This post could have been called “Must you clean your cat? And if so… How?”. Because the first question is indeed “Must we wash our cats?”. Overall, I don’t see the point in it, EXCEPT in special cases! Yes, cats are usually quite clean animals that clean themselves regularly. It could even be considered their favourite activity – after sleeping of course. But sometimes it just isn’t enough.
In what case must cats be washed?
The first event that springs to mind is when cats come back from their outdoor adventures. In fact, they can often come back full of mud and dirt! Well in this case, although very intricate, a cat tongue will not be enough.
Secondly, there are some breeds that require special treatment such as the Sphynx for example. This is a hairless cat that produces lots of sebum. On the other hand, cats with longer fur tend to get their rear dirty when using the litter tray.
Without mentioning the many cats that compete in competitions and cat expositions.
Next, older cats may sometimes need help. In fact, after a certain age, they can start to have trouble twisting to get to more out of reach areas. And of course, their loss of sense of smell may hinder them as well.
Finally, I will say that a bath can help in bringing a group of cats together if they all live under the same roof. Especially when a new “impostor” arrives. Of course, the bath won’t be a super calming experience helping everyone to calm down but it will clean them all allowing them all to get used to each other’s sent.
How does one clean their cat?
There are many ways to clean a cat depending on how dirty it is, it’s size and even its character.
In any case, the best word of advice is: gently!
Pick the right moment
Never clean a cat after a fight, when it’s playing or chasing its friend. By the same rule, don’t wake it up for a clean. It’s better to wait until it is calm and quiet.
Shower glove :
Soaked in warm water, a shower glove – or loofa – can help in removing an excess of sebum and light dirt. Use the glove to stroke your cat going down it’s back starting from the shoulders.
Dry shampoo :
There are many dry shampoos specialised for animals. For everything to go well, place the cat on a towel so that it doesn’t slide. Either apply the powder delicately to its fur whilst avoiding the face and brush it. Or you could put the shampoo on another towel and rub the cat gently. Always finish by brush the fur.
Cats can be cleaned in the sink (this is better for kittens), or in the bath or shower.
Beware, do not submerge your cat underwater!!
For everything to run smoothly, it is best to move forward step-by-step.
>> Firstly, prepare the room making it warm enough avoiding the cat catching a cold.
>> Prepare everything you will need beforehand: open the shampoo bottle, lay down the towels, get the tool you will use ready .
>> Lay down a towel in the bottom of the bath helping the cat keep grip.
>> Put the cat on the towel. Keep it there by holding the skin on its neck (this is easier with 2 people), wet the cat gently with a cup of water, whilst avoiding the face and ears.
!! The temperature must be around 38°, not too hot nor too cold!
>> Take a dolop of shampoo in the palm of your hand and massage it into the cats fur.
>> To rinse, always use the shower head covered with a flannel to reduce the pressure. Alternatively, you could use a cup of water to slowly rinse out the shampoo.
>> Once the cat is properly rinced, surround it with the towel to absorb as much water as possible.
!! Try to avoid using a hairdryer as this will frighten the cat with the wind and heat.
>> Leave the cat to shake and lick itself still in the warm room.