Bathing your cat is an important part of regular grooming.
It can get a little tricky though, so it really pays to learn everything you can about this.
When Should I Start Bathing My Cat?
You can begin bathing your cat when it is just a couple of weeks old. Cats don’t usually need to be bathed every single day, as they do a lot of self-grooming.
How often you should bath your cat depends on a lot of things like age, their needs – if it is an indoor or outdoor cat, etc.
Every 3-6 weeks is our recommendation for bathing your adult cat and adjusting the time after the needs. It isn’t a good idea to bathe your cat more than once every week unless recommended by your veterinarian.
You also don’t want to try giving your feline friend a bath before it is two weeks old.
Benefits of Bathing Your Cat
There are a few good reasons to consider bathing your kitty from time to time, including:
- Reduces shedding: One of the big reasons to give your cat some tub time is to keep their shedding under control. This is especially important with long haired cats.
- Promotes bonding: The time that you spend cleaning your pet in the tub can strengthen your bond with it in a big way. It promotes trust and loyalty.
- Disease prevention: There are certain feline skin diseases and infections that can be prevented by the occasional bath. This will help to keep your cat’s coat and skin as healthy as possible.
Before You Get Started
There are some things that you will need to keep in mind before you get started with bathing your cat.
1. Remember to be Gentle
Some of these animals absolutely hate the water, so you should be prepared for a fight, at least the first time. Make sure that you handle your pet with care so you don’t needlessly traumatize it. The gentler you are, the more willing it will be to submit next time.
2. Gather Your Supplies
You will need certain items to get your cat clean in the tub, including shampoo (made for cats), a couple of towels, and a washcloth.
Before you put your cat in the bathtub, you’ll want to make sure that the water is lukewarm and not too hot or cold. You should also place a towel on the bottom of the tub so that your cat isn’t slipping and sliding around inside.
3. Close the Door
Finally, you need to make certain that the door to the bathroom is closed. The last thing you want to do is give your cat a clear route of escape if it jumps out of the tub.
How to Bathe an Adult Cat
If you have an adult cat, you can bathe it in your bathtub. All you have to do is just rub the shampoo all over its body and use the water in the tub to rinse it off.
You’ll need to make a point of thoroughly drying off your cat with a towel after it is out of the bath. It will very likely be eager to get dry, as most cats aren’t a big fan of water.
How to Bathe Kittens
There is a different procedure that should be followed for bathing kittens as opposed to fully grown adult cats.
You’ll want to bathe your kitten in a bathtub with a container filled with warm water. Again, you will need to make sure the water isn’t too hot before submerging your cat. You can even bathe it in a big crock pot if you want.
Make sure that the kitten is standing on its back legs so it can hold onto the edge of the container you are bathing it in. This will provide it with a much needed sense of security throughout the bathing process.
Once you have lathered up your kitty, you can gentle dip it into the water to get off the shampoo. You need to rinse off the cat completely before bath time is done.
Just like with an adult cat, you’ll need to get your kitty completely dry afterwards.
Tips to Make Bathing Your Cat Easier
There are a few good tips that you can follow to make bathing your kitty a little bit easier, including:
- Give it a toy: You might find that it is a whole lot easier to get your cat clean if it has a toy to play with. This will serve to distract your cat so your job won’t be quite as difficult.
- Trim your cat’s claws: If your cat’s claws are currently on the long side, you’ll definitely want to trim them down a bit. This will help to keep you from getting scratched up if your cat puts up a fight, which is a distinct possibility.
- Use the spray method: If you are bathing your kitty in the sink, you might want to rinse it off with a hose rather than dipping it in the water. This might make bath time a bit more tolerable for your pet.
Indoor or Outdoor?
Cats that spend a significant amount of time outdoors need to be bathed more frequently than strictly indoor ones. There are all sorts of things that outdoor cats can get into, so bathing them once a week is probably a good idea.
- You shouldn’t bathe your cat if it is younger than two weeks old.
- Make sure that you are gentle when getting your cat into the tub.
- Remember to trim your cat’s claws before trying to give it a bath.
- Get all of the items you will need to bathe your cat beforehand so you aren’t running around in a panic.
- If you are bathing an adult cat in the tub, close the door to the bathroom.
- You can bathe kittens in the sink, but make sure they are in an enclosed container filled with water.
