How To Bathe Your Cat Without Bloodshed

Jan 19, 2017 | Cat Behavior | 0 comments

Washing a cat is maybe a standout amongst the most troublesome things a cat owner may need to manage. This is generally on the grounds that cats jump at the chance to deal with their own cleanliness and hygiene, and are disinclined to being totally cleaned by their human buddies. Thus, most felines don’t react well to cleaning up. Fortunately, however, there are different methods for cleaning cats that don’t require totally dousing your poor companion. Here are some simple techniques to keep in mind when bathing your cat at home:

1. Be prepared
  • Choose a warm room that has a door you can close to prevent escape.
  • Put several large bath towels next to the tub along with a hairdryer and pet carrier lined with a towel, door open and ready to receive a wet cat.
  • Invest in a cat harness if you suspect your cat will be a struggler.
  • Select a shampoo specifically formulated for felines. Be careful to avoid any that contain tea tree oil, which is toxic. If you are bathing for fleas, some shampoos are applied to a dry coat and must stay in for several minutes before rinsing.
2. Wash
  • Place the cat in the tub and hold her in place by the scruff or harness. Talk soothingly and pet her before turning on the water.
  • Wash the animal in a large tub with access to warm running water. A handheld showerhead type sprayer is best as it emits a gentle “rain” and will be less threatening. It’s also very convenient for rinsing undersides and other hard-to-reach places.
  • Using lukewarm water and shampoo, carefully wash the cat in a straightforward manner. Cats can pick up on stress, so if you are worried they will be as well and be more apt to put up a fight.
3. Dry
  • Many cats are afraid of hairdryers. If your pet is one of these, confine the wet cat to the carrier and carefully aim the warm air flow across the door rather than directly at the animal. You can also just put her into a warm bathroom until the coat dries completely.
  • When washing is over, towel-dry the animal as best you can. Then proceed to more thorough drying to avoid the animal becoming chilled (which is life-threatening for kittens).
Check out this quick YouTube video to see how bathing a cat is done:
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