Do cats get baths?

Having descended from ancestors that have originated from arid lands, it is not surprising why cats are not big on water. Cats are not good water drinkers. It is fortunate that cats are clean animals as generally, they hate being bathed. Felix, Garfield and the rest of the tribe are fastidious groomers. Cats can effectively clean themselves by using their paws and tongue. However, this does not mean that these animals would not benefit from a bath especially if they have wandered outdoors, had a fight with another cat and comes home with greasy and smelly fur. Cats would benefit from a refreshing bath every now and then.

Cats keep themselves clean. Cat owner would also know that these animals are not too keen on getting wet. Being squirted or sprayed with water is no fun for these pets. A cat being forced into a bath would scream bloody murder. Many cat owners that have tried bathing the pet have been at the end of the cat’s razor sharp claws. Of course this would not be fun for the cat owner either. This is why a lot of owners would not take on the difficult task of bathing the pet. However, there are instances when a cat would really need to be bathed. Cats are curious animals. A pet that has wrestled with a can of toxic chemical would certainly need thorough cleaning… one that cannot be achieved by simply wiping off the harmful substance. Bathing would be very necessary if the pet has yet again raid the trash can. Cats infested with external parasites would need to be bathed as well. Bathing is especially necessary if the cat is shedding as it helps in the removal of loose hair. Bathing would be necessary as well if the pet is being treated for skin infections.

Most cats would not really need frequent bathing but it would not hurt the pet if it is occasionally bathed. The best time to teach a cat to get used to the process is when it is still young. Cat owners that have taken the time to get the pet accustomed to the feel of water on its body would not find the task of bathing the pet challenging. A kitten that is bathed every week would grow into an adult cat that has no fear of water. Mature cats can be bathed but the owner would certainly need to use strategies to make the process easier. The cat’s claws can deliver mean scratches thus before bathing the pet, it would be a good idea to trim the cat’s claws. Brushing and combing would not only remove sticky dirt on the cat’s fur. The loving attention of the owner would also make the pet more cooperative. It would be easier on the owner’s back if the cat is bathed in the laundry room or in the kitchen sink. Have everything ready…the shampoo, the wipes and towels. Cats do not want water on their head, eyes and ears. Wetting the cat must be started from the neck down. The pet will naturally struggle. Holding the pet at the scruff of the neck just like mother cats carry their kittens would prevent the cat from jumping. Shampoo can now be applied. Scrub the pet with a wash cloth starting from the neck down to the body. Rinse thoroughly making sure that no shampoo remains in the cat’s fur. The next step is to wash the head. Gently wipe the head with the wet wash cloth to remove dirt. This process can be repeated until the cat’s head and ears are cleaned. Thoroughly dry the cat. After the bathing session is finished reward the pet with a treat.

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