How do I bathe my cat?

Cats do not like water very much. Having descended from ancestors that have existed in arid lands, domestic cats are poor water drinkers. Cats are not accustomed to being bathed as well. Cats are independent animals. Cats would not consider the owner as the master thus telling the pet to stay still while it is being bathed would be impossible. Bathing the pet therefore can be a daunting chore. Where would you bathe the cat? The kitchen skin or the bathroom tub must be readied. To make the task easier all the things that will be needed in bathing the cat should be ready as well. If the cat is rather large and less friendly, it would be a good idea to ask a friend or a family member to help. Begin the bathing process by thoroughly wetting the cat. Place a dollop of shampoo on your palm. Apply the shampoo and work up a good lather by massaging the fur. It is very important to thoroughly rinse the shampoo. Application of conditioner is optional. If conditioner is applied, the cat has to be thoroughly rinsed again. The drying stage would be the easiest. Have two towels at hand especially if the cat is longhaired. Once the cat is squeaky clean a reward for the pet would be in order.

It is a good thing that cats don’t need to be bathed very often. Cats are clean animals…they spend long hours grooming their fur. However, the pet still needs to be bathed when it has strayed and gets too dirty or if it infested with external parasites. Bathing the pet can be a horrendous task. The cat would put up a good struggle thus you have to wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to get wet. But aside from this fact, you need to avoid the unsheathed claws and the sharp teeth of the pet too.

Where do you plan to wash the pet? The kitchen sink would do for a kitten but the tub in the bathroom would be more ideal for a bigger cat. The closed bathroom door will also prevent the cat from escaping. Prepare the tub as well as the things that will be needed in bathing the cat. A rubber mat placed on the tub would make the task easier as it will prevent the cat from skidding. The towels as well as the opened bottle of shampoo should be at hand. Remember, cats don’t like water especially on their face. The head and the face are the most sensitive spots of a cat thus it would be best to start wetting the cat from the rear end. Use a cup to wet the pet instead of the sprayer attachment that can make the pet vault. Squirt shampoo on your palm and massage the pet’s fur to work up a good lather. Expect the pet to put up a good struggle thus you have to hold the pet firmly. The assistance of another person would make the task of restraining the cat easier. Rinse the cat. The shampoo must be thoroughly rinsed out from the fur. Drain the water from the tub. After rinsing the cat’s body, you can now use a damp sponge or a wet wash cloth to clean the head and the face of the cat. The water would drip from the pet’s fur.

The easiest part of bathing the pet would be the drying stage. Wrap the cat with a towel to blot the remaining water as much as you can. A hair dryer can be used to make the drying process faster. Cats are creatures of habit. Your pet may hate getting wet but after a while, it would come to accept the bathing process more so if it would get a treat after it is bathed.

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