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The Best Flea Shampoo For Cats

The best flea shampoo for cats works instantly to get rid of fleas which is exactly what you want. Reapplication is required for ongoing protection. For immediate results flea shampoo is excellent.

The actual giving the cat a shampoo part of the process, may or may not be tricky, depending on your cat. We have lots of information on this page to help you with any silly stubbornness on kitty’s part.

Our top choice is Adams flea and Tick Shampoo with Precor because it works and works straightaway.
It is also a choice of professional pet groomers.

This article will give you all the information you need about different flea shampoos, their pros and cons.

Best Flea Shampoo For Cats Reviews

1. Adams Flea & Tick – Always Reliable

A favorite and trusted brand


The main ingredients in this well known shampoo continue to kill flea eggs for 28 days to break the life cycle. The shampoo can be used for cats and kittens over 12 weeks.

Apply the shampoo, lather over the whole cat for 3 to 5 minutes. This may seem a long time in kitty minutes so some distractions in the form of a toy or treat is a worthwhile standby.

The shampoo contains aloe, lanolin, coconut extract and oatmeal to leave the fur shiny and clean.

It is recommended that you wash your hands after using this shampoo although it is okay to use bare hands whilst applying to your cat.


If you are intending to apply a topical treatment after using this shampoo it is recommended that you wait 24-48 hours.
The ingredients are Pyrethrins: 0.15%, S-Methoprene: 0.10%, Piperonyl Butoxide: 1.88%.


2.Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Flea Shampoo

Get rid of fleas with flea shampoo
Positive reviews

This flea shampoo provides up to 14 weeks of protection for fleas and ticks. It does not however kill the eggs and larvae.

Kittens need to be over 12 weeks old to safely use this shampoo.

One way to use this product is to first of all use the shampoo. it is very effective at killing the fleas and ticks that are already on the animal. Then to give a longer lasting protections against eggs and larvae apply a topical flea treatment such as the ones described here.

This product is also safe to use for dogs (read instructions for use with dogs) which makes it a good choice for multi pet households. One big advantage with cat flea shampoo is that it does work instantly. If there is a flea problem that needs addressing immediately a flea shampoo is a good solution.


3. Natural Chemistry – Fast Acting


fast working cat flea shampoo
This flea shampoo is safe for cats and dogs

As the name suggests this is a natural non toxic product and does not contain any pyrethrins. The Active ingredients are Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate 8.4%, Undecylenic Acid 2.0%.

To use, mix one part shampoo to three parts water. Apply this mixture to the dry coat of your cat until your cat is totally wet. Rub into the coat until a lather is built up and after five minutes rinse off.

Hint: Have some kitty treats or kitty distraction toys at the ready for the five minute waiting period.


4. Advantage Flea & Tick Treatment – Unscented

Flea shampoo for cats and kittens
This pet flea shampoo can be used for cats and kittens over 12 weeks

This shampoo can be used on cats 12 weeks and over. It is unscented and designed to kill fleas and ticks on contact. It can be used once every seven days if needed.

When shampooing pay special attention to the base of the tail and between the toes and the belly area. Take care when washing the head and ears to avoid getting the product in the cat’s eyes.

Wrap kitty in a towel for a couple minutes to absorb moisture and it will also mean that dying fleas and ticks can crawl off onto the towel.

The active ingredients are 0.150% Pyrethrins, 0.300% Piperonyl Butoxide, 0.479% mgk 264 Insecticide Synergist.


5. Vet’s Best Plant based Formula – Made In the USA

Easy to lather and rinse


Once again, this product is suitable for cats and kittens over the age of 12 weeks.

It is plant based, including both clove oil and cotton seed oil and does not contain any of the harsher chemicals which are effective but not suitable for all cats. This is a gentle product.

It is made in the USA. Some of the ingredients are sourced globally.


6. pet Ag Fresh N’Clean Flea Shampoo

This is a flea shampoo for cats and dogs aged over 12 weeks. It kills fleas and ticks on contact. It does pyrethrins which make it an effective flea killer.

First of all wet the cats coat as the shampoo will lather more easily if the coat is already wet. Apply the shampoo, lather and rinse. Repeat as necessary.

The shampoo has a coconut extract to add extra moisture and help with nourishing the skin.

This shampoo has a pleasant scent which lasts for a couple of weeks after use.


7. Sentry PurrScriptions – Budget Choice

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Sentry PurrScriptions kills fleas, ticks and flea eggs while it cleans and deodorizes in one easy and convenient step.

This rich, conditioning, non-staining formula contains a highly effective flea and tick killing ingredient combined with an insect growth regulator (IGR) that sterilises new fleas and kills their eggs for up to 30 days.


Safe for use on kittens if they are over 8 months old.

