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Pet shampoo: Something dogs and cats cannot always share
Many people understand that shampoos designed for humans are not always good for animals. There are a number of factors involved – from the ingredients in the shampoo to the differences in pH in human and animal skin. Just as much as pets and humans need their own shampoos, sometimes owners need to make a sudsy distinction for their dogs and cats.
Cats are different than dogs in a number of ways, including how they respond to flea medications. Dog shampoo like Be Flea Free Shampoo that is designed to rid your pooch of the infestation may harm your cat, the news source reports. Even when the ingredients are natural, cats may react negatively to these pet supplies. Cats tend to lick themselves all over whereas dogs do not, which means that they are more likely to ingest the shampoo. If you are trying to control a flea infestation on your feline, use cat-friendly products like Frontline Spray instead of dog shampoo.
However, there are a number of pet shampoos that are safe and effective on both cats and dogs. Oatmeal shampoo for dogs such as Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Shampoo is perfectly safe for cats, and has a pH specially designed for animals. Be Bright White Shampoo is another products that will make your snow-colored furry friend beautiful and healthy. If your cat has a fungal or bacterial infection of the skin, products like Malapet Medicated Shampoo are safe to use on both species. Other pet supplies like Epi-Soothe Shampoo are also designed to treat dry skin for both animals.
It is good to get your cat used to the water for a number of reasons – in case these pet shampoos can cure a skin disorder, for instance, or if the feline gets into something that could poison it when licked off. In addition, even just rinsing your cat regularly can reduce the sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes that people may experience when they are allergic to cats. These weekly rinses can also reduce the dander that triggers allergy attacks. Many cat owners may not think they can get their adult feline used to water if it has not been exposed to it in years, if ever. However, you can make the adjustment to bathtime easier for your cat by always rewarding good behavior with Feline Greenies Dental Treats.