Cats are typically pretty clean animals and tend to bathe themselves pretty effectively most of the time. In spite of this self-cleaning behavior, most cats still need to be bathed every once in a while. This can be quite a challenging endeavor, since it’s not something that many cats enjoy or even tolerate very well. If you decide it’s time to give your cat a bath, or maybe he got into something that only a bath will take care of, there are a few simple tips that can make the experience much more pleasant for both of you.
Sometimes, the simple solution of bathing wipes can take care of the need for a bath without actually putting your cat in a tub of water. These are made especially for cats and are safe ways of getting them clean without the trauma of water. If bathing is necessary, though, it is possible to do it without traumatizing your cat. The first thing to do before attempting to give your cat a bath is to wear clothes that are appropriate for the occasion. Wear something that you don’t mind getting wet because chances are you will bet at least a little wet in the process.
Depending on the strength of your cat, it might also be a good idea to ask a friend or family member to help with the bath. Trimming your cat’s nails before the bath is also a good idea, to help eliminate scratching. You should fill the tub with four or five inches of water, but don’t bring the cat into the bathroom while the water is running. Once the tub is ready, and you have shampoo handy, bring the cat into the bathroom. As long as you stay calm, this should minimize the trauma.
While holding your cat firmly, put him into the water. This will most likely upset him, so keep talking to your cat in a calm and soothing voice. Wash the cat as quickly as possible, avoiding getting water or soap in the eyes or mouth. Rinse your cat thoroughly and get him out of the tub to dry off. It’s important to reward your cat once the bath is over. A nice brushing and his favorite treat should calm him right down. Although baths are not your cat’s favorite experience, they are sometimes necessary. As long as you are calm and quick with the bath, your cat will soon forget it ever happened.