Cat’s generally do not need to be bathed, but it is however necessary in some cases. So here we will explain how to bathe a cat.
When your cat doesn’t properly wash himself, you might have to do the job for him. Some cats have maybe not learned how to wash themselves. Others might be suffering a lot of stress and do not feel secure enough to lay on the floor to wash themselves. And yet some cats might suffer arthritis, making it very uncomfortable or painful to wash themselves.
Also when a cat gets stuff on them that they shouldn’t swallow (oil, vinegar and other poisonous substances) it is best to wash your cat immediately. Another reason to wash a cat would be to treat them
Cat’s aren’t the biggest fans of water, so you will have some challenges with bathing a cat.
Cat Bathing Products
To wash your cat properly, it would be good to use a shampoo. There are special neutral feline shampoo’s for cats available. Shampoo will deal with the sticky and oily stuff you are trying to get off, while maintaining the skin and fur and preventing irritations.
Make sure you got a towel ready to be able to dry your cat and close your bathroom door behind you when you take your cat into the bathroom. We have a bath, but we have done this as well in showers previously. If you happen to have an extra person around, than it is advised to do the washing job with two.
Prepare the shower head water temperature. Usually it takes some time before water temperature has come to your bathroom shower head. It shouldn’t be too warm, but neither cold. Luke-warm temperature is great for bathing your cat.
Bathing your cat
Now put your cat in the bath or shower. The best way to wash your cat, is to use the shower head manually. While your cat is in the box, held in place by the second person if available, you can now use the shower on its fur.
Do not go for the head, but focus on the body. Cat’s don’t really mind a good wash, as long as they are not getting any water in their face area. If you do happen to do this all alone, you will have to hold your cat in place with one hand and use the other hand to shower your cat.
When you have made your cats fur wet, you can put the shower off and start using some of the special shampoo to wash and clean your cats fur with. Carefully massage the fur of your cat, avoiding any soap in their head and face region again.
Now you can rinse all of the shampoo with the shower head. You can do this the same way as in the pre-wash. When you have made sure that all shampoo is gone, you can stop the shower.
Now it is time for your cat to be dried in its fur. Although I have used a hair dryer before, this can easily become too dangerous, because of the high temperatures on those machines, but if your dryer happens to have a low temperature setting, you could use it.
It is best to use a towel on and over your cats body. Just wrap your cat into a big towel and closely dry off every part of your cat, belly and legs included. Cat’s do not have a very protective skin and with their fur being wet, it will feel cold to them. So warm them up with a towel immediately.
Their fur is there to lead warmth away, not to keep them warm. Try to dry your cats fur as much as possible with a towel. Now keep your cat in a warm environment, perhaps your bathroom? Most importantly, keep your cat away from a draft. This way your cat will keep warm to some extend.
It will start licking or grooming its fur immediately in most cases or after a little while. Make sure your cat doesn’t go outdoors, before the fur has been dried thoroughly. If it is cold outside or freezing, a wet fur is only a danger to them.
Any body treatments means the cat needs to focus on their own fur and lower their guard a little, to succeed this. Give your cat a treat or a good cuddle session to keep a good relationship with your cat. After the fur has been dried properly you could even give your cat a proper brush session.
How did the washing session with your cat go? Please share below!