Giving a cat a bath literally puts the claws into any clawfoot tub. Most people associate a clawfoot bathtub with an enjoyable, relaxing experience. This connection is quickly broken when anyone tries adding two variables that don’t mix well: cats and water. Cats' claws create a less than pleasurable encounter, but luckily we have tips for bathing a feline that won’t leave you both traumatized.
- Start bathing the feline when it is a kitten, helping reduce the fear of water.
- Wear long sleeves and long rubber gloves, their nails are less likely to go through rubber.
- Trim their nails prior to the bath
- Thoroughly brush anyway the undercoat before the bath
- Prep everything prior to submerging the feline
- Shampoo, 4-5 inches of warm water, towels, cup, etc.
- Use a plastic cup to gently pour water over the cat's body, but not the head.
- Three cap fulls of a nontoxic wetting agent, like Shaklee’s Basic H, soaks the fur coat faster.
- Loosely put cotton balls in their ears to keep the water out.
- Use a wash cloth around face to avoid getting water in their ears, eyes, and mouth.
- Close the bathroom door to keep the cat from running to hide.
- Completely rinsing off the shampoo is extremely important. Avoid continuous rinsing by adding ½ cup of vinegar to two quarts of water in a bucket and scoop over cat’s coat to remove all traces of soap residue.
- Avoid running water while the cat is in the tub; noise and splashing of the faucet causes fear.
- For long haired cats, use conditioner during bath then blow dry on low, not brushing until completely dry.
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