Common symptoms of kitty illness include hiding for more than a day, loss of appetite, change in litter box routine and lack of grooming. If you detect any of these behavioral changes, meet with your veterinarian.read more
Cat baths are usually the things that YouTube videos are made of. A quick search of the term “cat bath” yields 29,100 results, 95 percent of which, I’m sure, don’t end well for the cat’s owner. What you get is a soggy, miserable-looking kitty and a soggy, equally miserable-looking (and possibly shredded) human.
So what if you want your cat to look and smell extra-spiffy for the holidays and the company you’re having? The good news is that indoor cats generally don’t require baths. A gentle brushing once a week with a special de-furring comb, such as the FURminator, not only removes loose top hairs, but also gets to the undercoat, which is where dander and other allergens lurk.
If a bath is necessary, follow the tips below. I’ve given my share of cat baths, and I have the scars to prove it. The key is to have a plan, keep everything you need handy and ask someone else to help you, if possible.
Above all, do not fight or hurt your cat. Sometimes giving a cat a bath means giving yourself one too, and that’s exactly how I had to do it with my kitten. The only way my cat would allow me to wash it was to let it climb on my back. I stood hunched over in the shower, cat on my back, as my roommate washed the cat. I was soaked and slightly scratched, but the cat was clean!
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