A homemade cat shampoo is one a cat owner makes using products around the house, instead of purchasing a commercial shampoo. Natural ingredients in homemade cat shampoo are less likely to cause skin and eye irritation.
Because most cats hate baths because they dislike being sprayed or lowered into a tub of water, dry bathing may provide a sensible solution for short-haired cats. One simple method of dry bathing is to scatter oatmeal on a baking sheet and warm it in the oven. Then rub it over the fur and into the skin, remembering to include hidden places like the arm pits. Follow up with a thorough brushing. Oatmeal attracts dirt, but it cannot dissolve oils or lipids. Baking soda, corn meal and bran may also be used.
Dry shampooing long-haired felines is less effective than using a liquid. One recipe for homemade wet shampoo is to blend 1 quart of warm water, 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/3 cup of vegetable glycerin in a pitcher. Another option is to mix together 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of gentle liquid soap and 4 cups of water. Owners need to rinse the fur thoroughly with clear water.
Homemade cat shampoo is less expensive than commercially produced soaps, and it is more environmentally friendly.