How to Give a Cat a Bath

Find tips for giving your cat a bath.

Cats are notorious for not liking to be bathed. While you will find certain individuals that seem to love water, you won't see too many cats volunteering for a bath or a swim.

Most of the time, cats don't need frequent bathing. They clean themselves well, and their skin can become too dry if bathed often, which can result in skin problems.

Still, there may be times when you will need to bathe your cat. If she's gotten a chemical or foul substance on her fur that you don't want her licking off herself and ingesting, you'll need to give her a bath.

Sometimes your veterinarian will prescribe medicated baths for certain skin conditions.

How to Bathe a Cat

If you do need to bathe your cat, here are some tips:

Never yell at your cat or treat her harshly during a bath (or ever). This will cause her to be more stressed out about baths and harder to bathe in the future.

Get Your Cat Used to Baths Slowly if Possible

The best way to bathe your cat is to get her used to it slowly ahead of time. You can start by placing some cat toys in the empty tub and playing with your cat in there. Over time, you can slowly add water to the tub, continuing to play with her and make the tub a safe, fun place.

If your cat is used to the tub and to taking baths ahead of time, it will be much easier to effectively bathe her if she ever gets into a chemical and absolutely must be washed off.

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