Our Recommendation For The Best Flea Shampoo For Cats Is …

1. Adams Flea & Tick – Always Reliable

Adams is a reliable product. Although killing fleas is the main objective the shampoo also contains ingredients to soothe the skin such as lanolin, aloe. coconut extract and oatmeal.

Use 11/3 Tablespoons for very 5lbs of bodyweight. Apply the shampoo to the back of the cat and then work it into the coat starting at the head, Avoiding the eyes and working back along the body and down to the legs and paws. Continue to lather for 3 to 5 minutes to give the shampoo time to do its job, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Adams Flea


Why Use Cat Flea Shampoo?

Cat flea shampoo is easy to use, has immediate results and as a bonus the shampoo is rinsed out straight away so there is no chemical residue left behind.

Also, if the infestation is very bad it is a very quick way to get rid of most of fleas. I hesitate to say all fleas, as it can be difficult to kill them all.

If your cat reacts to the chemicals in flea collars or flea drops, shampoo would be a good alternative. Try not to get shampoo in your cat’s eyes, we don’t like shampoo in our eyes and your cat won’t either. Plus you want to make this a positive experience 🙂 so that it can be repeated when necessary.

Many flea shampoos for cats also contain a conditioner to leave your cat’s fur soft and luxurious.

What Does Cat Flea Shampoo Do?

Some cat flea shampoos will only kill adult fleas.

Although that might give the cat some immediate relief and it might be cheaper, it is better to purchase a shampoo that will kill the fleas and the flea eggs.

You do need to work the shampoo right into the fur. The temperament of your kitty may determine the effectiveness of the method. Because the cat may squirm, an odd flea or two might survive the dunking.

Be aware that all the chemicals are washed away after shampooing so there is no ongoing, long lasting flea protection.

Does Cat Flea Shampoo Work?

Yes, it works straightaway but there is no long lasting protection.

cat having a shampoo

If you want ‘ínstant’ definitely use shampoo and then you can review your options. It also depends how bad the flea infestation is. If it’s really bad, you just want them gone straightaway and flea shampoo for cats will do that.

For the flea shampoo to work effectively, always start shampooing at the head, avoiding the eyes and move down the body. This is to try and prevent any fleas from jumping to the neck or head area.

Let the shampoo sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing carefully.

How Often To Use Flea Shampoo For Cats?

Mostly cat flea shampoo can be used monthly however you will need to read the product information for the flea shampoo that you purchase.

My Cat Hates Water

Some cats love water but we don’t usually associate cat and bath, in the same way that we associate, dog and bath. This may be something that you won’t possibly really know until you have tried giving your cat a bath. We are not talking about a long soak here, short and sweet is the key to success.

The video below gives specific instructions to make the job easy. We would suggest that it is preferably a two person job if this is an option for you.

It can be okay to bathe a cat.
It might not be a walk in the park bathing your cat, or you may be lucky and have a placid kitty cat that doesn’t mind some time at the beauty salon.

How To Shampoo Your Cat

  1. Use a bath, sink or container where you can comfortably shampoo the cat. If the bath is too deep for you to comfortably reach down to shampoo the cat, a laundry sink or bathroom sink will be a better option. You need to have good control of the cat.
  2. Place a non slip mat or towel on the bottom of the sink or container so your kitty is not slipping around.

    If he slips he is likely to freak out and want to run for the hills. If he is showing signs of aggression protective gloves are useful for all cat grooming, including trimming nails, bathing etc.
  3. Fill a container with warm water, not too much, several inches is fine. If you have a helper he/she can use a pitcher to gently wet the cat’s fur so that you can apply the shampoo.
  4. Use warm water to rinse the shampoo. If you have a detachable shower head that would work really well to wet the cat and rinse the shampoo. Take care around the cat’s head to ensure that no shampoo runs into the cat’s eyes. Use the shower head to direct water away from the face.
  5. Have several towels ready to dry kitty as best you can. By this time he may just be wanting to disappear but he will be flea-less, so he should be thanking you. I wouldn’t count on any thanks but you never know.

Tip: A portable grooming tub would be super handy if you have a number of pets to groom and shower or if you regularly give the cat a flea shampoo.

Is Cat Flea Shampoo Safe To Use?

Cat flea shampoo does contain chemicals. The plus is that the chemicals are washed off the skin.

It is generally recommended that cat flea shampoo not be used on kittens under twelve weeks and up to one year old. So if you have a kitten under twelve weeks old, purchase a flea shampoo that is specifically for kittens.

cats reading the paper in bed
Any cat flea shampoo on sale dear?


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A flea comb is an excellent part of a flea treating regime. Consider your usual method for the main form of flea control and use a flea comb as ongoing maintenance.

Kittens Can Get Fleas Too. If the kitten is less than 6-8 weeks old do not use conventional flea treatments. There are other things you can do for flea control in kittens.

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