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How to Wash Your Cat Without Getting Scratched

By Madeleine Burton on Jan 4, 2024 Reviewed by Mick Ford

How to wash your cat without getting scratched

How to Wash Your Cat Without Getting Scratched

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How to Bath You Cat: Step-by-step Guide

Before you being close all windows and doors and make sure the room is warm.

Step #1 — Spraying

Brush your cat’s coat before you begin. You also want to line the bath with a rubber mat so your cat doesn’t slip.

You can now slowly place your cat into the bath and start spraying them gently with warm water until their fur is thoroughly soaked.

Ideally, the warm water should be as close to their body temperature as possible, about 101.5°F/38.6°C.

Step #2 — Cat shampoo

Always use a cat shampoo when washing your cat. Lather your cat’s fur and coat thoroughly with shampoo.

Do not use products formulated for humans or for other pets such as dogs, they can contain chemicals that could be an irritant or even toxic to your cat.

Also make sure not to get any of the cat shampoo into your eyes, ears, nose or mouth.

Step #3 — Wash and Condition

Once the shampoo is lathered, rinse it off completely by spraying it off with more warm water.

You can repeat the process again with a conditioner or with the shampoo rinsing it off at the end. Remember to massage the shampoo and conditioner thoroughly on the coat while you lather it. This is easy to do with your fingers.

Wash both the shampoo and conditioner off completely.

Step #4 — Drying Off

You can either towel-dry your cat or use an electric dryer on a lower setting if the noise doesn’t upset them.

Brush their coat and allow them to dry off completely in a warm room.

Helpful Cat-Bathing Tips

Tip #1 — A long-haired cat will require frequent bathing

Cat are loosely divided into two — long-hair and short-hair. Only a few breeds such as hairless Sphynx and various Rex breeds don’t fall in either.

Long-haired coats require daily brushing and much more regular grooming, including washing, than short-haired, hairless and Rex coats.

Tip #2 — Accustom your cat to baths from an early age

Few cats enjoy baths, it’s much easier for you and your cat if you accustom them to being bathed from an early age.

Tip #3 — Excessive scratching is a behavioral problem

Cats will occasionally scratch objects, you included, for a couple of reasons including maintaining good claw health.

If your cat is accustomed to getting bathed you likely that you will get scratched during a bath.

Excessive displays of aggression, such as excessive scratching, need investigating. It could be a sign that a cat has problems affecting his welfare and possibly his physical health.