If you are one of the lucky cat owners whose kitty likes or at least tolerates baths, you’ve probably found a great shampoo already. But have you looked into the magic which is cat conditioner? A cat conditioner can leave your cat’s fur pleasantly silky and helps restore moisture to their skin. This is especially helpful if frequent shampooing and other things such as poor diet or the weather have dried it out and made it sensitive.
If you’re looking for the right conditioner for your cat with sensitive skin, we’ve come up with a few things for you to look out for to ensure you find the perfect conditioner for your favourite furball.
Use a Conditioner Made For Cats
If you're buying a conditioner or shampoo for your cat, make sure it's specifically developed for the skin and fur of cats. It's not true that just because a bottle says, "pet conditioner," it's safe for your cat. And if you're inclined to use your shampoo on your cat, please resist the urge! Soaps and other substances included in human cosmetics can be hazardous to cats and irritate their sensitive skin.
Read The Ingredients
Pet conditioners may contain essential oils or other substances that are suitable for dogs or other pets but not always for cats. Make sure you read the ingredient list thoroughly on the product's web page or label. And if you’re not sure - ask!
Ingredients To Stay Away From
Veterinarian associations have warned that specific essential oils can be harmful to most pets and even toxic for cats. Stay away from:
- tea tree
- most mint oils
Other ingredients you should avoid are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Ethylenediamine Tetraacetic Acid (EDTA), Palm oil, Parabens, any artificial colours and synthetic fragrances. Fragrances found in pet shampoos and conditioners don’t actually need to be there as they do nothing to clean your pets or get rid of odours. It’s nothing more than a marketing ploy to encourage us as owners, to purchase a product – one that can be toxic to your cat if ingested or applied to their skin.
What To Look For
When looking for a cat conditioner, you should always consider products that are made with 100% natural ingredients and that are specially formulated for cats with sensitive skin. Ingredients such as chamomile, avocado oil and shea butter can help to soothe your cat’s sensitive or itchy skin.
Speak With Your Vet
While some conditioners are made to make your pet's fur seem healthier, others are made with substances that help relieve irritation caused by fleas, infections, or dermatitis. However, while conditioners can help relieve itching, they aren't a cure for the underlying issues that are causing it.
In those circumstances, see your veterinarian for the appropriate treatment. Most veterinarians have certain shampoo, conditioners and products that they've discovered to be both effective and safe, and they're also familiar with your cat's health issues. They'll be able to inform you whether or not you should include a conditioner in their grooming routine.
Whenever trying a new product with your furry friend, always do a small spot test to see how they react before using it to wash them.
WONDERPETS Cat Conditioner Solutions
We understand you only want what’s best for your cat, which is why at WONDERPETS, we’re all about you finding the best pet products to give your little pal the best life possible. Even if they have sensitive skin, your cat should still be able to receive all the silky smooth benefits of a cat conditioner.
Browse through our selection of cat shampoos and conditioners to find the one that’s just perfect for you.