Cat Baths 101: How to give your cat a bath
It’s quite true that most cats don’t like getting wet… but it’s also true that they’ll sometimes need a bath. For the most part, cats will bathe themselves and a nice brushing will keep their coat looking fresh and maintained, but for the times that simply won’t work here’s a step-by-step guide on how to quickly and safely give your cat a bath at home.
First, you’ll need to grab your favorite shampoo, some thick rubber gloves, a large pitcher (or, even better, a gentle spray nozzle), a large towel, cotton balls for their ears, and a washcloth for their face. Now take a deep breath and follow these steps:
1. Prepare The Water
Fill the sink with 2-3 inches of warm (not hot) water. (Pro-Tip: It’s a lot easier to bathe them in a sink rather than bending over a bathtub, so keep that in mind.)
2. Time To Get Wet
Either holding them or if they’ll stand still, wet kitty from their shoulders to their tail and apply a small amount of shampoo.
3. Lather and thoroughly rinse.
Rinsing may require setting kitty down or getting in the tub and holding them with one arm while using your other hand to maneuver the pitcher or spray nozzle (we’ll admit this step is easier with two people.)
4. Cleaning Their Face
Dampen the wash cloth and clean their face, avoiding their ears.
5. Don’t Forget Their Ears
Apply ear cleaner to the cotton ball and clean the inside of their ears.
6. Towel Dry
Wrap your cat in the towel and try to rub as much water out of their fur as possible. Some long-haired cats may tolerate a blow dryer on low if needed, but brushing when damp should prevent mats as it dries.