As cats are in a habit to keep themselves clean, bathing them is not exactly necessary. However, there are a lot of reasons that you may need to consider bathing your cat. Here are a few essential tips that you should follow and precautions you should take.
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If you often suffer from allergies to your cat, a weekly bath can indeed help to lessen allergens in his coat. Even your cat may have allergies or he may be smelly or tend to get dirty. In such a condition, your cat may benefit from full range of services in Lindfield with Gordon Vet, for example.
Shampoos and Conditioners
Thickness of cats’ skin is half that of human skin. A cat’s skin is very sensitive and has quite different needs than human skin. Therefore, you cannot assume that products made for humans are fine for your pet. You should use a good gentle and high quality shampoo made for cats and if your cat is susceptible to greasy skin, dry skin, itchy skin or frequent skin infections, take your vet’s advice about which shampoo you should use for your cat.
Keep in mind that cats will usually groom after a bath; hence use only those products that are safe for them and don’t have tea tree. Also remember that cats’ sense of smell is very acute and peculiar; therefore a product smelling very nice may be usually very offensive. You may not even need to actually use a shampoo at all, based on what you want.
What will You Need?
You can easily bathe your cats in a regular bath tub, a baby bath, a laundry sink or even at the bottom of the shower. A non-slip mat will make your cat feel secure on the slippery surface. Let the water be just slightly warmer than your skin. Test it with your forearm instead of fingers. A hand-held nozzle can offer a gentle massaging action that many pets love; otherwise, a cup or a jug can be used to pour warm water over his coat.
You will also need:
- A brush
- Thick towels
- Cotton wool
- Nail clippers
- Face washer
Prior to the Bath
- Play with your cat to use up some energy or choose a time when he is a little relaxed, but never disturb his rest
- If your cat has long hair, a quick brush is beneficial
- Clip his nails
- Gently place some cotton wool in his ears if you think he might get somewhat wild. Cotton wool will prevent water from going down the ears.
Cats that Hate Getting Wet
If you know that your cat hates getting wet and a full-water bath is not possible, consider only getting a damp towel, probably with a very small amount of shampoo over it to clean those sticky spots and rub your cat with it all over. Then with another damp towel, ‘rinse’, and then with a 3rd towel, dry him.
If you want to wipe your cat down to lessen the spread of allergens since someone in your household is allergic to cats, the above procedure may be all you require to conduct every 3-7 days. Be sure that you pay specific attention to face where most allergens concentrate.
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Tips and Tricks
- Let the lighting in the bathroom be very dim.
- Don’t stare in your cat’s eyes directly; blink slowly and look away.
- Cats often love a ‘bum scratch’ near the base of their tail; if your cat loves this, do it very gently and start the bath by gentle massaging and wetting here.
- Keep your one hand always on your cat while bathing.
- Keep a number of towels at hand.
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Follow the tips above while bathing your cat so that you and your cat can enjoy each other’s company.