Do you hear that? It’s the sound of thousands of people running and hiding at the thought of giving a cat a bath. I’m one of them. Of all the cats I’ve ever lived with, Sparrow is by far the most un-cat-like – but he’s still a cat. He’s independent and sassy and fastidiously clean…until he’s not. Sometimes, my cat stinks. Being the special needs problem child that he is, Sparrow demands the highest quality of everything. Armed with nothing but the best shampoo for cats and a steely resolve, I’m going to make this kitty smell of…nothing.
At a Glance
- What: Dr Mercola Organic Cat Wash
- Who: Dr Karen Becker – a proactive and integrative wellness vet with over 20 years experience
- Price: Variable, depending on where you buy. Best Price: Amazon
- Does Sparrow Approve?: Apart from the whole bath bit, yes. I approve, too.
Who Are These Doctors?
You’ve probably heard of Dr Mercola, a proponent of alternative medicine and natural cures. He’s an osteopathic physician and internet entrepreneur who markets a range of controversial wellness supplements and devices through his website mercola.com.
Dr Karen Becker is Mercola’s resident vet. She speaks at seminars and has been named one of Chicago’s Top Ten Vets, according to Chicago Magazine and has qualifications in veterinary medicine, homeopathy and acupuncture. Dr Becker’s main schtick is creating wellness and preventing illness in pets by removing health obstacles through proper nutrition and care before these obstacles become disasters. This proactive approach seeks to improve the lives of pets and bring peace of mind to their owners.
How do You Bathe a Cat?
Carefully. You need to know what you’re doing and be well prepared before you introduce kitty to the water. It’s not as daunting as you might think, provided you have a plan and get everything in place first. It’s best to have an extra pair of hands to help keep the wet little beast under control and provide moral support to both your cat and you. I highly recommend trimming your cat’s claws and giving him a flower essence or something similar to keep him calm – for your sake as well as kitty’s!
What is The Best Cat Shampoo?
Despite their razor sharp weapons and tough-guy attitudes, cats are rather delicate creatures. Their skin has a unique pH, they don’t like fragrances and their systems can’t handle chemicals, additives and dyes. Even special pet shampoos can cause irritations, especially those that contain synthetic chemicals. These generic shampoos often include ingredients that are toxic to cats and when you apply them directly onto kitty’s largest organ (his skin) these nasties are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Not good.
It’s important to choose a natural cat shampoo that is made from organic ingredients, is fragrance-free and contains no synthetic chemicals, additives or dyes. It must be very gentle and designed specifically for use on cats, to maintain the pH of their skin and the quality of their coat.
What’s in Organic Cat Wash?
Not only do the natural ingredients in Organic Cat Wash clean your stinky kitty, they also enrich the skin and hair with beautifying nourishment – perfect for your cat’s natural tendencies towards vanity.
- Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice – for the soothing nourishment of your cat’s skin, this contains 34 amino acids plus iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, zinc, chromium, magnesium, copper and manganese, plus vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, folic acid and niacin. All good things.
- Organic Coconut Oil – helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and refresh the skin.
- Organic Sunflower Seed Oil – provides vitamins A, D and E, oleic acid, lecithin and unsaturated fatty acid to improve dry or weathered skin.
- Organic Sesame Seed Oil – rich in vitamin E, B complex, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, this is an exceptional moisturiser for a silky coat.
- Organic Shea Nut Butter – a gentle skin condition cream providing valuable vitamins, minerals and proteins.
- Organic Jasmine Flower Extract – rich in antioxidants and important compounds to help protect the skin and balance moisture.
- Organic Marshmallow Root Extract – soothes the skin and promotes soft, healthy hair. It even helps to detangle long haired cats.
What’s Good About it?
Dr Mercola Organic Cat Wash contains absolutely no nasty chemicals, no fragrances or dyes. It’s gentle enough to use every day (if you have to) and provides nutrients and antioxidants to the skin. It’s light and rinses away easily, leaving no residue behind. I’ve used this a couple of times on Sparrow and he’s come out of his bath noticeably softer and shinier – it didn’t do anything for his attitude towards the bath, but I guess that’s too much to ask. This stuff is beautifully mild and won’t strip away the natural oils in kitty’s skin and hair.
Apart from bathing a cat in the first place? In my opinion, there’s nothing questionable about this product. I guess some people might question whether it’s actually necessary to put so much thought and research into developing an organic cat shampoo like this one – cats of the world would say YES (if they could speak English).
Sparrow Shirley Approve?
I’m going to leave Sparrow’s opinion out of this because for the first time in his little life he’s a typical cat here – he hates baths and would never approve of this. I, on the other hand, approve wholeheartedly. It’s wonderful to find a product that has been put together with such care and designed specifically to make kitty bath times a safe and enriching experience. Your cat might hate it, but at least his skin and hair will benefit from the high-quality ingredients – and when he’s done being mad at you for giving him a bath, he may even thank you for it.
How do you go with bathing your cat, can you do it without bloodshed? Have you tried this shampoo? Head to the comments and let us know!