In general, and regardless of their age, cats are much more sensitive to water than dogs. They get stressed easily, and any activity that interrupts their routine can cause them unnecessary discomfort.
Another characteristic that differentiates them from dogs is their obsession with keeping themselves clean, cleaning themselves with the help of their tongue. Since, in addition, most domestic kittens do not usually play outside, their chances of getting dirty are limited.
BATH A KITTEN
Even so, there are certain circumstances in which your kitten may need a bath, either for a specific cause (diarrhea, accidental dirt), by veterinary prescription to react to any pathology, or simply because you have habituated it. In any of these three cases, it is convenient that you choose the best time for the bath, which will be the one in which your kitten is calmer and shows lower level of activity.
Cat puppies can bathe for the first time after 2 or 3 months. The bath frequency changes depending on the breed (long or short fur) and the ambient temperature. In periods of excessive heat, bathing can be done every ten days. In winter, at most 1 time a month.
STEPS TO FOLLOW TO BATH A SMALL CAT
- It is recommended that you carry out the activity with the help of someone. Your kitty will be nervous and will tend to scratch and escape.
- If your kitten has long fur, brush it before wetting it to eliminate possible dry knots.
- For your kitty's bathroom, use a baby bathtub and place a rubber towel or mat on its surface. In this way, you will ensure that your kitty does not slip and feel safer.
- Fill the bathtub slowly and with warm water.
- Have a soft kitty shampoo, a rinse bowl and a couple of towels on hand.
- Hold your kitten delicately but firmly. Put it in the tub and wet the fur while you caress it. Prevents water or shampoo from rubbing the head, eyes or mouth.
- Apply the shampoo following the instructions for use, and then rinse your kitten with plenty of water.
- Then gently remove it from the tub and wrap it in the first towel, gently rubbing it to absorb moisture. Just dry it with the second towel.
- If your kitten is long-haired, you will need to use a dryer and a brush. Keep the dryer away from the skin and with the air in the "cold" position. Brush it when it is completely dry.
- After bathing, examine the water in the tub to see that there are no parasites such as fleas or ticks. If you see parasites, consult your veterinarian and apply the recommended treatment.
Cat puppies can bathe for the first time after 2 or 3 months.
When can a cat bathe?
Cats can start bathing at 2 months, although it is better to wait at three months when they already have the first vaccine at least. Doing it before can be very harmful to the animal, since we could even endanger their own life. Thus, when you reach at least 8 weeks of age, you can gradually accustom them to the bathroom. At no time should you force him to do anythingWell, doing so would end up associating the bathroom (and not only the toilet itself, but also the WC), with something negative (stress).
Puppies are very curious, so it will not be very difficult for you to feel like approaching the water. Of course, before putting it in the bathtub, I recommend that the first few times you bathe it in a baby bathtub or in a bowl that you have thrown no more than 2cm of water temperate Talk to him in a soft tone, calmly, while making sure that no foam gets on his face or ears. Then you just have to remove it with water and dry it with a towel.
It is not complicated to bathe a kitten, but it is customary to use an adult cat in the bathroom. So if you plan to bathe it from time to time, the sooner you start (remember, never before eight weeks of age), less will cost.
How to bathe a cat?
Although our dear cat is a very clean animal by nature, sometimes we will have no choice but to lend a hand, especially if he is sick, very dirty or if, due to age, he does not remember so much to take care of his hygiene. But, how to do it?
The best is start getting used to being a kitten, it will not be so strange and even you may end up liking it. But I'm not going to fool you: the first few times are experiences that can be very stressful for both the cat and you, so the first thing I'm going to recommend is to keep calm. Nerves will not help you at all 🙂.
Once you are calm, fill a bowl previously cleaned - those where we put the clothes when we take it out of the washing machine- with a little warm water, which is at about 37 ° C. It is important not to fill everything: with which you can cover the legs is more than enough.
The next thing you have to do is call the cat With a very cheerful tone of voice so you do not hesitate to come to you. As it is a very smart animal, I would surely turn around as soon as I saw the man with water, but for that you have to offer him a treat as soon as you see him entering the bathroom. Then, take a small towel and moisten it and then pass it through the animal's body (I know. The ground is going to get lost in water. But you have to go step by step so you don't panic).
Scratch the neck and the part of the back where the tail is born. Surely he will love it and make him feel much better, something that will help you to see that nothing really bad happens.
If you see that he feels comfortable, you can take it gently and put it in the bowl to finish cleaning the head -be careful not to enter shampoo in the eyes, nose or ears-, the legs and the tail. Then, dry it with a towel, brush it with a card brush or with the Furminator, which is a brush that removes almost 100% dead hair. Do not forget to give him another treat for cats as soon as he has calmed down. In case you are very uncomfortable and tense, dry it and try again after a few days.