Not surprisingly, the majority of humans owned by cats wouldn’t dream of giving kitty a bath.
After all, cat lovers respect the fact that most felines despise water. And many owners assume their fastidious groomer is perfectly capable of handling his own hair care needs.
Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.
The extent to which your cat can adequately groom herself depends on many things – her health status, lifestyle, and age, as well as the type and texture of her coat.
Despite their natural tendency to groom themselves, some kitties just don’t have the best personal hygiene.
As your cat goes through life, there’s a very good chance she or he will need a bath, and most likely more than one. I want to make sure you’re prepared.
And I want to help make the experience as stress free and healthy as possible.
Why Your Kitty Might Need a Bath
You may be surprised to discover there’s a long list of reasons to give your cat a bath.
One important reason is when a family member is allergic to cat dander or saliva. Bathing your cat regularly can sometimes mean the difference between keeping your beloved pet and giving her up for adoption.
Here are some other situations where your cat might need a bath:
- She has long hair and spends time outdoors
- He becomes so overweight he can't reach the back half of his body, including the perineal area
- She loses interest in grooming herself as she grows older, especially if she experiences age-related cognitive decline, or kitty dementia
- She’s prone to dermatitis, skin infections, sores, scabs, or hotspots
- He has seborrhea, or excessively oily skin
- She develops fecal or urinary incontinence with advancing age
- He is paralyzed or has a medical condition requiring special care
- She develops a greasy or sticky feeling coat
- He gets into something sticky or stinky
Maybe you haven’t yet needed to give your cat a bath. But as you can imagine, with a curious feline, that situation can change in a heartbeat. It’s far better to be prepared (both mentally and physically) than to be caught off guard.
If you’re a new kitten owner, I encourage you to introduce your pet to a bath while he’s young. Once a cat reaches adulthood, a first bath becomes a much trickier endeavor.
6 Things to Never, Ever Do When Giving
Your Cat a Bath
Before I go over the basics of giving a cat a bath, there are a few common mistakes I’d like to point out so you can avoid them. They can short-circuit your success in a flash.
- Don’t bathe your cat when he’s in a frisky mood. Schedule it for a time when he’s more likely to be mellow. Diffuse his excess energy with a vigorous play session first.
- Don’t go into battle against a full set of sharp claws. You won’t win, I promise. Trim your kitty’s claws before getting started.
- Don’t go it alone (if at all possible). Even the most docile of kitties can become frightened and react forcefully when bathed. You never know how he’s going to respond.
- Don’t start until you are 100 percent prepared. Have everything you need at hand, the water adjusted to the perfect lukewarm temperature, and a mat or wet towel to make your sink slip-free. You won’t get a second chance!
- Don’t skip the brushing. Especially if you have a longhaired cat, a thorough brushing removes dirt, other particles, and tangles. Be sure to remove any mats, as matted fur can trap soap residues next to the skin and cause itchiness and flakiness.
- Don’t use a human or dog shampoo on your cat. Your cat’s skin has its own unique pH that’s different from yours (and your dog’s). In addition, dog shampoos may have ingredients that aren’t appropriate for kitties.
Okay, now you know what not to do. Let’s go through the steps to a successful bath!
Take a Deep Breath… It’s Time to Get Started with the Bath!
The key to success is to make your cat’s bath experience as gentle as possible. Talking to your kitty in soothing tones throughout the entire process helps!
You want to get your cat into the tub, bathed, and back out as quickly as possible to decrease her stress level.
If you’re concerned about your kitty’s reaction, I recommend using a flower essence blend, such as Rescue Remedy, to help reduce her anxiety.
You can give it orally, but I like to apply it topically by rubbing a few drops on the inside of the tips of the ears.
To do the washing, I suggest you use your kitchen sink, which is a lot easier on your back than bending over a bathtub. Use a cup for water, or the hand spray, only if it doesn’t frighten your cat.
Start by wetting your kitty’s coat with water, avoiding her head. Gently massage the shampoo through her coat. If your cat has thick or long hair, diluting the shampoo with water first will help get it down into the fur. Bathe her bottom, feet, belly, and tail, but never her head. Use a moist sponge to clean her face.
