5 Ways to Make Bath Time Easier for Cats
Cats typically do a wonderful job of cleaning themselves and generally don’t need any help from us. But every now and then you may have to bathe your cat. Yikes! If your kitty is anything like my Jessie Cat (pictured here), she may fight you tooth and nail. Let me suggest a few ideas for you to help you make bath time easier for cats that may need it.
1) Timing is Everything
If your cat is less than enthusiastic about bath time, tire her out beforehand. Engage in a nice, long play session to help expend the energy she’d use to fight you in the tub or sink.
2) Be Prepared
Have everything you’re going to need, such as shampoo and towels, already in place and at arm’s reach before you bring the cat into the room.
3) Have a Helper
It can be nearly impossible to bathe a cat on your own if she insists on putting up a fight. Enlist the help of someone who is calm and patient.
4) Clip Her Nails
You may want to trim your cat’s nails before bath time for your own protection. You could do this several hours before the bath, or even the day before the bath so your cat isn’t already overly stressed out even before the bath begins.
5) Be Gentle
Always talk to your cat in a calm, relaxed tone and handle her with care in the tub. If she squirms, it can be a natural reaction to clamp down. Try to be as gentle as possible to avoid hurting her or causing her to fight back even harder. The water temperature should also be warm (not too hot or cold) so as to not shock her system, which could trigger a fighting response.
Bonus: Praise, Praise, Praise
After the bath is over, be sure to lavish your cat in praise and treats. This will help associate the bath with pleasurable attention and may help her relax a bit the next time she needs a cleaning.