Expert Advice on Dry Shampoo for Cats, Plus 8 Options to Try
Is bath time an utter cat-astrophe for you and your feline friend? If the mere thought of getting your cat to somehow enjoy bath time seems wildly impossible, we've got some good news: there's such a thing as dry shampoo for cats!
For a stress-free way (for you and your cat) to make sure your curious kitty stays fresh and clean, dry shampoo can be an easy option. Before you start sharing your own bottle of dry shampoo with your feline bestie, read on for tips, tricks, and veterinarian advice on using it for your cat.
8 Dry Shampoos for Cats Who Seriously Hate Baths
1 Vet's Best Waterless Cat Bath
2 Burt's Bees Cat Waterless Shampoo Spray, Apple & Honey
3 TropiClean Waterless Shampoo for Pets
4 Purina Pro Plan LIVECLEAR Rinse-Free Allergen Reducing Cat Shampoo
5 John Paul Oatmeal Waterless Foam
6 Begley's Natural No Rinse Waterless Pet Shampoo
7 Earthbath Hypo-Allergenic Cat Grooming Foam - Fragrance Free
8 Pet Head Cat Grooming Foam
Is Dry Shampoo Good for Cats?
While dry shampoo might seem like the best solution to the whole bathing your cat who hates water issue, you might be wondering if it has any health side effects to worry about first.
"Dry shampoo is great for cats," says Sara Ochoa, DVM at Senior Tail Waggers and Whitehouse Veterinary Hospital in Whitehouse, Texas. "Most cats do not like to get wet. Using dry or waterless shampoo is great at helping clean your cat without having to give them a bath." However, there are instances where this product may not be the best option, Ochoa says.
"If your cat is very dirty, they will need a bath," she says. "Dry shampoo is really only good for spot cleaning or making your cat's fur look nice and clean. Cats are very clean animals and are constantly grooming themselves. Many times, cats do not need a bath because they will clean themselves up if they are dirty."
A downside of using dry shampoo, Ochoa adds, is that cats may try to lick it off. It's important to only use grooming products specifically formulated for cats. Do not use dry shampoo made for other pets unless it's stated to be safe for all pets—and never use the human version on pets.
If your cat has oily hair, matting, or seems consistently dirty, dry shampoo might not be the trick.
"They [cats] should maintain their coats in a clean manner by themselves through grooming," Jamie Whittenburg, DVM at Senior Tail Waggers, says. "If a cat is overly greasy, matted, or dirty, it's likely they have a medical condition that needs to be addressed."
If you recognize these signs in your own kitty, check with your veterinarian to determine whether your cat has a skin condition.
How to Use Dry Shampoo for Cats
We humans know when our hair needs a little de-greasing. But it's a bit trickier with cats. So, how do you use dry shampoo on cats? And how often should you use it?
"It is best to spray a little dry shampoo on a towel and rub on your cat. I would do this only about once a week," Ochoa says. "I would not try to soak your cat with dry shampoo. It is not meant to fully replace a bath if your cat was covered with mud."