Every cat owner knows how difficult it can be to bathe a cat. The problem is that the vast majority of cats are not into bathing at all. It is such a terrifying process for them that they get ready to fight for their lives as soon as they realize that they're about to be bathed. So what is the right way of bathing a cat?
As we've mentioned before, cats are very likely to start scratching you to get out of the tub. In order to keep your hands and face and other parts of your body safe, trim your cat's claws. Do it as carefully as possible, because you don't want to make your cat feel stressed right before taking a bath.
Make sure that the shampoo you're going to use for bathing your cat is of high quality and it doesn't contain any chemicals which can harm your pet. Never use a human shampoo on a cat! Also, if you have a dog and you have some dog shampoo left, it would be a bad idea to use it on your kitty. Buy a cat shampoo from your vet or a pet store and strictly follow the given instructions.
Choose a Proper Moment
It's better to bathe your cat when they are feeling sleepy and lazy. In such a condition, they are less likely to fight their way out of the bathroom. If your cat is too energetic, play with them. Make them run and jump until they are tired. Another idea is to feed your cat very well right before taking a bath. It will also make them less active.
Once again, you need to take care of your safety. You should definitely wear something with long sleeves to protect your skin. Also, make sure that you wear something that you don't mind your cat tearing with its claws.
Do Everything Carefully
The chances are that your cat will try to escape as soon as water touches its fur. You need to hold them tight but without hurting them and talk to them in a calm, soothing voice. If your pet calms down a little, you can begin the bathing process. First of all, make sure that the water is not too hot or too cold. Then, soak your cat and start applying shampoo from its neck towards the tail. Do it in such a way as if you were massaging them. Don't let shampoo get into the cat's ears, eyes, nose, and mouth. When you've washed the kitty, remove all shampoo from its fur. Rinse them as many times as needed to make sure that you've washed it all away. Then, carefully clean your cat's face with a washcloth.
Follow these guidelines to make bathing a positive experience for you and your cat.