Now, it’s time to rinse. It’s important to get all the shampoo out of your cat’s coat. Any residue left behind can irritate her skin. Thoroughly rinse her belly, the underside of her neck, armpits, and under the tail.
Lastly, wring off any excess water, wrap your cat in a thick towel, and remove her from the tub. It’s important to dry her thoroughly in a warm room using several changes of dry towels. Hold and cuddle her until she’s completely dry!
A final word… Don’t despair if your first bathing experience isn’t what you hoped for. With a little practice, your cat will soon learn to tolerate regular baths, and you'll be thrilled with your newly clean, fluffy soft pet!
What You Need to Know Before Reaching for the Cat Shampoo…
Whether your cat is a tomcat or the self-appointed queen of felines, one fact remains: cats are different from both dogs and humans when it comes to their skin and hair needs.
Not only does their skin have a unique pH, they don’t like scented products. And their bodies can’t handle additives, sulphates, and dyes.
Exercise care when using a “pet” shampoo on your cat. Be sure to check the label for synthetic chemicals called pyrethroids – specifically, D-trans Allethrin or Resmethrin. Pyrethroids can be very toxic to cats.
And just because a shampoo says it’s for cats, don’t assume it’s much safer. Following is just a partial list of ingredients found in one top selling cat shampoo, along with the Environmental Working Group’s toxicity concern levels:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate – A surfactant derived from lauryl alcohol that may be contaminated with toxic impurities like 1,4-dioxane. Has HIGH concerns for irritation to skin, eyes, or lungs and moderate concerns for organ system toxicity
- Cocamide DEA – A chemically modified form of coconut oil that’s a known allergen. Has HIGH concerns for contamination and moderate concerns for organ system toxicity
- PEG-40 Lanolin – A polyethylene glycol derivative of Lanolin with HIGH contamination concerns
- DMDM Hydantoin – A formaldehyde releaser with HIGH chemical release and skin, eyes, or lungs irritation concerns
- Diazolidinyl Urea – Another formaldehyde releaser that may be derived from animals with HIGH chemical release and allergy concerns
- Fragrance – Moderate concerns for skin, eyes, or lungs irritation
- Yellow 5 dye
Would you really want to lather any of those on your cat’s skin? I don’t think so…
Ideally, you want a shampoo that’s organic, unscented, and free of toxic chemicals, dyes, and additives. It must be very gentle and mild, and designed specifically for a cat’s pH. I prefer a shampoo that is coconut oil-based.
Organic Cat Wash – Gently Formulated for the
Most Sensitive of Felines
Frankly, there aren’t many shampoos out there that meet my standards for a safe and effective cat shampoo. That’s why I created Organic Cat Wash.
My Organic Cat Wash is so gentle it can be used daily for cats who can’t – or won’t – groom themselves adequately. It’s unscented, free of any risky additives and chemicals, won’t strip your cat’s natural oils, and leaves no residue behind.
Here’s what you’ll find in Organic Cat Wash:
Does Your Cat Have Flaky, Itchy Skin? It Could Be This…
I have found a deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids to be the number one cause of excessively flaky skin in pets.
Omega-3 fatty acids are very sensitive to heat and light, so the processing of commercial foods typically renders them useless to your cat’s body. Even a homemade raw diet can run low in omega-3s.
For an easy fix, try adding extra omega-3s to your cat’s diet. My favorite source of omega-3s for kitties is krill oil.
- Aloe barbadensis Aloe Vera Leaf Juice*
- Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil*
- Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*
- Sesamum indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*
- Cyamopsis tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum*
- Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Nut Butter*
- Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Milk*
- Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
- Jasminum officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract*
- Althea officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract*
*Certified Organic Ingredients
A very different type of list, wouldn’t you agree?
These Certified Organic Ingredients Do More Than
Just Get Your Cat Sparkly Clean
Why did I select these specific ingredients for my Organic Cat Wash?
Washing your cat provides the ideal opportunity to enrich her skin and hair with extra nourishment.
After all, your cat can’t apply moisturizer to her skin at night and conditioners to her hair like you can!
