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7 Best Shampoos for Persian Cats in 2021-Reviews and Top Picks

Ed Malaker

Black Persian Cat Having a Bath

Persian cats are extremely popular in the United States because of their long fur and friendly personality. However, the long hair can get dirty and tangled on occasion, and you might need to give it an occasional bath. If you need to bathe your cat but aren’t sure what shampoo you should use, you have come to the right place. We have chosen several different brands to review for you, and we’ll give you the pros and cons of each one and let you know how well it worked on our cat. We’ve even included a short buyer’s guide to help you spot a quality brand if you continue shopping.

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A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites

Image Product Details
Best Overall
Winner
FURminator FUR deShedding Rinse Free FURminator FUR deShedding Rinse Free
  • No water
  • Contains omega fats
  • No chemical dyes
  • Best Value
    Second place
    Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo for Cats Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo for Cats
  • pH balanced
  • It contains apple and honey
  • No sulfates
  • Premium Choice
    Third place
    Earthbath Shed Control Green Tea Earthbath Shed Control Green Tea
  • Cruelty-free
  • Pleasant smell
  • Antioxidants
  • John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo
  • Tearless formula
  • Conditions and moisturizes
  • Almond oil fragrance
  • Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo with Aloe Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo with Aloe
  • pH balanced
  • Oat protein
  • No chemical dyes
  • The 7 Best Shampoos for Persian Cats – Reviews & Top Picks 2021

    1. FURminator FUR deShedding Rinse Free Foaming Cat Shampoo – Best Overall

    FURminator FUR deShedding

    Size: 8.5 ounce
    Type: Dry shampoo

    The FURminator FUR deShedding Rinse Free Foaming Cat Shampoo is our pick as the best overall shampoo for Persian cats. This easy-to-use shampoo has a handy pump that makes it easy to apply to your pet, and it doesn’t require any water to apply or rinse away, so your cat Is more likely to remain calm. There are no chemical dyes, and it has omega fats and hydrolyzed plant proteins that will help strengthen and nourish the skin.

    We found the FURminator shampoo worked well, but it had a strong smell that many people might not enjoy.

    Pros
    • No water
    • Contains omega fats
    • No chemical dyes
    Cons
    • Strong smell

    2. Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo for Cats – Best Value

    Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo for Cats

    Size: 10 ounces
    Type: Dry shampoo

    Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo for Cats is our pick as the best shampoo for Persian cats for the money. Its waterless formula is easier to get your cats to sit through, and it contains apple and honey ingredients for healthy skin and soft fur, and there are no chemical colorants or sulfates.

    We liked the low cost of Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo but felt that it wasn’t very strong. We had to wash our pets several times to get them clean, so it’s more of a freshener than a deep cleaner. It also might sting the eyes of your pet, so you will need to use caution when applying it.

    Pros
    • pH balanced
    • It contains apple and honey
    • No sulfates or colorants
    Cons
    • Not very strong
    • Can sting eyes

    3. Earthbath Shed Control Green Tea & Awapuhi Dog & Cat Shampoo – Premium Choice

    Earthbath Shed Control Green

    Size: 16 ounces
    Type: Wet shampoo

    Earthbath Shed Control Green Tea & Awapuhi Dog & Cat Shampoo is our premium choice shampoo for Persian cats. It contains moisturizers as well as antioxidants that will help keep the skin and coat healthy. The ingredients are all certified cruelty-free, and it has a pleasant smell. We also found that it left our cats feeling soft and cuddly.

    The Earthbath Shampoo works extremely well and will get even caked-on dirt off your pet. We can only complain that despite its claims to reduce shedding, our cats continued to shed just as much after using it as before.

    Pros
    • Antioxidants and moisturizers
    • Pleasant smell
    • Cruelty-free
    Cons
    • Didn’t control shedding

    4. John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo for Puppies & Kittens  – Best for Kittens

    John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo for Puppies & Kittens

    Size: 16 ounces
    Type: Wet shampoo

    John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo for Puppies & Kittens is our pick as the best shampoo for Persian kittens. It features a tearless formula that won’t sting your pet’s eyes. It conditions and moisturizes the skin with thirteen different conditioning agents, including aloe, chamomile, and panthenol, and it has a soft, pleasant fragrance produced by almond oil.

    The downside to John Paul Pet Tearless Shampoo is that it’s not very strong, which is partly what makes it great for kittens, but once it gets a little bigger, you will go through the bottle quickly or need something strong.

    Pros
    • Tearless formula
    • Conditions and moisturizes
    • Almond oil fragrance
    Cons
    • Not very strong

    5. Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo with Aloe for Dogs & Cats, Almond Scent

    Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo

    Size: 20 ounces
    Type: Wet shampoo

    Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo with Aloe for Dogs & Cats comes in multiple sizes, including a two-gallon pack, so you will have enough for all of your pets. It’s pH balanced, and it won’t irritate your pet’s skin. Oatmeal protein will nourish the skin and hair to keep it soft and healthy. It creates a strong lather that is easy to work into the fur.

