Tips on Drama Free Cat Baths

1. Be selective in how you’ll bathe your cat

Some cats prefer a shower, with their human holding them close. They sometimes find it more soothing than being held only in the arms. 

2. Watch the face

Most cats are afraid of having their faces washed, so only bathe them from the neck down. To clean the face or sensitive areas like the ears, pet wipes are often better tolerated.

3. Mind the water

Bathwater should be kept at the temperature comfortable for an infant. They can also great stressed out at the force of the water coming from a faucet, nozzle, or shower head; keep the pressure low.

4. Keep them calm

Try using lavender or chamomile scents in the bathing area, as they can keep you and the cat calm. Classical music, played softly, may help, too. 

5. Place an anti-skid mat on the bottom of the bathing surface to give your cat a better grip

Many cats will panic when their feet slip, but if they have grip and stability, the struggle is often reduced.

6. Treats!

If your cat will take treats, such as licks of tuna or soft cat food off a spoon, have a helper reward your cat during the bath.

7. Take it slow

Place the cat in or near the bathing area and reward for staying in this area with a session or play or palatable treats.

8. Be careful

If the cat is sensitive of certain areas being touched, such as paws, start with the areas the cat is comfortable with and clean those, such as only cleaning the back and sides of the cat. 

9. For cats who are fearful of running water, alternatives are available

Consider using facial wipes for the cat’s face and ear wipes for the ear area. Body wipes can also be used all over the cat’s body in place of a bath or between baths.

10. Drying time is relaxing time

When a cat needs to be dried after a bath, those who are comfortable with handling often prefer to be held inside of a towel or two that can be gently rubbed to dry their coat.