To bathe a cat, start by grooming the cat and preparing the bathroom. Once the cat and bathroom are ready, place the cat in the tub to get it wet. Next, shampoo the cat, and rinse it thoroughly. The bath is completed by drying the cat with a large towel. The process takes approximately 30 minutes.
- Groom the cat
Brush the cat thoroughly to remove any dirt, debris, loose hair and matted fur. Additionally, gently clip the cat's nails to prevent injury to the groomer.
- Prepare the bathroom
After placing a rubber mat or towel in a sink or tub, fill it with 3 to 4 inches of lukewarm water. It is important that the water is lukewarm or cooler, as cats overheat easily. Place all of the supplies, such as cat shampoo, conditioner and a rinse pitcher, next to the bathing area so it is within easy reach.
- Wet the cat
After closing the bathroom door, gently place the cat into the water and thoroughly wet its fur using the pitcher or a hand held shower nozzle. Avoid getting water directly in the cat's eyes, ears or nose.
- Shampoo the cat
Gently massage the shampoo into the cat's coat, working in the direction of hair growth. Pay attention to all areas on the cat, including the paws. Clean the face using a damp washcloth.
- Rinse the cat
Using the pitcher or shower nozzle, rinse out all of the shampoo using clean, lukewarm water. It may be necessary to rinse the cat several times to get out all of the shampoo residue.
- Dry the cat
Wrap the cat in a large towel, and soak up as much water as possible from its fur. Use a hair dryer on a warm setting to dry the fur, if the cat tolerates this.