While your pet cat does a great job of keeping itself clean, when it comes to bathing time cats frequently show an aversion to water. It’s a good idea to be well prepared for this event to go smoothly.
Before beginning, ensure you have all your bathing tools near you. Here is a short list of what you should have as minimum: Tub, gloves (if necessary), cat shampoo, a pitcher, towels and a cloth.
Bathing your cat in a small tub on a work top is better than bending over a bath and allows gentle restraint. Make sure the water is a comfortable lukewarm temperature.
Using your hands and fingers, apply shampoo to your cat after you’ve made him/her completely wet, avoiding the face and making sure water doesn’t go into the ears. You would want to use a shampoo that’s suitable for cats -your vet will be able to assist in choosing a suitable product.
Make sure to massage the shampoo all over the body; leave it on for a short while before rinsing thoroughly by pouring water from the pitcher you’ve kept handy. Avoid getting any soap or water in your cat’s eyes of course.
If you have been supplied a medicated shampoo to treat a skin condition affecting your cat then make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle or prescription label. Generally these products need to be left on the coat for about 10 minutes before rinsing off, usually twice a week for a couple of weeks.
To clean your cat’s face use a wet or damp cloth. Cleansing the ears is best done by flushing with a proprietary ear cleanser. Again, we can help you with a suitable choice.
When you’re done with the bathing it’s time to dry him/her off. Lift your cat out of the tub and place on a large towel. Wrap around your cat nice and snug. Dry off with your hands as best as you can. If your cat has long hair, you may want to use a hair dryer as long as it doesn’t scare him/her or become too hot. All cats, especially long-haired breeds, will benefit from a brushing once they’re dry. There are lots of different types of brush and comb on the market, just do a bit of research to find the most suitable for your needs.
If you need more advice on your pet cat or if your cat is unwell, please call our specialist team at Amity Vet Clinic. Is this vet clinic near me? Click here.