Although it’s usually not necessary to wash and shampoo your Maine Coon frequently, sometimes it’s most certainly required. So, when it is needed, you will want to make sure you use the best shampoo that’s not only fit for your Maine Coon but is also environmentally friendly. It still seems really difficult to find shampoos that have bio-degradable containers. So, we certainly still have a way to go but these are definitely a step in the right direction!
Unlike other articles on this subject, I’m going to keep this one brief. You’re not here to read about why you must ‘go green’, that information can be found elsewhere.
This article will just give you what you need, a few options for the best shampoo for your Maine Coon and then the one I suggest you go for. To be honest, all of the ones listed here are absolutely fine for you to use on your Maine Coon but I will tell you what I recommend as my favorite!
So, without any further ado, let me present to you the most environmentally friendly shampoos for your Maine Coon cat!
What is the best shampoo for Maine Coons? The best shampoo for Maine Coons in 2020 is the “Vet Recommended” foam-based shampoo. The manufacturer’s pledge towards the health of your cat and the environment make it a clear favorite of mine. However, all of these products are good and I can recommend any of them for your cat!
Ultimate Shampoos For Your Maine Coon Cat
Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo
Earthbath has several different versions but my favorite is most definitely the Oatmeal and Aloe shampoo. The organic aloe vera is said to combat irritations of the skin and re-moisturize dry skin.
The shampoo is soap-free, natural and pH-balanced and won’t interfere with many flea products that you apply to their skin. This shampoo could be recommended if your Maine Coon has itchy skin and you notice something irritating them. The chances are though this will be related to fleas so you should definitely consider this first.
There are no DEA, parabens, phosphates, synthetic dyes, or perfumes added to this product.
The manufacturers have obviously thought about the environment when manufacturing this product however, as with most things, it could always be improved. Let’s look at moving away from plastics!
Vet’s Best Dry Shampoo
The Vet’s Best Dry Shampoo is, as its name suggests, a dry shampoo which is great for Maine Coons that aren’t comfortable about being rinsed off – which is quite common even with the Maine Coon that is known to be more fond of water than many other breeds. Take a look at my article here all about that if you’re interested!
This product utilizes natural ingredients such as Neem oil, aloe vera, and oatmeal to clean your Maine Coon’s coat in a very gentle way. For those of you unfamiliar with Neem oil, it is native to India and contains natural qualities that are said to promote healthy skin.
Arguably though, people will be looking at this product because their Maine Coon does not want to get wet and it is perfect for this. You can simply pump the foam onto the Maine Coon’s coat and stroke through, followed by brushing. Your cat may not even know you’re doing it! Again, like similar high-quality products, it won’t interfere with flea applications if applied 24 hours after the flea application.
This product is made in the USA.
Greenbone All Natural Pet Shampoo
The Greenbone all-natural pet shampoo (that can safely be used on Maine Coons) contains Argan Oil and Lemongrass and is said to clean and moisturize your cat’s skin. All the ingredients are natural and make this shampoo a very attractive choice for someone who considers the environment.
You do need to use it on a wet coat so if your Maine Coon doesn’t appreciate getting wet then do consider one of the dry foam products. The product is pH balanced and if you have a doggy in the house also – it can be used on them too!
The manufacturer claims that all the scents have demineralized water, coconut fatty acids, sodium chloride viscosity, and a Disodium EDTA-chelating agent. You do, as with most other shampoos, have to be careful about avoiding your Maine Coon’s eyes with this product and ensure that you thoroughly rinse the product off once finished.
Espree Natural Hypo-Allergenic
The Espree Natural Hypo-Allergenic shampoo is mild and is classified as a tearless shampoo. That doesn’t mean you can apply it liberally to your Maine Coon’s face – this should still be avoided – it just means if you do accidentally get some in their face it shouldn’t cause as much irritation as other shampoos.
Made in the US, this shampoo is particularly good for Maine Coons that are somewhat sensitive to products and is made from 100% organically grown Aloe Vera.
Espree products claim the following, that they are “derived from plant, vegetable or mineral origin, primarily through physical processing, sometimes facilitated by simple chemical reactions”. Most Espree products contain over 95% natural ingredients and more than 50% of their ingredients are organic.
This product can be used on Maine Coon cats and dogs (if you have one.) It has also been positively received by its users as you can see if you check out the reviews on Amazon below.
Vet Recommended Waterless Shampoo
This shampoo for Maine Coons is another which you can use without having to wet their fur beforehand. All you do is simply spray the mouse onto and into their fur and massage it in. In fact, your cat may not even know what you are doing! There is a slight fragrance, similar to strawberry but it is subtle enough not to be overpowering to your Maine Coon.
Vet Recommended shampoo (this is the name of the brand) is great to remove any unpleasant odors and can be used with coats that have had flea treatments (but do leave the treatment on for a few hours before you use the shampoo).
This Maine Coon shampoo doesn’t include any alcohol and is detergent-free, nor does it contain any animal by-products.
The packaging is made with recycled materials and is ecologically friendly so not only is it safe for your Maine Coon, it isn’t as harmful to the environment as other shampoo products. Also, the company does not promote testing on any animals.
This shampoo has a built-in conditioner and the product comes with a 100% No Guilt Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee.
Actually, the only thing I don’t like about this product is the name. They obviously call it ‘Vet Recommended’ so when you see the brand it looks like a vet has recommended it – which they might have but the fact that they’ve done this makes me feel a bit ‘played’.
Conclusion – Best shampoo for Maine Coons
So, the best shampoo for Maine Coons is the Vet Recommended Dry shampoo. There are a few reasons for this:
- I like the fact that it’s a dry shampoo – you don’t need to get your Maine Coon wet before you apply it. Many cats (even Maine Coons) don’t like water!
- The product is detergent and alcohol-free and doesn’t contain any animal by-products.
- The packaging is made from recycled materials
- Comes with a 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee
So, if you’re after a shampoo for your Maine Coon that is not only safe for your cat but as good (as it can be) for the environment, I would recommend ‘Vet Recommended‘ foam shampoo.