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Do Cats Need Baths? - Petsy

Do Cats Need Baths?

Considering the amount of time they spend grooming themselves, we'd wonder if they need to bathe regularly. Most of us know that cats usually do not enjoy getting wet. Some of the cats even lift their noses at the thought of walking over a damp floor. So, do cats really need baths?

In most cases, a cat would not need to be washed with water. Cats groom themselves naturally, so regular brushing is usually enough to keep your pet looking clean and comfortable.

However, regardless of your cat’s opinion, there are some circumstances that make use of shampoo and water necessary. For example, if you discover external parasites, stubborn dirt (such as paint or sap) or smelly stuff in your cat’s fur, nothing short of a bath will safely get them clean.

There are also medical reasons why your cat might need a bath. Cats that are elderly, obese or have mobility issues may find it a challenge to keep themselves clean.

When done properly, a bath can be beneficial for your cat’s skin and coat. Just remember that this does not mean she will enjoy it. And that she has been sharpening both her claws and her fighting skills, for an event like this, so be prepared. However, if you are forced to give your cat a bath yourself, here's a step-by-step Petsy guide for you.

How to Give a Cat a Bath:

It’s much easier to wash your cat in a kitchen or bathroom sink than bending over a bathtub. The following is a step-by-step procedure for how to give a cat a bath.

  1. Fill the sink with about 2 or 3 inches of lukewarm water.
  2. Wet the cat from the shoulders to the tail and apply shampoo.
  3. Just like your own hair, lather and rinse thoroughly.
  4. Since most cats really hate having water splashed on their face, use a damp washcloth to gently clean your cat’s face.
  5. After thorough rinsing, lift your cat onto a large towel and fold it around her.
  6. Rub as much water from her fur as possible.
  7. Long-haired cats may require the use of a blow dryer, but this varies from each cat and their tolerance for noise.

Still baffled on how to give a cat a bath but think your cat could really benefit from a bath? If you absolutely can’t bear the thought of washing your own cat, you can choose to bring kitty to a groomer or a pet care clinic or store where they provide grooming services. There are even mobile pet-grooming vans available now that have a complete grooming facility right inside the van. These services cost a bit more, but they come right to your door.

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