- Check the bath water before putting your kitty so you know it is not too hot.
- Outdoor cats almost always need to be bathed more frequently than indoor ones.
- Try giving your cat a toy to play with in the bath if they are giving you a really hard time.
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If you want to stir up controversy ask a large group of lifetime cat owners the question, “should you bath a cat?” and step back and watch the brawl. There are those who think you should never, under any circumstances, ever bath a cat. There are others who feel that kittens should be bathed at a young age and then routinely bathed throughout their lives to keep them accustomed to bathing. Both of these groups of people are right to an extent, which means the answer must lie in the middle somewhere.
Cats usually don’t need to be bathed on a routine basis. They take care of their grooming pretty much on their own and need little assistance when it comes to keeping themselves clean. A healthy cat spends 10% or more of its time grooming itself and can keep its fur free of dirt and most substances that it gets into throughout the day.
As your cat ages there are going to be things that it used to do but loses the ability or loses interest in that activity. Self-grooming can become difficult for some cats. Often you can brush your cat’s coat and remove the excess debris that your cat is missing. A damp paper towel, wet washcloth or pre-moistened towelette (baby wipe) can be used to wipe off your cat and clean up its fur when it has loose stool that leaves it with “dirty bum” or other conditions that require your assistance to clean. A simple wipe-up is not always enough though.
Occasionally there is something that is either unsafe for your cat to lick off of its fur or smelly enough that you can’t wait for it to clean up the mess. When this happens you need to give your cat a helping hand, and a bath. If your cat is a biter you might want to get a professional groomer to help you at this point instead of risking the loss of appendages that you have grown fond of. If you are brave enough to try this on your own you need to be prepared.
Gather your supplies before attempting to bath your cat.
Before you get started you need to have all of your supplies together. Choose a small area, usually the bathroom if it is a small bathroom, and get the area prepared before bringing your cat to the area. You are going to need:
- Mild soap, cat shampoo preferably (Dawn original formula dish soap works well too)
- A stack of warm, dry towels
- Bathtub or large sink with warm water already ran
- Rubber bathmat or small towel/cloth to stand the cat on something that it can claw or grasp during the bath
- Cup or bowl to pour water onto cat
- Washcloth to wash cat’s face
- A cat brush or comb (flea comb if fleas are an issue)
- Blow dryer if you choose to blow dry the cat
- A helper if there is one available
- Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment may be handy (optional)
Once you have assembled all of the items you are going to need for your cat’s bath you will need to find your cat. Making sure you have everything ready before getting the cat will help tremendously. The noise or getting a bath ran and the commotion of getting everything ready can cause the cat to become anxious. Waiting for you to have everything ready can also be cause for anxiety in your cat as well.
Ok, I have my supplies; I have my cat, now how do I give my cat a bath?
If your cat is a fighter you aren’t going to have fun. Most cats aren’t going to enjoy getting a bath, some do but they are few and far between. Start by talking to your cat in a firm reassuring tone. Don’t act scared or nervous or your cat will be able to tell something is not right and will react by clawing its way out of there.
Gently sit your cat in the water on a rubber bathmat or a small cloth that they can grip instead of slipping on the bottom of the tub or sink. If you have a helper, have the helper hold on to the body and upper shoulder area. If you don’t have a helper you need to hold onto the cat with one hand and scrub with the other. Ignore the meowing, yowling and protesting that your cat is doing and get your business done as quickly and gently as you can.
Try to keep water away from your cat’s ears and face area. Use a wet cloth to wash this area. After wetting the rest of the cat lather it up with shampoo starting at the neck area and working toward the other end. Always work from clean to dirty so you aren’t bringing anything messy from one area of the cat to another area and making things worse.
Rinse your cat by scooping water up with the cup or bowl that you have available and gently pouring it over the cat. You should still attempt to keep water away from your cat’s face and head. If you do get the head area wet the cat may panic and attempt to get away. This is why it is important to keep the room closed.
After rinsing thoroughly drain the water and wrap the cat up in a fluffy towel. Try to calm the cat. If you have a partner you can play good owner/bad owner and one of you can save the cat from the other at this point and help it to dry off.
A blow dryer can be used to dry the cat’s fur but this is usually more stressful than it is helpful. If the weather permits you should let the cat dry itself after a quick toweling. If not, you can use the blow dryer on its quietest setting while calming the cat.
