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Cats rarely need baths, but when they do, it risks being a traumatic experience (for you and the cat). The good news is you can probably dial down the stress—for all parties involved—by making sure you have the right cat shampoo on hand. More good news: cat shampoos and cleaning are very affordable and come in small bottles and packages.
Use Care When Cleaning Your Cat
In many years of owning cats, I’ve used cat shampoos only a handful of times: When I adopted two flea-ridden kittens, when an adventurous cat ran through a puddle of oil, and a few times when an elderly cat suffered bouts of diarrhea.