If you don’t have a gentle sprayer, use a non-breakable cup for rinsing. Fill a sink with a few inches of warm water. Get the dirty parts of the cat wet and then lather with shampoo. Wash only the parts you need to, then rinse thoroughly.
The most important part of bathing your cat is drying them off afterward. Dry them off as quickly as possibly with a large towel, and keep them in a warm room until they’ve completely dried. If your cat lets you, you can also use a hairdryer on its lowest warmth setting to speed up the process.
Use cat-specific shampoo – preferably with no smell – and lather your cat from tail to neck. Rinse with the pitcher, cup or gentle sprayer, being sure NOT to get soap or water on kitty’s face. Don’t forget to rinse those out-of-the-way places, like the belly, under arms, tail and neck.
Dawn dish soap
Dawn is okay to use on your cat, but it’s best to mix ¼ cup of Dawn with ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of water to make a blend that can be lathered over your cat’s coat before rinsing well.
Dawn dish soap is safe to use for cats as long as you use Dawn Original or Dawn Free & Clear. Other scented versions of Dawn contain artificial fragrances and dyes that can irritate your cat’s skin or respiratory system, especially in cats that already have skin or medical conditions.
While a baby shampoo can be gentle and not as harsh as a regular human shampoo it’s still not made for cats. Bathing your cat with baby shampoo will most likely disrupt the pH balance and the acid mantle, which is a thin layer on the skin that discourages contamination by viruses and bacteria and maintains hydration.
The cat bath temperature should be around body temperature, in other words pretty warm but not so hot that it’s uncomfortable. Place a towel or rubber mat in the bottom of the tub or sink. Cats hate the insecure footing of slippery surfaces and this will make it less stressful.
A grooming professional will try to calm your cat before placing her into a few inches of lukewarm water and applying the shampoo. Often shampooing starts from the head down to the tail, while avoiding the nose, ears, and mouth of the cat.
The average indoor cat may never need a bath, but if you do decide to take the plunge, we do not recommend bathing your kitty more than a couple of times a year. Only you know your cat’s personality and levels of aggression, which can be a key deciding factor when it comes to bathing a cat.
Shampoos to use
Never use human shampoo on cats as they are unsuitable for cat hair and may dry out their skin. For a water bath, use a cleansing and deodorising shampoo formulated with natural ingredients. For cats with dry skin, try a dry skin and conditioning shampoo.
Don’t be tempted to use a blow dryer since it will probably scare the heck out of your cat. Let your cat air-dry. Keep the air temperature in the house moderate while they’re drying so they don’t get a chill. If your cat has long hair, comb it out while it’s still damp.
Avoid using a hairdryer to dry your cat’s fur.
Cats can become scared or aggressive with hearing the sound of a hairdryer so you should never use it on old, fragile, or sensitive cats. Since a hairdryer might dry out or irritate your cat’s skin, it’s probably a good idea to skip the hairdryer altogether.
Full dry is necessary to ensure the cat does not catch a cold and fur does not clump together especially in long-haired cats. Use a professional blow dryer on low speed that is not too loud until the cat is fully dried. Avoid human hairdryer since it is noisy and gets too hot.
As a general rule, cats are sensitive when it comes to smells, but there are a few scents they hate that might just surprise you. They can’t stand citrus and as much as you might love the smell of fresh herbs, cats hate rosemary and thyme. Banana and mustard are a big no-no too, as well as lavender and eucalyptus.
Cleaning your cat’s face
Don’t ever splash water in their face or dunk their head in water, this won’t help, and it will make your cat extremely scared.
Generally, you will not need to clean the area around your cat’s eyes. However, if you have a cat with a very flat face, eg. a Persian cat, it may well have eyes which water constantly which will need wiping on a regular basis. Gently wipe with a cotton wool ball dampened with clean water or a little baby oil.
Explanation of Why Cats Don’t Come When Called
Why don’t cats listen? This answer most likely stems from the same reason that cats are so independent. Cats are generally very independent compared to dogs. It appears that cats do not look at people as a protector and are not affected as much by separation.
For cats, licking is not only used as a grooming mechanism, but also to show affection. By licking you, other cats, or even other pets, your cat is creating a social bond. Part of this behavior may stem from kittenhood when your cat’s mother licked to groom them, as well as to show care and affection.