Wondering how to bathe a cat that hates water? It is no more a secret that cats can turn really aggressive when it comes to bathing them. You know that it will turn into something havoc when you try to bathe it, so you may wonder whether it is a good move to lend a hand to clean their furry coat.
It may be a good move that you bathe them, but as mentioned earlier many cats hate water and aggressiveness may become their weapon to attack you back. What should you do when it comes to such condition?
First of all, you should know that cats have condition where you should consider giving them a bubble bath, which will be mentioned below:
- Your cat is extremely dirty from playing outside.
- You cat cannot self-groom its own body due to its old age or a disability.
- Your cat got in touch with toxic chemical agents that may endanger them.
- Your cat has not been bathed for a long time.
Now that you have known what condition requires you to bathe them, you may start to wonder how to bathe a cat that hates water. To deal with aquaphobic cat, two things you should remember: let your cat adapt themselves first, and be patient while giving them a bath.
First, you should consider to clean them with wipes first – if possible. If the dirt on your cat’s body cannot be cleaned with just wipes, prepare these items to bathe them:
- Cats shampoo
- Warm water
- Cats brush
- Dry towel
Then, you can do these things below to answer your wondering about how to shower a cat that hates water:
- Brush your cats first to avoid fur-shedding while your cat is wet.
- Get somebody to help, especially if your cat is taking bath for the first time.
- Let them wander around the bathroom, and if it gets wary, try to let them know that you’re doing no harm to them.
- You may turn on the faucet, and get your cat near to it.
- Now that they’ve started to be calm, start wetting their body slowly. No need to rush, do it slowly and make sure that the water you are using is warm. Remember not to wet their head.
- Then, apply the shampoo thoroughly.
- After that, rinse the shampoo lather and gently rub your cat’s body to clean off the shampoo.
- Once you have cleaned the cat’s body, lightly squeeze the fur to remove excess water. Use the prepared dry towel to dry their wet body.
One last thing you should remember that you need to do it pretty rapidly. Cats are prone to hypothermia; hence you should quickly do these step-by-step procedures of how to bathe a cat that hates water.