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How to bathe a cat in 6 steps


Some people think they shouldn’t give cat bath because they are already self-hygienic animals. On the other hand, some owners believe that cats do not like water and that it is therefore better not to bathe them.

However, it is important to know that felines are really very hygienic animals, they are always cleaning themselves, they need to have their litter boxes and space always very clean to avoid stress and for their intestines to function regularly.

Continue reading and discover everything about cat bath.

Maine Coon cat taking a bath

After all, is it necessary to bathe cats?

Generally, cats don’t need bathsas healthy felines that live indoors are already super clean, as it is a habit to clean themselves.

However, every now and then, if it’s necessarya well-given bath can be welcome so that your furry friend can stay clean and smelling good.

However, this can be a difficult task for those who do not know how to handle the pet or properly use bathing equipment and accessories, such as inappropriate use of a hairdryer on the feline’s coat.

The wrong temperature can end up burning the animal’s skin. Therefore, the best option is to take your cat to a Bath & Grooming service with qualified professionals, as this way the bath will be a good experience for the feline.

Cat licking itself

How often should cats be bathed?

To define a periodicity, talk to a veterinarian and check the pet’s needs.

But, in cases of cats with a lot of hair, it is recommended to hygienic cat grooming every 30 days.

And, if you need to bathe your pet, check out a list of 6 steps to bathe your cat at home.

How to give a cat a bath in 6 steps:

1 – Preparation of the feline

Start by petting your head and torso normally. Then, with two fingers, massage the top of your kitten’s head with circular movements.

Do the same on the side, close to the ears. If you feel that he is relaxed and “enjoying” the massage, then massage the area close to his mouth.

It is also highly recommended that the animal has its fur brushed and nails cut before bathing and that he eats a snack that he really likes.

Now that he’s used to you having access to his entire bodyand super relaxed and happy, we can move on to the next step.

Tutor petting the cat to prepare it for the bath

2 – Organize your equipment

To give your little one a good bath, you will need:

2 bath towels;

1 face towel;

1 large basin or bathtub;

Shampoo for Cats;

Conditioner/Detangler for Cats;


Additionally, your kitty’s favorite toys are also welcome. 😄

Feline in the bathroom

E, The best place to bathe a cat is in the bathroomthis makes it easier to organize and clean the environment later.

With your kitten relaxed in the bathroom, run some water in the sink so that it gradually gets used to the sound of water.

3 – Starting work

With all the items in hand, the first thing to do is put some water – just enough to wet your cat’s paws – in the basin/bathtub where you will bathe him.

Check the water temperature on your wrist to ensure your kitten is neither too hot nor too cold. AND It is important that the water is warm.

Next, place your kitten inside the basin. He may be restless or try to run away at first. Try to keep it with its paws in the water, without forcing it too much.

Cat in contact with water


To help you with this mission of making him calmer, use one of the bath towels you set aside to wrap him up and caress him a lot.

If he wants to run away or becomes restless anyway, it may be better to leave the bath for another day. Because pushing too hard will only make the situation more difficult.

4 – Wetting the body

Using a cup, gradually wet your little one’s body. And, when you wet his head, be careful not to let the water get into his eyes and ears.

To protect your kitty’s eyes, lift his chin a little. This way the water will run down your trunk.

Wet cat in the bath

5 – Soaping

After wetting his entire body, you will soap him. Therefore, put a little shampoo on your little one’s back and spread it all over his coat. Always taking care of his eyes and ears.

Immediately afterwards, with the help of a glass or pot, rinse your entire body. And, with a face towel, remove any excess shampoo that may remain.

6 – Drying and finishing

Dry the feline with the towel. It is important that you ensure that all parts of your furry friend’s body are dry.

Furthermore, be careful when using a dryer, as the temperature can end up burning your pet’s sensitive skin.

After you have completely dried your little one, brush his fur to remove any knots that may have formed while you bathed him and finish by offering his pet his favorite snack.

Cat after bath

Now that you know how to bathe a catit is very important to remember that a negative experience can end up making you more aggressive.

Therefore, bathing can be done at home with awareness or with a professional who specializes in what they do.

Cat under the care of a professional who knows how to bathe him

Another important tip is to consult your veterinarian about the need and frequency of baths. Because the feline’s health history needs to be analyzed to indicate bathing periods.

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