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Most cats don't like getting baths. Some experts believe that's because cats like to groom their fur in a particular way, and don't like it to be messed with. Others believe it's because their ancestors lived in hot, dry places, and they evolved to avoid water.
No matter why they dislike it, unfortunately bathing your cat is a task that needs to get done. So why not make the process as easy on yourself as possible? Read on to learn the top tips for giving a successful cat bath.
Be Prepared For the Bathing Process
First, you should get your cat prepared for the bathing experience. Make sure that their nails are properly trimmed, so that they can't injure you with their sharp claws. Brush their fur thoroughly.
This will prevent you from accidentally touching a knot and scaring your cat during the bathing process, and will help calm your cat down before you start.
Draw the Perfect Bath for Your Cat
You want to make sure that your cat has a good experience in the bath, so that they will be calmer the next time you try it. Make sure your cat bath temperature is perfect — lukewarm water is the ticket, so that your cat won't be too cold or too hot.
And, don't use your shampoo on your cat. Find a good cat-specific shampoo, one formatted to suit their needs.
While you're bathing your cat, make sure that you hold them steady and make sure that they don't slip and slide around all over the bathtub. Stay calm while you're giving your cat the bath, and praise them throughout the process.
Take Care Of Them After
Once you're done with the bath itself, your job isn't over. Make sure that your cat is dried thoroughly, so that they don't end up tracking water all over your home and making a mess. Use a towel, not a blowdryer, which could scare your cat.
And, make sure that you give your cat a treat after the experience. Having a bath can be traumatic for cats, so you'll want to make sure they have positive reinforcement at the end of the day.
Hire A Professional
Sometimes you just have to give up and bring in the experts to give your cat a bath. In-home groomers can bring in all the supplies they need to give your cat a thorough and peaceful washing in the privacy of your own home.
Cats don't need to be bathed very frequently, since they groom themselves, so hiring a groomer for special occasions can be a great indulgence for yourself and your cat.
Cat Bath Tips: Try Them Out
Unfortunately, no matter how much your cat hates baths, they are a necessity. Hopefully, these cat bath tips will help give you both a less stressful experience!
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Allison Johnson is the Owner and Founder of Trimmed Pets. Trimmed is a woman owned and led Mobile Grooming Business servicing the greater Portland Metro area in Oregon and the greater Boise Metro area in Idaho.