To bathe or not to bathe a cat? That is the question. There are two types of cat owners in the world: the ones that firmly believe that cats hate water so they don’t bathe their cats, and the ones that think a bath is a necessary and regular procedure for cats.
Why bathe a cat, indeed? It is a well known fact that most cats are capable of keeping themselves clean. They have teeth and a tongue to groom themselves on a regular basis. But sometimes they get into something dirty or smelly, and bath seems to be the only way out.
If your kitty is not used to being bathed, this procedure can turn into a real nightmare. We actually recommend that you start bathing your kitty from an early age. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a regular routine, but giving your little fluffy friend a bath every now and then is something that you might need to consider. However, if your cat is no longer a kitty, here are a few tips to make this bathing experience a lot less stressful and a lot more comfortable for you and your pet.
Preparation is the key to success when it comes to bathing a cat. Some veterinarians say that it’s advisable to have your cat’s claws clipped. If you don’t want to do that, at least consider wearing long sleeves in order to avoid scratches and infections. Then, brush your cat to get rid of loose hairs and tangles.
Fill the tub or the sink with warm (not hot) water just enough to wash your pet. Make sure you put a rubber mat to prevent your cat from slipping and from clawing your tub or sink. Please note that washing your pet is not a job that is done single-handedly. You will always need a helper, or rather extra pair of hands. Try to make your scared to death kitty feel as comfortable as possible. Talk to the pet as calmly as possible during the entire procedure. It’s important to stay calm and not fly into a temper. Keep in mind that your cat is already stressed out.
Start bathing by wetting your cat’s fur. After the fur is wet enough, apply a small amount of shampoo. Do NOT use shampoo made for humans or any other pets/ animals. If you have no idea what shampoo to use, consult your vet. Rub the shampoo gently into the fur and rinse away all the soap with warm water, avoiding inner ears and eyes.
Once all clean, wrap your cat in a clean soft towel and dry him/her as well as you can. Next, brush your cat, especially if he/she is long-haired. You might also want to use a feline conditioner to soften his/her fur. Do not let your cat go outside until he/she is completely dry. Otherwise, your cat can catch a cold.
And we almost forgot to mention the treats! Always give your kitty his/her favorite treats. And who knows, maybe next time your fluffy friend won’t find bathing that horrifying.