If you routinely brush/comb your cat you should be able to calm him down by brushing him and talking to him after his bath. If you bath your kittens when they are 7-9 weeks old then routinely bath them afterwards monthly the bathing process won’t be as traumatic. This is not necessary though as cats generally take care of their grooming on their own and most never need to be bathed.
So, should you bath a cat? I would say that there are occasions that cats do need some help but for most cases your cat is going to be able to take care of bathing without your help. When there is something dangerous on your cat, like motor oil or antifreeze, you should wash it up the easiest and least distressful way possible.
I f you are enjoying the company of a fluffy friend, no doubt you have asked yourself this question – How often should you bathe a cat?
First, let’s start with Do cats need a bath?
The answer is that it’s not necessary for cats to be given a bath. They are cleaning machines, capable of bathing themselves. Do you wonder how often cats bathe themselves? Actually, cats spend half of the time grooming themselves with their tongue! They like to stay clean and often groom after their meal.
Are you supposed to give cats baths?
There are some exceptional circumstances and occasions where you need to bathe your feline friend.
Obesity – In this case, it’s necessary to bathe your cat because it cannot reach its rear end. Also, when your cat is getting older, as it might gain more weight, it doesn’t groom up that much anymore.
Outdoor cats – these cats need to bathe more often because they get dirty more than the indoor cats and can also pick up germs and smells.
Health reasons – If your kitty suffers from fleas, lice, mites, parasites, or even loose stool, you must bathe it.
Activity level – if it’s highly active, it gets dirtier very often.
Can I bathe my cat every week?
Only if it’s recommended by the vet. It is definitely not good to bathe your cat every week. Why? – Because if you do that, they will lose the good bacteria and the natural oils which will result in rashes and skin infections for the cat.
How often should you bathe a long-haired cat?
Longer coats need to be groomed more often than the shorter ones. These cats require regular brushing to maintain the cat hair clean and at the same time to avoid forming mats. It is recommended to give your kitty a bath every 2-3 months with a lot of brushing and combing afterward.
How often should you bathe a cat with fleas?
You should bathe your cat once in 4 to 6 weeks, especially if your feline friend is a very active and outdoor cat. However, it also depends on how often you bathe your cat on a regular basis. Also, make sure you use a special shampoo for fleas.
How often should you bathe a cat with dandruff?
If your cat has dandruff in her coat, you must avoid bathing very often or no more than once in 2 months. The reason behind that is that the skin gets very dry.
Why do cats hate baths?
Baths for cats are most likely a very stressful experience, they are becoming very agitated. So, in order not to put your cat in a traumatic experience while you give her a bath, you must be careful.
How to make bath time less stressful for your kitty?
- Start with bathing when your cat is very young and make it a regular thing.
- Make sure you have everything ready: a shampoo, a rubber mat, a few towels, a brush, a washcloth, a floating toy, and a few small buckets with water.
- Clip your cat’s claws a day before so you can prevent any scratches.
- Brush your cat before the bath.
- You might want to use your kitchen sink or a plastic bucket as it’s more comfortable for you and your cat too.
- If you are giving a bath to your cat in the bathroom, make sure you close the lid of the toilet bowl and close the door.
- It is very important for the bath area to be warm and draft-free and also avoid running water because it can be very scary for cats.
- Play with them before the bath, put them in a good mood.
- Avoid washing their head and put cotton wool for their ears.
- If you believe that it might have come to contact with some toxic substances before you bathe your cat, first take them to the vet.
- Last but not least, always keep reassuring and calm your cat throughout the process.
Some cats really enjoy bathing, but some not that much, so you must be very patient! If your cat really hates it and you cannot make it enjoyable even a little, you can always go to a professional groomer that has the knowledge and the experience and will know how to deal with your feline friend.
And always remember, a clean cat is a happy cat!
Should I Bathe My Cat Before Applying Frontline
24-hours After using Frontline Plus, wait 24 hours before you let your pet go. You should note, however, that your pet may be allowed to be washed up after the 24-hour waiting period has expired. However, the Flea and Tick Control Action Frontline Plus could be compromised if the shampoo is not used correctly. You should bathe your pet 48 hours prior to applying Frontline Plus. You want your pet to be dry and clean so the tick and flea control treatments can work best.
