Your cat is dirty and you know she’s going to need a bath. Groomers are expensive, and you don’t want to spend the extra cash. The best solution is giving the cat a bath at home, which is simple as long as you prepare in advance and maintain in mind some fundamental stuff.
Even though some cat breeds love water like the Maine Coon or Turkish Angora, but many cats find baths a stressful experience. So, it’s better to start bathing your cat young and get them used to it, and even if you have an older one, you still can bath your kitty without trauma to you or the cat.
If you think your cat will have a problem with a bath, or if your cat is older and has never been bathed before, then it is a good idea to have a helper and to prepare everything from water temperature to shampoo and towels in advance, and make sure to stay calm even if your cat doesn’t seem to like the bath.
1- Giving The Cat A Bath: Step-by-Step Guide
- Like dogs, brush the mats from your cat’s hair, they won’t come out if you get them wet.
- Make sure to use cat specific shampoos, particularly if you’re bathing for fleas. Be careful! people shampoos dry out your cat’s skin and can make them itchy and irritable and also Dog flea shampoo can be toxic to your cat.
- Run 4 to 5 inches of warm water into your bathtub.
- Place your cat gently into the tub, and wet their body with water using a cup. Avoid bathing the head and concentrate only on the fur from their neck to their tail. After a while, when your cat is completely wet, lather your cat’s body with the shampoo, and don’t forget to lather their underside as well.
- Rinse the body of your cat until you are no longer able to feel shampoo in the cat’s hair. Remember to avoid the head area.
- To absorb the water, wrap your cat in a towel and then use another towel to dry softly. Don’t use a hairdryer because the heat is too hot for the sensitive skin of a cat (not to mention the scary sounds!). If it has long hair, just use another towel and get it as dry as you can.
- Finally, after finishing the bath, give your kitty some treats and praise, to make sure that your cats associate good feelings with getting baths in the future.
Keep in mind: grooming at home can be simple, less stressful and less expensive with just some practice and preparation.
2- FAQ About Cat Baths
can you give a cat a bath?
Lucky for all cat owners, cats are estimated to spend 30-50% of their time self-grooming, which makes giving them baths usually unnecessary. But that doesn’t mean you’ll never have to bath them! If your cat becomes unreasonably sticky or smelly, it may be time for a bath.
Due to restricted reach and mobility, obese cats can have difficulty self-grooming and may need a bath to reach their lower back areas.
How many times should you bathe your cat?
Your cat needs to be bathed just one time a month. Anything more than that can dry out and irritate your cat’s skin.
Where should I bathe my cat?
For an adult cat, a bathtub can be an excellent place. But for Kittens and smaller cats, they may feel comfortable in a small tub or bathroom sink.
3- Last Tips for Bathing Cats
- Although, you should make a great effort to maintain the cat calm while bathing but there still chances that your cat gets angry and scratch you. So, be sure that your cat’s nails are trimmed before bathing it.
- Keep soaps, cups and other materials close to where you are going to bathe your cat.
- Put a towel in the tub or sink to help give your kitty some grip, doing this you will help reduce their stress level and the chance of injury.
- If your cat has a long hair, try to dilute the shampoo first before giving your cat’s a bath, This will help the shampoo get to the end of its hair follicle.
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