Do I Need to Bathe my Indoor Cat?

Have you ever wondered “Do cat ever need a bath?”, Most cats do not have a bath throughout their entire lives and that is not really fine. Nevertheless, there are times when you just need to get your cat into that bath.
Cats amazingly self-groom themselves, they spend about 40 percent of the day cleaning themselves. Outdoor cats can easily get dirty and need washing but what about indoor cats? You may ask, do house cats need baths? My cat is an indoor cat. Do I need to bathe my cat? Indoor cats are less exposed to the natural environments unlike the outdoor cats, hence, they are unlikely to get muddy, stained or contract outdoor pests. This means that most times, your indoor cat does not need your help in getting itself clean.
Yet there are times when giving your house cat a bathe are inevitable. In such situations, bathing your cat is just necessary. You need to give your indoor cat baths if:
  • It has a skin disorder that can either be soothed or treated with baths.
  • It has any pest such as ticks or fleas clinging to its fur,
  • It can no longer groom itself easily due to obesity, arthritis, old age or any other reasons,
  • It cannot groom itself enough due to illness or depression.
  • It has something toxic like detergent, shampoo etc. poured on its fur

Now that you know that the answer to the question ‘Do I need to bathe my cat’ is ‘Yes’ irrespective of whether you keep an outdoor or indoor cat, so if for any reason at all you need to give your house cat a bath, here are few hints you can take to make your cat bathing a smooth experience.

Familiarize your cat with the bathtub

Tubs are somewhat confining and slippery, in fact it could be a little frightening if you have not entered into one before. Before you add water into your tub, allow your cat walk around and play within the tub. Toss in some toys, or better still scatter some catnip in the tub, so as to get your cat familiarise itself with the tub.

Try Make the bathtub less slippery

Like you already know that tubs are quite slippery. You can set a rubber mat inside the tub to allow your cat get her footing, you can as well give your cat some other firm surface to hold onto when bathing it.

Keep your cat’s eyes, nose and ears away from water

Be careful not to pour or spray water directly at cat’s eyes, nose and ears. If possible and if your cat would not frown at that, you may put some cotton wool into its ears before bathing to prevent water from getting inside.

Bathe quick

Do not take so much time when bathing your cat. If you take more time during the bath, it is likely your cat will become impatient and get uneasy. Bathe fast and effectively, something like: rinse the body of the cat, shampoo the body, rinse again, and viola, you are through.

After the bath, dry out your cat’s body completely

Using a big dry warm towel, wrap up your cat and keep it away from the cold. If you have a blow dryer, you may use it as long as the noise doesn’t get your cat fidgeting and the blowing heat is bearable.

Show some gratitude

Give your cat a big treat after the bath. You may offer the cat its favourite food. Give her a treat. Or give it a sound grooming. The grooming would definitely enhance the bonding between your cat and you. Help it dry out the fur.
Bathing your cat should not be a dreaded experience. Try make it as pleasurable as you can, or at least bearable. Whatever you do, do not try to use bathing material meant for humans for your cat. Ordinary water is enough to rinse some shampoo off of your cat. More so, you can consult your vet, he or she should be able to get you some feline soap. It is advisable to try out this soap or detergent on a small portion of your cat’s body before using it on the entire body, this is to make sure the soap or shampoo does not cause unnecessary irritation to your cat.
You may be surprise; your cat may totally love the bathing thing. Do you need to give cats baths? Try out our hints above and give us feedback.


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