How to Bathe Your Cat in 5 Easy Steps

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Cats are expert groomers by nature. They are quite apt at cleaning themselves, and don’t need humans to help them. Every now and then some human intervention is required to make sure a cat is squeaky clean. 

Take Time to Prep – make sure you have everything you need prior to bathing.

  • Items you will need: a clean sponge, a couple of extra absorbent towels, two large cups, and pet shampoo. Make sure everything is within in reach too.
  • Trim Them Claws – before you give your furry friend a bath, it’s a good idea to trim its claws to avoid getting scratched during a bath. Human nail clippers won’t do when trimming your cat’s claws. You should purchase a cat nail trimmer. The nail trimmers for cats are specifically designed to easily and safely trim your cat’s nails. Just remember to clip off the tips only.
  • Fill Up the Sink – with enough water to cover the cat’s belly: usually, two to three inches.
  • Test the Waters – the temperature should not be too cold or too hot.
  • Shampoo for cats – pour a capful of the cat shampoo in one of the mugs and fill it with warm water.

5 Easy Steps to Giving Your Cat a Bath:

  1. Immerse Don’t Dunk – slowly lower your cat into the sink. At this point, it’s a good idea to have someone help you. Use a calm soothing voice to let your cat know you are not trying to hurt it.
  2. Use a Sprayer – if your sink is equipped with a sprayer, use it to gently soak your cat. If the sink is not equipped with a sprayer, use a large cup. Either way make sure to test the water temperature. Avoid splashing the cat’s face or getting water in its ears.
  3. Time for the Pet Shampoo – once your cat is thoroughly wet, pour the pet shampoo evenly onto its coat. Then gently massage the shampoo into its coat. Again, avoid the head area.
  4. Rinse thoroughly – use the sprayer to rinse your cat’s fur by running the water from the base of the neck to the tail. Keep doing this until you are positive there is no more shampoo on your cat. Use a moist, clean sponge to wipe the back of the head and the muzzle. Remember to avoid the eyes, ears and mouth.
  5. Towel Dry – grab a towel, lift your cat out of water, and wrap the towel around it. Use this towel to soak up as much of the water as possible. Grab a second towel to finish drying off your cat. Once your cat is fairly dry, let it finish the job. After all, cats are experts at self-grooming.

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