How to Make Homemade Detangler Spray for Cats (4 Recipes)

Every so often, your cat may find herself in a fix with fur that forms tangles. Our feline friends have such sensitive skins that tangles and mats can easily irritate the skin and cause pain or worse, hinder movement. Mats also hide bald spots as well as things like ticks, fleas, and wounds. Plus, they compromise the polished and smooth look of your kitty’s coat.

Commercial detanglers work effectively but they can be expensive. In addition, most of them have plenty of chemicals that can harm your kitty. On the other hand, homemade detangler sprays are not only cheap but they are also natural and safe for your cats. In this guide, we reveal four recipes for making homemade detangler spray for cats.

1. Conditioner and Moroccan oil

Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, Moroccan oil hydrates cat hair and softens it giving it a shine and restoring its health. It contains phenols that balance pH levels in the scalp as well as linoleum acid and vitamin E to moisturize the skin and soften dry areas. Vitamin E (which Moroccan oil is rich in) helps your cat’s hair from being damaged by splitting and breaking. Finally, this oil has small molecules and can penetrate the fur more effectively to detangle it.

A conditioner restores shine and moisture and also helps to soften the hair and detangle it. It works hand in hand with the oil to remove the hardest of tangles without causing pain and discomfort to your kitty. You want to choose a cat-friendly conditioner for this recipe.

What you need

  • A spray bottle
  • 4 parts water
  • One part conditioner of your choice as long as it is made for cats
  • One tablespoon Moroccan oil


The procedure of making the detangler spray is pretty easy. Once you have the right amounts of water, conditioner, and oil, pour everything into the spray bottle. Start with the conditioner, followed by the oil, and finally the water. Shake the contents well and you are good to go.

To use it, apply a few sprays on your kitty’s fur and work it with your fingers. You can then grub a wet brush and glide through the fur gently to get rid of the tangles. This loosens the mats. Apply more sprays over the stubborn mats and leave them to soak a while longer. Finally, use the wet brushing tool again or a metal rake and work through the mats until all the fur is detangled.

2. Water and Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great product for your cat’s fur. When applied to her skin, it may make the hair shinier and reduce damage. This is because it has lauric acid, a fatty acid with a special chemical makeup that separates hair shafts with relative ease. This recipe also uses aloe vera a calming and soothing gel and glycerin which acts as an emulsifier to blend everything up.

What you need

  • One teaspoon coconut oil
  • Three drops of glycerin
  • One cup of water
  • One teaspoon of aloe vera gel
  • Spray bottle


The recipe is as simple as the previous one. Simply pour the water into the spray bottle. Next, melt the coconut oil and let it cool before you add it to the spray bottle. Mix in the aloe vera and glycerin. Shake the contents for a couple of minutes and ensure they are well blended. This detangler spray doesn’t have preservatives, which means germs have an easy entry into the spray. For this reason, consider using it within a short time of preparing it.

3. Rubbing Alcohol and Coconut Oil

Rubbing alcohol has many uses around the home, one of which is making a simple yet effective detangler spray. If your kitty’s hair is severely matted or tangles, this unique solution will penetrate through and untie all those stubborn knots. The recipe also uses coconut oil which blends very well with rubbing alcohol to detangle cat fur and make it shinier and healthier.

What you need

  • Rubbing alcohol (1/8 cup)
  • One teaspoon of sea salt
  • One tablespoon of coconut oil
  • A few drops of essential oil for fragrance


Boil the water and add the sea salt. Stir until all of it dissolves. Next, add in the rubbing alcohol followed by the essential oil. Shake and use!

4. Rosemary and Aloe Vera Spray

Rosemary leaves can also be mixed with aloe vera and glycerin to make an effective detangling spray for your kitty. Rosemary is one of the best essential oil for your pet’s hair as it reduces hair loss and promotes the growth of new hair. Aloe vera gel strengthens hair, protects it from UV damage, detangles hair, and promotes hair growth. Finally, glycerin is a humectant which means it pulls moisture from the air and directs it to the cat’s hair keeping it soft and hydrated.

What you need

  • 2 cups of water
  • I tablespoon of fresh/dried rosemary
  • One teaspoon of aloe vera gel
  • Three drops of glycerin
  • Spray bottle
  • Strainer
  • Pan with lid


First, add the water to a pan and bring it to a boil over a stove. Once the water has boiled, remove the pan and mix in the dried or fresh rosemary and cover the pan with a lid. Let the contents in the pan cool. Strain the liquid into a dish and throw away the rosemary leaves.

Pour one cup of the rosemary mix into a spray bottle and add three glycerin drops plus one teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Replace the lid on the spray bottle and shake the contents a few times to mix them up. Finally, spray the detangler on the cat’s coat after bathing and comb it out gently until all the mats have been removed. Use it over the course of a few days for the best results.

Parting Thoughts

There it is – 4 recipes for making a home detangler spray for your cat. As you can see, most of these ingredients are readily available. You probably already have them in your pantry. All you need is to get the right measurements and your cat will thank you later.