How to avoid cat bath time fails

Posted by Maggie the Moggie. November 26th 2015.

Cats are not usually known for their love of water, but that doesn’t mean bath time has to become a chore for you or your precious pet.

Even if your feline friend is a bit reluctant when it comes to this important part of their grooming regime, there are still steps you can take to prevent bath time fails.


A rather wet-looking cat after getting a bath

Who knows, getting a bath may even be something you can turn into a lot of fun.

As the funny video below demonstrates, most cats do not enjoy getting a bath – or getting too wet – but a few useful things could help to make bath time go much more swimmingly (excuse the pun!).

Items to make your cat bath time easier

  • Rubber gloves (to prevent unwanted scratches)
  • Cat shampoo
  • A jug for rinsing off water or an adjustable shower head
  • A towel
  • A cloth to clean your pet’s face

How to bath your cat properly

  • Cover their fur in lukewarm water, but avoid getting their head or face wet.
  • Start applying cat shampoo at the shoulders and work towards the tail.
  • Lather and rinse thoroughly.
  • Use a damp cloth to clean their face and head.
  • When finished, lift onto a towel and wrap it around them.


Try to make your cat bath in the sink to make life easier

Why should you bath your cat?

  • Helps to keep oily coats clean
  • Prevents matting in longhair cats
  • Helps older cats which may not be able to groom properly
  • Prevents any unwanted smells entering your home

Tops tips

Unlike the cats in the next video, most will not be happy if they come into contact with water. So, if you do need to clean your cat, make life as easy as possible.

Remember, it’s much easier to wash your cat in a sink than it is over a bath.​

However, if you are able to entice them into the tub, always lock the door so they cannot run away and never hold them in against their will. After all, it’s you who will end up getting very wet if you try to!

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