How To Bathe A Cat
Nothing sounds so easy but proves to be so difficult as how to bathe a cat. As terrible and painful as it may sound, there will be a time when your cat will need a bath. Cats have never been known to be a water loving creature and your cat probably will never stop trying to scratch you but hopefully you’ll at least learn how to bathe a cat properly.
To bathe a cat, you will need:
- Cat shampoo
- A high tolerance for pain
- Prepare the bath. Choose a deep sink or basin to bathe the cat in. Make sure that it isn’t too large where your cat can move around and run away. Put a non-skid mat on the bottom or a towel so that the cat doesn’t slip. Adjust the temperature of the water to 101.4 degrees Fahrenheit to match the cat’s body temperature.
- Wet the cat. Starting to bathe the cat is tricky because they don’t like water and will often try to claw and scratch you. Try to completely wet the cat while holding onto him so he doesn’t escape. Make sure she is soaked from head to tail in water.
- Apply shampoo. Make sure to use only cat shampoo to bathe your cat. You can find cat shampoos at any pet store. Apply a liberal amount of shampoo on your cat and start gently rubbing it around into a rich later. Don’t forget to shampoo every part of the cat but be careful to not get any in your cat’s eyes.
- Rinse completely. Thoroughly rinse your cat off with water. Keep rinsing with water until the water runs clear and then do another final rinse to make sure all of the shampoo is gone.
- Dry the cat. After bathing your cat, grab a towel and gently wrap the cat in it. Try to dry the cat as much as possible with the towel. To finish drying your cat off, use a hair dryer set on low heat.
Before you begin to try to bathe your cat, make sure to prepare and have all of the things you need ready before you start. To help avoid tangles in your cat’s fur, you can comb medium to long-haired cats while blow drying; short-haired cats can be brushed after they are dry. Making sure your cat is completely rinsed off after you bathe him is extremely important. Even a little shampoo residue left on her fur can cause your cat to froth when she grooms herself. Trying to bathe a cat is not meant to be easy, but with patience you can get it done quickly.