There are many reasons people opt for a homemade DIY kitten shampoo these days. Mainly because in most of the shampoos we can find some chemicals that a kitten is not strong enough to handle. Other reasons can be financial and geographical location.
Today we will have a detailed look at how to make some simple and hassle free homemade shampoo that will help us keep our furry friend happy. If you are new to DIY don’t worry. Our process is very detailed and easy to follow.
What is a good DIY Cat Shampoo
By our definition a good homemade shampoo is one without chemicals that’s why we chose to make it ourselves, so that we are fully aware of the ingredients we put in. This reduces the risk of chemicals being a part of the bathing process.
There are also two types of shampoo that can be made at home. Dry shampoo and Wet shampoo. We will explain how to make both of them without issues.
How to make a homemade dry shampoo
The most common dry shampoo used by breeders is based on raw and easy to find ingredients:
To prepare you only have to mix in 2 equal parts of Oatmeal and Cornmeal in a bowl and add a few spoons of baking soda. This will help with the sticky oil that we can find in the fur and it will be absorbed by the mix. Baking soda will help with odours and take away any smell your kitten might come with from outside.
To apply simply rub thoroughly the mix into your pet’s fur and make sure not to miss any spots. I would recommend using this method after a long and thorough play session as the kitten may get impatient while applying the mix. Once all the mix is applied you can slowly start brushing out the grains from the coat. You should start brushing off from the spot where it was applied first.
While this method is inexpensive it can get very messy inside the house. We recommend doing it in the bathroom tub to minimise any risk.
How to make a homemade wet shampoo
The wet shampoo version is as easy to make as the dry one. We recommend mixing the following ingredients:
As our british shorthair Coco recently started to enjoy his wet baths and doesn’t have any more panic attacks we started using this mix. Whenever it is bath time we start with warm water, until the fur is all soaked and add the solution on his fur . We treat the mix as any other shampoo. We thoroughly apply it on the coat and make sure to avoid all the sensitive areas and rinse everything at the end.
The Pros and Cons of a DIY Kitten Shampoo
- Easy to make - you don't need to spend hours of chemistry and you don’t need a laboratory
- Peace of mind - there are no chemicals involved
- Ecological - Everything is plant based
- Messy - the dry shampoo can get quite messy and preparation for wet and dry might get some bowls dirty
Tips for bathing:
Over the years, by growing our pet we noticed a few things about bath time. It’s easier to give your pet a bath once he is tired. Try to play with him and make him run with a laser for about 30 minutes before taking him to the bath.
If he is constantly moving around the room while you try to blow dry him – use the pet carrier. This will give him no chance to run but do not keep the dryer too close and do not use warm air.