How To Bathe A Kitten
It is known that bathing a cat is one of the hardest missions for cat owners as most of them do not like water. However, bathing a kitten is somehow different. So, you have to be aware of many things before bathing a kitten such as giving them the help they need during the bath as they are quite messy, and grooming them greatly as they do not have great self-grooming skills like adult cats. However, there are many things and steps you should know and follow to help you know how to bathe a kitten.
Preparing to Bathe Your Kitten
You have wet your kitten before giving her a bath unless you have a Bengal cat, who is known for enjoying playing in the water. This way can also be done with all cats no matter their ages. However, if your kitten is less than 8 weeks old, she can get used to water easier than an older kitten.
To get your kitten used to water, follow these steps:
The first you should do is wipe your kitten gently with a wet washcloth. Offer her wet food or tasty treats while wiping her if she is not accepting it directly. Do not forget to wipe your kitten’s feet and head.
If you find that your kitten is so comfortable with the wet washcloth, then create a shallow pan for her to stand by filling a cookie sheet with water. You can also lure your cat with wet food or treats to place her on it.
Then, you have to continue doing the 2 steps but together, you can also ask a friend for help if it is necessary. However, you should stop if you see your cat stressed or scared.
Then, drizzle water using your hand over the kitten’s head and back when your cat is comfortable. You can then use a small cup of water to pour some water in a very gentle way onto your cat. Furthermore, you can even give her treats if necessary and do not forget to continue petting her. Now, your small feline is ready to take a bath!
- Treats: You should keep treats around you to be able to give them to your kitten if she gets anxious.
- Shampoo safe for kittens: The best thing about this type of shampoo is that it is tearless. Anyway, you can even use gentle dish soap or baby shampoo if you do not have kitten shampoo.
- Cup: To rinse the shampoo off the kitten, you need to have a small cup.
- Bathing container: The purpose of the container is to be able to bathe your kitten comfortably. You can use a storage bin, bathtub, or sink.
- Towel: Dry your kitten using a dry, soft towel once the bath time is over.
Bathing Your Kitten:
The first thing to do is to fill the container with warm water. Make sure that the water isn’t hot, and is up to the kitten’s knees.
Wet your feline from her hind legs to her head with water using the cup, after placing her in the container in a gentle way. Then, massage your kitten with a very small amount of shampoo. When you finish massaging your kitten, rinse the shampoo off, and dry your feline off with a soft towel.
Furthermore, you can use a hairdryer in a cool or warm setting to dry your cat completely.
Some Advice During The Bath Time:
Do not put or submerge your cat under running water as it may get scared.
Be as fast as you can as your cat may get too cold.