Easy Ways To Give A Cat A Bath
Anyone who knows anything about cats already knows that for the most part they hate getting wet. So you're probably wondering why anyone would even want to give a cat a bath in the first place.
Well for the most part your cat can usually do a good job of keeping itself clean and unless your cat is a show cat they usually don't require bathing.
Unfortunately if someone in your household has cat allergies you may have to give your cat an occasional bath in order to keep the allergies at bay.
Most cats find getting wet to be a very traumatic experience and because of this they will resist the bath with every ounce of their being, which of course includes their claws. If your cat tends to be more high strung and easily excitable, it may be easier on the both of you to have the bathing done by a professional cat groomer, otherwise keep reading for more hints and tips on how to bathe a cat.
Before you even start bathing the cat it's always a good idea to get the room ready. You may find it easier to bathe your cat in the bathroom as the door can be closed to prevent him or her from escaping.
It may also be a good idea to have an extra pair of hands to help with the bath. This may sound a little extreme but anyone who has ever bathed a cat can tell you that your little furball can become a scratching raging ball of fur and claws the minute that it hits the water.
The best way to prevent problems is to have everything ready ahead of time. Run your water into the sink or tub making sure that it's at a nice warm temperature because cats can chill easily. Have your towels and a gentle baby soap or pet soap at hand.
How To Bathe A Cat
1. Fill the tub or sink with warm water, cats get cold easily and you want to make sure that your little furball doesn't get sick.
2. Gently lower your cat into the warm water and using a cup or your hands wet the entire cats fur taking care to not get water in its ears or eyes.
3. Make sure to talk gently in a calm manner to help keep the cat calm.
4. Work the shampoo into your cats coat starting at the back of the head and moving downwards. Use a washcloth to clean the cats face because you don't want to take the risk of getting soap in its eyes.
5. Using a cup thoroughly rinse all of the soap from your cats fur and then gently wrap the cat in a towel to help soap up the extra water.
6. Blow dry and brush the cat. To avoid burning kitty make sure to set the blow dryer on low and to not get the nozzle to close to your cats body. For brushing I like to use the Furminator which does an excellent job of removing lose hair.
And that's all there is to giving a cat a bath. Both of my cats have a fairly calm nature and other than a little growling from the yellow tabby it's fairly easy to bathe them.