    The downside to Frisco Oatmeal Shampoo is that it doesn’t clean very well despite the lather and usually requires a repeat bath.

    Pros
    • pH balanced
    • No chemical dyes
    • Oat protein
    Cons
    • Not very strong

    6. TropiClean OxyMed Medicated Oatmeal Dog & Cat Treatment Rinse

    TropiClean OxyMed Medicated Oatmeal Dog

    Size: 20 ounces
    Type: Wet shampoo

    TropiClean OxyMed Medicated Oatmeal Dog & Cat Treatment Rinse features a medication that will help reduce itching that often occurs due to dry skin. Colloidal oatmeal, aloe, tea tree oil, and vitamin E help soothe the skin and provide anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains omega fats that can help strengthen the coat, while other ingredients exfoliate the skin.

    We found TropiClean OxyMed to work well, but afterward, it leaves a bad odor that smells almost like spoiled milk.

    Pros
    • Medicated
    • Exfoliates
    • Omega fats
    Cons
    • It has a bad smell

    7. Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Antiseptic & Antifungal Shampoo

    Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Antiseptic

    Size: 16 ounces
    Type: Wet shampoo

    Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Antiseptic & Antifungal Shampoo helps kill germs along with mold and mildew that can build up in the fur or your Persian cat. It contains no parabens and leaves your pet with a fresh scent. It also has aloe ingredients to soothe the skin and protect it from harsh weather.

    What we didn’t like about Veterinary Formula was that it contains artificial dyes that can trigger allergies in some cats. We also found that it wasn’t very strong, and we usually needed to reapply it several times to get all of the fur clean.

    Pros
    • Contains aloe
    • It helps soothe irritated skin
    Cons
    • It wasn’t very strong
    • Artificial dyes

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    Buyer’s Guide

    Wet vs Dry Shampoo

    Wet Shampoo

    As you are shopping around for your next shampoo, you are likely to notice that there are two main kinds, standard and dry. The standard shampoo is the same as what we use, and it requires a small amount of water to create a lather and more water to rinse it away. These shampoos are less expensive and much easier to find in your local grocery store.

    Dry Shampoo

    Dry shampoos are unique in that they don’t require you to use any water. You work the product into the fur, wait a few minutes for it to dry, and brush it out. Since you don’t need to dip your cat into warm water, it’s usually a lot easier to get the job done. The downside to dry shampoos is that they can get expensive and difficult to find in your local store.

    Ingredients

    While there are frequent ingredients in shampoo that we don’t know, we recommend selecting brands that contain omega fats because they can help strengthen the cat’s fur. Other ingredients like aloe vera can also help soothe the skin, especially if it’s dry and irritated. We recommend avoiding artificial colors because some cats can have an allergic reaction to them. Parabens are a type of chemical preservative that we recommend avoiding because some cats can react negatively.

    Fragrance

    The fragrance is another ingredient that many shampoos have because we want our pets to smell nice when we finish bathing them. However, many scents can bother your cat, and there was plenty that we didn’t like either. We tried to point out any foul-smelling brands on our list, but you might need to do some experimenting to find something both you and the cat alike.

    How Often Should I Bathe My Persian Cat?

    We recommend bathing your Persian cat only when necessary, especially if you use a traditional shampoo that can wash away the skin’s natural oils, drying it out. It can take a long time before the skin can replenish the oils naturally. You should not need to bathe your cat more than once per month unless you live in a muddy area and your cat likes to go outside, and if you can wait longer than that, it would be a smart choice.divider-cat

    Conclusion

    When choosing your next cat shampoo, we highly recommend our pick as the best overall. The FURminator FUR deShedding Rinse Free Foaming Cat Shampoo. It uses a dry formula so its easy to apply and you won’t need to put your cat into water. It has no artificial colors or dyes but contains omega fats that will help keep you pets fur soft and healthy. Another smart choice is our pick as the best value. Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo for Cats is another shampoo that is easy to use and doesn’t require water, just apply it and brush it out a few minutes later. It’s pH balanced and contains apple and honey for soft, healthy skin and fur.

    We hope you have enjoyed reading over this guide and found a few brands you would like to try. If we have helped you get your vat clean, please share this guide to the best shampoo for Persian cats on Facebook and Twitter.


    Featured Image Credit: Bussakorn Ewesakul, Shutterstock

    Ed Malaker

    Ed Malaker is a veteran writer who has contributed to a wide range of blogs that cover tools, pets, guitars, fitness, and computer programming. When he’s not writing, Ed is usually performing DIY projects around the house or working in the garden. He’s also a musician and spends a lot of time helping people fix their guitars and composing music for independent films.