Cats are known to be very conscientious when it comes to grooming. They don’t usually require a bath. However, there will be times when you need to put yourself on the line to give your cat a bath. This may be due to a medical condition, or when your cat gets really dirty and can’t clean the dirt off by itself.
Steps To Bathing Your Cat
How do you bathe a cat? If you have not done it before, follow the steps below bath your cat.
- Brush your cat’s fur coat, follow by trimming its claws.
- Cat proof the bathing room or where you are going to bath your cat.
- Slowly lower your cat into the bathtub to wet it down, then bring it out of the bathtub again.
- Use a cat shampoo and apply a small amount and lather it all over your cat’s body.
- Give your cat a good rub to get the shampoo and lather deep inside your cat’s fur.
- Lower your cat into the bathtub again and rinse your cat thoroughly to get rid of the shampoo and lather. Use a cloth to wipe your cat’s face.
- You may have to repeat step 3 to step 6 again if your kitty is very dirty.
- Wipe dry your kitty using a towel.
- Congratulations! If you make it this far without any mishaps, then you have successfully bath your cat.
15 Tips On Bathing Your Cat
Those who have tried bathing their cats before, will know of the dangers and stress involved in bathing their cats. Most cats hate to be bathed. If you really need to give your cat, here are some tips to make things easier for both you and your cat.
- Show some love and reassurance - Praise and reassure your cat as much as you can, especially if your cat is showing signs of distress. Don’t frighten your cat with aggressive gestures or loud voices. Always speak to your kitty in a calm and gentle manner.
- Apply the correct amount of shampoo - Don’t overdo it and try to apply too much shampoo, as the shampoo can get into your cat’s eyes. Use the correct amount of shampoo and lather up. Make sure your cat is not in the water when applying the shampoo and lathering your cat.
- Bribe your cat - Get ready some snacks, treats or even toys to distract your cat. This is a useful trick to get your cat to do your bidding.
- Brush your cat first - Brushing of your cat’s coat should be a regular part of your cat grooming activities. By brushing your cat first, you can help to remove any knots and tangles in the fur. Knots and tangles in the fur will more more difficult to remove when wet.
- Close the bathroom door - This is to ensure your cat will not escape through the doorway if it is frightened. A frightened cat may do a lot of damage to household stuff out of fear. Do take note to keep the toilet seat down as well, as your cat may jump into the toilet accidentally when it is in a state of fear.
- Enlist a helper - An extra pair of hands will be very handy, especially if your cat starts getting skittish. Get someone to hold your cat when you bathe it.
- Make the bathroom and bathtub safe for your cat - Put rubber mats or towels in the tub to prevent your cat from slipping. Also, place some dry towels on the bathroom floor as well to let your kitty feel more secure. Some cats may prefer alternative ways to bathe instead. If your cat dislikes bathing in the bathtub, you can try using the sink or small buckets, or in some case the shower instead.
- Rinse your cat thoroughly - Make sure you rinse your cat thoroughly with clean, warm water. Avoid getting water into the ears, eyes, mouth and nose of your pet. You can try placing a small cotton ball in each ear to prevent ear infection. Just remember to take them out at the end of the bath.
- Test the water temperature - Ensure the water temperature is just right, not too cold or hot to the touch. Use your fingers to test the temperature first. Warm water is the best.
- Trim your cat’s claw first - Before bathing your cat, it is always best to conduct other grooming activities first. Trimming your cat’s claws is one of the best ways to prevent yourself from being injured by your kitty.
- Use a cat shampoo - Use a dedicated cat shampoo for your cat. Do not use shampoo meant for humans as human shampoo are not suitable for cats.
- Watch out for signs of distress and panic - If you detect any signs of distress and panic from your cat, you may want to stop the bathing first. You can always try again another time. Take things slowly as it will take time for any cat to get used to bathing.
- Wear out your cat - You may want to try this if you are finding it hard to get your cat to bath without biting or scratching you. You can try lowering down your cat’s aggression level by playing with it first to tire your cat out before bathing it.
- Wear protective clothing - You have to learn how to protect yourself from cat bites and scratches. What better way then wearing protective clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of goggles.
- Praise and reward your cat after the bath - You want your cat to bathe again, then you should give your cat some encouragements after every bath. This is to make your cat associate bathing with positive experiences, so that to ensure your cat want to go bathing with you again.
Things To Take Note Of When Bathing Your Cat
There are certain things you need to take note of when bathing your cat if you want nothing to go wrong or things to get from bad to worse.
- Cat bites - If you got bitten during bath time, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Cat bites can cause infections if left untreated. In some cases, it can lead to more serious health issues.
- Dry your cat - Once you finished bathing your cat, your cat will try to get rid of excess water by vigorously shaking its body. After that, make sure to towel dry your cat as thoroughly as possible. After toweling dry your cat, let it stay in a warm room to completely dry off first before letting it outdoors. You can use a hair dryer to dry your cat if your cat is not scared of one. Though you need to take note to set the hair dryer on warm setting, instead of hot and place the hair dryer at the distance to finish off the drying.
- Multiple cats - If you have more than one cat, it may be best to separate them during bath time. Use the same towel to dry all cats in order to let them get used to each other scents.
As you can see, bathing your cat need not be a painful and stressful event for both you and your cat. If you can train your cat to like bathing, it can do both you and your cat a great deal of good. Bathing your cat is a good way to bond with your kitty, just like how close and friendly cats will help to groom each other.