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Giving a Cat a Bath

Giving a Cat a Bath

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If you’ve ever attempted to bathe a cat, you might already know that generally, cats do not like baths. Most cats do not like to swim or be immersed in water and will fight it vigorously. A cat threatened with a bath may bite, claw and scratch to get free. It can be a very frustrating experience, both for the cat and the cat owner. Some of the funniest photos and videos on the Internet are of people attempting to bathe a cat and the cat’s evasive maneuvers to avoid the bath at all costs.

The behavior they exhibit when trying to bathe a cat is out of fear. They don’t know what is going on or why someone would have the audacity to subject them to this, so they object in every way possible. To make the bath go smoother, make sure you have everything prepared before you bring the cat in. Run the bath water, have towels and shampoo and a comb at hand and then bring the cat in.

Remain calm and make soothing noises as you put your cat into the water. Do not panic or shout or punish the cat if they scratch you. Imagine how frightened they must be and try to accomplish the task calmly. Have a firm hold on the cat as you bath it. You don’t want them flailing about and panicking. Remain as calm as you can and your cat is more likely to be calmer. Bathe the cat as quickly as you can to reduce the stress on both you and the cat.

Some breeds may never get to a point where they actually like a bath, but some breeds definitely do. I have had Persian cats that were bathed regularly from the time they were kittens and soon came to like their bath and even blow drying. If you get your cat while it is a kitten, it is much easier to get them accustomed to a bath than if you get an older cat that has not been bathed regularly.

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