Cats are not a fan of bathing. They like water, yes, to a certain degree, but they would rather drink the water instead of getting soaked in them.
There is some exception to the rule, though, where a cat or two may love to have a bath now and then – well, make that three, but that’s it.
Another reason they are acting up after a bath can be because of the shampoo or soap you used. For us, it may have been pleasant smelling, but to them, it may smell awful, and they want to remove it from their body- fast.
Cats clean themselves by licking any part of their body they can reach. They will make sure that they have cleaned themselves as much, so for them, they don’t need a bath.
When you see your cat acting strangely after a bath, it may also mean that they are trying to get back the smell that they know, or their natural scent that was replaced by the soap you used on them. They will roll around the rug, on the sofa, or anywhere where they can rub their body.
Another reason may be because they are not dry yet, and they feel strange when they still have a wet body.
One other reason may have been the rubbing and massaging you did to them while you are soaping their body, and that made them invigorated and stimulated, hence the weird act after a bath.
What Should You Remember When Bathing Your Cat?
Do not spoil the surprise. If you need to sneak up behind them, then do so. If your cat is trying to get away from you every time you try to bathe them, then maybe it is time to outsmart your cat. Don’t show them the towel that you are going to use cause cats are also smart and they can do association like dogs.
Know how to keep them relaxed, it can be a scratch in the back while you are holding them, or it can also be a belly rub that will relax them before you bring them to the bathroom.
Lock the doors and then do what you need with them to get them cleaned up.
You can start early. When your cat is still a kitten, help them get used to bathing. Make it a pleasant activity instead of a stressful one, when it’s time for their bath. You can give them their favorite toy or even their favorite treat, after. Make sure that you dry them up after each bath, or they will remember what a torture it is if you let them freeze afterwards.
No Need To Shower With Your Cat
This is not at all a good idea cause if your cat suddenly acts up and tries to escape from the confines of your bathroom, they may accidentally scratch you while doing so leaving you with a wound in the process. Bathing your cat should be quick and simple. Don’t make it too hard for you or your cat.
- Don’t take too long. You need to clean your cat and do it as fast as you can with no rituals or nonsense that your cat will not appreciate. Use just a mild soap, not the highly perfumed block of soap in the market, and as long as your cat’s fur gets cleaned, you are doing an outstanding job.
- Use nothing fancy to bathe your cats. You may plan to have a spa-like experience for your cat where you will put some bubbles in her bath and the likes, but your cat would rather have it done and over with. If you don’t like to have a messy bath experience with your cat, keep it easy and straightforward.
- Refrain from soaking your cat in the tub. This should never be attempted cause your cat will just act like a psycho, thinking you are trying to hurt them. Their head should not be dunked underwater.
Just keep them relaxed while you are using the sprayer, or just put a bit of water in the tub or the sink where you can get your cat wet and soap. Then you can use the sprayer to rinse them, but be sure that the sprayer will not be at top scale, or your cat will run out of the bathroom fast – and in a blur.
Have The Things You Need For You Cat’s Bath Ready
Do not leave your cat in the tub while you look for the fur-comb or the soap and shampoo cause they will not feel relaxed if you do that to them. They will get anxious as well if it took you so long to look for what you need.
After bathing, the towels and comb that they will need should be ready as well. Keep a fluffy towel at the ready where you can wrap your cat after bathing. This can also add to the enjoyable experience of after-bath for them and will help get them more relaxed next time around.
If they are used to blow-drying have this ready as well, and set the blow dryer to the lowest setting so your cat will not freak out if the dryer is set too high that can even burn your cats.
Keep The Bathroom Door Closed
If you are to bathe your cat inside the bathroom, make sure that the door is closed so that when you find your cat suddenly jumping out of the tub and running for the door, there is no chance for them to get out, and you can continue bathing them instead of going after them outside the house.
If all else fails, there is always the vet who can help you groom your cat. It takes time to get used to bathing your cat, and that goes the same for your cat if they are not acclimatized with water.
Grooming requirements will depend on how dirty you think your cat is, so it doesn’t need to be every week, especially if your cat is just used to staying inside your home.
If bathing your cat can be a traumatizing experience for both of you, then maybe it is best to trust a professional groomer and let them take care of this important task.