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When and How to Properly Bathe Your Cat, Pt. 2

Showering a cat is not more than necessary.
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Why you should bathe your cat

We all know that bathing a cat is one of the worst nightmares for many cat owners. It sure is mine because I’m always worried that I’ll get scratched to death. So, let’s begin with the most crucial question. Is it necessary to bathe a cat?

The good news for us is that bathing a cat is not absolutely necessary, except in some cases. It is more important to keep a regular grooming schedule to prevent health issues.

However, bathing your cat is recommended once in a while because there are certain benefits such as maintaining healthy skin and a shiny coat, reducing shedding, eliminating bad odor, and preventing fleas and ticks. Today, we’re going to learn about when to bathe your cat and the proper methods in doing so.


How Often to Bathe Your Cat: Well… It depends

For the most part, cats clean themselves with their self-grooming behavior. By thoroughly licking themselves, they remove dead hair, parasites, and dirt. It is known that cats spend about 30% of their time grooming themselves.

■ So, when is it necessary?

□ If your cat gets into something he/she shouldn’t ingest, you must immediately wash your cat. These could be paint, oil, and antifreeze, and more.

□ If your cat has skin conditions like seborrhea that can be soothed with a bath, regular baths are a way to help.

□ If your cat is obese or has arthritis, you may need to bathe them more frequently because their grooming abilities are limited.

■ When is it recommended?

Generally, it’s recommended to bathe a cat once or twice a year. However, it can depend on the following factors:

Outdoor vs. Indoor Cats: It goes without saying that outdoor cats require more regular bathing, such as every few months.

Type of Coat: Short-haired cats can get away with bathing once or twice a year, but long-haired cats will benefit the most from being bathed every few months. Additionally, if you have a hairless cat, you should wash them more frequently as the oil residue on their skin can stain fabric.

To sum up, you do not need to maintain a regular bathing schedule if your cat does not fall under the necessary cases above. Nevertheless, let’s learn how to give a proper bath to be prepared for once in a while occasions. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


Steps on How to Bathe Your Cat: It’s not that hard following these instructions.

01. Tire them out beforehand—the more mellow your cat, the better.

02. Trim your cat’s nails if you don’t want to be scratched to death.

03. Brush first to get rid of hairballs or loose hair.

04. Place a cotton pad in your cat’s ears to keep the water out.

05. Use a rubber mat to prevent your cat from slipping.

06. Use a hand-held sprayer with warm water(not hot!) and do not directly spray your cat’s eyes, nose, or ears.

07. Mix cat shampoo(cat shampoo is always recommended) and water in a 1:5 ratio and thoroughly apply it from head to tail. Avoid getting the mix into the eyes, nose, or ears.

08. Rinse the mix with lukewarm water until no residue is left.

09. Wipe your pet’s face with a wet washcloth.

10. Dry your cat with a large towel and untangle her fur by brushing with a comb.

11. Remember that your cat just went through an uncomfortable process. After the bath, remember to praise your cat and give rewards.

It’s not that hard, right..?


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References

  • https://www.dailypaws.com/cats-kittens/cat-grooming/bathe-a-cat
  • https://pet-happy.com/how-often-should-you-bathe-a-cat/
  • https://www.petfirst.com/pet-care/how-often-should-i-give-my-cat-a-bath/#:~:text=The%20National%20Cat%20Groomers%20of,from%20getting%20matted%20or%20pelted.