Everyday Problems: How to Give Your Cat a Bath (and Survive!)

I re-evaluate my life-decisions after letting my cat play outdoors. And YES my life decisions, because my cat is my life…I know you get what I mean! After coming home the battle begins, I want to give her a bath and she does everything in her power to avoid it.

A person would think that after all this time she has gotten used to the water. I even tried lighting scented candles and it was all in vain, my cat hates baths. If you can relate with this, and if you are experiencing problems of any kind when it comes to giving your cat a bath, continue reading.

Domestic Cats And Their Fear Of Water

We have witnessed that cats living in the wilderness enjoy soaking in water. Probably this happens because their natural environment is prone to high temperatures and water helps them cool.

On the other hand, domestic cats HATE water(well, most of them do). Some experts think that this may be because most domestic cat breeds have coats that absorb rather than deflect moisture which makes it harder for them to get dry.

Do Cats Need Baths?

We all know that cats are one of the cleanest pets out there because they groom themselves, hence regular brushing is usually enough. However, there comes a time when a real bath is truly needed like I mentioned at the beginning. Sometimes, you might even need to use flea or fungicidal medications while bathing your cat.


What Will You Need For Giving Your Cat A Bath

When the time comes for you to make your cat’s bath it is best that you come prepared. You will need a couple of things such as rubber gloves(because the chances your feline will scratch are high), cat shampoo(Virbac is a good brand that many veterinarians recommend, and it comes in medicated, hypoallergenic and antibacterial varieties), a large pitcher for rinsing, a large towel, a wash cloth(to clean the face), cotton balls(to clean the ears). Optional: If you don’t have a cat shampoo then you can use a mild baby shampoo, but never use any other product because they may irritate your cat’s skin or sting its eyes. Also, you may try lighting scented candles and play relaxing music cause you never know it might work out for you.

How To Give Your Cat A Bath

Speaking from experience here, it is best that you do it in the sink than bending over a bathtub. The water should be lukewarm and you just do the same thing that you do when you wash your hair. Be careful not to splash water on their face. Put a towel around them and if needed use a blow dryer, but only if your cat is not terrified by the noise. NEVER use other objects other than cotton balls to clean your cat’s ears.

Who Can Do This For You?

If you absolutely can’t bear the thought of bathing your own cat then you can bring your feline to a groomer or just take it to the nearest pet care clinic. Costs will range from $20-$50 and professionals will do all the work for you, nail-clipping included.

So these are my bits of advice to you and I hope they are of help. I am sure that you are already doing an excellent job in taking care of your cat. Just don’t forget to regularly brush your cat and you will be fine. For the hard part(the bath) you can pay someone to do it and that way your cat won’t blame you for their worst fear. Just kidding, I know you can do it on your own(or at least you can try).


A great cat lover and writing enthusiast. Combine them in a single person and you get me.

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