A popular reason for owning a cat is that they really don’t need a lot of bathing. However, there can be times when a bath can be a bit of an emergency treatment. For instance, if you think that your cat smells a little weird or somehow managed to get dirt all over its fur. You can’t also simply rule out the possibility of fleas and other similar parasites.
However, sometimes the biggest obstacle to giving this type of treatment is not the tools or getting your cat in the water.
It’s the cost of the shampoo you’ll need.
Cat shampoo is specially formulated for them and for good reasons. This can sometimes lead to the assumption that you’ll have to dig a little deep into your pocket to buy them. The cheapest ones go for about three to four dollars but the best ones can reach as high as eight!
How do you determine the best kind of shampoo for your cat without putting a hole in your wallet? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
#1: Whatever cats have in their hair, they’ll soon have it in their stomach.
Cats lick themselves clean and their entire body is designed to specifically combat bacteria that enters their digestive system because of this. That is why whatever is in the shampoo, you have to be sure that it is not something you want in your cat’s stomach.
Take time to read the list of ingredients and be wary if the names of the ingredients are becoming a little too obscure. If you can, take a little note of it might smell too.
#2: Your main purpose for the shampoo.
Different shampoos have different purposes. There’s shampoos for taking care of fleas. There are shampoos for moisturizing dry skin.
Focus on the one that treats the condition your cat is likely be in. This is also where it might be helpful to know about your cats habits and how it eventually find itself in need of a bath. Having a firm idea on what you will be using the shampoo for is a good way to avoid spending on types you won’t always need.
#3: Keep a short list of major chemicals to avoid.
It is also good to keep an actual list on hand so that you will have a reference. Make a note to consult your vet as well. Things like sulfates, dyes and parabens should be avoided like the plague.
On the other hand, some shampoos might also mislead you with a ‘natural’ label but still contain natural components that are harmful to cats (such as those from plants like aloe).
Whether a shampoo is too expensive or too cheap, price is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding the one most suitable for your pet. Don’t settle for something that doesn’t align with your main purpose for bathing but neither should you be complacent just because a brand costs just a little bit more.
And of course, remember that bathing a cat isn’t supposed to be a frequent thing to begin with. Buying the right shampoo should be also be about making sure you won’t be buying it a lot!
Keep these basics in mind and pick the shampoo treatment that is friendly for both your budget as well as your feline!