Humans all know that most cats like water just as much as we enjoy getting an IRS letter! While cats may spend hours grooming themselves to perfection, there are certain situations in which a complete cleaning of your feline companion may be required.
Bathing cats may be very stressful, causing them to become protective or violent, hissing, lifting their fur, and even striking out at you. However, with a bit of planning and care, you can bathe your cat and avoid scratching, and the key isn’t so much a bath as it is a shower!
Washing a cat, like bathing a newborn, necessitates having everything you need within arm’s reach. It would help if you had A handheld shower head in the shower or bath.
Several towels to clean her and assist her in drying
Shampoo and conditioner for cats. Most pet shops have them, and your veterinarian can advise you on which brand is best for your feline companion. Human shampoo and conditioner have a different PH level than cat shampoo and conditioner, which may harm your cat’s hair or skin.
Preparation for Bathing
Brush your cat to eliminate any knots or tangles before you begin, especially if she is a long-haired breed.
Set the water temperature to warm and send a medium-level spray through the showerhead.
The Bathing Method
Gently put your cat into the shower tray or bath while chatting to her, giving plenty of comfort and praise. Showering from above is far less traumatic for your pet since she is more likely to be accustomed to being rained on than to be dropped into 4 inches of lukewarm water!
If you believe your cat will be challenging to manage, hold her by her scruff or use a harness. Begin softly bathing her with gentle, confident strokes. Cats are extremely good at picking up on tension, so if you’re worried, she’ll be on edge as well, and she’ll be much more likely to lash out or flee!
Apply a little bit of shampoo to her – she’s probably not as filthy as you believe. Make sure you rinse well before applying the conditioner. Make sure to stay away from her eyes and nose.
Once your cat is clean, try to towel-dry her as much as possible. Hairdryers are terrifying to some cats. If your kitty companion isn’t, you may try drying her with low heat and speed. To do this, you may need to confine her to a carrier. You may also keep your cat in a warm bathroom until her coat is completely dry. The essential thing is to make sure she’s dehydrated before moving on to other home areas. Damp cats may quickly get chilled, causing them to become sick or life-threateningly low body temperatures in the case of kittens.
That concludes our discussion. The key to bathing your vehicle and avoiding scratches is to use a well-prepared shower to get your feline friend clean.
Bathing a Cat Suggestions
- Before putting the cat in the tub, make sure you have all of the necessary bathing supplies.
- Use only a tearless, cat-friendly shampoo and follow the directions on the label.
- Before placing the cat in the tub, make sure the water is warm enough.
- If at all feasible, enlist the assistance of a buddy.
- Ensure that any soap residue on your cat’s body is washed away.
- Being washed will make you unhappy and provide difficulty.
What if he flatly refuses to cooperate?
Finally, if your cat is completely refusing to cooperate when it comes to washing, don’t risk having your eyes clawed out. Take him to a groomer or perhaps the veterinarian’s clinic. Your cat can be sedated (safely) and then bathed without danger.