In general, cats do not need a bath and they don’t like it that much! In rare cases, however, it may happen that your cat is so immensely dirty or that it has been in contact with certain substances (such as toxic or fatty substances).
However, there are ways to make the experience more comfortable for both the cat and you.
- Buy a special shampoo for cats and kittens, make sure it is soft and good in every way: it should not contain any harsh chemicals or perfumes. Never use a shampoo for people, because it is not suitable for your cat’s coat and skin: the pH value is different.
- Use a large plastic tub or the bathtub with a non-slip mat. Use only the amount of lukewarm water needed to wash your cat. Do not use hot water.
- Cats who are afraid of the bath can blow or bite. Watch out if the cat bites you, as this can lead to infections. Consult a doctor if you are bitten.
- Reward your cat and reassure him the entire time you give him a bath. You can also distract him with sweets.
- Apply a small amount of shampoo and make sure your cat does not get it in the eyes or ears. First rub upwards, then down to the tail and do not forget to rub in and under the neck. You can also take your cat out of the water and place it on a towel to practice this.
- Rinse well with clean, lukewarm water using the shower head or a jug, avoiding the eyes and the inside of the ears and remove the soap with your hands.
- As soon as he is soaped and rinsed, your cat will have to shake vigorously to get rid of all the excess water.
- Then dry your cat from head to toe with a towel and remove it from the bath.
- If you have several cats, a fight may occur at that time. In this case, separate the cats that have already been washed until they are calmer and then wipe all cats dry with the same towel to mix their scents.
- Dry your cat or cats in a heated room and do not leave them outside until they are completely dry.