Tips for giving your favorite feline a bath!
Even though cats groom themselves often, grooming your cat is an important part of cat care! It can help keep their coat and skin healthy, as well as help reduce the amount of hair they swallow while grooming themselves. Here are some general steps to follow when grooming and bathing a cat:
- Gather all the necessary supplies: including a cat-specific shampoo, a bucket or basin of warm water, a pitcher or hose to rinse your cat, a non-slip mat or towel, and plenty of towels for drying.
- Start by getting your cat comfortable with being touched and handled. This may involve spending time petting your cat, talking to them in a calming voice and rewarding them with treats.
- Use a cat brush or comb to gently remove any tangles, mats or loose hair from their coat. If your cat has long hair, you may also need to trim the hair around its face, paws and hindquarters.
- Place your cat on the non-slip mat or towel in the basin of warm water. Be sure to hold your cat securely but gently to prevent them from slipping or escaping.
- Check your cat’s ears for any signs of dirt or wax buildup. If necessary you can use a small amount of Skout’s Honor Cat Probiotic Ear Cleaner and a cotton ball to clean the inside of your cat’s ears.
- Wet your cat's fur with the pitcher or hose, being careful to avoid getting water in their ears and eyes.
- Apply a small amount of Skout's Honor Cat Probiotic Shampoo + Conditioner to your cat's fur and work it into a lather, starting at the neck and working your way down the body. Be careful not to get shampoo in your cat's face or ears.
- Rinse your cat thoroughly with the pitcher or hose, again being careful to avoid the face and ears.
- Use a towel to gently squeeze the excess water out of your cat's fur. You can also use a blow dryer on a low heat setting, if your cat tolerates it.
- Once your cat is mostly dry, use a brush and Skout’s Honor Probiotic Detangler to remove any remaining tangles or mats in their fur.
Remember, not all cats enjoy getting a bath, so be patient and calm throughout the process, and stop if your cat becomes overly stressed or agitated. You may also want to consult with your veterinarian before giving your cat a bath, especially if they have any skin conditions or allergies.
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