And please remember… your cat’s skin is her largest organ (as is yours), so what you put on it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream.
With my Organic Cat Wash, you won’t mind massaging these certified organic, nourishing ingredients deep down into her skin:
- Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice – A soothing nutritional powerhouse that contains more than 130 compounds and 34 amino acids. Provides iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, zinc, chromium, magnesium, copper, and manganese, plus vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, folic acid, and niacin.
- Organic Coconut Oil – Rejuvenates skin and helps exfoliate dead skin cells.
- Organic Sunflower Seed Oil – Improves the appearance of dry and weathered-looking skin. Provides vitamins A, D, and E, plus oleic acid, as well as lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids.
- Organic Sesame Seed Oil – An outstanding moisturizer for a luxurious coat that’s rich in vitamin E, B complex, and the minerals calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus
- Organic Shea Nut Butter – A valuable skin conditioning cream that provides vitamins A, E, and F, along with minerals, proteins, and a unique health-promoting fatty acid profile.
- Organic Jasmine Flower Extract – Rich in flavonoid antioxidants and important compounds for helping to protect the skin, as well as to help balance the skin’s moisture.
- Organic Marshmallow Root Extract – High in plant proteins for promoting healthy hair growth and shine while it soothes the skin. Softens hair and encourages detangling.
My Organic Cat Wash Meets All My Standards with
Flying Colors – How About Yours?
Let’s review why my Organic Cat Wash is the ideal shampoo for your cat:
- Gentle enough for daily use
- Coconut oil-based so it’s naturally mild and nourishing
- Promotes healthy hair growth and shine
- Won’t strip away natural oils
- Balanced for your cat’s delicate pH
- Provides soothing and rejuvenating care for delicate skin
- Softens hair and encourages detangling
- Helps balance skin moisture
- Provides antioxidants and nutrients to the skin
- Unscented for the fussiest of felines
- Contains no hazardous ingredients, fragrances, or dyes
- Leaves behind no residues
And once you see what it can do for your cat’s healthy appearance, you’ll be more than convinced!
Give Organic Cat Wash a Try, Risk Free!
I know you’re going to appreciate my Organic Cat Wash as much as I do for my own cats.
I’d like you to try it risk-free. Use it for 60 days and if it doesn’t meet your standards, simply return it for store credit (minus shipping – please see full return policy details below).
Why take a chance with potentially risky ingredients when you now have a certified organic option that contains no hazardous chemicals, dyes, perfumes, or additives?
For the well-being of your cat, it only makes sense to go organic. Order your Organic Cat Wash today!
Q: If the Organic Cat Wash is unscented, why does it contain Jasmine Flower Extract?
A: Jasmine Flower Extract has been added to the Organic Cat Wash for its skin-protecting and nourishing properties. The minimal amount of extract used does not add any fragrance to the product.
Q: Is it really mild enough to use daily? My cat needs frequent bathing.
A: Yes! We designed Organic Cat Wash to be mild and gentle enough for daily use because there are so few options available for those cats that require frequent bathing. The richly moisturizing ingredients won’t strip away your cat’s natural oils and dry out the skin.
Keep in mind you may not need to do full body baths each time you bathe your cat. You can target certain areas while skipping other unaffected regions of the body.
Q: Isn’t baby shampoo safe for use on kitties?
A: No, baby shampoo is designed for humans, not cats. Cats have a different skin pH, so if you use a human or dog shampoo on your cat, you may upset her skin’s delicate pH and moisture balance.
Also, ingredients that may be perfectly safe for humans, or dogs, may not be suitable for your cat.
Q: I’ve never given my cat a bath. Why start now? He seems to do a perfectly good job of cleaning himself.
A: Does your cat ever go outside? If so, he may be picking up residues of lawn chemicals from neighbors’ yards or allergens during his worldly adventures. And when he comes home and starts bathing himself, he ingests all those substances.
Even if your cat never steps foot outdoors, he has plenty of opportunities to come in contact with toxic substances inside your home. When you come home, you track in substances on your clothes and shoes that you’ve picked up during the day. Plus, today many homes are teeming with chemicals from cleaning supplies, upholstery, and carpeting.