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How to bathe your cat

Updated on September 30, 2007

Being a relatively new cat owner and an overall beginner when it comes to cat related stuff, I was of an opinion that it would be much easier to bathe a cat then a dog. Maybe my logic was a bit wonky, but I thought being that the cats are smaller then dogs they would be much easier to handle. Boy was I wrong. Sure, cats are smaller, but also about 2 times more difficult to handle then dogs. I would recommend enlisting some help for this mean feat, I surely did not manage to do this on my own.

· Prepare a sink or a bathtub whichever is more convenient for you. Fill either sink or a bathtub with mildly warm water and place a non-slip mat at the bottom. In case you do not have a non-slip mat do not worry, you can use an old towel it helped me just fine.

· Prepare the essentials, which would include shampoo, towels, brush and adjust the spray nozzle if you are washing your cat in the sink. Having these items near the sink or bathtub will speed up the process once the mayhem ensues.

· Now it is the time to place your kitty in the sink or a bathtub. Do this quickly but gently while talking to him/her the whole time. If the kitty is a bit difficult to handle as mine was it could help to wrap him/her in the towel (the infamous towel has helped me with everything from administering tapeworm medication to cleaning the ears).

· Open the water and make sure the spray is not A) too strong and B) too warm or too cold · Start at the bottom and move towards the head soaking the cat completely, but do be careful and try not to get any water in cat's ears or eyes

· Lather up. You can either dilute shampoo in some warm water or apply it directly but do not go overboard with the shampoo. ·

If by chance you are using anti-flea shampoo you will have to leave it to work for about 10 minutes. Either way massage your cat to work the shampoo in.

· Rinse out time. Adjust the spray again and make sure to rinse all the shampoo out. As with dogs, shampoo residue can lead to dry and itchy skin.

· Gently smooth your hands all over your cat to get rid off excess water. Wrap him/her in the towel and pay dry.

· Brush your cat, especially if you have used anti-flea shampoo (this will get rid off dead fleas). Same applies even if your cat is flea free, to make sure the hair is not tangled. ·

If your cat can take the noise of a hair dryer you can use it to get your cat dry. If not, leave them undisturbed so they can self-groom and of course it would be better to leave them inside until they dry out completely.

With these few simple steps you should manage to safely bathe your cat. Have a safe and scratch free bathing time.

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