If your cat could talk, she would probably tell you she can bathe herself thank you very much and that she would rather become best friends with the vacuum than go anywhere near water. And whilst most cats are exceptionally good at keeping themselves clean and tidy, occasionally they need a little help from us (even though they’d never admit it!).
It’s important to only bathe your cat if it’s absolutely necessary, and sometimes it is. Especially if you have long-haired cat that occasionally has a messy bottom, or an elderly cat who has decided that grooming herself is just too much like hard work.
So where to start? Well the choice of shampoo is important to the health of your cat’s skin. Chemicals found in human shampoo are very likely to irritate their skin as the top layer (the epidermis) is quite a bit thinner than ours. Even shampoo designed for babies can contain chemicals such as parabens and sulfates that can irritate human skin, let alone your cat’s. Some pet shampoos also contain chemicals which are best avoided.
Anicura’s Cat shampoo was designed with this in mind. Full of carefully selected, naturally active ingredients that will leave the skin and fur feeling moisturised and full of vitality. The natural oils of Chamomile and Sea Buckthorn help nourish the skin and can relieve itching. Our cat shampoo doesn’t contain any nasties so your cat and her skin will thank you for it (although probably not immediately after bath time!)
Tips for bath time itself
Although we have come across a couple of cats who actually enjoy being in water, they are definitely not the norm! A little preparation can help to reduce your cat’s anxiety and the risk of you shedding any (of your) blood..!
- Try a calming supplement such as Bach Rescue Remedy for Pets. It is important not to use calming supplements or sprays designed for humans as these contain ingredients that may be toxic to your cat.
- Make sure you have everything around you that you will need. Realising you’ve forgotten something when your cat is already in the water and giving you the death stare is less than ideal.
- Some cats struggle less when a towel or mat is placed at the bottom of the sink / bath. A slippery surface isn’t the easiest for a cat to calmly stand on.
- Stay calm yourself. This will tell your cat that although they might be uncomfortable, they do not have anything to fear if you are remaining calm.
- Make sure the water is warm and keep it away from their eyes, ears and nose. Never dunk your cat’s head under the water.
- Rinse all the shampoo off and gently dry them.
- A little treat after (or during) bathing helps too!
To recap, cats are usually impeccable at their own personal hygiene, but for the occasional time that they need a mini intervention, we hope you’ll give our Cat shampoo a try and that the tips above lead to a happy and stress free bath time!