Cats groom themselves regularly so weekly or daily brushing should suffice. However, your cat may need a bath because of specific medical and health reasons (fleas...gross), but typically the words cat and bath do not go hand in hand.
The Preventive Vet tells us,
"Since most cats, in most situations, are quite fastidious in their grooming practices there aren't many reasons why you'd need to bathe your cat. However, there are a few scenarios where you might find yourself needing to do so."
Dr. Jason Nicholas explains there are a variety of reasons you may need to bathe your cat. The top three reasons really stuck with us! And this goes without saying but absolutely check with your vet if you believe your feline friend may need a bath or has fleas.
If your cat doesn't want to cooperate, ask your vet or vet technician if they have a grooming service or if this is something they can help you with. Perhaps there is a groomer on site they can recommend. Here's why you should consider bathing your cat.
1. Something is on their coat.
Tree sap can be very difficult to get off a cat's fur. You also may notice your cat rolled around in something when he walked through the garage like motor oil or gasoline. This is absolutely a 911 and it's bath time as your cat needs a clean coat. If you suspect this you should also check your cat's ears.
2. Fleas are the worst.
Pet care includes a daily check of your cat's coat. Sometimes you may find fleas! Look over your cat's skin to determine how many fleas are potentially the issue and schedule a vet appointment immediately. Some cats may have an allergy or flea allergy dermatitis. In these cases, a bath may be necessary. Your vet will likely recommend a specific shampoo and if you have a long-haired cat you may need to work with a professional groomer but will need a hair dryer!
3. Obese cats cannot groom themselves.
Cats DO need regular brushing but they do not typically need regular baths unless they are obese or arthritic and having issues grooming themselves. In this case, a warm room, and 2-3 inches of warm water will really help your cat feel better. So your cat's bath should be more like a spa.
5 Steps on How to Bathe Your Cat
Here are the five easy steps to follow.
1. Fill the sink with lukewarm water.
2. Wet the cat from the shoulders to the tail and apply shampoo.
3. Lather and rinse thoroughly.
4. Use a damp washcloth to gently clean your cat's head.
5. After a thorough rinsing, lift your cat onto a large towel and fold it around her.
6. Rub as much water from her fur as possible.
So with this in mind, whether it's a flea infestation or you have an older cat with arthritis you may need to give your cat a bath. Good luck!
Have you ever bathed your cat? Did you get the job done or did you need assistance? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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