While it is true that cats constantly lick themselves to stay clean, there is nothing that beats a good old-fashioned bath. You should probably bathe your cat once every couple of months. Now, this may sound like an easy task, but remember, cats and water are not the best of friends. However, with a few simple tips, you should be able to get the job done without much hassle. Here are some great tips on bathing your cat.
Have the essentials ready- The last thing you want is to be in the middle of bathing your cat and you have forgotten the shampoo. Your cat is not going to stay put while you look for their shampoo bottle. So, before you bathe your cat, essentially you should do it in the bathtub, you will need to have a few things ready and within arm’s reach. Obviously, you are going to need some shampoo. Be sure you use only shampoo that is formulated for cats since human shampoo can cause them to have dry skin. You will also need a cat brush, plastic cup, washcloth, and towel.
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Use a rubber mat- By using a rubber mat at the bottom of the tub, you are providing your cat with some traction.
Brush them first- Brushing your cat before bathing them will help to relax them and will also ensure you have a clean coat to work with. It is important to note that if your cat is matted, bathing them will only make matters worse.
Be sure water is not steaming hot- Just as you don’t like a steaming hot shower or bath, neither does your cat. The water should be tested before putting your cat in it and should be around 102 degrees, the same temperature as your cat’s body. Once you have your cat in the water, gently pour some water over them, avoiding their head.
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Shampoo, rinse and dry- This is where you are going to have to work fast since cats do not like to be standing in water. Lather their coat with shampoo and start rinsing them off. Use a washcloth to wipe their face clean. Be sure you rinse all the shampoo off or they may get skin allergies. If you cat allows, wrap them in a towel first. If not, just dry them off the best you can because they will be off and running in an instant.
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