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Making Bath Time Easy for Cats

Dec 2nd 2015 at 9:04 PM

With their barbed tongues and detergent-like saliva, felines are usually really good at keeping themselves clean with very little help. However, even the most diligent cleaners can get into sticky messes. In addition, elderly cats may stop cleaning themselves as they get older and spend more time sleeping. If your pet does need to be cleaned, there are some things you can do to make bath time easier for your furry friend.

Bath wipes

It’s no secret that most cats hate water and will do anything to avoid it. If your kitty just needs a little extra help keeping clean, consider using bath wipes instead. This specially formulated product can be found in most pet supply stores. In addition, your local pet clinic can also recommend a dependable brand.

Instead of getting your cat wet, you simply wipe the mess away. Because it doesn’t use water, most cats will feel more like they’re being petted than bathed, which makes the experience much more pleasant.

Spot washing

Unfortunately, there are instances when a traditional water bath is needed, but that doesn’t mean your cat needs to be scrubbed from head to toe. If your kitty came back inside with muddy feet, or if your elderly feline has issues cleaning his back end, just was the dirty areas.

A wet, soapy wash rag can take care of some minor messes. You can also put a bit of water in the bathtub and only rinse the areas that need attention.

Taking your cat to a professional groomer

There are instances when an allover bath is needed. Some breeds, like the sphinx, need regular baths in order to stay clean. If your cat does need a bath, consider taking him to a professional groomer.

Not only will professional groomers be able to bathe your cat quickly, but they will also be able to do it painlessly. That means less time spent in the water, which any feline would tell you is a good thing. In addition, groomers can also provide you with a wide range of additional services that include brushing, shaving, and nail clipping.

If you would like a list of professional groomers in your area, or if you want to eliminate the possibility of a medical cause for your cat’s messy coat, visit with your local pet clinic.

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