While most cats can keep themselves clean, kittens might need a little help, because they can make a mess in the litter pan or they get a little dirty at feeding time. A quick bath can help kitty stay clean and healthy, but it should be done with care.
We want to share with you some tips that can help you to bathe your cat without any stress.
- Consider other options
Before giving your cat a bath, be sure she really needs one. Since cats are self-cleaning, most cats won’t need to be bathed regularly. There’s no need to go through the effort of the bath and stress your cat out over something that’s not necessary. If your cat needs a little help but isn’t filthy, consider methods that are less drastic, like pet-friendly wet wipes or spot cleaning with a wet washcloth.
- Choose the right time
You can make the process easier simply by choosing a time when your cat is naturally more relaxed. You can also “trick” your cat into being more relaxed by wearing her out with an exceptionally active play session before you need to bathe her.
- Prepare your cat’s claws
Even a sweet-tempered cat can claw and scratch when she feels threatened by a sink full of water. Bath time will be safer for both of you if you clip your kitty’s claws beforehand. If you don’t think you can snip them safely, try nail caps.
- Gather supplies
Trust me, the last thing you need is to realize you’ve forgotten the shampoo or towel after you’ve set the bath game in motion. Gather everything you need in advance– including pet shampoo, a washcloth, large towel, a comb, and a non-breakable vessel (like a plastic pitcher or cup) for wetting your cat.
- Brush your cat
Always brush your cat before bathing her. The bath will be most effective if you remove loose hair and debris.
- Use a safe water vessel
If you have a water sprayer attached to your sink, that’s a great way to get your cat wet and rinse out shampoo. If you don’t have one, or if you’ll be washing your cat in a place besides your kitchen sink, you’ll need to use a pitcher or cup to pour water on your cat. Choose a plastic one that won’t break if it gets knocked out of your hand by a struggling cat.
- Use warm water
Paying attention to the temperature of the bath water isn’t just a matter of comfort for your cat– it’s also a matter of safety. Use water that’s lukewarm to keep your cat comfortable and safe.
- Use a pet-friendly shampoo
Human shampoos can dry out your cat’s skin and many are made with ingredients that can be toxic to cats. Pet-safe shampoos will be specifically designed to keep your cat’s skin and coat healthy and moisturized.
- Be gentle with the face
Don’t lather your cat’s face with shampoo, even if her face is dirty. Instead, gently rub her face with a washcloth that’s damp with clean water.
- Dry safely
Wrap your cat in a large, soft towel after the bath to soak up excess water. Keep her away from drafty areas while she’s wet. If your cat won’t mind the noise, you can use a blow dryer set on the lowest setting.
Giving your cat some treats after a bath can help convince her that the bath wasn’t so bad after all. At the very least, receiving something delicious may convince her that the bath was worth the hassle. You’ll be in a better position next time if your cat learns to associate the bath with something delicious and pleasurable at the end.
We hope that this could help you and your little friend. If you have more tips, leave them in the comments section below.