After applying Advantage(r), II, can I bathe my cat? After 24 hours, Advantage(r] II will be waterproof. We recommend bathing your cat prior to applying Advantage(r), II. What time do I have to wait before my cat is bathed after flea treatment? For most top-of-the-line products, we recommend that pets wait at least 24 hours before bathing them. What time can I use flea treatment after taking a shower? Do not bathe your dog until a few days after you apply spot-on flea treatments. You should not bathe your pet before applying the spot-on flea treatment.
The natural oils won’t penetrate the skin as well. Is my cat soaked after flea treatment? It is highly unlikely your pet will have come in contact with water during this time. The effectiveness of the product may not be as effective if the pet is soaked to their skin. Reapplication might be necessary. Answer: Frontline Plus for Cats is effective after any type of bathing or water immersion.
We recommend that cats wait for the product to fully absorb and then dry thoroughly before bathing. It may take several hours for this oily product to dry. Before applying Revolution to your pet’s coat, it is a good idea to allow the hair to dry completely. When can your pet be bathed if Revolution has been applied to their coat? After 2-4 hours, it is best to give your pet a bath.
Should I give my cat a bath before applying flea medicine?
Do I need to bathe my pet prior to treatment? It is not necessary to bathe your pet. Your pet shouldn’t be bathed or allowed to go swimming within the first 24 hours of applying any topical products.
Does bathing a cat wash off frontline?
Answer: Frontline Plus for Cats is effective after any type of bathing or water immersion. We recommend that cats wait for the product to fully absorb and then dry thoroughly before bathing. It may take several hours for this oily product to dry.
Can you put flea drops on a cat after bath?
For most topical products, we recommend that your pet wait between 24 and 48 hours before you bathe them. Vetra 3D- You can use Vector 3D on a towel-dried dog to apply topical flea products.
Is Frontline still effective after a bath?
FRONTLINE PLUS should be applied to pets after they have had a bath. FRONTLINEPlus remains active for 30 days even after your pet has been bathed or swam. Keep your pet dry for at least 24 hours after application.
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Bathing is something that most cats can do for themselves, but there are some situations where you’ll need to help. The more you know about feline grooming and bathing, the better you can handle this potentially tricky situation. So should you need to bathe your cat, here is some additional info for you.
Your Cat’s Capabilities
Healthy cats are generally able to clean themselves efficiently and effectively on their own. If you have a short-haired indoor cat that doesn’t get into trouble, you may never need to bathe her. Cats’ fastidious natures make them pleasant low-maintenance companions in this regard. However, there are some situations where you may want or need to bathe your cat. As this is typically a rare occurrence for cat owners, it can help to read up on the process first.
Your cat’s barbed tongue can handle everyday care and cleaning, but it’s not always up to the task of removing sticky substances. Barbs, tree sap, gum, glue, and other messes are too tricky for your cat. You should also step in and take over the bathing process if your cat gets into anything that’s harmful if ingested, such as the cleaning solution in a bucket of mop water.
Medical Reasons for a Bath
If your cat has certain medical conditions, bathing is necessary to remedy the problem. A flea bath can help flush out the infestation and soothe flea-bitten skin, though this should always be combined with another flea treatment method . Medicated baths are a common treatment for ringworm and may be prescribed by your vet if your cat has this problem.
If you adopt an older cat, you may find that he or she suffers from arthritis. This condition makes it difficult for cats to bathe themselves comfortably, so you may need to assist. Obese cats have a similar problem, because they can’t reach certain spots on their body.
Upon being rescued, Cole required 2 baths to conquer his flea infestation!
Short-hair cats are the best at grooming themselves. Long-haired breeds like Persians require more frequent bathing, as their tongues aren’t always up to the task of combing through all that hair. Careful combing post-bath is essential with a long-haired feline.
You should bathe hairless cats more frequently as well. Cat fur usually absorbs the oils secreted by a cat’s skin, but hairless cats lack this protection, so you’ll have to help.
Proper preparation will ease the potentially tricky process of bathing your cat. Gather your supplies, including cat shampoo, several towels, cat treats, and a pitcher or detachable shower head. Place a rubber bath mat on the bottom of the tub or sink so your cat isn’t alarmed by the slippery surface, and fill the basin with a few inches of warm water.
Bring your cat in after the area is prepared. Wet your cat’s coat thoroughly with the pitcher or shower head. Work the shampoo up to a lather and rinse. Have several towels handy to help dry your cat off when you’re finished along with a few treats for a job well done.
