How to bathe a cat

Everyone probably knows that cat are the best groomers – usually they can maintain their cleanliness and freshness on their own. However, sometimes your kitten might need your help. For example, if your pet got into some dirt that cannot be easily removed by themselves, it might need a bath. There are some steps recommended on how to make the process of bathing enjoyable not only for your cat but also for yourself.

The process

Firstly, you should choose the perfect time for bath – the most appropriate would be to bathe your cat when it is tired and sleepy, for example, at the evening after a long play session.

When you have chosen the time for bath, trim the toenails before you bathe your cat so that you do not get clawed by your irritated cat during bathing.  Cat scratches are the perfect environment for various infections so do not skip this step.

Then, brush your cat thoroughly to get rid of any loose fur to make the bathing process easier. Additionally, you may use cotton balls to keep water out of your cat’s ears.

After that, you can begin with bathing. So that your cat does not panic and can stand steadily in the bath, you should use a rubber mat or a towel at the bottom of the tub. Add some comfortably warm water to not overheat your cat.

Gently pour some water over the body of your pet using a cup until they get thoroughly wet. Then, use a special shampoo for cats because a human shampoo may irritate the pet’s skin. Massage the shampoo starting from the neck and heading towards the tail avoiding eyes, ears and their face. After that, start rinsing the fur with the water.

To wash the cat’s face, eyes and ears, you can use the Sanocyn forte Ear Cleaner and the Eye Cleaner. Both products are perfectly suited for these issues. It is based on the hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is very well tolerated by pets and suitable for daily use. They do not contain any alcohol, oil, and are pH neutral. Thus, they do not sting and burn. You can read our article on how to clean the cat’s ears.

The next step is drying your cat off. Use a large towel and keep them in a warm room until they’ve completely dried. If your cat has long fur, comb it out with a wide-toothed comb to avoid mats later.


Finally, treat your cats once the bath time is finished. Treats, praise, and playtime afterward may bring your cat to the idea that bath time is not so bad next time.

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