Cat Bathing Tips for Owners

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Bathe your cat with minimal fuss with these helpful hints:

  • Although cats tend to clean themselves, there are several good reasons why you may want to bathe them yourself; medical reasons, fleas, toxic substances or severe dirtiness and smelliness can play a part. Some cats also have difficulty cleaning themselves, especially if they are older or disabled.
  • Cats have very sensitive skin, so buying a specialist cat product like our Buttermilk Spa range or our Purrfect Shampoo will help gently cleanse them without discomfort.
  • Always brush the cat out before bathing to help prevent knots becoming matts. Long-haired cats may need detangling again after their bath. If the tangles are difficult to negotiate, use Groomers Purrfect Detangling Grooming Spray.
  • It is best to bathe the cat in an easy-to-clean room with a closed door to prevent escape.
  • Place a non-slip mat inside the tub, sink or bath, and then place the cat inside, but do not fill it with water first.
  • If this is the cat’s first bath, take baby steps. Get them used to their surroundings, the fact that you will be rubbing them down and the water.
  • Instead, use a shower hose or jug to wet them down. Do this with warm water and if using a shower attachment, ensure it is a low pressure as a high pressure could scare the cat.
  • If your cat needs a restraint to keep them from moving around, our Cat Stay n’ Wash is the ideal product.
  • Use a small amount of shampoo and lather before rinsing thoroughly. Try not to get any product or water in the ears and eyes. Some people find that putting cotton wool balls in the ears stops this from occurring.
  • Use a washcloth to gently wipe the face and ears.
  • Remember to reassure your cat and keep calm throughout.

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