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A cat has meticulous cleaning habits, which means that it can keep its fur cleaned. However, your cat can get dirty and messy. Dirt, food, and other things can add a nasty odor to your otherwise clean and pruned kitty. It is during these times that a cat needs its caregivers to give it an enjoyable bath.
Read on to find tips that can help get your cat ready for bath time.
Get all equipment ready!
Before you get your kitty in the sink or tub with water, make sure you have all the equipment ready. Having all items at hand ensures that you can go with the bathing process with ease.
Make sure you have the following items at hand:
- Tearless Cat Shampoo
- Nail clippers
Apart from these items, it will be helpful to have someone else help you with bathing your cat.
Tips to make your kitty ready!
- Know when to initiate a bathing session
When your kitty is the happiest is the best time to start the bathing process. A play session before bath can tire out even the most playful of kitties.
- Nail clipping
For your safety and protection, trim your kitty’s nails before bathing it. Sharp nails can hurt you during the bathing process.
Brush your furball’s hair before starting to bathe it. Doing this removes any loose or old hair, and helps you to de-mat the fur.
- Cotton in the ear
Use cotton to plug your kitty’s ears. The cotton keeps the water out of the ears when bathing. The ears are sensitive, and your cat will not like water or shampoo entering them.
- Make it firm
Use a rubber bath mat in the sink or tub to prevent slipping. Make sure your cat does not slip. Use three to four inches of lukewarm water in the sink or tub.
- Use a spray
Use a hand-held spray hose to wet your cat. Do not spray directly in the sensitive areas of eyes, nose, and ears. If you do not have a spray hose, use a plastic cup or a jug to wet your kitty.
- Lather up
Use one part cat shampoo and five parts water to massage your cat. Do not use human shampoo as it can dry out your kitty’s skin. When lathering up the shampoo, move from the head to the tail. Again, avoid the sensitive areas of ears, eyes, and nose.
- Clear and dry
Finally, rinse your kitty thoroughly and ensure that no shampoo stays on its body. Wrap a large towel and dry your cat in a warm place. You can also use a blow dryer if your cat does not mind the noise.