Fleas can be a particularly pesky problem for your cat. If your cat has tons of fleas, he or she will scratch constantly, which can be damaging to fur and skin. The fleas can also get on household furniture, and pet owners can be bitten, too. For flea infestations that are especially severe, a flea shampoo will be needed to clear up the problem.
Luckily, all flea shampoos are available over the counter, so you won’t need a prescription from the veterinarian. You can purchase flea shampoos online or at pet specialty stores. There is a wide variety of products to choose from. All types are medicated with strong active ingredients, which are needed to kill the fleas. Some varieties kill flea eggs and ticks as well. Generally, you can expect that a good shampoo will kill 99% of fleas, just make sure you apply the shampoo to your cat’s entire body and rub it in thoroughly. Most flea shampoos are intended for cats over 1 year old. If you have a cat younger than that, be sure to choose a flea shampoo that’s specifically formulated for kittens. Do not use flea shampoo on kittens less than 12 weeks old, as it’s not safe for them.
Interested in which flea shampoo to buy? Let’s take a look at 10 of the best options available this year. All are for sale at Amazon.
- 10. Natural Flea Shampoo For Cats and Kittens (16.9oz) by Natural Chemistry
- 9. BioSpot Active Care Flea & Tick Shampoo for Cats and Kittens (12oz)
- 8. De Flea Ready to Use Flea Shampoo for Cats and Kittens (8oz) by Natural Chemistry
- 7. Mad About Organic All-Natural Cat/Small Animal Flea & Tick Anti-Itch Shampoo (4oz)
- 6. PPP Flea & Tick Small Pet Shampoo (13.5oz)
- 5. Happy Healthy Paws Pet Shampoo Flea & Tick Repellent by Shear Miracle Organics (8oz)
- 4. Adams Flea & Tick Cleansing Shampoo (12oz)
- 3. Fresh ‘n Clean Flea & Tick Conditioning Shampoo for Dogs and Cats (18oz and 1 gallon sizes)
- 2. Fresh ‘n Clean Flea & Tick Small Pet Conditioning Shampoo (18oz)
- 1. Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor for Dogs and Cats (12oz)
10. Natural Flea Shampoo For Cats and Kittens (16.9oz) by Natural Chemistry
This shampoo is a great value for money, as you can use it on both cats and kittens. It won’t damage or wipe off any flea spot treatment (monthly medicine) that you may already use on your cat, so you won’t have to apply an extra dose of your pet’s regular monthly treatment. Formulated with natural extracts like clove and cinnamon oils, it also kills black flies and mosquitoes. Effective for up to 7 days, it’s chemical-free and contains no permethrin or pyrethrin.
9. BioSpot Active Care Flea & Tick Shampoo for Cats and Kittens (12oz)
This product kills fleas, ticks, and lice (and their eggs) for up to 28 days. It contains oatmeal and lanolin, known for their soothing and anti-itch properties. Perhaps because this product kills fleas for 28 days, it does have more chemicals than other similar shampoos. It contains pyrethrin and several other chemicals, and pet owners are warned to carefully wash their hands before eating or touching other surfaces after handling the product. Several pet owners have reported adverse reactions or the death of their cats after using this product, especially among elderly cats or those with other health problems. So, while this product is very effective, don’t use it on older cats or those with illnesses.
8. De Flea Ready to Use Flea Shampoo for Cats and Kittens (8oz) by Natural Chemistry
Like other products by Natural Chemistry, this shampoo is non-toxic and doesn’t contain pyrethrin or permethrin, so it’s safer for your cats, while still be effective. For use on cats and kittens, this shampoo kills fleas, mites, and ticks on contact. It contains a special formula that keeps the parasites from becoming immune to the product, so your cat won’t have any lingering fleas.
7. Mad About Organic All-Natural Cat/Small Animal Flea & Tick Anti-Itch Shampoo (4oz)
One of the safest flea shampoos on the market, this product is organic and free of petroleum. A very mild but effective formula, it is safe for pregnant cats and kittens as young as 4 weeks. Made in USA, it contains essential oils, cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil, which are all known to be very soothing for the skin.
6. PPP Flea & Tick Small Pet Shampoo (13.5oz)
This product is made in USA and by Professional Pet Products. Its non-alkaline, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable formula is intended for use on cats, dogs, or ferrets over 12 weeks of age. It contains only 0.15% pyrethrin, so it’s less toxic to your pet than stronger formulations. And, it will keep your animal’s coat shiny, too. Its large size ensures you get a good value for money.
5. Happy Healthy Paws Pet Shampoo Flea & Tick Repellent by Shear Miracle Organics (8oz)
This organic product is chemical-free, vegan, and non-GMO. Made in USA, it contains coconut and avocado oils, primrose, peppermint, yucca, and vitamin E. Safe for cats and dogs, this product is a relatively new and exciting addition to the flea shampoo market.
4. Adams Flea & Tick Cleansing Shampoo (12oz)
Made in Arizona, this product is safe for cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies over 12 weeks of age. It kills fleas and flea eggs, lice, and ticks and prevents flea eggs from hatching for 4 weeks. This product is one of the better values on the market, as it comes in a large size. In addition to being a great cleansing agent, it is also an effective deodorizer for your pet.
3. Fresh ‘n Clean Flea & Tick Conditioning Shampoo for Dogs and Cats (18oz and 1 gallon sizes)
Enriched with coconut oil, this product contains only 0.05% pyrethrin, one of the lowest concentrations of any shampoo, making it safer for your pet. Suitable for cats and dogs over 12 weeks of age, this product has a fresh scent (unlike some other medicated shampoos). The product kills both fleas and ticks, and the conditioning oils help to remove loose dirt, pet dander, and scales from your animal’s skin.
2. Fresh ‘n Clean Flea & Tick Small Pet Conditioning Shampoo (18oz)
Another great product from the Fresh ‘n Clean line, this is formulated for small animals over 12 weeks of age. It kills fleas and ticks, but it won’t kill flea eggs. The major selling point of this particular product is that it contains a large amount of perfume and fragrance, which it says will keep your pet smelling fresh for up to 2 weeks. As with other Fresh ‘n Clean products, this one has coconut oil, too, so it will help nourish and repair your pet’s fur while killing fleas.
1. Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo with Precor for Dogs and Cats (12oz)
The Amazon 1 best seller in Cat Flea Shampoos, this product is safe for cats and dogs over 12 weeks old. Like other Adams products, it contains oatmeal, aloe, and lanolin to soothe the skin. It’s formulated to kill fleas, flea eggs and larvae, 2 kinds of ticks, and lice and is effective for up to 4 weeks. The gentle ingredients will help restore luster and shine to your pet’s coat as well.
With so many choices for flea shampoos, I hope this list has helped you narrow down your choices. If you’re shopping for a flea shampoo, you can’t go wrong with one listed here. Whether you need a heavy-duty variety or want something gentle and organic, all the options are at your fingertips.
With this list, you can be assured of finding a safe, effective product at a good value. Fleas will be forgotten, and your cat will thank you!