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    How to bathe long-haired cats?

    Articlegeneral cat adviceTuesday 20 September 2011
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    Cats are generally very clean animals and they know how to take care of themselves. However, they do need a bath occasionally. So if your kitty has a knotted hair it’s high time you do something about it! Especially long-haired cats should be bathed every month (or two) as it helps prevent their hair from tangling and matting. Be aware that the majority of cats do not like bathing at all. However, they might get used to it by being trained since they are kittens.

    First of all, try to make bathing a regular part of your cat’s grooming process and try to make it as enjoyable as possible. Give your kitten treats during and after bathing so it enjoys it at all times and know that if it behave well, there’s a reward waiting for it.

    Before the bath you should brush or comb your cat’s fur in order to detangle any mats or tangles there might be. If your cat’s coat has large mats use your fingers in order to separate them into smaller ones and then brush them out. If not, brushing might result uncomfortable for your kitty. Remember to select the place for the bath as a bathtub might be too large for a cat. Probably the kitchen sink is the best choice as apart from being not too big your cat  can see over the sides of the sink what makes it more comfortable and relaxed. The kitchen sink will also be more comfortable for you as it is easier to control all the cat movement. For more comfort of your cat you can place a bath mat or towel on the bottom of the sink in order to prevent your feline from slipping. Once you have prepared your kitten’s fur for the bath and you arranged a place, collect all materials and put them near the place where you are going to give a bath for your cat. Make sure the temperature in the room is comfortable for your kitten. Use a coat conditioner in order to brush your cat’s hair easier after the bath. Remember to place cotton balls in your cat’s ears so the water will no get into them and you prevent infection it could cause.

    Start bathing your cat by testing the water temperature with the back of your hand or wrist. Make sure it’s tepid. Place the cat in the sink and start putting a shampoo at the neck and working down. Wash the cat’s head using a slightly soapy wash cloth clean its face, eyes, ears and head. Rinse your cat carefully in order not to leave any soap as it might irritate your cat’s skin later on. Remove excess water from your cat’s feet, legs, tail and wrap the cat in a towel. Remember to get rid of the cotton balls from your kitten’s ears and use new ones in order to wipe them out. Dry your cat with a hair dryer making sure it’s on low heat. Brush or comb your cat's coat immediately after this.

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