October 30, 2018 2 min read

It also should be noted that more often than not, bathing causes a great deal of stress to our 4-legged companions. Some of them are so reluctant to take a bath that they even scratch and bite their owners. This is why it sometimes requires a special kind of trickery and finesse to wash a cat without injuring yourself. For this reason, there are useful guidelines for newbie cat owners that explain how to properly wash a cat at home.

Do You Need to Wash Your Pets? 

So, what’s the actual situation? Do you need to bathe cats or not? Well, cats are naturally tidy animals. They clean their fur from dust and dirt with their tongue. However, it’s impossible for a cat to get rid of all harmful microorganisms this way. In addition, environmental conditions have changed too. The water and air are polluted, and synthetic additives in cat food are harmful to a cat’s hair and skin. This is why bathing is not only necessary as a part of hygienic care; it also keeps the animal healthy.

The second argument for bathing is that during shedding, cats tend to lick off and swallow a lot of hair. That hair accumulates in the stomach and forms a dense ball of fur. Usually, cats manage to cough it up without any problems. But sometimes, accumulated hair causes discomfort and digestive problems to a cat, or even intestinal obstruction, which happens to long-haired breeds. This is why cats with long and thick fur should get used to water from a young age.

The second argument for bathing is that during shedding, cats tend to lick off and swallow a lot of hair. That hair accumulates in the stomach and forms a dense ball of fur. Usually, cats manage to cough it up without any problems. But sometimes, accumulated hair causes discomfort and digestive problems to a cat, or even intestinal obstruction, which happens to long-haired breeds. This is why cats with long and thick fur should get used to water from a young age.

Bathing Is Necessary If Your Cat: 

  • Was brought home from the street or is allowed to walk on the street;
  • Сauses allergies to your family members;
  • Manages to get dirty with something sticky, toxic or inedible;
  • Has a very tricky underfur;
  • Is sick, and his hair gets greasy very quickly;
  • Has fleas. In this case, use antiparasitic shampoo;
  • Was recently processed with toxic antiparasitic agents;
  • Is hairless.

Obviously, you should also wash cats that participate in cat shows and competitions. Your pet is supposed to be in a perfect shape for them, and their fur is no exception.

Kawaii Meow
Lover of Japanese culture, cats, and self-help hacks. The biggest cat online store.

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