Cats in general hate baths, there are always exceptions, you run in to the occassional cat that loves water but more often than not I would not expect this reaction.
Cats for the most part take care of cleaning themselves; with regular burshing it is possible that bathing may not be neccessary. There are occassions that a bath is neccessary; if your cat gets in to something, drags a tail in the cat box, or has excessive sheeding and/or dandriff may be some reasons you might feel a bath is neccessary.
Sometimes my cat just smells or the coat starts to get a bit dull and a bath is neccessary; generally I give my cat a bath twice a year.
Here is a step by step guide to giving your cat a bath
- Gather all the equipment you will need. Cat shampoo or baby shampoo, a cup and towels (the more the better!). Regular shampoos for people are usually too harsh for feline skin and may cause irritation.
- Fill the bathtub to about 2 inches BEFORE you bring the cat in the room
- Bring the cat in the room and shut the door so he/she doesn’t escape
- Place the cat in the tub and begin getting the fur wet using your hands or cup. Make sure NOT to get water in the cat’s ears
- Start with a little shampoo (you can always add more). If you use too much shampoo you will be rinsing forever
- Make sure to soap the belly front paws and haunches
- Rinse the cat well using your hands or cup making sure to rinse the belly legs and hunches making sure all the shampoo is reinsed out (again being careful not to get water in the ears)
- Let the water out of the tub
- When the water is almost gone you can start carefully ‘wringing’ out the cat by gently squeezing the water out of the legs and tail
- After you’ve removed as much water as possible, wrap a towel around the cat and begin towel drying.
- Flip over and/or exchange towels to dry the cat off as much as possible.
- Release the cat to lick his damp fur and give you lots of dirty looks.
There you have it! How to bathe your cat
Have you bathed your cat?
Was it easier or harder than you expected?