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Should You Bathe Your Cat?

As you may know, our feline pals are very clean by nature. Fluffy may spend hours carefully grooming herself, and making sure that her fur stays soft and clean. However, some people choose to give their cats baths. Is this necessary? Here, a local Naperville, IL vet discusses bathing kitties.

Why Bathe Fluffy?

Although it isn’t necessary to bathe your cat, you can if you choose to. Just be sure to check with your vet first. There actually are a few benefits to bathing Fluffy. If your kitty is used to baths, then you’ll have a much easier time getting her clean again if she ever has an encounter with a skunk or has something spill on her fur. Don’t overbathe your feline friend, though. Too many baths can strip the oils from your pet’s fur, and leave her looking dry and frizzy.

Preparation

Before bathing Fluffy, take a few minutes to get things ready. You may want to put a rubber mat down in the tub or sink, so it doesn’t get scratched. Get some towels, cat shampoo, a facecloth, and a pitcher or teapot for rinsing. It also isn’t a bad idea to give your kitty a pre-bath brushing to remove any dead fur. Last but not least, we recommend wearing thick jeans and a long-sleeved shirt.

Bathing

When you’re ready, fill the tub or sink with a few inches of warm (not hot) water, and bring Fluffy into the bathroom. Talking to her gently may help keep your furball calm as you lather her up. We recommend using a facecloth on your cat’s head, so you don’t get soap in her eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. Then, carefully rinse your kitty.

Drying

When Fluffy’s bath is over, wrap her in a towel and pat her gently to get as much water as you can out of her fur. If your furball doesn’t object, you can use a blow dryer on a low setting to dry her. However, don’t force your kitty to sit still for blow drying. If your feline pal prefers to air dry, just let her go. She’ll probably immediately start grooming herself to get her coat back in place. A toy or treat will get your furry buddy’s engine going again.

Do you need to make an appointment for your cat? Contact us, your Naperville, IL animal clinic, today!

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