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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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