Who’s Afraid of Bathing a Cat?
Wild cats, such as tigers, lions, and leopards love water. Domestics? Not so much! Sure there are some cat breeds, such as the Maine Coon, Manx, Savannah, American Bobtail, Turkish Angora, Turkish Van, Abyssinian and Japanese Bobtail, who love to play in water, but the most common breed – the domestic – will try to avoid a bath at all costs!
We have a charming orange tabby patient “Socks”, who is very curious and loves to go on adventures in the dark corners of his home. His owner (who adores him) has an allergy to domestic dust, and due to the adventurous nature of their furry feline, “Socks” finds himself at the Lincoln Avenue Cat Hospital more often than most for his regular bath! Due to the frequency of his baths, he no longer complains, and even learned to relax in Crystal’s hands!
Knowing When a Bath is Necessary
Cats are natural groomers, however, there are other occasions when bathing is medically necessary (fleas, mange, ringworm, etc). Some cats are easy to bathe, but most will fight with all available weapons (most often their claws). Remember, for baths that are medically necessary, it is best to ask for professional help. The biggest concern is the safety of your beloved pet, and it is important to know, and use, the appropriate chemicals on your furry friend. At Lincoln Avenue Cat Hospital, we will perform an inpatient exam prior to bathing, and select the appropriate course of treatment.
Small tangles or matted fur can grow into even bigger problems. The skin is very sensitive and requires special care. Cats are likely to lick and ingest shampoo residue, which could lead to health problems. Before bathing we apply a protective oil to the cat’s eyes to avoid irritation. We use special equipment and hypo-allergenic shampoo that is specifically formulated for cats, easy to clean, and easy to rinse.
Fleas & Mites
Sometimes an extreme, but pretty effective, treatment like flea dip is necessary. These dips for Fleas and mites are strong and cats with health problems would not be dipped, even in solutions designed for cats.
After your cat has been properly bathed, it’s time to rinse and dry him or her to make them shine! We use warm towels to start, and then your cat chooses our next step: some want warm hugs, some prefer to be left alone, and others even prefer the blow dryer! Once they are warmed and dried, all of our kitty clients like to lick themselves to perfection!
Note:Some cats do need a light sedative for grooming. If a light sedation is needed, we do recommend blood work prior to any procedure. All treatments/procedures are directly supervised by a licensed veterinarian.