It is no secret that cats do not like water, so bathing your cat can be one of the most difficult and painful experiences to go through. There are a few things you can do to minimize the damage and make sure your feline friend has the most pleasurable experience possible.
Usually there is no need to bathe your cat because they do a good job of keeping themselves up to appearance. Cats are made to have their full length of hair because it keeps their body temperature up to par as well it protects sensitive skin. Sometimes it is necessary to clean them especially if you have an outdoor cat who can easily attract fleas and other outdoor debris.
Prepare Your Bathroom: Your cat will make every effort to claw his way out of the bath so it is good to have your bathroom in order to prepare for the battle. I always have my cat friendly shampoo bottle open and waiting as well two or three towels laid on the ground around the tub. As soon as you're done with him or her, they'll most likely b-line it for the closest available hiding space. Since cats temperatures drop rapidly you're going to want to wrap them in a towel as soon as they get out, and get them dried off and warm quickly.
The Bathing Process: If you have a somewhat mild tempered cat you'll find that he or she will calm down a little bit once they're in the water. It is best to work your way from the tail to the head which gives him more time to adjust before you get to his most sensitive spot. It is best to have someone else help you out with this process to hold your cat down so you can get the job done as quickly as possible. Make sure to test the water temperature before you rinse off the cat or you might get a claw stuck in your hand!
Drying your Cat: Once you're cleaning near his head, this makes for a good time to start draining the water. This gives you some extra time for your cat to dry off before you pull him/her out and wrap them up in the towel. It is good practice to give your cat a lot of attention and a few treats right after so they know their is a reward after this horrendous process.