FOR MANY OF US, BATHING OUR FELINE FRIENDS CAN MAKE US MORE THAN A LITTLE ANXIOUS.

Is the thought of getting your feline friend in the bath tub stressing you out? It doesn’t have to be a bad experience for either of you, and chances are your concern over bathing your cat is rubbing off on him or her and making things worse.

It’s time to take a deep breath and relax. You can do this!

Here is how to bathe your cat in the best way without getting scratched to death during the process.

 STEP 1  Get everything ready so you aren’t scrambling around when you have your cat in the bath.

You will need:

Cat-friendly shampoo
• Towels
• A comb
• A brush for long haired kitties
• A Pitcher or container for rinsing
• A safety mat for your sink or bath to stop your cat slipping
• Your tub should be about 10cms full of luke-warm water (check the temperature with your elbow to make sure!)
• Some calming music – this will help you both!
• An extra pair of hands if you have a particularly difficult cat.

 STEP 2  Catch your cat. Keep calm and confident so as not to stress your cat out too much. Make sure your shut the door as a soapy cat running around the house is a nightmare for everyone.

 STEP 3  Putting your cat in the water should be done with both hands. Be gentle and calm and talk to them through the whole process.

 STEP 4  Thoroughly wet your cat down to the skin using your hand to cup the water from the tub. Don’t splash water in his/her face. The face will be done later. And remember, calm is key.

 STEP 5  Apply shampoo and rub gently in the direction of the fur.

 STEP 6  Rinse your cat with the warm water from the pitcher. Using the tap may startle your cat and you will have less control on the water flow. Make sure all the soap is gone as any residual soap may irritate your cat’s skin or stomach when they lick their fur later. Use Aloveen Oatmeal Shampoo for cats and dogs as an irritation-free option.

 STEP 7  Take a wash cloth without soap on it and gently wipe over your cats face. Water should never be sprayed directly into his/her face as this can cause undue stress.

 STEP 8  Wrap your cat up in a towel once done. Warmth is very important, especially if your cat is stressed. Do not use a blow dryer unless your cat is familiar and happy to be blow dried, and only on a low setting to avoid burns. Dry off excess water and let your cat dry naturally in a warm, draft-free room

 STEP 9  Once dry it is time to use the comb or brush to get that fur soft and smooth again.

The earlier you introduce your cat to bath time the better! Older cats that are not used to the process will present more of a challenge to their pet parents. Ask your local vet or pet groomer for advice for those cats that make home bathing absolutely impossible.