In the right situations, a bath is crucial for a comfortable, healthy, and pleasant-smelling cat. Bathe your cat carefully to ensure a comfortable experience for everyone in your home.
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Do you bathe your cat? We don’t… usually. But that’s not because we shouldn’t bathe our cats, but because they don’t currently need our help. In the past we’ve had to give our kitties a bath from time to time… some loved it – but other times, we were lucky to survive!
Many people ask us if they should be bathing their kitties and the answer really depends… Do they need it? Many healthy indoor cats have no problem bathing themselves. Other kitties may be prone to oily skin or just need some assistance cleaning themselves. Cats that go outside, cats that are rotund (overweight), long-haired, hairless or battling illness may need out help to bathe at times. We just need to be in tune with their needs.
Pay attention to your cat’s skin and coat so you can best decide if they need your help bathing.
Should You Bathe Your Cat If They Hate It?
Here’s the thing… most cats don’t like water and will fight you if you try to bathe them. There are tutorial videos on how to give your cat a bath if you need some extra help with this. Good hygiene is very important for our kitties’ overall health – so we need to help them stay on top of this if we start noticing a little mank.
If your kitty is fairly good at cleaning herself but just has issues in certain areas, you can try just using a warm wash cloth in those areas. This is what we do with our big kitty who sometimes has issues cleaning his behind. He has high anxiety – and is quite formidable – so bathing him is out of the question right now. However, if we just ignored his fuzzy butt let the area become a problem, he can and will develop an infection. Paying close attention to our cats is imperative because they won’t tell us when they need help.
Prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to our cats – so if you need to bathe your cat, please don’t wait. Stay calm and help a cat out. 🙂
If you love cats or have a cat at home, you will probably have wondered whether bathing cats is good for them, or whether it is necessary at all. In this AnimalWised article we will answer all these questions and we will give you some tips to bathe your cat.
Is it bad to bathe cats? Many people believe that cats are afraid of or hate water, and that since they spend their days grooming themselves they do not need to be bathed. This is not exactly true, and in this article we’ll discuss why.
The relationship of cats with water depends on several factors, including whether you have accustomed your cat from a young age, if it has had a negative experience with water, or if you really need to wash it for some particular reason. Take a look at this article and you will see if bathing your cat is good or not!
- Is bathing a cat necessary?
- When should you bathe your cat?
- How to bathe a cat
Is bathing a cat necessary?
Whether it is necessary to bathe cats or not depends on the particular animal: most vets agree that it is unnecessary to bathe cats on a regular basis if they are healthy and look clean. Here you can learn how to clean your cat without bathing.
If cats are bathed too often, they may lose essential oils from their fur, and it may even be a traumatic experience for them. As a general rule, cats are extremely clean animals and spend most of their time grooming themselves. If your cat has short hair and stays indoors, regular brushing will be enough. It isn’t bad to bathe cats if it is necessary, though.
Although most people believe cats hate water, that is not true: they need to get used to it, and that’s all. Just like any other animal, you can get your cat used to water and baths from a young age. Ideally, you should give your cat its first bath when it is at least 2 or 3 months old. At this stage, your cat will already have its vaccines and be in the middle stage of its socialization process: you’ll prevent your cat from getting sick and from learning to see water as a negative or threatening thing. Getting adult cats used to baths is much more complicated.
Some cat breeds tend to like water. Bengal cats, for instance, have no problem playing with water and are are excellent swimmers. However, these are quite exceptional cases.
When should you bathe your cat?
Whether accustomed or not to taking baths, there are some extraordinary situations where it may be necessary to bathe your cat:
- If you have adopted a stray cat and it is dirty.
- If your cat has any allergies or a skin infection.
- If your cat has suffered heat stroke or if the weather is extremely hot.
- If your cat has long or semi-long fur and it cannot be untangled with a brush.
- If your cat has greasy fur.
- If your cat has fleas and you have to eliminate them with a special shampoo.
- If your cat has ringworm, which affects the fur, skin and claws.
- If your cat is soiled with any product, especially if chemical or toxic, which it cannot remove by itself or with help of wet wipes.
- If your cat has stopped grooming itself for some reason.
