Bathing: Cats are typically self-cleaning creatures, and many kitties can go their whole lives without needing a cat bath. But some cats require them, either on an occasional or regular basis. Here are a few instances where you may need to know how to give a cat a bath:
  • You have a hairless breed- Hairless cats need regular baths to remove excess oil from their skin.
  • You have a long-haired cat-Even if you keep your cat well-brushed, they might struggle to keep themselves clean. That’s where you come in.
  • Your cat can’t clean themselves- thoroughly because they are obese, arthritic or elderly.
  • Your cat gets fleas, lice or another parasite- You may need to bathe your cat with a special shampoo to get rid of the bugs.
  • Your cat gets into something- Cats tend to get into sticky situations—sometimes literally! If your cat is sticky, smelly, oily, greasy, grimy or otherwise dirty, they’ll need your help to get clean.
It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. If your cat dislikes water, only bathe them if you absolutely have to. It’ll save stress for both you and your kitty. Make sure you have all your cat-washing supplies ready before you start. One of the main things you’ll need is cat shampoo—but before you lather up your kitty, keep these tips in mind:
  • Choose a shampoo specifically for cats-Not all dog shampoo is safe for cats, so read labels carefully to make sure the shampoo is formulated for cats, too.
  • Follow the directions on the label- Some shampoos need to be diluted before being used on pets. Failing to do so can irritate your cat’s skin, so always read the label and follow the instructions.