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How to give your cat a bath
Cats and water are commonly thought to be arch enemies or polar opposites. Cats generally avoid water, but sometimes bathing your feline is necessary. Cats are pretty good at grooming themselves, and some will never need a bath. However, pet shampoo can be one of the best solutions to bacterial or fungal infections of the skin. Plus, if your cat gets into something messy that it should not lick off, you will need to lend a hand.
Baths are also helpful in removing fleas and ticks if your kitty picks up one of these parasites before it starts flea and tick preventatives like Revolution. Plus, there are plenty of shampoos that soothe the itchiness caused by flea bites. Relief Shampoo or Allermyl Shampoo can soothe itchy, dry skin and make your cat feel much better. You just need to get it in the bath first.
If you can, get your cat used to water when it is very young. Bathing your kitten will make it easier to give an adult cat a bath. Younger cats are less set in their ways, and introducing a kitten to a variety of experiences (particularly ones that can be traumatizing) is a good way to raise a well-rounded, mellow adult cat.
Start by getting your cat in the place where you plan to bathe it. This might be the bathtub or the sink, or a basin of water on the floor. You might want to enlist the help of a friend for this process. Have your cat's favorite treats like Feline Greenies Dental Treats or a handful of its favorite pet food on hand to reward for calm, tolerant behavior in the bathing location.
Slowly and quietly introduce the cat to the water. It may be curious or frightened, but reward any interest it takes in the water. Once it seems comfortable, wet the cat's fur, being careful not to spray directly into its eyes, ears or nose. Lather up, and consider spending extra time rubbing the spots you know your cat likes to be touched. This might make the entire experience less traumatic for the cat. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and wrap it in a warm, large towel. Blow drying might be a good idea if your cat can tolerate it, just make sure the heat setting is on low and the dryer is not too loud.