Cats despise water. That much is easy to see as your cat gives you a barrage of claws whenever they get near it. Why would someone wish to bathe their cat, then?
They can sometimes be dirty and may come to be flea-infested similar to dogs, so cats do require bathing. In some cases, you'll need to do it. The key is not to wash your cat for more than once a month as this will damage your cat's skin and hair.
A Step-by-Step Guide
To do the job, you'll need some supplies. You will require two fabric towels at the very least. You will also need pet-safe hair shampoo, and if your cat has a long coat, a conditioner. Sponges are also a must. If you have it, a sprayer would also be helpful. No sprayer? Use a bottle of water and keep it near the sink or the tub. It will help if you have a non-skid mat to help your cat stand much better in the water, but this isn't necessary.
A frightened cat is tough to control. If you intend to clean your cat in the tub, close the bathroom door to stop your cat from running out and spraying water on the whole house.
What To Do
Add about 2 or 3 inches of lukewarm water to the base of the sink or a tub. Position your cat at the bottom. Make assuring gestures to your cat, telling them that they're all right. This way, your cat is more likely to settle down within a couple of minutes. When your cat is calm, you can utilize the sprayer. If this terrifies him, you would want to pour water using the bottle. Do not pour water into his head. We will cleanse his face later.
When your cat is wet enough, squeeze a palm-sized amount of shampoo. Massage the shampoo into your cat's coat. Use slow and gentle motions, and he'll unwind and perhaps even will enjoy it. When your cat is lathered, wash him off thoroughly. Ensure that all of the shampoos are out of his coat. Any residue left on your cat might irritate them.
If your cat has long hair, do the same steps using the cat's conditioner. If your cat is upset, it might be wise to skip this as well.
When you are done cleaning the body, you can move to the face. Wet the sponge or the palm of your hand (with water) and gently wipe down your cat's face. Don't pour!
Bathing is done! Cover your cat up in the towels and blot off as much water as possible from their body. Use a dry towel as a second blotting tool. Any work to be done, your cat will do by themselves. You can utilize a blow dryer at the lowest setting for those with a long-haired cat. Be very careful not to burn your cat's skin.
Your cat may not show it to you, but they will be thankful for the bath! More cuddling to come as they are now clean and fresh smelling!
We hope this helps you give your cat TLC with a little shampoo.