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Bathing Your Cat Successfully

Although cats are generally very good self-groomers, they might need a little help if they get into something smelly, sticky, or dirty. Follow these steps from a Fort Bend veterinarian to successfully bathe your cat.

Prepare

You’ll probably want to schedule bath time when your cat is mellowed out or tired. This will reduce the risk of your cat fighting back or trying to escape. It’s a good idea to clip her claws before a bath, too. When your cat is ready, gather a brush, cat-safe shampoo, and a large towel.

Brush

Before you bathe your cat, brush her down. This will remove loose hair and untangle any mats.

Ready the Tub

Put about three or four inches of lukewarm water in the bottom on the tub. You may want to lay down a rubber mat to help your cat keep her footing in the tub. Now place your cat in the tub.

Wet and Wash

Using the spray hose or a bucket of lukewarm water, thoroughly wet your cat from neck to tail. Avoid getting water in her eyes, nose, mouth, or ears. Make sure your spray nozzle is on the gentlest setting. Now you can begin shampooing your cat. Rub a small dab of the shampoo into your cat’s fur, creating a lather. Shampoo your pet by massaging her fur gently, working your way toward the back of the body. Again, avoid the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.

Rinse

Once your cat has been washed, rinse her off with the spray nozzle or bucket. Make sure all shampoo residue is removed from the coat.

Dry

Remove your cat from the tub and wrap her up in the large, soft towel to dry her off. If your kitty isn’t afraid, you can use a blow dryer, but don’t get it too close to your cat’s skin, and always keep it on the lowest setting. Once your cat is dry, you’re finished! Give your cat a treat or two to let her know she did a good job.

Consult your Fort Bend veterinarian for a recommendation on a good cat shampoo, and ask about other helpful tips for grooming and bathing your feline companion.

 

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