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Help for Bathing a Cat
It is usually not necessary to bathe cats as a large part of their day is spent grooming themselves. They also hate water and are bound to put up quite a fight! Cats clean themselves with their barbed or coarse tongue, cleaning and licking dirt off their skin to remain clean. Very often cats do become quite dirty, especially if they have had a romp in the mud.
The fur of long-haired cats also becomes quite oily and occasionally they may need a bath. It is generally recommended that a cat bath be given two or three times per year. Excessive cat cleaning strips the natural oils from the skin that are essential for a healthy coat.
There are precautions you should consider for the best way how to give a cat a bath. Avoid using medicated shampoos as they can be too harsh for the cat’s skin – cats are always licking their coats and can easily ingest these chemical based ingredients. Remember to be patient and gentle when bathing your cat, and if all else fails, take him to a grooming parlor.
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Tips for bathing cats
Although cats do no like getting wet, there are certain things that you can do to make the bathing experience easier and more pleasant:
- Prepare the bath by running the water in the bath and it should not be too hot or cold or deep. Make sure that you have everything that you need such as shampoo a small cloth and towel. Bathing the cat should ideally be done in the bathroom where you can shut the door to prevent him from running off.
- When bathing a cat, you need two people to help – one to hold the cat’s arms and legs and the other, to bathe the cat
- Comb the cat’s fur before bathing to avoid knots and tangles that may be hard to remove afterwards
- Place a rubber mat in the bath or use a towel so that the cat has something to grip on
- Use a shampoo suitable for your cat’s skin type and never use products for human hair as they will irritate the skin
- Avoid washing the head, instead use a moist cloth to wipe the head and facial area
- Gently pour bath water over the rest of the cat’s neck, body and legs and start shampooing
- Rinse the shampoo off your cat thoroughly using a shower spray attached to the tap
- Wear a long-sleeved sweater to protect yourself from been scratched
- Bathe your cat only if he is extremely dirty