Maybe continued washing in baby shampoo might be harmful, but a once or twice shampoo is fine. I've washed 5 week old kittens in baby shampoo for a 1st bath and nothing bad happened.
Not that I disbelieve 3 vets, but in all my life, I've never even heard of anyone having problems - let alone the animals dying cause of using baby shampoo. Still think it was something else involved. (unless the animals swallowed some of the shampoo)!
I dont use baby shampoo normally but since my kittens are really little I dont want to use the flea/tick shampoo that I have for cats. I used it also to clean around my goopy eyed babies eyes. It worked out fine. I also know people who use baby shampoo as a regular basis for their kittens or puppies because they only buy flea tick shampoo and dont want to use it till they are older. If its safe enough to use on our furless children is it really that horrible to use on our furry ones...Not long term of course but a sporadic bath with it here and there isnt bad...
There is really cheap cat shampoo at Wal-Mart. I would say for anyone with a cat to buy a bottle of it and keep it in the house for times when you run out of the good stuff. At least you will always know what you are using on your cat is safe and relatively good for him.
I still haven't given her a bath. It's a nightmare to "drug" her & she ends up wearing more & more. I've been wiping her down with a wet cloth. I seriously think I might have to give her a stupid bath with anti-fungal shampoo(leave sit for 5 mins) then a leave in conditioner. I just keep putting off her bath, hoping to be able to wait until her meds are done!