Fear of water is something you can avoid if your cat gets used to bathing from a young age.
Your cat should deal with showering as if it’s a game and should get rewarded for its cooperation so as to connect it with happy feelings. It is important to know that cats are animals that can take care of their personal health and bathing them isn’t necessary if it doesn’t have fleas, isn’t too dirty or there isn’t a substance that can harm it if it cleans itself. Cat’s saliva contains some mild leaning substances that allow it to clean its fur effectively. In addition, its sensitive skin is covered in lipids, which are distanced if bathed often. If you’d like to survive from your cat’s first shower though, then it suggested that you follow these instructions.
Fill your sink or the bathtub with water up to the cat’s belly so as it doesn’t feel the threat of drowning. In case your bathtub is slippery, use a bathmat. It is really important that your cat stands well so as to feel sure and not slip in the water. Many people prefer to hold their cat’s front legs while their back legs are in the water, most of the times the cat itself takes this stance by perching on the sink. If your cat cooperates, you can put small pieces of cotton in their ears, but not too deep. Using cotton won’t let water get in their ears and decrease the danger of possible infections. Also many cats get calm that way and cooperate since sounds that might scare it are reduced. Still you shouldn’t try to do this if it shows irritation. Start by dampening the cat’s fur with your hands, a wet towel or a soft sponge.
In case you’re washing your cat from fleas, start by dampening around its neck. Fleas hate water so if you start from the bottom they will go to the cat’s face, and you should never wash its head and eyes. You can dissolve some shampoo in the tub’s water and continue dampening the cat with it. If the cat is too dirty, take a small portion of shampoo in your hands and massage it. Do not allow your cat to lick any of the shampoo during the shower and don’t forget to talk to it nicely and softly while also petting it.
After you have scrubbed the cat well, rinse the sink with clean water 3-4 times consecutively and rinse it there. It is important that you have rinsed the shampoo away since the cat’s skin absorbs chemicals really fast.
When you have finished showering your cat spend some time with it. Pet it or even give it a small treat, you can just congratulate it for its effort.
Congrats to the both of you, you just got yourself a clean and fluffy cat.