sure looks like he's enjoying Vet's Best No-Rinse Clean Waterless Cat Shampoo; he doesn't even appear to have his claws bearing into the sofa! As you can see, a waterless shampoo is not stressful at all for this cat.
Vet's Best is a very popular cat shampoo. Its main ingredient is neem oil, which is often used for itchy skin. Though it does contain a natural insect repellent, it will not interfere with any other treatment you use for fleas. Other ingredients are: Micronized Oatmeal, Vit. E, AloeVera, Panthenol (Vit. B-5), Allentoin (a natural skin soother), and natural fragrance. Vet's Best comes out of the canister as a foam, after you shake it up, and it smells very mild, a bit like coconut, customers say, and cats do not seem to be put off by the odor.
Dander - dead skin cells in your cat's fur - may be a source of itching for your cat as well as sniffing and sneezing for you. Brushing regularly should remove most of your cat's dander, but during some seasons, your can may produce more dander. Burt's Bees Dander Reducing Spray is effective at reducing cat dander and associated skin irritations. Its main ingredients are colloidal oat flour and aloe vera, both soothing agents for your cat used in several cat shampoos.
Customers are very satisfied with the effectiveness of the spray, stating that it not only reduces dandruff (from dander), but also makes their kitties' fur more soft and silky. One extra benefit of Burt's Bees Dander Reducing Spray is that, apparently, it also reduces the static electricity in your cat's fur! (Ouch!)
There's nothing more convenient than these Burt's Bees Dander Reducing Cat Wipes. With the same ingredients as the Burt's Bees Dander Reducing Spray (above), these wipes have a threat level of -1 (at least as far as my cat's concerned). It is also much easier to use, especially for spot cleaning. One package comes with 50 wipes but you can order a 2-pack or 6-pack of the wipes on Amazon. Customers love this product!
Bodhi Dog Waterless Shampoo for Dogs and Cats can be used on most small furry animals. As you can see above, there are no harmful ingredients in the Bodhi Dog. It comes in lavender and lemon grass scents which are reported to be very mild. You can just spray it on, rub it in, and allow it to air dry. A small amount in each area is all that is needed. You can also spray it on your cat's bed and perches for a cleaner odor.
That's "Foaming Mousse," not mice. The Vet Recommended Waterless Cat Shampoo is a relatively new product but it already has many satisfied reviewers - both critters and owners. The mousse is a fragrant strawberry; most cats don't react to the odor. Customers report their cats' fur is both cleaner and silkier after use.
Though wet and dry shampoos can provide several benefits to your cat, nothing is as healthy and cleansing as brushing her. If you are using a shampoo, wet or dry, you should brush your cat before and after the shampoo, always when the fur is dry. The Pat Your Pet Pet Grooming Glove is gentle, effective and, I find, calming to a cat.
If your cat needs a real bath, in water, check out 5 Mostly Natural Shampoos For Cats.
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