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The Perfect Cat Bath

Updated on June 1, 2015

They say that cats are very self-maintenance. They can clean and groom themselves. However, if your cat gets really dirty, like she messed around with something very sticky or really stinky. But bathing cats is not that easy. It's either a total mayhem or a successful attempt.

When I bathed my cat for the first time it was a mess. I thought they would just stay still anytime and welcome the water being poured on them. But nope, I was wrong. I realized that are appropriate things to do to achieve the perfect cat bath.

The Purr-fect Timing

Schedule the bath time when your cat is in relaxed mode. This maybe done after a good exercise session like playing with cat wand toys. Feather toys for cats are great for tiring your cat easily.

More cat feather toys that your cats will love here!

Clip 'em

It is recommended that you snip those sharp claw nails before bathing your cat. You know, for your own safety.

Brush 'em

To remove loose hair before the actual bathing, gently brush your cats hair. Also don't forget to put cotton balls on your cat's ears to keep the water out.

Anti-slip Rubber mats

Put rubber bath mats on the sink where you'll be doing the bathing. This is to keep your cat in place while you are giving them a bath. Fill the sink with 3 to 4 inches of lukewarm water.

Water it up

It is preferable to use a hand-held spray hose to thoroughly wet your pet. Make sure you don't spray directly to the eyes, ears and nose. If your don't have a spray, don't fear, a plastic cup or pitcher works great!


Mix a solution of 1 part pet cat shampoo (no human hair shampoo please) and 5 parts water. Using the solution, lather your kitty and gently message her hair working from head to tail. Avoid the eyes, ears and face.

... and Rinse

With lukewarm water, thoroughly rinse the shampoo, using the spray or pitcher, off your cat's coat. Make sure you rinse off all of the residue as this can irritate your cat's skin, thus, attracting more dirt for her.


Using a washcloth, gently wipe your cat's face. Lukewarm water is good for this step. However if the face is really dirty, wipe using a diluted solution of the shampoo mix. Again, be careful around the eyes and ears.


Now, wrap your cat in a large towel and dry her in a warm place. If she doesn't mind the noise, use a blow dryer using the lowest heat temperature. I use this with my cat. She even actually enjoys this part. Also, if your cat has long hair you have to untangle her fur with a wide-toothed comb on this part.

Treat her right

After a successful bathing session, your cat deserves an endless praise and, of course, a tasty treat! With this happy ending in mind, your cat will go in for another bathing session next time! Good luck! :)


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