- Washing cats: whether and how often?
- Do you wash a cat?
- Preparations for washing
- The stages of the wash
It would seem that to bathe a cat is easy. But when you undertake to work, POPs up a number of issues. For example, what temperature should the water be, what tools are best to use for bathing, to wash the pet in a bathtub, or use a bowl? And whether it is possible to bathe cats? This and many other questions in our article.
Washing cats: whether and how often?
Cats are world-famous for their cleanliness. But even if the pet never leaves the apartment, harmful bacteria and germs wafting through the air daily deposited on his coat. And licking they get into the digestive tract of the cat and the accumulation of undermine the immune system and lead to chronic diseases.
To avoid this, the cat’s coat from time to time it is necessary to make a “General cleaning”, in other words, bathing days. But how often?
This question all depends on several factors: breed characteristics, the health of the cat, her way of life (walking your pet on the street or not). Representatives of some breeds should be bathed more frequently (e.g., Sphynx), other (e.g., Persians) had better not wash unnecessarily.
If your pet is walking on the street, the frequency of bathing will depend on the degree of contamination. In General, the “revelers” are advised to bathe at least 1 time per month.
Pets that do not leave the apartment, it is advisable to bathe 1 time in 3-6 months. Often not necessary, because it leads to skin dryness and deterioration in the quality of wool.
Important: the sick and debilitated Pets to bathe is not recommended. The same is true for animals experiencing stress or in quarantine (after vaccination, illness, etc.).
Do you wash a cat?
Washing cats involves the use of special tools. Remove impurities and excess sebum while water will not work, and human shampoos, conditioners and soap are not suitable for bathing a pet’s pH level.
If you wash a cat by such means, the state of her skin and hair will deteriorate. In most cases, it is the wrong means lead to the appearance of dandruff and dermatitis.
Therefore, for washing the pet it’s better to use only high-quality tools designed specifically for cats (e.g., Iv San Bernard, Bio-Groom, Oster, 8-in-1). Such tools are designed with the features of the skin and coat of the cat. They gently remove all the impurities, it does not dry the skin and nourish it with useful elements.
In pet stores today presented a huge range of shampoos and conditioners for cats taking into account the characteristics of their coat. Before purchasing tools, carefully read the assignment and don’t forget to follow the recommendations for use.
Preparations for washing
Before proceeding to wash, you need to prepare for it. Make sure that before bathing the cat did not eat. Better if from the last meal before bath procedures will take place for 4 hours.
- The optimum temperature in the room where you will wash the cat, not below +22 °C.
- Suitable water temperature: +33-35 °C.
Bathing cats will need:
- special shampoo for cats (and optionally air),
- the pelvis,
Why cats are better to wash in a basin, not in the tub? First, you reduce the risk of injury. Many cats during bathing try to escape from the bath and injured her side. Wash in a basin eliminates the possibility of such injuries. In addition, cats psychologically safer to stay in the basin.
If you plan to bathe in the tub, be sure to put on the bottom of the towel to pet didn’t slip.
The stages of the wash
How to wash cats according to all the rules? Learn step by step.
- Fill a basin (or bath) water. The water level is up to the chest of the pet.
- Gently put the cat in a basin (tub).
- Gently wetted wool. Watch, that water did not get into the eyes, ears and mouth.
- Apply to hair with a special shampoo. Quite small amounts of money, otherwise it is difficult to wash off. Thoroughly wash the paws, tail, torso and neck of a cat – always in the direction of hair growth. Do not touch the ears and muzzle.
Contamination with faces are preferably removed locally, not soaping the head completely. To wash away the dust, wipe it lightly with a damp sponge or hand. If in addition to shampoo you use a conditioner, follow the recommendations for use.
- Carefully rinse wool.
- After washing be sure to dry the cat, so she doesn’t have a cold. Possibly wrap it in a towel and hold it on hand for about 10 minutes. So not only do you help her dry off, but she also removes the stress while swimming.
If the cat is not afraid of noise, you can use a hairdryer. Watching that in the room where it is to dry the pet, there was no draft. Otherwise, the cold can not be avoided.
These simple rules will help to make water treatment is effective and safe. Take note and try!