How Do You Wash a Cat?

How Do You Wash a Cat?

To wash a cat, place it in a small sink or tub with a hand-held spray hose. Wet the cat with the spray house, then massage diluted cat shampoo all over his body, from head to tail. Rinse the cat off thoroughly, and dry the cat with a large, absorbent towel.

  1. Prepare the cat

    Trim the cat's claws if necessary before bathing to protect yourself, as cats are typically averse to being wet. Brush the cat with the appropriate grooming brush to remove any mats and loose hair. Gently place a cotton ball in each ear to keep water and soap out.

  2. Prepare the sink and shampoo

    Place a nonskid rubber mat in the bottom of the sink or small tub you are using, and fill it with a few inches of lukewarm water. Combine one part cat shampoo to five parts lukewarm water, and set the mixture aside.

  3. Place the cat in the sink or tub

    Gently place the cat in the sink or tub. Hold the cat gently by the scruff with his back towards you if the cat is very resistant to getting in the tub.

  4. Wet the cat

    Use the hand-held spray hose to wet the cat with lukewarm water, from head to tail. Be careful to keep water out of its eyes, ears and nose. If the spray hose has setting options, set it to the gentlest spray setting.

  5. Shampoo and rinse the cat

    Massage the diluted cat shampoo all over the cat's fur, from head to tail. Use a wet washcloth to wipe the cat's face and remove shampoo from the cat's head. Use the spray hose to thoroughly rinse the shampoo from the rest of the cat's body.

  6. Dry the cat

    Remove the cat from the sink, and wrap it in a large, absorbent towel. Confine the cat to a warm area, away from drafts, to fully dry.