A cat bath?? Why??
If you've observed any cat for any length of time, you know that they are experts at giving themselves long, luxurious baths. They are experts at grooming themselves, but sometimes, just sometimes, they may need a little help.
Most cats can live their entire lives without human help in this area. However, on some occasions, it may be necessary for you to bathe your cat.
For the vast majority of cats, a human–assisted bath will be their least favorite cat grooming assistance in the world, and they'll let you know it in no uncertain terms!
If the occasion comes when you must bathe your cat, be fully prepared ahead of time. This will help the process go faster, and reduce the stress, for you and your cat.
If at all possible, recruit a second brave human to help you. One person can hold your cat firmly while the other washes and rinses.
You'll need the following supplies to give your cat a bath:
If you're bathing your cat because she has fleas, use a safe flea shampoo.
When you are ready for the task, here are the steps you should take to give your cat a bath:
While you're giving your cat a bath, talk gently and soothingly to him or her. Remember to have a firm grip of your cat, but be careful not to hurt him.
If you feel your feline friend doesn't need a full-on cat bath, you could use a kitty wipe to clean her fur. This will be a lot less traumatic for your kitty (and you!) than a full bathing.
Cat Grooming Techniques - More tips to groom your healthy cat or kitten, including brushing and nail clipping.
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