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How To Give a Cat Bath


cat_bath.jpgGrooming your cats is something you should not need to do very often. Most cats are capable of keeping themselves perfectly groomed unless they get into something sticky like gum or paint. There are also some breeds of cats that need regular and even weekly grooming. Persians, Sphynx, Peterbald, Himalayans, and a number of other hypoallergenic breeds require regular grooming and bathing. The hypoallergenic breeds need help grooming their natural oils off their skin or they can cause skin problems. If your cat is one of these breeds, be sure you start them at a young age and keep baths a fun and enjoyable experience.

Before You Begin

If you have to bathe your cat, or you chose to bath them frequently, consider making it a full grooming day: trim nails, brush them thoroughly, clean their ears and give them a bath. If you don't want to do all of it, be sure you trim their nails for both your protection and their own, and give them a brushing to remove loose hairs. When brushing beforehand; start with the belly and legs then work upward to remove knots, dead hair and debris.

Gather your supplies. You will want to have the following things ready in your bathing area before you begin:


Combs/ brushes
Nip/ treats
A cup
Eye lubricant from your Vet

Bathing Your Cat

Decide where you want to embark on this bathing endeavor. The bathroom is an ideal location as it is a small space that can be closed off from the rest of the house. Remember! Remain calm as your attitude will affect the attitude of your cat. If you are calm they will be calmer.

Bring your cat into the bathroom and shut the door. Do NOT open the bathroom door again until the bathing process is complete. Follow these steps to bathe your cat.

1. Lubricate the eyes to prevent irritation from the shampoo and put a cotton ball in each ear to protect the ear canals from water.

2. Fill the tub with lukewarm water, only high enough to cover the paws of the cat and gently set the cat in the tub.

3. Let your cat move with some freedom of body, but keep a hand gently on the scruff (the loose skin on the back of the neck) of the neck so that your cat remains in the bathtub.

4. Scoop water into the cup, being careful to avoid the eyes, until the fur is wet.

5. Apply shampoo and massage it into the fur. Human shampoos are okay to use, but they are not recommended as they may contain fragrances or chemicals that can irritate your cat. There are a number of cat shampoos that are worth looking into. Ask your vet for their recommendation. Do not wash the head of your cat; instead, wipe it down carefully with a washcloth.

6. Scoop water in the cup over the cat to rinse. Be sure to rinse thoroughly since cats do groom themselves and will ingest anything left on the fur.

7. Lift your cat carefully out of the tub, set them on the floor and quickly pat or rub down your cat. Then give them a treat and spend some quality time brushing their coat out as they dry. If you use a blow dryer, be sure to avoid their head and eyes.

Professional Grooming?

If your cat is heavily matted it is best to have them groomed by a professional. If your cat is a hassle to groom, consider investing in bath wipes that will clean the fur with the hassle of water.



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