How to Give a Cat a Bath
How to Bathe a Cat (and Survive the Experience!)
So you want to give your cat a bath. Well, the first question you should ask is this: Do you really want to? After all, cats aren't known for their affinity to water. At best, you'll have a yowling, miserable cat glaring at you. At worst, you'll have a very angry cat shredding your sensitive flesh.
If you're determined to give your nice kitty a bath, read on for some tips to do it without losing an arm in the process.
Preparing for the Bath
Bath Time Kitty!
Make sure you dress for the occasion. Wear clothes you don't care too much about, preferably an outfit made from durable fabric. Something that covers all your arms and legs. Something that resists sharp, swiping claws.
You may want to get a buddy involved. Bribe someone to help you wrangle your kitty, just in case she kicks, bites, and struggles like crazy.
Try to approach the whole thing with a calm attitude. If you give off any funny vibes, your cat may pick up on this and decide something fishy is going on. Just pet her and talk nicely to her. Lull her into a false sense of security.
Close the bathroom door and fill the tub with lukewarm water. It doesn't have to be deep at all. It can just be enough to cover your cat's paws.
You may want to trim your cat's claws, because you know she's probably not going to put up with this indignity without a fight. You could also cap her claws with a set of Soft Paws.
If you ever plan on bathing your cat in the future, start when they're young, even if when they don't need it. It's easier to get a kitten used to baths.
Giving Your Cat a Bath
Cat Bath Directions
Here's the fun part: Introducing your cat to water. Yay!
This part can turn into a real rodeo, which is why you should have a buddy help you. Just try to stay calm and talk soothingly to your cat, even as she thrashes and howls like a banshee.
Soak and shampoo your cat from the neck down. Gently work up a nice soapy lather, and avoid getting any soapy stuff in her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Rinse your cat two to three times. You want to make sure you get all that soap out of her fur. She's definitely going to be licking herself after this.
Dry your kitty with a fluffy towel. A short-haired cat can air-dry after a couple of goes with a towel, but a long-haired cat will need extra towels and combs to help them dry faster.
Keep wet kitties away from drafts!
Cute Cat Bath Video - Cat Getting a Bath Video
Oddly enough, there are some cats in the world that actually like water. Check out this video of a cat happily splashing around in a bath tub.
What did I Ever do to You?!
How NOT to Bathe Your Cat - Cat Getting a Bath Video
This YouTube video demonstrates the best techniques to avoid when bathing your cat. Namely: Don't bathe your cat in a sink!
Have you ever tried giving a cat a bath?