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    Cleaning Your Cat

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Cleaning a cat is not usually necessary as they are hygienic animals and wash themselves regularly. It is important however to know the process of bathing a cat just in case your cat gets into something sticky or smelly. Cleaning your cat can be difficult as they do not like water so you must be patient and stay calm throughout the process. This article will teach you how to wash your cat in a bath.
     

    Bathing a Cat


    • If your cat gets into something which smells or becomes flea infested you will need to give him a thorough bath.

    • If you have a kitten then you might notice he has a tummy upset which results in a mess too large for his inexperienced grooming skills to cope with.

    • If your cat is small enough to fit comfortably in a sink then do so as he will feel safer.

    • Fill the sink or the bath with 3-4 inches of water which is warm; make sure it is not too hot by dipping your elbow into it.

    • Lots of cats are frightened of hissing noises so before turning the tap or the shower on make sure that your cat is ok with the sound of it.

    • If you cannot use a shower then use a cup or jug when cleaning your cat.

    • Avoid getting any water inside the cat’s ears.

    • Using a cat shampoo you should lather up the cat and rinse off the shampoo.

    • Rinsing is the most important bit, if you do not rinse off the shampoo correctly then your cat might get a rash that will result in a trip to the vet.

    • Once your cat has been washed well you can dry him. Use a towel to rub him down gently.

    • After drying then you can let your cat finish the job himself. By allowing the cat to finish grooming it will relax him after his stressful encounter with water.

    • If you are washing a kitten, make sure that you put him in a warm or sunny spot after washing. He might still be too little to decide to do this himself and might begin to shiver.

    • If your cat gets particularly matted or flea infested then a professional groomer might be necessary.


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