How Do You Give Your Cat Bath? Choose Time When Your Cat Is Not Feeling Too Playful But Not Just After Meal.
How do you give your cat a bath? Some people would say, with great difficulty! But bathing kitty need not be all bad news. The best thing to do is start when kitty is young. Young kittens are easier to handle and train, so if he gets used to it when little, bathing him when bigger will be easier.
Why bath a cat when they groom themselves so well? There are many reasons you might need to bathe your cat. Cats get fleas and if your cat’s fur is thick and long, the ingredients in a cat flea collar may not penetrate. This means that your cat may end up with a very bad flea infestation, so that bathing him is necessary.
Use the laundry tub or a large plastic dish and make sure the water is pleasantly warm. It’s a good idea to shut the door so that if he escapes from your hold, he cannot escape from the room. Have everything you need – like shampoo and towels close at hand. You won’t want to go fumbling in the cupboard with an armful of wet cat to contend with. Wear rubber gloves, an apron or a raincoat and old clothes. Choose a time when your cat is not feeling too playful, but not just after a meal. If he gets stressed out, he could throw up on you.
Hold your cat firmly tucked under one arm while you sponge his face, this will introduce him to the idea of getting wet. Gently set him down in the warm water and sponge it over him while you hold him in the water. This may take two people if he acts up. Have the shampoo ready to squirt along his back and then work it in with your hands. Make sure the water penetrates right through to his skin and that every bit of him gets wet. If not, the fleas will survive and all your effort will have been wasted.
Once he is thoroughly wet and covered with shampoo, you will need to rinse him off. Rinse off the first lot in the original water, then let it out and refill the tub with clean rinsing water. Or you could use a water spraying attachment – just don’t let it run too hot or cold. Poor kitty has enough stress without being burned or frozen.
Once kitty has been thoroughly rinsed, place him on a towel and use another one to gently dry him. Keep him in a warm place until he is completely dry. Some cats can be trained to accept the noise of a hair-dryer and this is a good way to dry a cat with thick, long hair. Praise and cuddle him when the bath is over.