Cats require a bit of maintenance - mostly grooming, and every once in a while it's a good idea to give them a bath. For the longest time, we used "baby" shampoo to bathe our Siberian cat, but the results were always lackluster.
With all human and cat shampoos, the results were the same. She would have dull, kind of tacky fur, and she would lick herself constantly to get rid of the smell - even the "unscented" smells.
Washing a cat is a tough job, so you want your results to be worth the effort (hint - lock the door and use a sink or laundry tub if you have one.)
After combing the internet for a way to naturally clean dishwashers and washing machines, I came upon an "all vinegar" site.
It was amazing. I wish I still had the link to share it... Basically, vinegar is amazing and one of the uses listed was washing cats.
It's non-toxic, non-irritating, and cheap. Apparently it even kills fleas.
And it's so easy to use. Just fill a tub/sink with warm water and a cup or so of vinegar I don't measure. I just dump some in, but I'm guessing about a cup to a gallon of water.
Then wash the kitty in the water as if it's soapy water. Just rub it into their fur and scrub them up. The vinegar smell will only last for a few minutes, and avoid getting it in their eyes and ears.
Then rinse the kitty and towel her off.
When I wash our cat with vinegar (pictured above) she has the softest fur. Plus she doesn't lick for hours afterward trying to rid herself of the chemical scents that shampoos leave behind.
We've also noticed that my husband is less allergic to her for a few days after a vinegar bath. That doesn't happen with soap and water baths.
Bottom line - vinegar is awesome. Try washing your pets with it instead of soap...and clean your drains, your dishwasher, your windows and mirrors.....