Cats are cleanliness freaks! You would agree if you own one, won’t you? Tongue and teeth are the natural grooming tools of felines that lessen human efforts of grooming them by a large scale. However they may need seldom baths to get the extra dirt off their body in case of mud splash or even regularly. So how would you clean your queen?
If your kitty doesn’t let you give a bath after the first one then you may have done it wrong. In case you are new to it then it is necessary to make sure you do it right. In any of the two cases you need to follow a certain pattern to get your kitty under the shower. Let’s see how we can go ahead step by step!
Persuasive bribe: It is important that your kitty is in a good mood for a safe and enjoyable bath. Try mellowing your kitty with a playful toy or catch-a-treat game. This may tire them out and make it difficult to show resistance in aggressive form.
Clip, so that the clap doesn’t hurt: “Gimme a high five!” That’s the usual demand of a pet owner while dealing with their pet closely. However it may give you a scratch if the nails are unclipped. Thus it is important that you clip your kitty’s nails before you give a bath.
Detangle the fur of the purr queen: Giving a good brushing before the bath will make things easier for post bath grooming. If the coat hair is tangled while having a bath then your kitty may flinch a lot when you groom her after bath.
Don’t let the queen slip: We all know how slippery can the combination of water and shampoo be, right? To protect your queen from slipping you can use a rubber mat on a sink or tub where you are going to bathe your cat.
3-4 inches would be great: After putting the mat, fill the tub or sink with lukewarm water. Make sure it’s not too cold or hot. 3-4 inches of lukewarm water may work perfectly for your cat. Use a spray hose or a plastic pitcher to wet your pet thoroughly. Take care about not letting the water go into the eyes, nose or ears of your feline.
Lather, rinse, and don’t repeat: Take the shampoo in appropriate amount, add to water and gently rub on your cat’s body. Apply it in the direction of hair growth. Rinse off the lather using a hose or a pitcher. Make sure there is no residue left or it may irritate your feline. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you must never use a shampoo that is not formulated for cats.
Face the face with care: You can use a wash cloth to wipe your cat’s face if it is not dirty. In case if the kitty’s face is dirty then use extra diluted shampoo with extra caution and clean the face.
Dab to dry: Wrap your queen in a soft towel and dab her lightly in a warm area where she doesn’t get cold. If your cat is comfortable with blow drying then you may also use the dryer at lowest heat setting. If you have a long furred cat, detangle her hair with a big toothed comb.
Ah it’s done! Time for a treat: It’s great that your queen enjoyed her day of cleanliness spa until the end. Now it’s time to appreciate with the favorite treat of your feline so that the next bath seems an easy and enjoyable task.
Wasn’t it easy? To make the bath more interesting then you may try adding toys in the tub that may squeak and distract your feline while you are at the business. All the best guys!