Make Your Own Cat Shampoo

A cat may seem like the cleanest of all possible pets because they spend so much of the day grooming themselves. However, that does not mean they don't occasionally need some help. Events might leave them particularly dirty, or infested with fleas or other bugs. On those occasions, the only choice might be to give your cat a bath. Unfortunately, human shampoos are not good for your pet, and specialized blends are expensive. Why not try making your own cat shampoo? Below are three simple recipes that will clean your cat's fur and not your wallet.

Method 1 – Dry Cat Shampoo

One option to clean your cat, which won't include the nightmare of getting your cat wet, is a dry shampoo. The grains of a dry shampoo will absorb oils and collect dirt and dust in your cat's fur. Then the whole mess can be rubbed and brushed out.

Begin by placing a selection of oatmeal, bran or corn meal on a baking sheet. Place the material in an oven set on low, until it's warm to the touch. Once it's warm, get your cat. Place your cat in a room you can clean up later, or on a bath sheet to catch the shampoo and dust. Rub the warm oatmeal, bran or corn meal into your cat's fur all the way to the skin. Use a towel or bath sheet to help with this. Follow this with a good brushing to work the dirt and shampoo back out of your cat's fur. If any shampoo is left, it won't harm your cat the next time it cleans itself.

Method 2 - Wet Shampoo Option 1

If a dry shampoo isn't enough to get your cat clean, the only option is a full blown bath. A simple wet shampoo recipe combines all natural dish soap with organic apple cider vinegar, glycerin and water.

Mix 1 cup of natural dish soap with 1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar. Add 1/3 cup of glycerin to the mix. Thin the mixture with 1 quart of filtered water. Place the mixture in a bottle and it's ready to use on your cat. Just apply and rub to lather.

Method 3 – Wet Shampoo Option 2

The previous wet shampoo recipe requires a natural dish soap, but you may prefer to go even further back to basics. Soapwort root can be used to create a soap when mixed with water.

Combine 2 teaspoons of powdered, dried soapwort root with 2 cups of boiling water. Set the mixture aside to cool and mix. This is the base of your shampoo. You can add a few drops of an essential oil, such as peppermint or lemongrass, to give your shampoo a pleasant smell. Some herbs are also known to bring shine to hair or fur. Place the mix in a bottle and when you bathe your cat, just apply and rub to a lather.

Warning: Be cautious when using essential oils. Certain types and oils that aren't diluted can harm your animal. If you are concerned about the type and amount of essential oil you want to use, contact your vet.