Bathing Your Biscuit
Bathing a cat can be a daunting task, considering many cats aren't fond of water. However, there are situations where it may become necessary, such as if your cat gets into something sticky or smelly. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to give a cat a bath:
Before you start, brush your cat to remove any tangles, mats, or loose fur. This makes the bathing process easier and less messy.
3. Choose a Suitable Location:
A bathroom sink, bathtub, or a small basin can work. Ensure the room is warm as cats can get cold quickly and we don't need chilly biscuits!
Add a few inches of lukewarm water to the sink or tub "make sure it's not too cold". Cats can get easily startled with running water, so be sure to fill your tub ahead of time unless your cat is use to the tub and does not care.
5. Protect the Cat's Ears:
Water or soap in a cat's ears can cause irritation or infection. To prevent this, you can gently place cotton balls in the cat’s ears. Just remember to remove them after the bath.
Slowly lower your cat into the water while gently talking to and reassuring it. Use the pitcher or handheld shower head to slowly wet your cat's body, avoiding the face.
Use a small amount of cat-specific shampoo, lather and gently massage it into your cat's fur. For the face, dampen the small cloth or sponge and carefully wipe around the eyes, nose, and ears without using shampoo.
Rinse out the shampoo completely using the pitcher or handheld shower head. Ensure no residue remains as leftover shampoo can irritate your cat's skin.
Once you're done rinsing, let the water out of the tub while you're still holding your cat. This prevents your cat from panicking from the sound of draining water.
Towel Dry: Wrap your cat in a towel immediately after taking it out of the water. Gently rub and pat dry as much as possible.
Hairdryer: If you choose to use a hairdryer, use it on the lowest heat setting and at a distance. Make sure your cat is comfortable with the sound first.
Air Dry: If the weather is warm, you can let your cat air dry. However, ensure they're in a warm place without drafts.
Brush Again: Once your cat is dry, brush its fur again to remove any tangles that may have formed during the bath.
Ear Cleaning: If you've noticed ear wax or dirt, post-bath is a good time to clean your cat's ears with a recommended cat ear cleaner.
After the bath, reward your cat with treats and affection to help make the experience as positive as possible. This might ease the process the next time.
Always prioritize safety. If at any point your cat becomes too agitated or aggressive, it might be best to stop and try again later or seek professional assistance.
Some cats may never tolerate a bath. In these cases, consider water-less cat shampoos or grooming wipes, or consult with a professional groomer or vet for alternatives.
You can get your cat use to the sounds of the bathroom by taking showers or baths often as well as being sure to use the hair dryer. They may fear it at first, it is very loud.
Remember, cats are naturally clean animals and often don’t need frequent baths like dogs do. Only bathe your cat if it’s truly necessary. If you're uncertain about any step or your cat's specific needs, consult with a veterinarian or professional groomer.