Why does my cat hate getting wet?

Cat in bathtub

Your cat simply prefers being dry!  Most cats do not enjoy being wet.

Cat tolerance of water varies from cat to cat. It can be influenced by their past experiences with water. For example, cats that are bathed on a regular basis can develop a tolerance for water and eventually do not mind having a nice warm bath. If you would like to bathe your cat on a regular basis, it is best to start the process when your cat is a kitten. However, adult cats can become accustomed to baths. If your cat ever needs a bath, there are numerous professional grooming services that will bathe your cat for you. However, with some time and patience you can bathe your cat in the comfort of your own home.

Believe it or not, many housecats enjoy playing in water. Cats have been observed to roll around in a wet bathtub, shower, or play with a dripping faucet.  Some cats will even get themselves wet with the water in your toilet (yuck!).

How to Give your Cat a Bath

Cats don’t usually need a bath because they clean themselves by grooming. However, if your cat needs a bath, read on for some tips and tricks about how to bathe a cat. If you have cat allergies, you may want to shampoo your cat to help reduce your cat allergy symptoms. You may also have to bathe your cat if your cat has fleas or ticks. You may also just want to shampoo your cat if he is stinky, or ever gets sprayed by a skunk. There are a large number of other reasons that you may someday have to bathe your cat!

Cat wet after bath

Cat wet after bath

Before starting, make sure you have everything that you need:

  • Clean towel
  • Cotton balls
  • Cup for pouring water
  • Cat shampoo (there are special types for reducing allergens, if a cat allergy is the reason you are bathing your cat)
  • Cat conditioner (can be helpful to reduce cat dander)
  • A cat

After you’ve gathered all of the tools (hopefully your cat didn’t hide from you), follow the steps below:

  1. Brush the fur to remove any mats and tangles. Be very gentle with kitty. There are many special brushes and de-shedding tools that are available to make this step easier.
  2. Place cotton balls into your cats ears so water does not get into his ears. If your cat gets alot of water in his ears, his ears could become irritated, especially if it is soapy water.
  3. Place your cat into about 5 inches of lukewarm water, either in the bathtub or a large sink. It is very important that the water is not too hot or you could burn your cat. Your cat may try to run away so you may need someone to help you hold your cat.
  4. Lather up your cat with shampoo.
  5. Rinse thoroughly by pouring a cup of water over your cat. Repeat until all water is off.
  6. Place conditioner on your cat.
  7. Rinse thoroughly by pouring a cup of water over your cat. Repeat until all water is off.
  8. Towel dry your cat.
  9. Keep your cat warm while he dries off (use towels or blankets, not any source of heat). Some cats will allow you to blow dry them, but your cat will most likely be scared of the noise.
  10. Praise your cat with affection and treats!

Did you know?

Cats are natural swimmers! We are not suggesting that you test this theory! However, in the wild cats swim across streams and small lakes to get to the other side! Some breeds (mainly Asian breeds) can dive into water to catch fish!

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