Cats don’t usually need a bath because they naturally groom themselves, but there are some exceptional circumstances when bathing is necessary. Sometimes, they get into something very sticky or dirty. Other times, they have a medical condition that requires regular bathing with medicated shampoo.
How to bath a cat
Most cats really dislike baths and they can find the experience very stressful, but reading the following procedures thoroughly might give you an idea of how to bath a cat with less stress.
TRIM YOUR CAT’S CLAWS
Your cat may get scared when covered in water and may want to scratch you, to reduce the damage they may cause, it is necessary to trim their nails before you bathe them. Try to do this a day before the bath so that they can have time to dowse their tension. You can try any of these cat claw trimmers:
- Pet republic cat nail clippers
- Jofuyu cat nail clippers and trimmers
- Cat and dog nail clippers and trimmers with safety guards
- Professional cat claw trimmers
BRUSH YOUR CAT
Give your cat a good brushing to remove any loose hair and tangles which will be more difficult and painful to remove once your cat is wet. You can buy any of these for your cat:
To avoid scratch or bite, schedule baths when your cat is at its calmest state often after they have been fed.if they are still anxious after feeding them, play with them until they are calm.
GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE PLACE
Before you bathe your cat, it is important to keep all the equipment used for bathing a cat in one place so it can easily be reached while you are bathing your cat. Things required for your cat’s bath includes:-
- Small pet select pet hair buster comb
- A sink or bath lined with a non-slip floor mat to use as a cat bath. Flying pig pet dog cat washing shower grooming portable bathtub is recommended. I got one from Amazon and you can check it out here.
- Specialist cat or kitten shampoo. Find a mild shampoo with no harsh chemicals, never use human shampoo as it is unsuitable for cat’s hair and skin due to the difference in pH levels. Vet’s best waterless cat bath is a very suitable shampoo for cats.
- A cat conditioner if required. Again do not use conditioner for human hair. John Paul pet oatmeal conditioning spray for a cat is a nice conditioner.
- Dyholiland bathroom hand towel for drying your cat after the bath.
BATHING YOUR CAT
Fill the cat’s bath or sink with lukewarm water and not hot water. Then gently lower your cat until the four paws touch the ground. Make sure not to overfill the sink as it may make the cat fill more anxious. Pet the cat while bathing as it will help to calm the cat.
Gently apply a little shampoo all over his body. Try as much as possible to avoid the head region, Do not put anything inside your cat’s ear such as cotton wool to keep them dry. Not only could this get stuck, but your cat will get stressed if they cannot hear clearly.
When you are done washing the tail, underside, and the neck, use one hand to operate the shower nozzle and rinse their body thoroughly.
Once they are fully rinsed, use a dry towel to gently dry their body then leave them in a warm room to dry off naturally. Do not let your cat go outside until fully dry so that they won’t catch a cold. How to bath a cat is as simple as that.