How to wash a cat correctly and with what frequency
Caring for cat hair is an indispensable part of your pet's hygiene procedures. This concept includes both regular combing with brushes (if you are the owner of a long-haired or semi-long-haired animal), and bathing a pet. How often can you wash cats?
In general, there are no restrictions on the conduct of such a procedure. But for many animals, bathing often turns into stress - most cats do not like water, and the feeling of wet fur is unpleasant for them. But there are exceptions to the rules. Some of them, on the contrary, are very respectful of water procedures and like to play with water. And such a breed as Maine Coon, and does require periodic swim. These cats are considered waterfowl by nature.
How to wash a cat that does not want to swim? First you need to choose the temperature of the water. The body temperature in cats is higher than human and is normally between 39 and 40 degrees, depending on the breed. In sphinxes, rex and other pets with very short hair, it is higher than that of long-haired. Therefore, you need to adjust the water in the bathroom so that the pet does not freeze. Before you wash the cat, you need to pick up a cosmetic. In any pet store a wide range of shampoos for the care of cat hair is provided. Also among them there are special means designed to combat parasites living in the cat's fur: fleas, mites. Before you decide on a specific bottle, you need to decide what your pet needs: you need to remove the fleas, just wash the hair to shine, or in parallel to achieve its softness and obedience. Persians and Angora cats, for example, often encountered collapsed coats in the absence of proper care and inadequate nutrition. And already having made a choice, the indicated shampoo will need to process the animal.
Before you wash the cat, you should also prepare a dry towel, which absorbs moisture well, so that immediately after taking a bath to wipe the dog to dry. If this is not done, especially in the cool season, there is a risk of catching a cold. For the same reason, it is better to postpone bath procedures if the house is cool enough at the time of their holding.
But everything is prepared, and it remains to understand from which side to approach the pet and how to properly wash the cat. It is necessary to put it in a bath or in a container, where the bathing will be done, gently holding on to the front paws. Some cats tend to struggle to avoid punishment. To reduce the likelihood of suffering from the claws of your pet, you need to firmly, but gently hold his front paws with one hand, and the second already to make manipulations. Pour the animal with warm water, soap all parts of the body with shampoo. With the head should be careful - you can not let the water into the ears, they are very gentle in cats and from getting moisture can become inflamed. After that, the shampoo should be carefully washed off so that it does not remain on the coat and the pet subsequently could not have it. For animals of light color, the procedure can be repeated if the coat was very dirty.
Then the cat should be well rubbed with a towel to remove excess moisture. After this longhaired breeds should be combed out with the help of special brushes. Well, then it's best to leave the animal alone. It immediately begins to bring your own toilet in order - to lick. It is better not to divorce the cat from this process. So, first, she will relieve stress after an unpleasant procedure for her, and secondly, remove the smell of shampoo from the wool and restore her own, and this is very important for her self-identification.
As you can see, the method of how to wash a cat is not so complicated. If you do not be afraid and behave firmly and confidently, you should not have problems with bathing your pet.