Only in these cases will you really need to bathe a cat. Otherwise, its own daily hygiene and regular brushing depending on the type of coat will suffice. You can also use wet wipes soaked with dry shampoo specifically made to respect the pH of cats’ skin to remove certain debris and dirt without actually giving it a bath.
How to bathe a cat
Done occasionally and when needed, then, it isn’t bad to bathe cats. Before doing so, however, there are some guidelines you need to follow to avoid unpleasant experiences.
Your cat’s first bath will always be the worst, because everything is unknown and shocking. It is very important to remain calm and be patient, and that you don’t make sudden noises or raise your voice when speaking so as to not agitate your cat further. Stroke it and treat it with love.
If possible, ask someone in the family for help to bathe your cat and hold it if necessary. Ensure you fill the tub or the container you plan to use with warm water before your cat goes in, as the noise of water coming through the tap may make it more nervous and even aggressive. You can put a towel at the base of the tub for it to claw into if it wants to.
Use a specific shampoo for cats that will not damage the skin or fur of your pet, and gently wash it trying not to touch its head or getting too close. This will prevent scratches if your cat becomes tense. Once soaped and rinsed thoroughly, use a towel to dry it. If you think your cat will tolerate the noise of the hair dryer, set it to medium temperature and power and dry its fur from a safe distance. It is extremely important that the cat is dry to prevent infections and colds.
The earlier and more regularly you bathe your cat, the more likely it is that it will eventually enjoy the experience. Is it bad to bathe cats, then? As you can see, it depends on the circumstance. It should not be done just because, but it’s better if they are used to it.
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When it comes to hygiene, cats take grooming very seriously. This is why you will often see your cat licking all over their body. While cats are able to keep their body relatively clean, they are not perfect. Cats can still get covered in smelly dirt, which will take human intervention to fix. While bathing your cat is not recommended by everyone, we think it is necessary to keep your cat clean and healthy.
How often should I give my cat a bath?
While there are environmental factors, such as whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat, we recommend most cat owners give their cat a bath at least once every 2 months. Along with keeping your cat clean and smelling fresh, regularly bathing your cat can help prevent the formation of mats in their fur.
Can you bathe a cat with dawn?
We are frequently asked if you can bathe a cat with dawn. The truth is yes, you can bathe your cat with dawn, but there are a couple important conditions. First of all, you should not bathe your cat with dawn if they already have a skin infection or open sores. Putting dawn on already irritated skin can cause an infection to get worse. We also recommend only using the original blue dawn product, as some of their new product lines may be too acidic for your cat’s skin. We don’t recommend using any other type of dish soap or human soap on your cat, as they can potentially dry out your cat’s skin. This can make your problem even worse, as dry skin is more susceptible to bacterial infections.
Benefits of using dawn for bathing cats
The main benefit of using dawn on cats is to remove fleas. Dawn is a great bug repellent which can kill fleas and other parasites on your cat’s skin. It works by drowning the fleas when you submerge them in water, as the dawn prevents the fleas from floating to the surface.
While dawn can be used to kill fleas on your cat’s skin, it is only a temporary fix. Dawn will not prevent new fleas from attaching to your cat’s skin. After using dawn on your cat, we recommend looking into a flea repellent to protect your cat from fleas in the future.
How to bathe your cat with dawn?
Bathing your cat with dawn is very simple. First you want to give your cat a quick brush in order to remove any loose hairs. Then point the water source to your cat. We recommend giving your cat a bath either in the shower or outside with a hose. While rinsing the cat, make sure to avoid their face and eyes. After the cat’s skin is damp, you can start applying the dawn. We recommend making a solution of 1 part dawn, 5 parts water. Rub this solution up against your cat’s skin.
After you have applied the soap, you should completely rinse your cat to remove all of the dawn soap. After the bath, it is very important that you wrap your turtle in a warm blanket. You should not let your cat go until they are completely dry. If your turtle is not properly dried, it can lower their body temperature to dangerous levels.
Anyone who has a cat knows they are meticulous groomers. Most cats will spend a large part of the day grooming themselves but sometimes they may need a little extra help – for example, if they have been injured or if longer hair becomes tangled. So you should get your cat used to being handled and groomed as soon as possible (the sooner you start, the easier it will be for you in the long run).
