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How to Make Cat Shampoo at Home

How to Make Cat Shampoo at Home
If you don't want to go for store-bought shampoos but rather opt for a homemade shampoo for your darling cat, this CatAppy article will give you easy recipes for exactly that.
Rujuta Borkar
Did You Know?
Even though homemade cat shampoos list essential oils as one of its key ingredients, it is generally considered harmful for the cat, and the use of the same is discouraged.
All those hours that cats spend taking their tongues to their body for cleaning and preening does most often excuse them from having to take baths... most often. Then of course, there are times when kitty dearest waltzes in with so much muck and grease on her fur that there is no other option but to lead her into the tub. Yes, cats are known to pride themselves in keeping their fur spotlessly clean, but sometimes, just sometimes, they need a little help; and while most pet owners support the fact that bathing cats regularly is a big no-no, and understand the fact that cats absolutely abhor taking baths; sometimes, it's the only option left.
Of course, your bath must have a shampoo meant specially for the cat, and if you've ever read the ingredients on those shampoos, you will notice that most of these are laden with chemicals. Which is what brings us to the important matter at hand―homemade cat shampoo recipes. Knowing that your cat is constantly cleaning itself, leaving all those chemicals sticking to the fur is simply asking the cat to ingest them. The safest and easiest way to deal with this conundrum is to make your own shampoo using homemade products. And that is exactly what this CatAppy article will provide for you―simple and safe cat shampoo recipes that you can prepare at home.
Dry Cat Shampoo
Since we're all too aware of the fact that cats loathe the idea of being anywhere near water, there are other options that can be availed of―using a natural oatmeal shampoo for cats, for example. This is a dry shampoo, which means that the cat will not have to be anywhere near water and you'll get your job done.
1. Using Oatmeal
Things You'll Need
  • Cornmeal, ⅓ cup
  • Rolled oats, ⅓ cup
  • Unprocessed bran, ⅓ cup
  • Plastic container, microwaveable
  • Mix all the ingredients together in the container.
  • Place the container into a microwave and warm the mixture for 10 seconds, keeping the settings on low.
Instructions For Use
  • Let the powder stay for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Use the powder by rubbing it onto your cat's fur and all the way down to the skin.
  • Finally, using a wide-toothed brush, gently brush out the powder from the fur.
  • The powder will not only clean all the dirt, dust, and dander stuck to the cat's fur and skin, but will also lend the coat a great shine.
Wet Cat Shampoo
In case the cat's fur is afflicted with grease, or there is dander entangled in the coat, then it is recommended that you bathe your cat. The following shampoo recipes are recommended for itchy skin and to get rid of fleas in cats.
2. Using Apple Cider Vinegar
Things You'll Need
  • Apple cider vinegar, ⅓ cup
  • Vegetable glycerin, ⅓ cup
  • Warm water, 1 quart
  • Warm water, 1-2 buckets
  • Plastic container
  • Airtight bottle
  • Mix all these ingredients together and blend them well enough.
  • Store the extra mixture in a bottle.
Instructions For Use
  • First, wash the surface dirt and dust by pouring warm water on the cat.
  • Next, use the shampoo and rub gently and thoroughly into the cat's fur.
  • Make sure you take it all the way to the skin as well.
  • Wash off the shampoo using warm water and continue pouring the water till the fur has been thoroughly cleaned.
3. Using Mild Liquid Soap
Things You'll Need
  • Water, 4 cups
  • Vinegar, 1 cup
  • Mild liquid soap, 1 cup
  • Plastic container
  • Airtight bottle
  • Warm water, 1-2 buckets
  • Pour the water in a container and mix the liquid soap and vinegar in it.
  • Mix the ingredients well.
  • Store the excess mixture in an airtight bottle.
Instructions For Use
  • Start off by pouring warm water on the cat to get rid of the surface dirt and dust.
  • Next, use the shampoo and scrub the cat's fur gently, but thoroughly.
  • Make sure that you shampoo till the skin.
  • After you're done shampooing the cat, clean off the shampoo with water.
  • Make sure that all the shampoo residue has been scrubbed clean off the cat.
Even though the bristles on a cat's tongue act as a natural brush that clean dust, dander, and dirt from the fur and skin, it is sometimes necessary to bathe your cat as well. For times like these, these homemade shampoos made with natural ingredients will definitely come in handy.