Most people think that nothing beats a lazy soak in the bath, but cats don’t share this sentiment!
Cats generally do not like water and most of them keep themselves fastidiously clean throughout the day and do not need a bath.
Should your cat have got themselves into a dirty mess, you may well need to give them a bath and you could be thinking
Can I use Dove soap on my cat?
In this article you’ll discover
- Is soap toxic to cats?
- What you can wash your cat with
- What you could use instead of cat shampoo in an emergency
- Do you need to give your cat a bath
We got lots to cover and I’m sure you’ll find this interesting!
Let’s get started!
The first thing we need to look at is soap
Is it actually toxic to cats?
Is it safe to use?
Let’s find out..
Is Soap Toxic To Cats?
Most kinds of soap are toxic to cats because they have been designed for cleaning human skin rather than cats’.
Soap can strip the natural oils from your cat’s skin and these are important as they both nourish and protect the skin.
If their skin gets dry, cats can suffer from flaky, irritated skin.
Human soap containing essential oils is particularly toxic to cats and can cause breathing difficulties.
Interestingly, dog shampoo is also equally unsuitable for your kitty
In the case of an emergency when you need to clean your cat quickly, you can use Dove soap, baby soap or any other soap that is gentle and non-perfumed.
These soaps are more neutral or have an alkaline pH which is better-suited to your cat’s skin, but these are still not ideal.
This should be only used as a very last resort!
Ideally, you should ask a vet before applying anything on your cat that is meant to be used for humans
Invest In Proper Cat Shampoo
If you find that your cat is regularly managing to get himself in a mess, it is well worth investing in some proper cat shampoo to have at the ready!
The ideal and safest type of soap to use on your cat is one that has been specially designed for cats.
The special formulation will have the correct pH balance for your cat’s skin to ensure that it is not dried or damaged.
These products are available either as a conditioning shampoo or as a bar of soap.
If your cat is suffering with fleas, you can buy a special cat shampoo that will help you get rid of the fleas.
These shampoos contain insecticides and are quite strong, so should not be used on kittens, pregnant cats or nursing cats.
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What Else Can You Wash Cats With?
If your cat really does not enjoy being washed with water, your local pet shop will have a couple of great alternatives – pre- moistened cat wipes, which are like baby wipes for felines and water-free shampoo which is a feline version of a dry shampoo.
You simply sprinkle this on your cat’s coat, leave it for a few minutes and then gently brush or comb it out – the biggest challenge is keeping your cat in one place to do this successfully!
What To Use Instead Of Cat Shampoo In An Emergency
If you need to give your cat a bath but don’t have cat shampoo/ soap, the next best alternative is baby shampoo.
If you have a gentle liquid hand wash soap for your family, you can mix this with some glycerine to minimize its drying effects on your cat’s skin.
Make Your Own Emergency Cat Shampoo
If you have time, you can make this cat shampoo to use on your kitty
- 1 teacup of washing up liquid
- 1 teacup of apple cider vinegar
- 4 cups of warm water
- 5-6 drops of Catnip oil
Gently mix all these ingredients well and use to gently shampoo your furbaby – hopefully the catnip will help them to keep calm throughout the procedure!
A question that a cat parent may be thinking is
Do cats need to have a bath?
I mean they do spend 30% of their lifetime cleaning themselves!
So let’s find out if you need to give your little kitty a bath
Do I Need To Give My Cat a Bath?
Technically, cats keep themselves remarkably clean, but sometimes if they are long-haired their coat can become matted or pelted.
In this situation.
Washing their hair with a good conditioning cat shampoo can make a big difference.
It is best to only do this every 4-6 weeks.
When you have washed your cat, towel dry them quickly and do not let them outside until they are completely dry.
If your cat allows it, use a warm hairdryer to help dry their hair.
Hopefully, you will not need to give your cat a bath very often.
In the case of emergency, Dove soap, baby shampoo and other products can be used, but far better to have a bottle of cat shampoo in store…just in case….
Using dove soap on your cat is not ideal and is not recommended
You should only use cat shampoo that is specifically designed to be used on cats
Yes, you could use dove but I would strongly recommend against using it
Anyways, your cat is very clean as they spend 30% of their lifetime cleaning themselves
If for some reason your cat needs a bath then use cat shampoo
Before using any product that is not for cats then do talk to your vet and seek their advice
Let’s hope you don’t have to give your cat a bath because it can be nightmare
I remember when my Tigger got all dirty in the garden so I had no choice but to bathe him
Me and my brother did it and boy it was hard!
But we got there in the end!