It is vital for the overall well-being of your cat to keep your cat's skin and coat safe. But since when you attempt to bathe them, cats can become aggressive or annoyed, it is easy to get into the habit of skipping it altogether. However it can help relieve the stress and anxiety for you both to get your cat into a daily grooming routine! Plus, if you start them at a very young age, they will almost... enjoy taking a bath (we dare say it!). The good news is that with all that licking, your cat takes care of much of its hair care needs on its own, but that does not strip mats, cure dandruff or make them smell better.
How often your cat needs to be bathe depends on the following:
- Indoor vs. outdoor environment: Rather than their indoor equivalent, outdoor kitties will require a bath more often.
- Duration and style of coat: Longer coats need more grooming than cats with short coats.
- Self-grooming behavior: To prevent their coat from being greasy or dirty, cats that do not or do not groom themselves effectively need daily baths. Overweight cats may have trouble touching all parts of the body, so they may need to be bathed more often, often matting the back side of these kitties and scratching, flaky or even contaminated skin.
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- Level of activity: Highly active cats will need more frequent bathing.
- Health concerns: It could need more attention to issues such as skin irritation, tick or flea infestation and loose stool.
Your fastidious feline is well-equipped to address her own haircare needs with her built-in grooming equipment (tongue and teeth, of course). But you can need to give her a bath if she is really dirty or gets into something messy or smelly. Before you start to ensure reduced stress and optimum productivity, read the following tips.
- Great timing: When your cat is at her most mellow, plan baths. A play session with a cat dancer or other preferred toy will make even the friskiest of felines wear out.
- Clip, snip: Experts suggest trimming fluffy’s claws before swimming, for your own safety
- The brush-off: Next to clear any loose hair and mats, give your cat a good brush. It's a good time now, too to put some cotton in her ears gently to keep the water out.
- Stand firm: Put in the sink or tub a rubber bath mat where you can bathe your kitty so that she doesn't fall. Fill three to four inches of lukewarm (please, not hot!) water with it.
- Only apply water: Use a hand-held spray hoses to wet your pet thoroughly, taking care not to spray her head, eyes and nose directly. A plastic pitcher or unbreakable cup works well when you don't have a spray hose.
- Lather up: Gently massage your pet in five parts of water, working from head to tail; in the direction of hair growth with a solution of one part cat shampoo (human shampoo will dry out her skin). Take care of your face, head, and eyes to stop them.
- All clear: With a spray hose or pitcher, thoroughly rinse the shampoo off your cat; again, make sure the water is lukewarm. As it can irritate the skin and serve as a magnet for dirt, take good care that all residues has been removed.
- About face: To clean your pet's face carefully, use a washcloth. If her skin is very dirty, clear water is good, in which case we recommend using an extra-diluted shampoo solution, being very careful around her ears and eyes.
- Dry idea: Almost there you are! In a big towel, wrap your cat and dry it in a warm spot, away from drafts. You can use a blow dryer-at the lowest heat level, if your kitty doesn't mind the noise.
Here are some good products for your cat grooming:
- Grooming Spray
- Biogroom Natural Oatmeal Soothing Shampoo
- Biogroom Crisp Apple Skin Shampoo
- Biogroom So Gentle Hypo-Allergic Shampoo
- Trixie,Germany Herbal Shampoo
- Trixie,Germany coconut Oil Shampoo
After all this, your little bathing beauty deserves endless praise-and her favorite treat! And with such a happy ending, she may find that bath time is not so bad next time.
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