As cat parents, we all know that cats are a really fastidious creature in grooming themselves. And surely, might you have heard many times that it’s no need to bathe them. However, there are still cases that you should think about this issue, such as flea infestation, ringworm or your cat is arthritic or obese. In some cases, your cat accidentally gets something stuck on their coat that truly need your help, such as motor oil, flea killing product, tree sap, antifreeze and stuff like that.
But we also know that kitties and water are enemies of each other. With ease-going cats, this task might be carried out like a piece of cake. But, with sensitive ones who really hate water, without knowledge of soothing your baby, your bathing might become a hot mess and your cat can be scared of you for a while.
So, to avoid that stuff, read on this guidance!
What you will need
Preparation is key to making this experience as stress-free as possible for your cat. Firstly, prepare the area. Obviously, a bathtub is a good place to bathe them. Or, you can take advantage of a bathroom sink to bathe your kittens.
Besides, there are some more things you need to prepare are: towels (at least 2), a comb, a cup and cat shampoo. In terms of water, it should be reasonable warm – not too cold, but not too hot.
How to bathe your cat
Brush your cat
Don’t underestimate this step because it plays an important role in removing anything stuck in your cat’s coat as well as avoiding tangled. This is particularly important if your cat has long hair. You can also take this opportunity to clip your cat’s nails. This way, you are less likely to get scratched and your cat will get their nails caught which would only increase their bath time distress.
If this is the very first time your cat is bathed, it’s essential to make them feel comfortable before the bathing time. And my tips for this is taking advantage of food or toys. You can feed them or play with them in your bathroom to make your cat feel comfortable in there. Or, you can pet your baby to let him/her understand that this isn’t a big problem to them at all.
With sensitive cat, you can wrap them around by a towel and hug them in your lap. But, on the other side, make sure that you already have the bathroom’s door shut to prevent any escape.
Now, there are two ways to bathe your baby. One, you fulfill the bathtub with warm water, place a towel into it and then, place your cat in. With this method, bear in mind the water level, it should be reasonable to your cat’s height. Don’t go too high to avoid your cat being scared or water asphyxia.
I highly recommend this way if your cat is not kind of too sensitive of water. But in case they aren’t, let’s try the second method. While hugging your cat in your arms with towel wrapped around, place them gently in your bathtub (with no water). Open the valve lightly to avoid splash water scares your kitty. You can go into the bathtub with your cat to make them feel more secure. Now, open the towel, (place one in the bathtub to let your cat lays or stands on there), wet them gently and pet them a bit if they feel nervous.
Then, apply shampoo on their coat, rub gently and massage them if possible. Your cat will be afraid a little bit for the very first moment, but after that, they will be comfortable and sit or lay down silently.
After rubbing, wash them with clean, warm water. Then, wrap them with another dry towel, bring them out of the bathtub and place in the floor (layer with a towel to avoid your baby getting cold). Dry them with dry towel or if possible, use a dryer to speed up this step. Set it in low heat mode and dry your baby.
I think your cat should be rewarded by a big treat to let them know that they have just done a great job.
Now, it’s your time
Bathing your cat is important but it’s not regular. Ideally, you should bathe your cat once per two months. Besides, be aware of choosing the suitable shampoo for your cat.
Besides, as important as knowing the right way to bathe your cat, you should acknowledge some basic knowledge about cat’s food, toy and carrier. So, don’t miss out these articles:
- How to choose the best cat foods
- How to choose the best cat toys
- How to choose the best cat carrier