How To Wash A Cat
In this short tutorial, a professional animal behaviorist shares some tips on how to approach giving your cat its first bath.
I'm just going to go through a few tips on how to wash your cat. You've got to bear in mind that most cats don't like water, so forcing a cat into that situation is not a good thing. You could end up stressing the cats out or getting scratched for your troubles.
So the best thing you can do is to test the situation first. Put the cat near a bath or a sink or a bowl or that, and run some taps very sort of slowly, see if the cat is interested and inquisitive. Sometimes, cats do like running water and will go up and sort of drink from it.
So again, if they're interested, splash around and splash a bit of the water on them. Just make it a bit of a game. Even put little sink things in the water, just to get them to chase, dangling toys, ping pong balls, those sorts of things.
If they're interested, then as I say, do it slowly, gently, maybe do it over several goes. Don't sort of force them into the water, because that can cause them to react badly. If they don't like water, another way to actually wash your cat would be to use some soft cloths, like flannels, soft gloves.
Make them sort of damp, so they're not too wet, and then use them as sort of grooming mitts, and to wipe the cat down, you know, taking off any debris, and use this sort of wiping them over as a simulation. It simulates the grooming, so they probably enjoy that quite well. So, these are just a few tips to think about when you're considering washing your cat.
Alright, just to go over those points again, just to remember, not all cats like water so never force a cat into that situation. Test the situation first by using running taps, even sort of in the sink or a bath or something like that, just to see if they're inquisitive. Make it a game; splash around them.
If they do not like water, then perhaps use the grooming method where you can use soft cloths like flannels, or soft gloves, where you make them slightly damp and you can sort of wipe over the cat so it's more the grooming situation rather than washing them. So, these are just a few tips to consider when thinking about washing your cat. In this short tutorial, a professional animal behaviorist shares some tips on how to approach giving your cat its first bath.