Five Steps to Give Your Kitten a Bath

It’s a good idea to bathe your kitten at least a few times. This way, if she needs bathed later in life, she’ll be used to the sensation. Use these five steps from a West Greenwich vet to bathe your kitten.

Gather Your Equipment

Before beginning, you’ll need to gather the necessary supplies. You’ll need a large soft towel—perhaps two—a washcloth, cat-formulated shampoo, a cup or jug, and a few cat treats. You may want to put a rubber mat down in the tub or sink to prevent your kitten from slipping.

Stand Kitty in the Water

Fill the tub or sink with an inch or two of lukewarm water. Try standing your kitten in the water, so just her paws get wet. If she struggles or becomes agitated, remove her, dry her off, and try again later. Don’t try to move on until your cat is comfortable standing in the water.

Wet Thoroughly

Once your cat is comfortable in the tub, it’s time to wet her down. Pour lukewarm water gently over her body from a cup or jug. Don’t let water run into her eyes or ears. If your kitten becomes agitated or tries to leap out of the tub, don’t force her to stay in—dry her off and try again at a later time.

Shampoo the Fur

If your kitten is comfortable getting wet, you can move on to the washing stage. Put a small amount of the cat shampoo on her coat and massage it throughout the fur. Use your washcloth to wipe her head, carefully avoiding her eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Talk to your cat soothingly throughout this process to keep her calm.

Rinse and Dry

Once shampooing is done, rinse her off thoroughly with the pouring cup. Wrap her in the towel and dry her off thoroughly, praising her vigorously. Offer some cat treats to let her know she’s done a great job.

Consult your West Greenwich veterinary professional for more advice on successfully bathing your cat, as well as a recommendation on a good quality cat shampoo.

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