So you bathe cats in an emergency

The water-shy, the stubbornness and the sharp claws of a cat make it not easy to bathe them in an emergency. Before you start, be sure to get a second person to help you get through it as quickly, stress-free, and injury-free as possible.

If you want to bathe your cat, you should do so in the normal bathtub - even better and more practical would be a small plastic tub (for example, a laundry basket). Let some lukewarm water run in before you pick your cat. Five to ten inches of water are absolutely enough.

Cat bathing: The better the preparation, the easier

Make it as easy and as safe as possible for the cat: with a non-slip bath liner and a few large towels on the bathroom floor, you will prevent your cat from slipping and getting hurt or frightened in the event of a possible escape with her wet paws, that their fear of water increases.

Then you should provide one to two large bowls of warm water to wash the cat with later. If you want to use a cat shampoo, or have gotten it from your veterinarian, also provide this and protect your arms from possible scratches or bites with long sleeves and possibly gloves before you pick up your baby tiger.

How to wash your cat

Now put your cat in the water. While you, or your helper, hold on to the cat, the other will gently, but quickly, wash it off and talk to her well and reassuringly. Foam your kitten with stroking movements and wash out the shampoo with the water bowls ready, so that no residue remains in the fur.

Take care that you avoid the cat's face and especially the eye area. If the face is dirty, only clean it with a damp washcloth. When you're done, praise your baby tiger and dry it with one or two towels as best you can. Give your pet a place to warm the heater - it should not go out until its coat is completely dry.

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