HERE'S A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO BATHE YOUR CAT
Keeping your cat’s skin and coat healthy is important to your cat’s overall well-being. But, since cats can become aggressive or irritated when you try to bathe them, it is easy to get in the habit of skipping it altogether. However, getting your cat into a regular grooming routine can help ease the stress and tension for you both! Plus, if you start them at a very young age, they can almost (dare we say it!)… enjoy getting a bath. The good news is your cat takes care of a majority of their hair care needs by themselves with all that licking, but that doesn’t remove mats, eliminate dandruff or make them smell better.
Why risk life and limb bathing your cat? Does it really matter that she’s gray instead of snowy white? Well, if the kitty gets into something, you may need to suds her up. A bath stimulates the skin and removes excess oil, dander, and shed hair. But bathing too often can dry the skin. As a good rule of “paw” bathe shorthaired cats no oftener than every six weeks; two to three times a year during shedding season should suffice unless Kitty gets really grubby, or is a show cat. Longhaired cats benefit from more frequent baths, and felines appearing in shows learn as kittens to accept baths.
For many of us, bath time is part of Maine Coon cat care. Here is the method we use to bathe a cat, complete with our secret tool! In addition, we'll soon be posting a video of how we bathe our big Maine Coon cat, Leo.There is probably something wrong with the world when someone or bathing a cat, right? But we are not at all crazy, and similar questions sometimes pop up. Like, do you really, really need to bathe a cat? And if you do, is it necessary once a week, every day, or how often? Let’s find out!1. Be selective in how you’ll bathe your cat. Some cats prefer a shower, with their human holding them close. They sometimes find it more soothing than being held only in the arms. Other cats prefer a sink where they can be up high, while others would rather get in the bath tub, although some cats find a faucet aversive. Consider pouring warm water from a cup, or using an extended, flexible nozzle to give yourself more control.I have been asked to explain how I manage to wash my cats regularly without getting mauled, so here it is, in video form.
There are many different reasons why you might bathe a cat, age, disability, idiocy, absolute filth, skunk (animal) spray, etc. I bathe this cat because of allergies. Bathing her once every couple months keeps the dander down but doesn't dry out her skin. (Our other cat is bathed at the same time because she is too old to clean her back properly anymore.)
-Have everything ready before you start. You will need: a towel, shampoo (preferably animal shampoo), and a cup (plastic is best) if you don't have a pull-out nozel for your tap.
-Keep the soap (and cup) within easy reaching distance.
-Fold the towel in half with the open edge pointed toward the sink.
-If you do not have a pull out nozel on your sink, fill it with about 5inches of water. If you do, don't add water and make sure the drain is open. (Running water and water under their feet tends to spook them more.)
-Aquire your cat. If your cat is very comfortable with you, this should be no issue. If she has issues being picked up, carried, or abhors water, then grip the scruff of her neck, this will calm her down and help you keep control of her while you're bathing her. If you do hold the scruff of her neck, don't let go until you're done.
-Put the cat in the sink, be calm and reasuring, soft gentle words, pet her softly.
-If you're using a pull out nozel, turn the tap on, but make sure the water won't fall directly on the cat first, pull the nozel out, and rinse her down.
-If you're using a cup, fill it up and rinse your cat down.
-Continue to speak calmly and reasuringly to her and pet her as much as possible.
-When the cat is thuroughly wet, turn off the tap/set the cup down, and put some shampoo in her fur.
-Rub it in. This is a perfect time to be very gentle and reasuring, remind her that you love her and that this will all be over soon.
-When the shampoo is well rubbed in, rinse her off. Start in the middle of her back (along the spine) and work your way down the sides, length wise. This is the most efficient way to remove the soap.
-When she's rinsed, lift the top half of the towel up and guide her into it. (This is when you can let go of her scruff if you're holding it.) When she's all the way in, clamp down and dry her off. Be gentle. Right now, she hate's you, so don't expect her to start purring. Just keep calmly talking to her and rubbing her down.
-When she's as dry as you're going to get her, place her on the floor (still wrapped in the towel) and let her go. If she's really angry, pointing her head away from you should prevent more injury.
-Clean up the mess.