|Bathing a cat can be harrowing for both cat and human. If your pet requires one, in most cases, you’re better off leaving the job to a pro. If you’re going to tackle the job yourself, here are some tips: 1. Trim the nails before the bath! 2. Get a rubber sprayer and cut off the spray end so the water flows in a quiet stream. It’s less scary. 3. Place a bathmat in the tub so kitty has something to grip. 4. Put half a cotton ball in each ear to keep water out. 5. Put a drop of mineral oil in each eye. 6. Use tearless shampoo meant for cats. 7. Wash the head last unless kitty has fleas. In that case, wash the head first to prevent fleas from getting in the mouth or eyes. 8. Use a quiet hair dryer set on low. Keep dryer moving to avoid burning the skin.
Pam Johnson-Bennett, CABC, is a certified cat behavior consultant and author of seven best-selling books on cat behavior. Her website is www.catbehaviorassociates.com.
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May 30th, 2011