Bathing Cats

Grooming Cats

Cats who are provided a good diet, plenty of water, and who are groomed regularly are more apt to have soft shiny fur with less shedding and dander. If possible, when your cat is a kitten, begin introducing her to the grooming process by taking her into a calm and familiar bathroom or laundry room where the bathing will take place. Bring all of the grooming tools and let her sniff and explore. Start by brushing her lightly on an area she likes to be pet and scratched such as her head or under her chin. This helps prevent fear of the brush and may even promote enjoyment. The ASPCA recommends brushing twice a week. Please note that if your cat is completely against and fearful of any parts of the grooming process, make an appointment with your veterinarian for suggested resolution.

How about bathing your cat….does anyone need help with this? Well, I do so let’s see what the ASPCA has to say. Ok, great, the ASPCA recommends letting your cat clean herself, which is their natural, instinct. But if she should become oily, smelly, sticky, or dirty, it’s time to step in. And don’t forget that it’s ok to let the vet or groomer take care of this for you.

Ready, set, ok, 1, 2, 3, here we go. Try to be organized and have everything you will need to bath your cat together, and in the room where you will bath her. Also, remember to ensure the provision of a calm and warm room and for added security with less stress, try to schedule bathing around the time of day when your cat is most relaxed and easy-going. Oh, oops, I forgot to mention that another good idea before bathing your cat is to make sure she is brushed well and free from as much loose hair as possible. Also, be sure to bath after the cat’s nails have been cut.

The ASPCA mentioned that shampoo used by people often dries the cat’s skin, so use cat shampoo. (Although, I have read in various articles that using Dawn dish detergent is good as well, check with your vet before using). Using warm water, wet your cat being mindful of her face, eyes, and ears, massage the shampoo all over the cat, and then fully rinse. Some cats may enjoy a few treats during the bathing process and others may not be happy at all. Either way, to ensure you get your entire cat clean, use a soft damp cloth to wipe her face and be mindful of cleaning the paws. Once rinsed well, with a spray hose or pitcher of clean water, wrap the kitty up in a clean dry towel and hold her for a bit in a nice warm room, maybe letting the sunshine through to warm her up. Then brush as well as she will allow you and follow up with more brushing when she is completely dry. Another suggestion made by the ASPCA is to use a tub mat during bathing to prevent her from sliding.

Well, good luck, have fun and keep yourself and your kitty safe. Please consult your veterinarian for additional information, especially if your cat has special considerations.


ASPCA (n.d.). Cat Grooming Tip


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