|Purred: Tue Jun 1, '10 7:06am PST |
|I've heard of humans using horse shampoo, but not using cat shampoo. When Currier became a Champion (not very good grooming or photos, too thin), I used Jerob's mahogany gold shampoo to enhance her orange areas. She made Champion (easy: no rivals), and is no longer a show cat. So I have this expensive shampoo that cannot be used on my other cats, except those who do not have white on them. As my hair is an auburn shade of brown, I decided to try it. Jerob makes good shampoos, EXCEPT that cats don't like the odor. Humans don't mind. Nice fragrance. Color enhancing. And, unlike most Japanese shampoos, probably better at cutting out the grease in your hair. Unlike most Japanese people, I have hair that is very fine, and needs grease removal in order to get volume. I've been using The Body Shop products up until now, but they're expensive too, and hey, I had this cat shampoo left over, and we do have the occasional grey hair that could use a mahogany gold covering...Anyway, the shampoo doesn't seem to be working. When I give advice on grooming, I always say--and believe me, I know about grooming cats--that, when in doubt, use dish detergent. Now I am starting to think that I should try dish detergent on my head. You may think me strange. Yes, I can afford shampoo, but it's very hard to find shampoo for ME that can cut the grease from very fine hair. Japanese people tend to have very thick hair, and want to control the volume, so shampoos are usually very oily. The cat shampoo in question is simply a cleansing and color enhancing shampoo. Not meant to control fleas or skin problems. But I think I am having an allergic reaction to it. Or am I myself having fleas? No, that's not possible, because my cats don't have fleas. Thirty years ago, I had a cat with fleas, and the problem was solved. I know what fleas look like. The question is: if a supposedly benign feline shampoo makes you itch, is it good for cats? Rational minds say no. No wonder Harvey spent one and half years mindlessly grooming himself after intense shampoo sessions. Jerob's products produce good results, but I don't like the fact that they have a fragrance, and I'm suspicious about the fact that they make ME itch. Yes, I have many other brands of cat shampoos. I just wanted to use up this bottle of mahogany gold. Itchy itchy. Not fleas. Not lice. I think Harvey was trying to tell me all those months that he didn't like Jerob's. Sorry.
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