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Bathing A Cat For The First Time

An 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.

It comes to us all, a time when we need to take the plunge, especially if 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 if you are well prepared, even if you are planning on bathing a cat that hates water.

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 for 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 docat hating bath the job. The idea is to get your cat 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, non-irritating shampoo such as baby shampoo, pet shampoo or perhaps the medicated one required 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 pair of scissors before beginning.

When you have all of your supplies where you need them, you 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 or cold.

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 prevent 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 doesn't 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 this and let you 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.

Beginning the Bath

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 get 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 oily 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:

Ragdoll Cat Secrets

Ultimate Siamese Cat Secrets

More topics will be added in the near future!