Your cat is dirty, and you know she needs a bath. Groomers are expensive, and you don’t want to put out the extra cash. It’s actually easy to bathe your cat at home, as long as you prepare in advance and keep a few basic things in mind.
Although some breeds like maine coons or turkish vans love the water, many cats find baths to be a stressful experience. It’s best if you can start bathing your cat young and get them used to it, but even if you have an older cat that has never been bathed, it can be done without trauma to you or the cat. If your cat is older and has never been bathed, or if you think your cat is going to have a problem with it, it might be best to have a helper. Prepare everything from the temperature of the water to shampoo and towels ahead of time, and remember to stay calm!
Remember: With a little practice and some preparation, grooming at home can be easier, less stressful, and less costly than taking them to a professional groomer.
Is it OK to give your cat a bath?
Lucky for cat owners, it’s estimated that cats spend anywhere from 30-50% of their time self grooming. This makes giving them baths usually unnecessary, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never need to give them a bath! If your cat is a show cat or becomes unreasonably sticky or smelly, it may be time for a bath. Obese cats also have difficulty self grooming due to limited reach and mobility, and may need a bath to reach their lower back/rear areas. If someone in your home suffers from cat allergies, bathing the cat will help reduce the dander in it’s fur.
How often should you bathe your cat?
Although there is no set schedule for cat bathing, your cat probably doesn’t need to be bathed more than once a month. Any more than that can dry out and irritate her skin.
Where should I bathe my cat?
A bathtub can be a great place for a larger or adult cat. Kittens and smaller cats may feel more comfortable in a small tub or kitchen/bathroom sink.
My cat was sprayed by a skunk, help!
If your cat was sprayed by a wayward skunk, try to give them a bath as quickly as possible. The longer the skunk’s secretions dry on kitty’s skin and fur, the harder the scent will be to remove! Although commercial sprays and shampoos are available, try this DIY skunk smell solution from our friends at Dogtime.