How To Give Your Cat A Bath
Mon, April 19, 2021

How To Give Your Cat A Bath

Most cats do not need bathing, but there are several instances when their owners have to wash them such as when for some reason their long hairs have become matted with dirt and grime or even soot / Photo by: Yellowj via Shutterstock

 

Cats are known to be one of those pets that need the least maintenance. They are generally clean because they know how to groom themselves. Most cats do not need bathing, but there are several instances when their owners have to wash them such as when for some reason their long hairs have become matted with dirt and grime or even soot (sometimes we just don’t know where our cats really go to when they disappear for lengths of time, only to come back dirty). Unfortunately, our feline friends are not a fan of bathing, and pet owners might find giving them a bath a stressful and painful activity. 

Kittens, on the other hand, need frequent bathing because their self-grooming skills are not as developed as an adult cat, according to The Spruce Pets, an online resource about pets and pet health. These little bundles of joys are also quite messy when using their litter boxes and they are still not used to eating cat food that they tend to get food all over their faces and fur. 

For first-time cat owners, there are several ways where you can make your life easier if you’re going to get your cat in the bath. But first, you should prepare the proper tools and essentials that you will need once the bathing starts. Cats will try to wiggle out of the situation and use their claws as much as they can to avoid the water, so it is better to be prepared than sorry in the end. 

 

Prepare the Bath Essentials

Cats are normally smaller than dogs, which is why they can be bathed in the laundry sink, a baby bath, a normal bathtub, or even the bottom of the shower. Pet owners must prepare a non-slip mat where your pet can feel more secure from the slippery surface of the tub. Vet Babble, a website that provides information about pet care, mentioned that pet owners must prepare bathwater whose temperature is only slightly warmer than their skin’s temperature. 

Also, make sure that you are using the right shampoo and conditioner for your cat’s furs. Cats have skin that is half the thickness of human’s, which makes it very sensitive and therefore needs cleaning products that are very different from those of humans. Use good quality and gentle cat shampoo. But if your cat is prone to certain skin conditions and infections, it is best to consult a trusted veterinarian and ask which type of shampoo is best to use. 

Also, before you start bathing your cat, you should prepare some treats to distract them from their natural aversion to water. It could be their favorite treats or canned kitten food that will settle them down once they start to get anxious. Pet owners could also play with their cats to expend some of their energy or choose a time when they are more relaxed. However, never disturb their rest time just to give them a bath.

Cats have skin that is half the thickness of human’s, which makes it very sensitive and therefore needs cleaning products that are very different from those of humans / Photo by: KMNPhoto via Shutterstock

 

Check the Water Temperature and Amount

As mentioned earlier, cats have thinner skin than humans. This is why it is best to put a tiny quantity of warm water in their baths. Avoid overfilling the bath because it will make the cats more anxious, warned CatsFunn, an online resource for information about cats. The gently warm water should just be up to their knees. Once your kitten is used to the water, you can start giving your cat a proper bath. Use a cup to pour water over the kitten, beginning from its hind end and working up to its head. 

 

Put the Suds

Next, take a dime-to-nickel-sized amount of shampoo and gently massage it all over your cat’s body. Remember not to stare at your cat’s eyes directly when you are massaging and giving them a bath as this might stress them out. Slowly blink and look away instead. 

If your feline buddy loves a “bum scratch” you may just do that near the base of their tail. Go very gently and start massaging the area. Avoid putting things in the ears of the cat while you are using shampoo and soap on its fur because aside from the possibility of these objects getting stuck in the cat’s ears, it also might stress out the animal. It can also cause them to have hearing problems later on. 

 

Rinse Off

When the cat is ready for some rinsing, it is better to use the nozzle of the shower or pour out a jugful of clean, warm water while using your other hand to cover up their ears and eyes. Repeat this process all over until you are quite sure that the shampoo and conditioner you put on their body are removed properly. Once you are satisfied with rinsing them off, you may now let the cat shake the excess water off. 

There, that’s not really hard, is it? Remember, being gentle and patient is the key.

When the cat is ready for some rinsing, it is better to use the nozzle of the shower or pour out a jugful of clean, warm water while using your other hand to cover up their ears and eyes / Photo by: Impact Photography via Shutterstock