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Bathing A Cat
For The First Time
Easy Reading Guide For Pet Owners
Tips For Bathing A Cat That Hates Water
Cats normally do not need much help with
getting and staying clean. They are normally really fussy about their
cleanliness and spend much of their day primping and preening.
A mother cat will always teach her young to keep clean and for that
reason cat owners seldom need to bathe their cats, however, there are
some situations where you may find it is time to bathe kitty.
comes to us all, a time when we need to take the plunge,
kitty has skin allergies or flea infestations, or perhaps he or she is
getting older and has become less flexible, making it awkward to reach
certain places so you need to give a helping hand, but it can be done
you are well prepared, even if you are planning on bathing a cat that
The first thing to do is to get your supplies handy as it would be
virtually impossible to leave a cat alone in water while you nip out
something you forgot.
The best place to bathe your cat is in a small, enclosed room where
there's no escape and if you have a sink in your laundry room, that
would work perfectly or
a deep bathroom sink would also do the job. The idea is to get
in a small area to help him or her feel safer during the process, plus
you've more chance of keeping hold of him/her without having to chase a
soggy moggy all over the house.
Another idea is to use a baby tub and place it inside your own bathtub.
This might cause your back to ache a little but may be just the thing
for your cat.
In addition you will need several old towels along with mild,
shampoo such as baby shampoo, pet shampoo or perhaps the medicated one
for the infection, but not the usual shampoo you
would use yourself, and a cup for rinsing.
With long-haired cats you may need to remove any matted clumps with a
scissors before beginning.
you have all of your supplies where you need them,
will want to prepare the bath.
Run a small amount of water into the tub or sink, just enough so that
it will just cover the paws and the water temperature should match what
you would use for a baby,
around your body temperature, as cats do not like water that is too hot
It is also a
good idea to place a non-skid mat or folded bath towel in the bottom of
the sink or tub before you add the water as this will
the cat from slipping around on the bottom of the sink or tub.
It is now time for the fun
and games to start. You have to hold your cat
firmly, one hand on
his/her back and the other under his/her tum and lower the cat slowly
into the water rear feet first.
This can be very awkward as you may have a cat that really
want to get wet.
If your cat struggles you
might want to wrap a towel around
your cat to prevent scratches, although you may be surprised by your
cat’s reaction. Some cats will happily accept
work. Others will be terrified and will run from you the first
chance they get.
Another option is to hold the cat close to you to steady its nerves;
you more than likely will be soaked in the process, but by moving in a
calm, slow manner and talking to your cat you should
be able to get those feet in the water.
After your cat is settled in the water, you can begin the
bathing and for this you need to work quickly, but very gently.
The best method for bathing your cat
is to start with the head and work your way down, but be careful not to
water or shampoo in your cat’s eyes or ears and use only very
small amounts of shampoo as if you use a lot you will be forever trying
to rinse it from the fur.
If you are doing this for flea treatment you will want to
follow the directions on the flea shampoo at this point.
An added point is you can use
vegetable oil if you need to remove sticky substances from your
cat’s fur, but use this sparingly as this will leave a slight
residue on your cat’s fur which in turn would need further
washing with shampoo to get rid of it.
Further reading for specific breeds:
Ultimate Siamese Cat Secrets
More topics will be added in the near future!