One of the most important things about bathing of cats is that a healthy and well-groomed kitty should not be bathed. Cats are sleeping most of the day, and they often wash themselves during the rest of the day. Washing often fills up a third of their waking hours and it does not only serves to clean their coat, but it also has a role in regulating body temperature. It can be seen that they do this activity significantly more in warm weather.
If the kitten does not wash itself, then it's almost sure that it is sick. In any such case, please contact your veterinarian to find out what the problem is.
However, bathing may be appropriate in the following cases:
- if such dirt is on the cat's coat, which it cannot remove, or which can be harmful for its health if it gets into the cat's body during grooming,
- if the cat has a lot of parasites in its fur coat.
Most cats do not like water and bathing can leave a very deep impression on them (and in the owners and on their skin as well). Be careful whenever you need to bathe your kitten. There are cats that try to do everything to avoid encountering water. In that case, you need to cope with the kitty, who may well scratch us even further.
If we feel it necessary, then we can try to accustom our kitty to the water. It will not be easy when our cat is not attracted to water (this is the characteristic of most cats). In this case, you should slowly, gradually, try to get the cat to accustom water as much as you can. It's important that we should not scare it at the first time. Start with a sponge to moisten its coat.
If it really does not go well, your kitten is apparently panic and it is not essential to bathe, then do not force it. It's a good idea to try again after one or two days. It is important to apply the principle of gradualism and move forward step by step.
To get acquainted with water can be tried in the following way: make little water in a washbasin. Take a light plastic ball and roll it to the cat next to the washbasin. If the kitten is in playful mood, then we should throw the ball into the washbasin after several ball throwing. In the heat of the game, the kitten will not be very disturbed by the couple cm high water and it will kick the ball with its paws, and in the best case it will go to the washbasin for it.
Try the same thing on the next day, just use a bath instead of a washbasin. Let's not make a lot of water in the bath and try to make it look like a game for the kitten.
In the room where the bathing is done, it should be a pleasant warmth. It is advisable to prepare the necessary things for the operation (towels, shampoo, and small bowl for rinsing, gloves to prevent any possible scratches). If your cat hates water, ask for help, because in that case it needs always more people to do that. Then, make a pleasant warm water to the tub. Let's check if there is no major injury on the skin of the kitten. Then, we should brush its fur coat. The kitty should be placed in the water with sufficient firmness, but not too strong. Let's talk to the cat continuously and try to calm it down.
For shampooing you can buy cat shampoo but baby shampoo is also good (shampoo for people does not). You should only use as much shampoo as you need since it's important that you can completely flush it out of the kitten's coat. Be careful not to get shampoo into the cat's eyes or ear. After rinsing, a thorough scrubbing is enough for short-haired kittens. It is preferable to dry the fur coat of long hair cats and then brush over after drying.