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Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011

4 Proven Cat Bathing Tips

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Cats can spend hours grooming themselves, and for the most part, they do a pretty good job. However, there are some occasions that require a date with the bathtub! Bathing a cat can be necessary to help combat a nasty battle with fleas, treat a skin condition, clean up an adventurous feline explorer or to remove a potentially harmful substance from their fur. If you’re nervous, it may be best to leave bathing to a professional groomer. If not, keep reading!

1. Get Organized- Make sure that you set out everything you will need beforehand. Add some tepid water to the bathtub or sink you’ll be using and make sure that you have a large cup or a hand washer for rinsing. You’ll also need a couple of washcloths, one for wiping the face and one for soaping the body. Make sure that you use soap specifically formulated for cats! Don’t forget a towel for drying…your kitty will thank you!

2. Face First- Dampen one of your washcloths and gently wipe your kitty’s face. Don’t use the shampoo unless absolutely necessary, as it could easily come in contact with your cat’s eyes.

3. Sudsing Up- Use the sprayer or large cup as a pre-rinse, then put a little bit of cat shampoo on your hands and gently massage it into your cat’s body, legs and paws. We recommend starting at the head and working your way down to the tail. Now rinse it off!

4. Drying Your Cat- Gently squeeze the excess water from your cat’s fur, then wrap her in a fluffy towel. If she’ll let you, try to comb out any tangles immediately. If not, just wait until she finishes drying and calms down. Some cats don’t mind the blow dryer, but make sure that you always use the lowest setting.

Once again, if you don’t feel comfortable, you should take your cat to a professional groomer. It may also help to get a friend or family member to help you out!