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    Can I give my cat a bath using Shaklee BasicH2 (diluted, of course)?

    I'm having more of a reaction to him than ever since we've come back from Florida.

    He had to be de-thatched, so he has bare skin showing in places.

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    I have heard the following: Only use soap/shampoo on your cat that is made exclusively for cats. Using other products can irritate their skin, make them sick and sometimes even kill them. Even using dog shampoo on a cat can kill the cat.

    I would see if there is a similar type of product for cats. Call your vet and ask if they recommend any special cat shampoo. I'm sure there is something out there. I saw on a website recently that if you wash your cat in luke warm water only once a week, no soap or shampoo needed, that it will help with cat owners who have cat allergies. It also said to wash the cat's bedding in warm water once a week as well, no soaps.

    Good luck!!!

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    I was told never to use human shampoo or soap on my cats, it will irritate their skin and could make them sick because they lick themselves to wash. Try just rinsing your cat, although the allergy is not their hair, it's actually something to do with when they wash themselves.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Dancer
    I was told never to use human shampoo or soap on my cats, it will irritate their skin and could make them sick because they lick themselves to wash. Try just rinsing your cat, although the allergy is not their hair, it's actually something to do with when they wash themselves.
    True it is something that is excreted out of their glands and into their saliva, which of course gets on their fur when they clean themselves. So I think simply rinsing the cat often should help because you would be rinsing the saliva off.

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    I can try wiping him down with a damp washcloth and see what happens.

    It will do him no harm and might do me some good.

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    I buy soapless shampoo from the vet. It's great for my hair too, no residue left at all, and it's very gentle to the cat's skin. If you use Revolution or any other pest treatment on you pets, soapless shampoo will not wash off the protection.

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    The same goes for dogs only dog shampoo. I think human shampoo is too fragrant for them also.

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    petco and other stores have those wet wipes. come in pkgs that open and seal again. are wet and you simply wipe them down. my cats love it.

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    Cats and dogs have a different PH balance than humans do, our shampoos throw it out of balance.

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    Just a warning to the person with the allergy issue. Using pet shampoo on your own hair can cause irritation too!!

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    Pop him in the wash, no bleach.

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    Tumble Dry on Low!! hahahaha I couldn't help myself.

    WARNING: this is just a joke, do not put your cat in the dryer! :lol:

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    I did have a cat that liked to climb in the dryer. Apparently freshly dried clothes were like catnip to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I did have a cat that liked to climb in the dryer. Apparently freshly dried clothes were like catnip to him.
    My Ellie is the same way, when the dry bell goes off she races from any room in the house to climb in the dryer. She loves to sit in the machine and fight me for each piece of clothing. I have to be careful not to close her in the machine when I am done, but if I am doing another load she leaves as soon as the first wet piece hits her.

    On bathing - I use the oatmeal catbath cloths at the pet store on my three every Saturday, then I check and see if anyone needs their nails clipped, it is a terrible time for all. However, the oatmeal catbath cloths are quick and easy, and the cats smell like cookies the rest of the day. I am one really weird childless catlady. :shock:

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    you can't keep my cats out of the dryer. THey get baths all of the time since I am allergic too. I use my poodle shampoo on them and it has never had any ill effects.

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    Have never tried any of these suggestions. Interesting! :lol:

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    I looked this up because I too use Shaklee products, you would use a VERY small amount.

    I use a product called BasicH2 for my cat and dogs. these products are safe, natural,and toxic free.this is how I administer to my pets.

    Add 1/2Tsp of BasicH2 and 2 or 3 drops of Basic G to a gallon of water.Put solution in squeeze bottle.Go around neck first, soak that area so fleas will not run to ears, nose and eyes. Soak down the back and then the rest of the body. Use in shower area or with hand shower. Rinse well. BasicH2 takes the shield off the fleas and drowns them. BasicG gets rid of germs and fungus. Vita-Lea also good for pets crushed up put into food or covered up with something good and give to pets orally. If you want to order go to Shaklee.ca

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    petco and other stores have those wet wipes. come in pkgs that open and seal again. are wet and you simply wipe them down. my cats love it.
    I have used these on my cats and they work great. I too have heard do not use any shampoo on them except cat shampoo. Most stores carry it.

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    I think the best thing will be to ask your Vet what would be the best shampoo for your cat. :D

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    Not sure why on earth anyone would want to wash or bath a cat anyway? Seriously, am genuinely puzzled, why do you need to do it?

    My family has had cats all our lives, the only time we have EVER bathed/washed them is if they got oil on their fur from sitting under a car. We only wash it out so they don't get sick from licking it. And even then we would only wash the dirty area just with a damp wash cloth and a TINY smidge of baby shampoo.

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    Thanks for the responses.

    I've always been a LITTLE sensitive to Bear, but I seem to be a LOT more reactive to him than usual this spring.

    My allergies to him were about a three, but I love him at about an eight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyKitty
    Not sure why on earth anyone would want to wash or bath a cat anyway? Seriously, am genuinely puzzled, why do you need to do it?
    In my case, I have to wash the cats because all were rescued after being abandoned very young (before their mommas could teach them how to clean themselves) and none of them are very good at the self-cleaning. Also, Ellie has an immun disorder and pollen allergies, and I know you are going to laugh, but I think she might also be allergic to cats, everytime she wrestles with one of her brothers she has a sneezing and coughing fit. I use the pre-made cloths instead of a bathtub full of shampoo and water because it is much less traumatic to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chele
    Pop him in the wash, no bleach.
    Spoken like a true cat lover!

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