In this blog, we'll discuss how to select a cat shampoo based on your cat's skin condition. We'll also provide tips for keeping your kitty's skin healthy and without shampoo related problems. With so many different types of cat shampoos on the market, how do you know which one to choose? So, let’s get started!
Cats are prone to several skin problems, from allergies to infections. And while there are many shampoos on the market, finding the right one for your cat's particular skin and coat issues can be challenging. Here are some of the most common cat skin problems and the best shampoo ingredients to treat them.
If your cat has dry skin, you'll want to use shampoo to hydrate and replenish its coat. We recommend trying one chock full of antibacterials, anti-inflammatories, vitamines C, B & E, and conditioners. Look for shampoos that are good hydrators and moisturizers. Experts say the leading cause of dry skin is the shampoo used to clean the cat. Remember, your cat's skin is its largest organ. It's the barrier for keeping out bacteria, fungus and disease. Dry skin means your cat is suffering from skin damage, which in most cases may be fixed simply by changing shampoo. PawPurity's Intensive Nourishing Shampoo has been known to reduce significantly and, in most cases, actually eliminate dry skin.
Dander is a common problem in cats, especially those with dry skin. If your cat is dealing with dander, try using a totally natural shampoo to help clear it up. Also, search for anti-bacterial, antifungal and humectants (hydrating) ingredients in a shampoo, as this helps eliminate this particular skin issue. Look for a shampoo that conditions and keeps the moisture in. Also, make sure the ph level is correct.
If your cat has itchiness or inflammation, it can easily be caused by allergies. You'll want to find a calming shampoo to help soothe its skin. You would have to look for shampoos that contain components such as like yucca root, chamomile and aloe vera. Nettle is another great ingredient for soothing and healing, as it contains Quercetin. Quercetin is a flavonoid, which can inhibit IgE-induced histamine release, which brings us to the possibility of your cat having allergies.
If your cat is allergic to something in its environment, it may develop itchy, red skin. A hypoallergenic shampoo can help to soothe its skin and relieve the itchiness. Red clover reduces inflammation and promotes healing. Eczema, psoriasis and rashes respond positively to it's healing and soothing qualities. So can using a shampoo that is void of sulfates, parabens, DEA, SLS and other harsh chemicals. If possible, avoid chemical-based shampoos at all costs.
Skin infections are common in cats, especially those with long fur. Look for a shampoo with antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Olive oil has excellent anti-inflammatory agents, yucca root is a wonderful natural conditioner that helps prevent dander, aloe vera is a antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory and calendula is a powerful antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. There are many ingredients in natural cat shampoos that can prevent or eliminate skin infections in cats, so it's important to read the labels on any cleanser you are considering to make sure they do more than just clean.
Shedding is a natural process for all cats, but some shed more than others. In healthy cats, shedding is the natural process that allows your cat to rid itself of old, unneeded and/or damaged fur. Most cats experience one to two hair growth cycles yearly. This means they will shed all their hair at some point. Indoor cats have bouts of intense shedding near the warmer months to better regulate their body's temperature. In particular, spring and summer are when cats shed the most. However, they also tend to shed consistently throughout the entire year. This level of shedding is normal so don't be alarmed. There are many ingredients that can help with your cat shedding due to damaged fur. Lemongrass in your cat's shampoo is a rich source of iron, the deficiency of which causes hair and fur loss. Horsetail is another favored ingredient because it has high mineral levels including silica and other nutrients such as potassium, manganese and selenium. It is an excellent hair strengthener and encourages hair growth. It's perfect for a weak, brittle or damaged coat, which tend to create even more shedding than what's caused by normal changing of the seasons.
If you have a cat, you know it must be bathed occasionally. But did you know there is a big difference between human and cat shampoo? Using human shampoo on your cat can be harmful. So how do you choose the best shampoo?
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Here are some potentially harmful ingredients found in some cat shampoos and the effects they can have on your cat.
When it comes to our feline friends, we want them to be happy and healthy, and part of that is keeping their fur clean and free of any build-up. But many people don't realize that the shampoo you use on your cat can make a big difference in their overall health beyond the skin and coat.
You see, cats have a delicate pH balance, and using the wrong shampoo can throw that off. That's why it's so important to use a shampoo specifically developed for use by cats that won't strip away their natural oils or upset their pH balance. The pH of cat shampoos also matters because it can affect how well the shampoo cleans your cat's fur and skin. For example, a shampoo that has an excessively high or low PH level, won't bode well with your cat's natural makeup, and can affect how well your baby's skin barrier functions and how easily it absorbs moisture.
Your cat's grooming habits are one of the many things that make them unique. But how often should you bathe your cat? Here are a few things to consider when deciding how often to bath your cat:
In most instances, the answer is no. The reason is, dog shampoos may contain ingredients that don't bode well with your cat's ph levels or can irritate your cat's skin.
With hundreds of cat shampoos on the market there is no reason to use a dog only shampoo. Some of these shampoos may be highly toxic to your kitty and others simply just are not healthy for a cat’s skin and fur. An article written by The Humane Society of the United States suggests that:
“When bathing pets, use only shampoos formulated for the particular species and follow the directions. Do not assume shampoos for dogs are appropriate for cats, unless the label specifies both species.
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