Cats are natural groomers but there may be occasions when your cat needs a bath. Since water can be unnerving for cats, our tips will help make bath time easier. Get your cat used to bath when it is young. Its skin and coat type will determine how often a bath is needed. You can also ask your veterinarian or pet stylist for advice.
Prior to bath time, trim your pet’s nail to protect yourself from getting scratch. Use a metal comb to loosen tangles or mats from your cat’s fur. Do not give your cat a bat if it does have mats as they trap soap and cause skin irritation. A pre-bath brush should not be skipped especially for long-hair cats. It is best to bathe your cat or kitten in a sink with the spray nozzle so that you don’t have to place it in standing water.
Use a non-slip mat and have essential cat supplies ready ahead of time. Use the same water temperature you will use for a bay so that you don’t overheat your cat. Use a combo shampoo and conditioner so you only have to wash your cat once.
Start by gently spraying the rear half of your cat and then work your way forward. Try not to get your cat’s head wet at all. Praise it, talk quietly to it and pat it during the bath experience to try to keep it calm. Lather its entire body next except for its head. Follow instructions on the bottle. Rinse your cat thoroughly to avoid skin irritation from soap residual.
Dry your cat with cotton bath towels to absorb as much water as possible. Use the damp towel to wipe and clean its eyes and ears. Reward your cat with treats to reinforce the positive connection and memory of bath time. Soon you’ll be bathing your cat like a pro. If you are uncomfortable giving your cat a bath, contact your veterinarian or local grooming salon.