03 Oct Tips for Successfully Bathing your Cat
It’s no secret that cats just don’t like water. You can make the process easier by using a few tips for successfully bathing your cat. It might take a few attempts before your cat accepts that it’s bath time, but like any animal, they need a bath every now and then.
Our Tips for Successfully Bathing your Cat
With these tips, you should be able to successfully complete giving your cat a bath. Some tips might require a little creativity on your part though. We hope that your cat will warm up to the idea of getting in water a little easier.
It’s best to start attempting to give your cat a bath while he or she is still a kitten. If you adopted or became a cat parent when he or she has already reached adult age, it’s still possible to make bathing your cat possible. The first thing you should do is put the cat in the sink or tub without any water in it.
Let the cat explore these areas for a week or two before adding water. You can even add a couple of toys to the bathing area so that they get used to the idea of going in there. Instead of it being a traumatizing experience, they’ll think of it as play time or something positive instead.
After a week, add a little water – maybe just an inch. Then add cat toys. Entice your cat to the tub/sink area with toys and/or CBD cat treats. You can use some of the recipes for pet treats here at Pet Health CBD if you’d like to make your own treats.
Brush Before a Bath
Brushing your cat helps remove some of the dirt and dust that might be within their coat. It will also help get rid of tangles. For some cats, being brushed is relaxing.
This little step can help make bathing your cat a little easier.
Trimming your cat’s nails before a bath is for your protection. You might want to do this a day ahead of time. It’ll also ensure that their feet aren’t getting caught on drying towels afterwards.
If your cat is not especially thrilled with getting its nails trimmed, you might need a small dose of CBD ahead of time. Use our CBD Dosage Guide for Pets to determine the appropriate dose for your cat based on its weight.
A Dose of CBD Beforehand
Cats can feel anxiety and stress if they can sense that something they might not like is coming – like a bath. Speak with your vet about possibly adding a small dose of CBD to your cat’s bath prep routine. If your cat doesn’t want to take the CBD tincture, try homemade CBD treats or add their dose to a dry treat or two.
Successfully bathing your cat starts with a bit of prep. A little work with them each day, such as playing in the sink or tub, might make the experience less traumatic for them. The idea is to make them as calm as possible, ease them into it and don’t just dunk them into water. It’ll make bath time much easier moving forward.