- It’s best to groom your cat when she is tired and relaxed. If your cat doesn’t seem to like being groomed, just start with a little every day and her tolerance will soon increase. Be sure to lavish lots of love and praise on your cat after each grooming session – she may even start to view the grooming sessions as a special treat.
- If you have a long-haired cat, use a comb to groom her hair. Start with her favorite places (usually the chin and head) then progress to other areas. If you run into any matted areas, you may have to cut them out using a pair of blunt tipped scissors.
- If your cat is short-haired, you can groom her with a rubber brush. Remember to wet or dampen the brush before you start grooming as this will help to catch loose fur and keep it from flying around.
- Should your cat need a bath, ensure you have some pet friendly shampoo. Then close all windows and doors and make sure the room is warm.
- If your cat is scared or overwhelmed by the size of your bath, try using a bowl or sink instead. About 4 inches of lukewarm water is plenty – or just above your cat’s paws.
- First, clean your cat’s ears before you put her in the water. Swab her ears with a cotton bud which has been moistened with warm water. Only clean the visible parts of your cat’s ear and never attempt to clean the ear canal.
- Next, comb or brush your cat before you bath her – this will help to work out any loose fur.
- Put on a pair of rubber gloves, then pick your cat up by the scruff of her neck and gently place her in the shallow warm water.
- Wet your cat’s back, belly and legs. You may want to use a small plastic cup or jug. (Be warned that many cats will panic if you try to use a shower or spray attachment.)
- Apply the pet shampoo and massage it gently to distribute it evenly all over your cat before rinsing. Don’t apply too much shampoo or it will just make it more difficult to rinse off. It has been designed not to irritate their eyes and ears, but try and avoid these areas anyway.
- After rinsing, ensure you have a nice warm towel to dry your cat. If your cat is not afraid of the noise, you can blow dry her. Or, simply snuggle her dry in the towel.
- Don’t be surprised if she starts to groom herself again straight afterwards, it’s just her way of getting her fur the way she likes it.
Remember, don’t bathe your cat on a regular basis as this may disrupt the natural balance of oils in her skin and fur – but an occasional bath is fine, for example if she has rolled in something dirty and can’t clean herself.
By Micah Alcachupas | Submitted On July 09, 2018
Unlike dogs, cats are excellent at grooming themselves. They can keep themselves clean even without our help. However, there are also times where we need to intervene. For example, those with outdoor cats know that it’s not surprising to see their cats coming home covered in dust or even engine oil since they love sneaking into dark corners like cars and attics.
According to the National Cat Groomers of America, it’s advisable to give your cats a bath (with a blow dry) every 4 to 6 weeks to keep their furs clean and shiny as well to avoid having matted or pelted fur.
How often should you bathe cats? It depends on several circumstances:
- Temperature – I’m living in a tropical country where most of the time the weather is hot and humid. In these cases, it’s best to bathe your cats once or twice a week (or as needed) since they are prone to heatstroke in the same way as humans do. Vice versa, if you’re living in a cold country then you can do so at least once a month just to keep them free from danders and fleas.
- Mangled Fur – Definitely if you see their fur all mangled up then it’s time for a cat groom and bath. Brushing them regularly using special pet combs can also prevent them from having mangled fur.
- Outdoor cats vs Indoor cats – Outdoor cats need to be bathed more often than indoor cats. Regularly brushing your indoor cats can reduce the hairballs and clean their coat.
- Fur length – Cats like Maine Coons, Persian cats and Norwegian Forest cats need to be bathed regularly since they have longer coats as compared to British Shorthairs and Siamese.
- Self-Grooming Habit – There are cats who take care of themselves really well and they are those who are not that good at it. Take one of my Persian cats as an example. I had a white Persian cat named “Sugar” who is not that good at grooming herself. She can’t keep her coat as white as before unlike my domestic cat named “Bernard”. So when I bathe Sugar, I really have to thoroughly scrub her to get that shiny white coat back.
- Health Issues – If your cat has any skin irritations or maybe has fleas and ticks all over, it’s absolutely necessary to bathe them regularly along with providing topical treatment for their health problem.
It’s purr-fectly safe to bathe your cats. Plus, it can also be a bonding activity for the both of you especially if you started them young. This mesh bathing bag is a great tool to use if you find it a bit hard bathing your cats. It has secured lock feature that’s safe and won’t harm your cats. However, I do think it’s more useful in keeping your cats from moving while clipping their nails.