Cats naturally clean themselves on a daily basis so why would you want to even attempt at giving a cat a bath? If you have cat allergies that’s one good reason to learn how to give your cat a bath. When I had my pet cat, I would give him a bath on a regular basis. Some people may think that giving a cat is odd or impossible to do since cat’s hate water. I would bathe my pet cat at least once a month to help cut down on the pet dander and allergens in his coat. This was also very helpful in keeping him flea free. Since I suffered from cat allergies and he was an outdoor cat and in danger of fleas we made this into a routine.
I recommend that you start bathing your cat when he or she is a kitten. This way you can get the cat into a routine and sometimes the cat will actually grow up to enjoy the water. If your cat is an adult cat start out slow and be very careful because the adult cat that never had a bath will not take kindly to being placed in water.
If starting with an adult cat that never had a bath before, you will need to trim your cat’s claws before bathing him or her. Start with just a sponge bath with the older cat. To be on the safe side don’t place your adult cat in water right away. Just put on some rubber gloves and wipe the cat down with a lukewarm wash clothe. This will slowly get the adult cat used to water on his or her skin. Have a towel handy to dry the cat off after you wash him down with the cloth. Repeat this a few times before introducing your adult cat to the bath. When you think your adult cat is ready for the bath. Fill the tub about 5 or 6 inches with lukewarm water, make sure you have your rubber gloves, towel, cat shampoo, a cup for rinsing and clothes you don’t mind getting wet in. Put your gloves on and place the adult cat into the bathtub, hold the cat gently as you pour water over the cat. Reassure the cat that every is OK and that he or she is a good cat in a soft spoken voice. The cat may become very vocal at this point. Just talk to your cat and this tends to calm them down. Put the shampoo on your cat and then rinse well. Quickly swoop up your cat into the towel and dry your cat off. The cat will then shake off all excess water on his or her own.
Bathing kittens are a lot easier, they are much easier to handle. My cat ended up really loving the water and would jump in the tub and wait for the water to come on. To start a kitten out you will still need to use gloves and have a towel near by. follow the same steps as above for an adult cat but the kitten will get used to it a lot quicker then an adult cat will.