Are you someone that bathes their cat at home? It's not for everyone.
Cats don't normally need a bath as they do so well at keeping themselves clean. But sometimes they require one for medical reasons and you need to take the plunge or have it done by your vet. Of course, it's always best to begin giving your cat baths when she's a kitten. The earlier in life your cat is exposed to the sink for a bath, the easier it will be to bathe her as she grows up. If that time has passed and you decide to take on the task later in life, here are some tips.
First, get all your supplies in order. If you're bathing as a result of a skin condition, be sure you use a shampoo that's recommended by your veterinarian.
As we all know, cats love warmth so make sure the room warm. Also, use of a pheromone emitter that plugs in helps to lessen your cat's anxiety. Whether you're bathing in a sink or a tub, it's wise to place a rubber mat on the bottom so your cat doesn't slip around. It's already stressful on your cat without you having to keep her upright while bathing. If you bathe your cat in the sink, use of a hand sprayer is best. If you bathe your cat in the bathtub, a removable shower head works best. If you don't have either of these, then a large plastic cup will do.
If you have two people for the task then one can gently hold the cat at the neck while the other one bathes. If there's only you, then use of a harness helps. Just attach a leash to the harness and wrap it around the faucet leaving a foot or so lead so your cat doesn't jump out. Never leave the room when your cat is in a harness. If you're bathing your cat alone and don't have a harness, be sure to close off the room. Otherwise, you might have a wet cat running through your house. It's also wise to dress appropriately. Plan on getting wet and potentially scratched or bitten. Use of rubber gloves helps protect you.
Now for the actual bath. Get the water to a comfortable temperature and then put your cat in. Apply the shampoo starting with the head and going all the way to the tail. Then start lathering in the same direction. Some shampoos say to leave them on for a period of time before rinsing, so be sure to read the directions first. Be sure all the shampoo is rinsed out thoroughly. Shampoo left on the skin can cause skin irritations or be swallowed when your cat licks her fur.
To dry your cat, first squeeze all the water you can from her hair and then use a big fluffy towel to wrap her in. Most cats don't stand for a blow dryer. It scares them unless you've already gotten your cat use to its' sound and feel. Even then, not all cats will stand for it. Try to comb your cats hair out while still wet if you can. Otherwise, use a comb once she's settled down.
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