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What's the Best Shampoo to use on a Cats delicate skin?

As a loving and responsible pet owner, one of the essential aspects of caring for your furry feline companion is maintaining their overall hygiene and grooming. Cats are natural self-groomers, but sometimes they need a little extra help, especially when dealing with tough stains, unpleasant odors, or skin issues. This is where cat shampoos come to the rescue!

In this blog post, we'll explore some popular cat shampoo brands—CatSpace, BioGroom, and Fidos—and we'll help you identify what makes a good cat shampoo and what factors to consider when choosing the best product for your feline friend.

Grey cat licking paw while lying down in ferns, close up photo

Can you use Human Shampoo on Cats?

It's essential to understand that cats and humans have different hair and skin compositions, which means they require unique care. Human shampoos typically contain harsher ingredients that may strip natural oils from the hair and skin, leading to dryness and irritation. On the other hand, cat shampoos are specifically formulated to be mild and gentle, designed to clean your cat's fur without causing any harm. 

Are all Dog Shampoos safe to use on Cats? 

The short answer is 'not always'. If you check the label, most (but not all) shampoo manufacturers will say if the shampoo is also safe for use on cats and kittens. Some may be for dogs and cats only, others will specifically mention 'puppies and kittens' (if your cat is under 12 months old most class them as kittens still rather than adult cats).  

Our Top Cat Shampoo Brands:

CatSpace: CatSpace takes pride in its all-natural and premium grooming products for cats. Their cat shampoos are carefully formulated using plant-based ingredients that are both effective and safe for your feline friend. CatSpace offers a variety of options, including hypoallergenic and moisturizing shampoos, catering to various feline needs.

Here are some of our best sellers, or browse the full range here.


BioGroom: BioGroom is a well-established brand known for its dedication to pet grooming products. Their range of shampoos are developed by professional groomers and feature balanced pH levels, making them gentle on your pets skin, yet very effective. All of their formulas are designed to be used on both cats and dogs. They offer a variety of specialized shampoos for different coat types, colors, and concerns, such as colour brightening, odor neutralizing, and coat texture specific shampoos. Most Bio-Groom formulas are concentrated and are available in bulk sizes, making them a popular choice for Professional Cat Groomers. 

Here are some of our best sellers, or browse the full range here.


Fidos: Fidos is a trusted brand known for its dedication to pet care. All of their shampoos are formulated to be safe for Dogs, Cats, Puppies and Kittens, they even have a cat safe Flea Shampoo. Fidos offers options that help soothe itchy skin, and leave your cat's coat soft and shiny.

Here are some of our best sellers, or browse the full range here.

Fidos Everyday Shampoo 500ml Blue Bottle Fidos Everyday Shampoo 500ml

Fidos Puppy & Kitten Shampoo 250ml Pink and Blue bottle  Fidos Puppy & Kitten Shampoo 250ml

Fidos Oatmeal & Baking Soda Shampoo 250ml  Fidos Oatmeal & Baking Soda Shampoo 250ml


Cat wrapped in purple towel after a bath, close up photo. The cat is a ginger tabby colour

What Makes a Good Cat Shampoo?

When selecting the best cat shampoo for your feline companion, keep the following factors in mind:

  1. Gentle and Natural Ingredients: Look for shampoos with natural ingredients that are gentle on your cat's skin and coat. Avoid products containing excessive sulfates, parabens, and artificial fragrances, as these can cause irritation.

  2. pH-Balanced Formula: A good cat shampoo should have a pH level specifically formulated for feline skin, which is more acidic than human skin. A balanced pH helps maintain the natural protective barrier of the skin.

  3. Specific Needs: Consider your cat's specific needs, such as sensitive skin, shedding control, or flea protection. Choose a shampoo that addresses these concerns.

  4. Veterinarian Recommendations: It's always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before trying a new cat shampoo, especially if your cat has any existing skin conditions or allergies.

  5. Ease of Rinsing: Cats are not fond of baths, so a cat shampoo that is easy to rinse off will make the bathing experience less stressful for both you and your feline friend.

Black and white cat lying down on rug, sunbathing

Regular grooming, including occasional baths with a high-quality cat shampoo, is crucial to ensure your cat's fur remains clean, healthy, and fabulous! Brands like CatSpace, BioGroom, and Fidos offer excellent options to cater to your feline friend's unique grooming needs. Remember to choose gentle, natural, and pH-balanced formulas, while also considering your cat's specific requirements. Always prioritize your cat's comfort and well-being, and with the right cat shampoo, your furry companion will be purring with delight after every bath!

If you would like some personalized recommendations for your cat, just get in touch and we are happy to help!