If cats had a motto, "cleanliness is godliness," might be it. Sure, they're known for being lazy, stand-offish, and prone to random acts of violence, but they also value a clean coat — and owners of long-haired cats, in particular, know how important it is to keep a cat's fur clean and free from mats.
With cat grooming comes a lot of questions, like "will I walk away from this unscathed?" It's an understandable concern, but we hear your worries and we're here to help. Using the right grooming tools and products on your precious fur baby can help keep all of your limbs intact while you get the job done. That's why we rounded up the best cat grooming supplies to de-funk smelly felines with natural ingredients that really work. And don't forget to check out the FAQ at the end for answers to some commonly asked cat grooming questions!
This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.
Having pets is so enjoyable and rewarding, except when accidents or messes happen. Stay on top of pet stains and odors with help from this Paw Sense Pet Stain & Odor Remover. This Grove Collaborative exclusive product is sulfate-free, paraben-free, made in the US, and never tested on our furry friends. It’s also made with 100-percent natural, …
Clean your pets in between grooming sessions without a mess with this Paw Sense Waterless Pet Shampoo. This sulfate-free, paraben-free, and naturally fragranced pet cleaning shampoo is made especially for dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, and other furry friends. Just spray your pets fur and wipe them clean for a refresh to their coats when bathing …
Play now. Bath time can wait thanks to kin+kind advanced plant technology. Minerals absorb and remove odors. Guar nut oil detangles and nourishes. And essential oils refresh with a natural fragrance.
When doing at-home grooming sessions with your pet, don’t stop after their shampoo. This kin+kind Moisturizing Conditioner Dogs & Cats is an easy fix for restoring the softness and shine of your pet’s coat. This pet conditioner also uses natural oils to attract and lock in moisture to their skin and coat. It’s paraben-free, fragrance-free, …
Hot or icy pavement can be paws-atively rough on your 4-legged friend's exposed skin. Protect those precious paws and adorable noses with kin+kind Nose & Paw Organic Dog & Cat Moisturizer. Super simple to use with a mess-free, roll-on application, this stick softens, moisturizes, and protects your pup's or kitty's nose and paw pads.
Keep calm and shampoo on with kin+kind Waterless Bath for Cats & Dogs. Infused with the soothing scent of lavender, this fuss-free foaming pet shampoo is the perfect choice for keeping your fur-ever friend smelling great while keeping their coats moisturized between bath time. This no-rinse formula is simple to use too, perfect for dogs and cats …
Mighty Meow Waterless Foam Shampoo for Cats is a natural, three-ingredient cleansing foam that gently cleans without the need for water and leaves coat refreshed, conditioned and clean. Perfect for a quick & easy deep clean. Dirt and excess oil is removed leaving a fresh coat, without any residue. Air dry, brush if desired, finish with clean, cozy …
Think your cat might need a bath? Cats are actually really good at keeping themselves clean and shouldn't be bathed unless they have fleas or they're super dirty. Washing your cat too often could dry out their fur or cause them undue stress. That being said, waterless shampoos are an excellent option for cats who are just a tad funky, but not gross enough to require a water bath.
One thing you can do regularly is brush your cat. Brushing your fur baby a few times a week helps prevent hairballs from appearing later on, and it gives you the chance to notice any bumps, bald patches, or cuts that could require veterinary attention. And for folks with cats who will allow it, monthly nail clipping with clippers made specifically for cats is a great way to stop your cat's claws from catching on the curtains or your favorite sweater.
Most cats are fine with grooming tasks like brushing. If your cat gets a little testy while you're clipping her nails, try wrapping her burrito-style in a towel with one paw sticking out — she'll look very cute and very angry, but it'll keep her from mercilessly clawing your eyes out. This might work best as a two-person job, with one person holding the vexed vixen and another on clipper duty. If she's still fighting you tooth and nail, it's time to take her to a professional cat groomer instead.
Let's talk about water baths. If you absolutely must give your cat a water bath, check out our guide to bathing your cat for tips and tricks on how to prepare the tub and, most importantly, how to keep your cat from flipping out. For cats who are just a little dirty, waterless shampoo that's formulated specifically for cats will do the trick.
When it's time to bathe your cat, always reach for a shampoo that's designed for cats. Human shampoo and even dog shampoo could dry out the natural oils in your cat's fur, leaving them itchy and uncomfortable. Liquid cat shampoo or waterless cat shampoo are both great picks!
If you give your cat a water bath, use a cup or removable showerhead to get their fur wet, taking care to avoid their face. Use a soft, damp washcloth (no soap!) to gently wipe off your kitty's face. When the time comes for your cat's weekly brushing sesh, any cat brush will do. And if you're clipping their nails, make sure you have cat nail clippers — they've got a special structure that's designed for clipping a cat's sensitive claws.
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