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Bathing Fluffy

August 1, 2020

Cats are very clean, which is one of the many things we love about them. Although you should brush Fluffy, you don’t have to bathe her. Of course, if you’re both brave and willing, you can give your kitty a bath. In fact, it really isn’t a bad idea to get Fluffy used to the idea. That way, if she ever gets something spilled on her fur, you at least have a chance of cleaning her up without getting sliced into ribbons. In this article from All About Animals Veterinary Services, your Carrollton, GA pet hospital, serving the Villa Rica area, a local vet offers some advice on bathing your cat … and living to tell about it.

Check With The Vet

First things first. Before bathing your kitty, make sure your vet doesn’t object.

Prepare In Advance

Before bringing Fluffy into the kitchen or bathroom, have everything you need ready. We also recommend putting a rubber mat in the sink or tub, so it doesn’t get scratched.

Protect Yourself

We may joke about getting scratched, but trust us, those little claws are sharp! Wear long sleeves and thick jeans. Safety goggles aren’t a bad idea either.

Products

Only use products made specifically for cats. Shampoos made for humans are too harsh for pets. They may strip the oil from Fluffy’s fur, leaving it looking dry and even a bit frizzy.

Water Temperature

Fluffy’s bathwater should be lukewarm. Never bathe your cat in hot water. You could scald her skin!

Technique

Avoid getting suds in Fluffy’s eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. It’s generally best to just gently clean Fluffy’s her face with a washcloth.

Rinse Well

Rinse thoroughly! If you don’t have a sprayer, you may want to get one. This makes rinsing much easier. You can also use a pitcher or teapot.

The Afterbath

Once you’ve rinsed your kitty off, wrap her in a towel and gently pat her dry. Fluffy may enjoy being blow dried. Just use a low, warm setting. Don’t force her to submit, however. When you let your furry pal go, she’ll immediately start grooming herself to get her coat properly ‘styled’ again. Give your feline pal a special treat or some catnip when she’s done.

Please reach out to us here at All About Animals Veterinary Services, your Carrollton, GA pet hospital, serving the Villa Rica area, anytime. We’re here to help!

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