Okay, you know it, we know it: your cat doesn’t regularly need your help getting clean. You see it all the time: they sit around grooming themselves so often that it makes you wonder if you ever have to put them in the bath.
However, if your cat finds themself ultra-dirty and it doesn’t look as if a quick self-grooming will get the job done, then you might definitely want to give it a much-needed, well-earned bath!
However, cats are more-than-happy to groom themselves, and may not want to get in the bath for a good wash. This is why it’s important to do it properly!
You already provide them with great care, give them the best food and have top class cat insurance – now it’s time to learn how to give them a bath without them attempting to scratch you into oblivion!
- Get them used to it from a young age
As with any cat behaviour, they should be gently ushered into being used to it from a very young age. Your cat is certainly not going to want to receive its first bath at age five, six, seven and onwards, so be sure to give it that first bath as soon as you notice it’s got itself a little too dirty in kittenfancy (kitten infancy).
You can give them short baths when they are young to get them used to the idea of having a bath if it’s ever necessary down the track.
- Prepare early
Just like other chores, you will have to set aside some time in your day to bathe your cat. It may be a great idea to bathe them on the weekend, when you have plenty of time and you don’t have to worry about your cat’s response impeding on getting the job done.
Next, be sure that you have all the goodies required to give them their bath, including the following:
- Bath bucket
- Cat shampoo
- Measuring jug for water
- Warm water (ensuring it is neither too hot or cold)
- Face cloth or washer
You can fill your bath or bucket with the warm water before sloooowly lowering your cat into the water. Be sure not to use too much water as you don’t want your cat too far submerged in it.
Then, you can use your measuring jug to begin spreading water across your cat, but you might want to use the face cloth or washer to spread it around the face. Their eyes, ears and noses are very sensitive, so use a very delicate approach and do everything possible not to get any of that cat shampoo in their eyes!
Next, massage some of the shampoo into their fur as directed by the bottle. Give their fur a good, soapy lather before thoroughly rinsing off the shampoo.
- After their bath
Your cat is most likely going to want to get nice and dry as well as warm right after the bath, so be sure to wrap them up in that nice, warm and clean towel right after they’ve had their bath.
It’s also important to give them plenty of positive reinforcement post-bath so they know they did a good job and should continue to be well-behaved every time you bathe them. You may also want to give your pet a treat and allow them a little space to process this new experience.