Cats are known to be meticulous animals. Almost every cat spends most of the day cleaning itself, except for sleeping and playing hours. Therefore , it is not necessary to bathe cats other than almost hairless cat breeds such as Sphinx and Devon Rex cats. While bathing is required for skin health in hairless and low-haired breeds, you may need to wash cats that go out frequently and cats that cannot clean themselves as a result of any other ailment such as obesity or old age. Apart from that, if your cat has fleas or is so dirty that it cannot clean itself, you may need to give it a bath.
Cats may not hate water as it seems. For example, Van cats , Norwegian Forest cats and Siberian cats, far from being afraid of water, are very good swimmers. Tabby cats, especially the three-colored ones, are not afraid of water and even like to play with it. But there are also cat breeds that do not like water at all. You will have already determined how your cat has an attitude towards water by dominating his character. If you are conscious, bathing your cat will no longer be a nightmare.
How Should You Wash Your Cat?
If we move on to the steps of giving your cat a bath,
- To give your cat a bath, first prepare the shampoo, towels, treats and washing tub that it needs. It is possible to distract your cat with cat rewards when she tries to escape or is frightened .
- If you are going to wash your cat in the tub or wash basin, make sure that the water level does not exceed your cat’s height. Always put a towel on the edge of the boat or the tub so that your cat can hold onto it. This will make your cat feel safe.
- After taking your cat to the bathroom, be sure to close the door and make sure that there is no place for your cat to run and hide.
- Take your cat to the washing tub and make sure that its paws touch the water that you fill shallowly. If he’s panicking, don’t force him, but don’t let him escape either.
- Adjust the temperature of the water in which you will bathe your cat. The water should neither be too hot nor cold.
- Never pour water over your cat’s head. Turn on the shower head on a low setting and wet your cat’s body, starting with her paws and ending with her face. Do not direct the water to the face and ensure that the ear, eye and nose area does not come into contact with too much water.
- Gently spread the shampoo by massaging your cat with a small amount of cat shampoo , and then rinse the shampoo thoroughly. Prevent shampoo from getting into your cat’s eyes, nose, ears, and mouth, or even coming into contact with it.
- Then, without opening the bathroom door, take your cat out of the tub and wrap it in a towel. You’re sure to change multiple towels until your cat is dry. Therefore, have plenty of towels with you.
- Cats are afraid of loud noises. For this reason, if you are going to dry it with a hair dryer, run the machine on a very low setting and never point the machine at your face. Move the hair dryer you hold from the back of your cat on its body and do not leave it until your cat is dry.
- Do not bathe your cat more than twice a year.
- If your cat refuses to be bathed, you can clean it with dry cat shampoo or special cleaning wipes for cats.