Can You Use People Shampoo on Cats?

When in doubt just ask your vet. In many instance you should not use a people shampoo on your cat. Why? People shampoos or soaps are designed to strip the hair of oil and make it look fresh and clean. A cat’s fur coat, however, needs its oil for many reasons. You do not want to use any kind of shampoo that will strip the oil away. In addition, cats have a sensitive sense of smell and they have sensitive skin. Not only do people shampoos strip the hair of oil, but they also strip the scalp of oil or anything else. They could cause your cat to have flaky skin, dry skin or other skin problems. Cat shampoos are designed to nourish the skin and replenish the oils. You may need to use people shampoo in a pinch, but please talk to your vets Cedar City, UT first.


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