Monday, September 14, 2009
Although cats usually don’t need you to bath them, there are certain occasions where this activity is required. Here are a few tips to ensure a happy feline (and a happy you)! Firstly, make sure that you use a cat/kitten shampoo that doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or perfumes. Human shampoo may be harmful to your cat’s skin as the pH levels differ – so avoid using this. Secondly, make use of your bath tub, or a large plastic tub, and fill it with warm (NOT hot) water. If your cat violently protests to having a bath and you do suffer some minor ‘battle wounds’ in the process, have them checked out as cat-inflicted scratches or bites easily infect. Thirdly, use treats, verbal praise and assurance to make your kitty feel calm. Try not to get any shampoo in your cat’s ears or eyes and make sure that you rinse your cat thoroughly – again avoid the ears or eyes.