Cats are the perfect pets. They are cuddly, soft and warm. They love being petted all the time and they are the most behaved pets as far as domesticated animals are concerned. They curl up and sleep most of the time. Cats are independent. But that does not mean they would not need your help in their health and hygiene. Same as dogs, cats can catch fleas too. These critters breed on their fur and cause their skin to bleed because of itching. These fleas multiply rapidly and quite hugely. One flea can lay about 600 eggs and that can be a problem for your cat. You should be careful in selecting the right flea shampoo product for your cat. Too much harsh chemical can be harmful to them. If you don’t really feel comfortable using commercially available flea shampoo for your cat, you can make your own. This way you are sure the shampoo you are going to use is safe for your furry feline friend.
What you will need are:
- Cat shampoo Get one that is approved by your veterinarian. The shampoo should be designed specifically for cats. Do not use any shampoo that was not made for cats, there is a huge difference in the skin needs of feline and canine.
- One teaspoon dried rosemary
- Essential oil of rosemary
- 1 pint of hot water. Be sure to let it cool before proceeding with the actual bathing of your cat.
Here are the steps in making that mild but effective cat flea shampoo:
- Take your cat shampoo and drop a few drops of the essential oil of rosemary into the bottle. Slowly shake the shampoo to mix in the oil and set aside.
- Boil a pint of water in a small teapot. Drop your rosemary into the water and it let simmer for a few minutes. The pot should be covered.
- After a few minutes, drain the water. Put the water in a shallow container and let it cool.
- Give your cat a bath. Be careful when bathing your cat, he may not like it that much as much as a dog would. Cats are generally clean animals and they are not so fond of the water. Use the oiled shampoo to wash your cat.
- Rinse off the shampoo thoroughly. Be sure you are not using cold water to rinse your cat. Warm water works up a good lather with the shampoo and it will also loosen up hard dirt that may be in your cat’s fur. The most important of using warm water is your cat will not get chills after he gets wet.
- After rinsing your cat, give him a final rinse with the pint of Rosemary water rinse. After the rosemary rinse, do not give your cat another rinse. Towel him dry and blow dry if necessary.
Giving your feline friend a bath is always necessary but do not overdo it. Too much of shampoo and other flea control chemicals may strip your precious cat of its natural skin moisture and oil. That would make your cat dry and he may even itch more. You can bathe your cat once a week or once every two weeks.