Bathing cats can be a chore that many try to avoid, but sometimes it may be necessary. You might be thinking just how difficult it may be and how scarred your beloved pet may become. The scratching, the hissing, the fight is the nightmare we all want to shun. Most cats do a great job of keeping themselves clean and usually need very little help from us. Although, there may be times when a cat may get into something its not supposed to and calls for a bath.
As many people know, most cats do not like the water. Your cat will become accustom to the water and may even like it if it is done at an early age and is done on a regular basis. If you plan on your cat being a show cat then bathing is usually part of the grooming process and is done regularly. Maybe you just want to help your cat along with its grooming regimen. Bathing cats, if done with patience, care, and preparation with the right tools can definitely be done.
When bathing cats you must try to remain calm and relaxed. Giving your cat a sense of serenity may help your cat relax and take its bath in stride. You must also be prepared and have all equipment ready at hand. Rummaging around for items such as shampoo may make your cat uneasy. Bathing cats requires gentle care and much needed comfort to our little friends. Keeping things as simple as possible may make bathing cats a more stress-free experience for both you and your cat.
Prepare yourself with all the right tools to make bathing cats as trouble-free as possible. The supplies you will need will be cat shampoo or baby shampoo, a bucket, a sponge, a towel, and of course your bathtub. Immersing a cat in the bathtub alone filled with water can be very difficult to achieve and may make the experience that much more complicated. Instead, bathing cats will be much more uncomplicated if you have a bucket of water inside the bathtub with a sponge. Place your cat inside the bathtub. Slowly dampen the fur with a wet sponge, adding more water from the bucket to the sponge as needed. Try to keep the cat calm during the bathing process. Do not hold the cat down while doing this, it will only frighten him and cause a "cat fight" between you and your pet. Allow the cat to roam freely around the bathtub, yet keeping control of his/her movement. Once the cat is fairly damp add shampoo to the cat avoiding the eye area and face if possible. Gently massage the shampoo into the cat's fur while making your pet feel as if you are just giving him/her a friendly petting session. Again, take the sponge and immerse it in the bucket of water. Gently run the sponge over the cats fur, lightly squeezing the water slowly over your pet as it rinses away the shampoo. Do this repeatedly until most, if not all the shampoo is out. Take a towel and softly run it from the head to the tail end over the cats fur to lightly dry off your cat. Cat fur is fairly fine and does not take a lot of effort to dry. Do not use a harsh back and forth motion as your cat has already been through enough.
Your cat has now had a successful and stress-free bath. A clean cat means a happy cat and an even more happier owner. Remember, be prepared ahead of time, and use much patience and care when bathing cats.