How to Bathe a Cat?
How to Bathe a Cat?
Though your cat is equipped to clean themselves on their own, there are times when they really needs a bath -- whether they gets into something very sticky or dirty, or if their coat feels oily and in need of care. Bathing your kitty without stressing them out can be difficult, but not impossible, if you follow a few key rules. Read on to find out how to have a clean kitty in no time at all.
Getting Ready to Bathe Your Cat
1- Trim your cat's nails.
Even the calmest of cats may get a little wild once he's covered in water, and he will fight back. To minimize the damage he'll cause, you should trim his nails before you give him a bath. Trimming his nails will probably excite him, so try to do this a few hours, or even a day or two, before the bath so he has time to calm down before he takes the plunge.
- Giving your kitty treats as a reward for getting his nails trimmed will always make him feel better. and will calm them down
2- Brush your cat.
You should brush your kitty before you put it into the bath. Do not skip this step. Brushing the kitty well help remove any knots and tangles in the fur, which will be much more difficult to remove once your cat is wet -- not to mention much more painful for him. If your kitty likes getting brushed, then you can use the brush to lure the kitty into the bathtub to make him feel more at home.
- Sometimes you can even brush your cat as a way to get him distracted enough to allow his nails to be trimmed. This is a great way of killing two birds with one stone.
3- Wear protective clothing.
Not only is it important to wash your cat but it is important to be safe from any possible scratches, minor or major. A jumper or a long-sleeved shirt must be worn so that your cat has no bare skin to scratch. If you don't have one, you could wear long-sleeved gloves. It is also a good idea to wear clothing that isn't new. Be careful and gentle when you rub his head and belly.
4- Get the right cat shampoo.
You can get kitty shampoo from your vet or local pet store. Check the instructions to see if it's right for your cat, and dilute it with water if it's necessary. Using regular shampoo can not only dry out your cat's skin but can be toxic for your cat. Don't use dog shampoo in a pinch, either. You're better off just using water than using a product that can harm your cat.
- You'll also need a washcloth for massaging the shampoo onto kitty's body.
5- Prepare the bathroom.
Before you can begin to bathe kitty, you'll need to shut the bathroom door to prevent him from escaping. You should also lay down a rubber mat or towel in the tub so your kitty doesn't slip and has more comfortable footing. Additionally, you'll need to place some towels on the floor because it'll get wet, wet, wet as the kitty puts up a fight.
- Additionally, have at least two towels on hand for drying kitty when the time comes.
- You won't have time to run out for anything while your cat's in the bath, so you'll need to have everything ready in the bath in advance.
6- Prepare the bath.
Fill the tub with 4-5 inches of warm water. Try to fill the tub before bringing your cat into the bathroom, since some cats can be unnerved by running water. Fill 2 buckets or ideally 2 plant waterers which allow you to direct the flow of water for rinsing the cat. This is so you don't need to run more water during the bath, which might frighten your cat. If you have a removable shower nozzle, then even better -- in that case, you won't need to fill buckets with water and can use the nozzle throughout the bath.
- Do notuse the shower head or faucet to bathe your kitty. This will make the water pour down too hard and fast and will scare your kitty in no time at all. The bath should be as gentle and soothing as possible and shouldn't feel like a water attack.
7- Make your cat want to bathe.
The first thing you should do is tire your kitty out, so he is at his most mellow before he enters the water. This will make him less likely to bite or scratch you or to try to get away. Pick a time when your kitty is at his most calm -- often after he is fed and feels satisfied. If he still acts hyper, play with him as much as you can until he's worn out, not hyped up. Here are some other ways to get your kitty adjusted to the bath before you start bathing him:
- Play with your cat inside his or her bath with a string, or with some other toy that your cat likes. If you play with your cat in the bath, then your cat will enjoy bathing and want to get in there again to play with you.
- Make the bath a place where you play with your cat with a certain item (like a mouse on a string or some kind of "cat bathing" toy). This will inspire your cat to look forward to bathing, instead of fearing it.