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Tips for Bathing Your Cat

May 1, 2016

One great thing about our feline friends is the fact that they are naturally very clean. Fluffy will carefully groom herself each day. This means that cats don’t really need baths, although you can bathe your kitty if you wish. If you do want to bathe your kitty, read on for some great tips from a local Larimer County, CO veterinarian.

Start Young

If you want to bathe your kitty, it’s best to start when she’s little. It’s much easier to get a baby furball used to taking baths than it is to convince an adult feline to keep an open mind about the process! This can also make things easier down the road. If Fluffy ever gets something on her fur that would necessitate a bath, you’ll have a much easier time cleaning her up if she’s already used to being bathed. Just be sure to get the green light from your vet first.


When bathing your furball, always use products made specifically for cats. Shampoos made for humans are too strong for pets. If Fluffy is already on parasite control, don’t use flea shampoo, as doubling up on flea control products could expose her to dangerous levels of chemicals.


First, put a rubber mat down in the tub or sink, so it doesn’t get scratched up. You’ll need a facecloth, a pitcher or teapot, kitty shampoo, and a towel. Just fill the tub part way: a few inches of warm, not hot, water is all you need. We also recommend wearing long sleeves. If possible, clip Fluffy’s claws a few days before her bath.


Choose a time when your cat is feeling relaxed and sleepy. Brushing your pet before her bath isn’t a bad idea, as long as it doesn’t get her riled up. Next, gently put your kitty in the tub, and lather her up. Don’t pour water on Fluffy’s head: just use a washcloth for that cute furry face. Use a pitcher or teapot for rinsing.

The Aftermath

All done? Wrap Fluffy in a towel to soak up excess water. Your furball will probably immediately start grooming herself to get her fur back in order. Offer your clean kitty a new toy or a yummy treat, and let her be.

Do you have questions about caring for your cat? Call us, your Larimer County, CO animal clinic, today!

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