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How Do I Bathe a Cat?

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What is the easiest way to bathe a mother cat that will not stay in the water unless you hold her down? She has 3 four day old kittens and they are all infested with fleas, and must be treated safely, without chemicals.

By Donna from Greenville, SC

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August 29, 20100 found this helpful

If she still has claws, you'll want to cover those first. Ages ago, we took our cat to be groomed. They wrapped his paws to keep him from tearing them up. It reminds me of the no-hurt/hurt-free bandage tape you find in the first aid area. It's not like regular tape. It stretches, and sticks only to itself (not skin or hair). So they were able to wrap his paws, without pulling out any of his fur when they went to remove it.

I've only washed a kitten. They're small enough for one person to handle. Beyond wrapping mama kitty's paws, it might be nice to have a second (brave) person lend a hand. Sorry if I wasn't much help.

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August 29, 20100 found this helpful

When we had a cat in the house, I bathed him to help with the shedding. I set two large buckets in the bath tub and filled them with warm water, one for washing and one for rinsing. The buckets were deep enough so the cat would get wet and wide enough so I could work around him.

Putting the cat in the bucket back feet first was not such a problem and he didn't mind it so bad once I got him wet. He was able to stand resting his front feet on the edge of the bucket while I gave him a bath.

We talked a lot during the bath. He said Meeeeoooowwww over and over and I babbled sweet nothings to him. Both of us got wet but after it was all over and both of us were dry again, we were happy.

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August 30, 20100 found this helpful

Google search "how to give a cat a bath video" and you will find several videos that will show you how.

Hope this helps.

Blessings... Connie

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August 31, 20100 found this helpful

Hi - What a challenge! We love cats, dogs, you name it, if it's an animal, we love it. But cats are our favorites.

We had a stray cat a while back that of course we could not even hold but my son wet a wash cloth in warm water that had a small amount of Dawn (original) and would pet the cat and rub the wash cloth on its fur as much as possible (mainly while she ate). He did this every day for a while and it really helped to kill the fleas.

She had babies and this did not harm them and of course we started giving them baths as soon as possible.

This may not be the best solution but it will help.

Cats seem to take more to baths when they are at "eye" level and when they can put their front paws on the edge out of the water. Use no more water than necessary as deep water tends to frighten cats even more.

We try to have the water at a nice luke warm temperature and get it over with as fast as possible. Even a fast bath will help with the fleas and have several towels ready. We tend to take our cats on the deck after a bath so any "live" fleas that drop off the towels will fall to the deck and not inside.

Grown cats do not like baths so be careful when you attempt this.

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