Changing your cat’s bath style or offering different types of baths is an excellent way to help wash their fur, soak them in water and reduce dry skin.
Some cats love having a long, soaking wet body and will enjoy being bathed more than once a week, while other dogs want it every few days at the most!
If you are ever unsure about how to best bathe your pet, ask others for tips. You can also visit local groomers and see what works for their clients. They would be happy to share their secrets with you!
This article will talk you through some basic guidelines for giving your furry friend a good bath. These include choosing the right shampoo, avoiding over-the-counter products that contain chemicals, and using the correct amount of soap. If needed, we also discuss ways to lather up efficiently.
Finally, we look into whether there are any special needs flushing systems your dog may have.
Washing your cat properly
When bathing your cat, you want to be careful not to get water in his or her eyes! This can cause serious problems such as eye infection and damage.
Cats have very dense fur so if you try to wash them using lukewarm water and a grooming brush, it may just rinse away most of their protective coat. If this happens, then use warm, wet hands to massage out the remaining hair.
Never bathe your cat in water that is cold or tepid unless you have proof that he/she has been exposed to hot liquids. Even then, make sure to only do it for a short time until the animal is able to regulate body temperature.
Use the right temperature
When bathing your cat, you want to make sure that they are clean but also that they do not suffer hot or cold water!
Never bathe your cat in temperatures higher than body heat. This is important because if the water is too hot then your cat may struggle or even get hurt from being exposed to the liquid.
Likewise, water that is colder than their normal body temperature can actually be painful for some cats. If your cat has very sensitive skin like most cats do, then it is very possible that she could get injured by the water.
Some things cannot stand the touch of plain old water either. Many cats will have special needs such as ear cleaning or nail clipping which need a proper bath oil or cream used in the wash.
Rinse your cat thoroughly
When bathing your cat, you should always begin with rinsing them! This is an important step to do before washing or grooming any of their fur.
If your kitty loves water, they will probably enjoy being bathed in it! Unfortunately, some cats are not so fond of water and may try to avoid it when you wash them.
Luckily, there are several ways to help get rid of this fear of water. The most common way is through bath time. During bath times, your cat can choose whether they want to be washed with a towel or brushed under the stream of water that comes from the shower.
Some cats feel more comfortable being wetted down than having their soft coats touched by a cloth, so using the latter method usually removes much of the need for repeated washes.
Use the right product
For most cats, a wash-down is their favorite activity! They love to play in water, so using a good quality non-salty soap or shampoo is important.
Many people believe that dry food means better health for your cat, but this isn’t always the case. Some of the “dry” foods contain high levels of carbohydrates which can cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). This doesn’t only affect older, spayed/neutered cats, it can happen to any cat at any age.
Dry food also does not provide enough moisture for proper skin and oral hygiene. If your kitty has very thick fur, then you probably already know how easy it is to get rings under his coat when he tries to lick himself. This could lead to yeast or bacterial growth, both of which are uncomfortable for him and possibly even harmful.
If you think your cat may be suffering from greasy hair, nutritional issues, or poor grooming habits, try giving her some brackish (mixed salt and fresh water) tap water instead of purified bottled water. This will expose his gums more, making them healthier and easier to see when they bleed slightly during washing.
Dry your cat properly
When bathing your cat, you want to be very careful how you handle them. If you are not careful, you may cause more damage than good!
Never pull on your pet’s fur or use sharp objects such as claws
Never submerge your cat in water or pour liquids onto them
Never hold your cat while they are wet because this could cause drowning or skin irritation
Instead, take time to give your furry friend the right amount of care. Use soft brushes to get out all of the dirt and debris, and wash with gentle cleaners. Make sure to only put away used towels and blankets after being thoroughly cleaned.
This will help keep their coats healthy and clean!
Some things that can hurt your kitty include hairs left behind from grooming, dirty bedding, and dried saliva. All of these can enter their body through their mouth or nose and potentially cause internal injury.
Give your cat a bath at the right time
When it seems like your cat is taking forever to get out of the bathroom, she has made a few moves towards getting into the tub or wash basin.
She may have tried to climb in or she may try to push herself forward by moving her paws or using her back legs. If you’ve ever seen this behavior before, then you know that it doesn’t work!
Your cat was trying to get into a place where she could be submerged under water. This isn’t possible so she can only end up hurting herself instead. Even if she loves being wet, she wouldn’t want to hurt herself so don’t let her down!
Give your furry friend a good chance to learn how to take care of themselves by letting her enjoy some rest after she has finished grooming yourself or having you do it for her.
If you’re too busy to give her a proper bath, ask someone who knows better to do it for her.
Keep your cat hydrated
When bathing your cat, make sure they are thirsty first! If she looks like she is drinking water, then take her to the bathroom immediately so that she can drink some more.
You should also check for signs of illness such as coughing or looking pale. If you notice any of these things, do not bathe your cat just yet! Take extra care by waiting until the symptoms go away before starting the bath.
Never force your cat to swim, even if they seem willing. Many cats cannot swim well and may drown in the process! Even very young kittens an know how to swim, so never force them into the water.
When bathing your kitten, use tippy towels or blankets to keep them warm while being washed. Never wash a cold kitty! This could hurt them seriously. Do not pull off wet fur layers either, it will stick to their skin and cause irritation or infection. Make sure all areas are cleaned properly!
Cat owners often feel too stressed out when washing their pets. Does this make sense? Probably not, but believe me, it does at least once! Luckily, there are many ways to wash your cat easily without too much hassle.
Play with your cat
It is very important to enjoy time together as a couple of well-paying members of the same species! If you start washing your dog, then why not apply that theory to yours?
Many people begin bathing their cats by giving them a washcloth or towel to hold while they themselves get out the shampoo and rinse it off. This can be tricky for some cats.
They may feel threatened or scared when you try to touch them or take control over what area of their body gets washed. Some even display fear aggression towards you if you attempt this.
It is totally okay to back away and say “I’m sorry, but today is going to be different than yesterday and the days before that.” Most kittens and young adult cats will eventually let you help bathe them, but there are ways to make this process easier on both of you!
The most common way to bath a kitten or young cat is using a grooming table. A lot of vets have these so they know how to use them for veterinary purposes! You can find ones at low cost on Amazon or eBay.
Some tips about taking baths for dogs has general applicability to cats, but there are also things specific to individual cats.