Cats are known for being clean animals – they do a great job of self-bathing.
So you shouldn’t need to bathe your cat very often. But in the event you do…
Having the right shampoo is important.
So before you go getting the wrong kind of shampoo, here are some of the best options out there.
All-Natural Cat Shampoo – Burt’s Bees Hypoallergenic Cat Shampoo
- 99.7% Natural Formula
- Gentle Scent
- Cruelty-Free, Sulfate & Paraben Free, pH Balanced
Gentle – Dechra DermaBenSs Shampoo
- Gentle, Soap-Free, Antiseborrheic, and Antimicrobial
- Made in USA
Unscented – Veterinary Formula Clinical Care Shampoo
- Coconut-Based Cleansers
- No harsh ingredients
- Hypoallergenic, sulfate-, paraben-, dye-, and soap-free
How To Bathe Your Cat Successfully!
1. Feed and exercise your cat to tire them out
You’ll want your cat as calm and comfortable as possible before starting. Run them around, play with one of their favorite toys and fill their belly.
A tired and content cat is (typically) a more cooperative cat.
2. Brush your cat to remove loose hair and dirt
The first step is probably one of the most overlooked.
Freeing your cat of loose fur will keep it from getting stuck all over the place and clogging up the drain.
For long-haired breeds, you don’t want to get them wet with tangled fur since that only makes them worse.
3. Prepare the area
Giving your cat a bath in a bathtub is probably the best place. It gives you must more space to deal with a potentially squirmy feline.
For smaller cats or kittens, the bathroom or kitchen sink might suffice.
Make sure all human bath items are removed so they don’t get in the way.
4. Gather your bathtime supplies
You’ll want to make sure you have a few towels, a small washcloth, a good cat shampoo (like I’ve shared above), and a cup for rinsing.
It’s a major plus for you in you have a removable shower head sprayer.
Getting everything ready BEFORE you start helps avoid a bathroom full of wetness.
5. Run the bathwater
Run warm water so that it’s just deep enough to touch your cat’s belly.
6. Put a towel on the bottom of the tub
It might seem silly, but do this serves 2 purposes: it prevents your cat from slipping around and gives them a more comfortable place to stand.
7. Wash your cat
Place your cat in the tub and gently pour water over their body. Avoid getting water in their ears.
Put some shampoo on their back and gently work it into their coat, up to their neck and head, and down their backside.
Use the washcloth to wash around their face.
8. Thoroughly rinse them
Using warm water, gently pour cups of water over their body to rinse their fur. Make sure to get all the suds out.
Leftover soap in their coat can cause irritation and discomfort.
9. Dry your cat off
Take your cat out of the tub and stand them on a dry towel. Using one of the other towels, dry off your cat.
If they’ll let you, using a hair dryer on the low setting can speed up the drying process a ton.