|Maxwell: "uh, Momma, why are you pointing that thing at me?"|
You know, I haven't bathed Maxie since the day we got him as a 6 month old kitten.
Yeah, I'm totally outing myself.
Have you ever bathed your cat?
Poor little guy - I really thought he needed it at the time. He smelled awful. Turns out he had a wicked bad ear infection. Two, actually. And the smell was coming from his ears.
But it sure made his coat nice and fluffy! When the opportunity arose to check out the ExpertCare Coat Cleansing Foam I thought, why not?
So I went over to PetSmart and bought it. The product details describe it as 'a convenient, leave-in moisturizing foam that’s great for use on water-reluctant cats.'
Okay, confession time. Marty suggested we review this, because in his words, "Max is scruffy, and Allie stinks."
|Okay, I agree, he could have put it more delicately.|
Marty's reasoning aside, I've noticed that for the past year or two, Maxie's had a little problem with dandruff. Wonder if that is caused by his being a kibble-addict for so many years?
(I still pinch myself - yes, after three months, Maxie's still eating wet food! *happy dance*)
At any rate, that's my more politically-correct reason for selecting the Coat Cleansing Foam. (See? No use of the word "scruffy" anywhere and the cats aren't glaring at me. Oh look...Marty is.)
The first thing I did was look at the ingredients list. Have you ever heard of the Environmental Working Group's site? I use it a lot (you type in your ingredient in the search box at the top). You can search for virtually any ingredient and the EWG will rate it, based on various health concerns.
The ExpertCare Coat Cleansing Foam gets an A+.
Testing out a cleansing foam had me curious about the products we use to keep clean in all aspects of our lives. Since the dawn of time, civilizations have been using natural oils to create a surfactant to lift dirt and grime from a surface.
(Okay, yeah, I googled that. And then got sucked in to a kind of fascinating study on the origin of cleansers. Really, you do not want to know what the Romans used in theirs. Ewwww.)
I was totally okay with everything in the Coat Cleansing Foam: a sodium salt, amino acids from apple juice, paper bark tea tree oil, vegetable oil, pumpkin seed extract. Yeah, I was totally okay with it. And I assume that the oils are the ingredients in the description where it says the foam "supports skin hydration and helps manage bad odor while supporting hair coat shine."
|"Uh, did we agree to this? I don't recall getting a vote.." But... he called you SCRUFFY, Maxie.|
In fact, Max didn't feel overly wet, either. It was almost like a foam moisturizing leave-in treatment.
|Maxie was very patient with me, so I'm guessing that it didn't really feel like he was getting soaked.|
|Sleek, shiny, handsome mancat, ready to be huffed! Any takers?|
Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but I sure can. His flank is definitely sleeker.
It'll be interesting to see how it helps with his dandruff, especially during the dry winter months.
Overall, I was very pleased with how easily I could apply this - and how quickly it dried. And how smooth his coat feels, too.
And no, I'm not going near Allie. I think that's a job for her father. Don't you?