How To Bathe Your Cat
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How To Bathe Your Cat
According to many cat parents who have tried, and considering some cats that I've treated, I'm not sure I disagree; there are few things more difficult in life than bathing a cat. Bathing a cat is truly an art, and, with some pointers, can be mastered with relative ease. The first trick is to make sure the cat feels secure. I recommend holding the cat firmly-not tightly-around the neck and shoulder area, and not letting go. Some are more comfortable simply scruffing the cat-which can also be effective. Ideally, you should bathe a cat in a sink-either a kitchen or bathroom sink. If using the kitchen sink, never use the spray setting on high, and always keep the water warm, and on a steady slow stream. Also, never submerge the cat's head directly under the stream of water-just let the water flow from the cat's neck, over the back, to the hind end.
I think it's best to wet the cat down first, and then apply the shampoo over the mid-back, lathering well using your one free hand. If needed, carefully switch hands, never completely releasing your grip, if you need to free up your other hand. To wash the face and head, I recommend taking some of the lather from the body, and applying it to the face and head, making sure to avoid the eyes. Once fully lathered, you can carefully rinse the kitty, making sure to avoid getting water directly onto the face.
After the cat is completely rinsed-squeaky clean-you should transfer him from the sink directly to a towel and wrap him up well, and dry him. If you have the right cat, you can even try to use a dryer-though make sure to use the lowest, quietest setting. Oh, one more thing, remember to trim your cat's toe nails before the bath-this just might help save your arms!
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