You may know that you should pay attention to the water temperature when bathing your cat at home, to prevent the cat from catching cold, and not to use human bath gel for cats, etc., but in fact, bathing cats at home can not only meet these problems. If you really don’t plan to take your cat to the pet store for a bath, you must prepare yourself, because bathing the cat is not so easy! In this article, I would like to share with you my experience and lessons in bathing cats at home.
Usually, the owner wants to help cats clean their bodies. However, in some cases, cats are not suitable for bathing. For example, the newborn cats are not suitable for bathing, for a period of time after vaccination, and cats with physical problems are not suitable for bathing Only when you are sure that you can bathe cats can you help them to bathe. Otherwise, if there is any problem, you may regret it.
When you’re sure you can give your cat a bath, we’ll go back to the question at the beginning of the article – what are some of the tricky things about bathing your cat at home.
First, the cat bathes, the owner also must make the preparation!
The preparation mentioned here is not only to help the cat prepare water with suitable temperature, but also to let the owner enter the state of “helping the cat bathe”. Bathing a cat is a test of its owner’s patience. In this process, you may encounter many problems. For example, some owners may be made impatient by cats who are unwilling to take a bath and teach them a lesson on the spot. However, the cats may be more afraid or repelled from bathing when they are frightened by your battle. This may lead to the work of bathing cats becoming more and more difficult to do in the future Therefore, the owner should do a good job in psychological construction before helping the cat take a bath.
Second, small details have a big impact!
Before bathing cats, if you can help them comb their hair is the best thing, while combing, the owner can also check the cat’s body for abnormalities (such as whether there are wounds or parasites, etc.), once found abnormal to deal with, and comb other benefits (stimulate blood circulation, improve the quality of cat hair, improve the owner and the cat) I don’t want to repeat it here.
Because the cat may also shake the body in the bath, so the owner had better put on a clothes that is not afraid to be wet before bathing the cat. In general, the owners will choose to bathe the cat in the bathroom. After entering the bathroom, the owner must remember to close the door. The main reason is that some cats may run away when you don’t pay attention to them because they want to escape from the bath. However, sometimes the cats have been stained with water, but there will be traces of water everywhere they pass by. The owner has to clean the room once If you plant other dirty things on your feet, the cleaning work of the owner may increase again. At the same time, it is not safe for the wet cat to touch the wiring board. In addition, if the cat hides under the cabinet with more dust or under the bed, then the owner may have to face the problem of taking a bath again for the cat, so you must remember to close the bathroom door when bathing the cat. Of course, the owner should also do a good job in the bathroom (especially in the corner or under the cabinet where the cat can hide), otherwise you may see a cat that is dirtier than before. In addition, we do not recommend owners to bathe cats in large spaces such as balconies and open spaces. One of the reasons is that they are afraid of cats running around
Can you get used to taking a bath?
If cats start bathing when they are young, they are more likely to get used to bathing when they grow up. If an adult cat has never bathed before, you may need to spend more time getting the cat used to bathing.
4. It’s also a technical job to help cats blow fur!
After bathing the cat, the owner should help the cat dry its hair in time. If you don’t, it’s easy for cats to catch a cold or get worse. Most cats usually don’t like or can’t stand the hair dryer, because the wind speed of the hair dryer is large and there will be some noise, so the cat is easy to get mad. Therefore, in order to dry the cat’s hair smoothly, the owner must control the distance between the hair dryer and the cat’s body, and the outlet temperature of the hair dryer. When blowing the cat, the owner should pay attention to the ambient temperature. In fact, if you want to help your cat dry its hair faster, you can first wipe the cat’s body with a towel with good water absorption. The more water on the cat’s body is wiped, the time required to dry the cat’s hair will naturally be shortened. On the other hand, while combing the hair, you can separate the cat’s fur which is bonded together because of moisture, thus increasing the heating area of each hair Dry quickly. Sometimes you may be forced to stop bathing the cat in the middle of the bath. You should also blow dry the cat in time. Last but not least, comb the cat’s hair again after blowing. This has the advantages of straightening out the hair and gradually calming the cat’s tense mood.
Take a bath for the sake of reward!
After the cat has taken a good bath, the owner can give some rewards appropriately. In this way, the cat will think that “after taking a bath, you can get a good enjoyment, which is also good”, so their resistance to bathing may gradually decrease!
It’s better to go to the pet shop once in a while
Although there are some problems in pet shops, such as high prices, and the appliances and places of other pet shops are not often disinfected, due to the participation of professionals, it can help cats to clean many places that pet owners will ignore or can’t clean at all, such as trimming toenails, cleaning ear canal, etc. Therefore, it is suggested that you should go to a pet shop with good reputation and clean facilities at regular intervals, such as once a month, so that professionals can thoroughly clean the cat, and at the rest of the time, you can bathe the cat at home.