How To Bathe Your Cat

Tips To Help You Bathe Your Cat

Ready to give your cat a bath but not sure how? When it comes to bathing your cat, many people get a little nervous. As long as you treat your pet with care, however, and follow a few simple instructions it doesn’t have to be that hard. We can help you get started.


What You’ll Need

You’ll need shampoo, towels and a pail of warm water for wetting and rinsing. Place all of your supplies near the sink or tub before you get started.

If you want to fill the tub with four or five inches of warm water, that’s okay. Just remember to drain the soapy water before you rinse your cat.

Use a spray hose only if it won’t frighten your cat. After all, you want your pet to tolerate bathing, so keep the experience as soothing as possible.

Use a shampoo made specifically for cats or, in a pinch, a mild baby shampoo. Cats’ skin is more delicate than humans’ skin, and a harsh shampoo can make it dry and cause flaking and itching.

Conditioners and detanglers work well if your pet has a medium to long coat. Your veterinarian or groomer can recommend a brand.

Brush Before Washing

Don’t be tempted to skip this step. A thorough brushing removes dust and other particles and loosens tangles, a step which is especially important if you have a longhaired cat.

Wet tangles are much worse to comb out than dry ones. You’ll also want to make sure your cat doesn’t have any mats because matted fur can trap soapy residue next to his skin and cause itchy, flaky patches.

Be sure to clip your cat’s nails before bathing. That way you’re less likely to get scratched and he won’t get his nails caught, which would increase his bath time distress.

Also consider placing cotton in his ears and a drop of mineral oil or eye ointment in each eye to avoid irritating these sensitive areas.

If your cat objects to having cotton in his ears, you can skip this step and just dry his ears with a cotton ball after bathing.

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Things To Keep In Mind When You Bathe Your Cat

When it comes time to bathe your cat, keeping a few key points in mind will help make the entire process a little easier — for both you and your cat.

Stand firm: Place a rubber bath mat in the sink or tub where you’ll be bathing your kitty so she doesn’t slip. Fill with three to four inches of lukewarm (not hot, please!) water.

Just add water: Use a hand-held spray hose to thoroughly wet your pet, taking care not to spray directly in her ears, eyes and nose. If you don’t have a spray hose, a plastic pitcher or unbreakable cup works great.

Lather up: Gently massage your pet with a solution of one part cat shampoo (human shampoo can dry out her skin) to five parts water, working from head to tail, in the direction of hair growth. Take care to avoid the face, ears and eyes.

All clear: Thoroughly rinse the shampoo off your cat with a spray hose or pitcher; again, be sure the water is lukewarm. Take good care that all residue has been removed, as it can irritate the skin and act as a magnet for dirt.

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How do you prepare when it’s time to bathe your cat? Is it an easy process or do you find it more difficult?

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