How to clean cats :
Cats should be taken care of and cleaned every now and then when required, and this is done by following several different methods, the most prominent of which are the following:
Bathing cats :
Some cats may hate bathing in soapy water, and tend to clean themselves, especially without the help of the breeder, but they may be exposed to dirt, some sprays, or toxic substances that fall on their hair or attached to their body, and therefore they must be cleaned, and this is done by following the following steps:
- Buy a commercial shampoo that is safe and dedicated to cleaning cats, and do not forget the need to check that it is free of harmful chemicals, or fragrances, in addition to avoiding the use of human shampoo that harms cats; because of the different acidity levels contained in it.
- Use a large plastic bucket suitable for the size of the cat, or a bathtub with a non-slip floor, filling it with warm enough water to wash it.
- Give the cat something to distract her while bathing, such as a small piece of food, for example, or a toy she prefers.
- Apply small amounts of shampoo from the top of the cat’s head to its tail, as well as to the underside and neck area, with caution, and do not put shampoo in her eyes.
- Rinse the cat thoroughly with warm, clean water to remove the foam from it, while avoiding the area of the eyes and inner ears.
- Try to rid the cat of excess water as much as possible to squeeze it gently.
- Rub the cat from the head area to the bottom of the feet with the towel, and then take it out of the bathtub.
- Dry the cat in a warm room and do not let it out of it until it is completely dry.
Cleaning the cat with napkins intended for her :
Cat bath wipes are used to clean them effectively and easily by removing the unpleasant odor from their body and fur, getting rid of allergens, and distributing essential oils on their hair, which can be obtained from stores selling supplies for cats and pets, or by buying them from the internet, and it is advised to choose commercial products recommended by a veterinarian, which in turn contain natural ingredients, such as lavender, or aloe vera, and are also alcohol-free, as they are used in the following way:
- Choosing the right time for cleaning and handling the cat gently so that she is relaxed and calm, accepts cleaning, and does not disturb or hurt the breeder, for example choosing the period after playing, or after finishing eating her food, and in return leave her if she is not accepted, and return at another time when she is more gentle and amenable to cleaning.
- Put the napkins next to the breeder, caress the cat and touch it gently and kindly using the hand before starting the process; to feel her comfort and make her relax and calm down so that the hand that caresses her and the one that holds the napkins during the cleaning process is switched sequentially until it is finished.
- Massage the cat with napkins and wipe its parts so that the massage swabs are wide and in the form of longitudinal strokes; to allow the oils in the napkins to be distributed throughout its body and fur, while focusing on the areas of stains and dirty parts in it.
- Swap dirty wipes with clean ones, and clean the face, eyes, and ears gently and paper, in addition, to gently fixing the cat’s head by hand, patting it, wiping dust, food residues, and dirt that may be stuck to it, and do not forget to reward the cat and caress it when it responds to the breeder; to create a more friendly bond between them, and ensure that it remains calm until the cleaning is finished.
- Wipe the claws and front and back paws of the cat to get rid of the remnants of dirt, dust, or any chemicals that may be stuck to them.
- Avoid using napkins excessively or daily, because they may cause dryness of the cat’s skin, and in turn, use this method in pathological conditions or special cases prescribed by the veterinarian such as infections and health problems, and when the cat is unable to take care of himself and clean his body on his own.
Dry shampoo :
There are some types of cats that do not prefer bathing and refuse to clean water, and therefore special types of dry shampoo (water-free) can be used provided that the cat does not need a special or Therapeutic Shampoo prescribed by her doctor, and the types of dry shampoo include the following:
- Shampoo in the form of foam sprayed on the hands of the breeder, then massage the cat’s scalp and clean through it.
- Shampoo sprays directly on the cat’s body, but sometimes cats may feel discomfort and get upset when a foreign substance is sprayed on them.
- Shampoo in the form of a spray is applied to a soft cloth, then wiped on the cat’s body, and left on it until it dries naturally.
Use products that protect against fleas :
The process of cleaning and caring for cats is not limited to their bath and getting rid of dirt stuck on their fur and hair, but it includes removing insects that may attack them, such as fleas and ticks, which threaten their health and safety, and the cleanliness of the house and the health of its inhabitants as well, and these products may be in the form of for cats, in addition to not touching the treated areas until they are completely dry.
Cleaning the cat’s ears :
The process of cleaning the cat’s ears in most cases is a secondary and unnecessary procedure, as most cats are fine without it, but sometimes, types of cats are exposed to wax accumulation and the occurrence of ear problems such as infections, and then ear cleaning becomes an indispensable necessity and an important part of hygiene needs, and veterinarians recommend using special cat cleaners for this purpose, which contain antibiotics to expel bacteria and fungi, and prevent infections in them, but provided that they do not contain hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, because they may cause irritation of the area.
The importance of cleaning cats :
Cleaning cats is one of the necessities that should be made one of the priorities of caring for domestic cats by the breeder; as it is not limited to giving them an elegant and attractive appearance after removing dirt, grease, and fallen hair from their fur, but also removes dead skin, activates blood circulation for them, and protects them from diseases and pests that damage them, which reflects on the texture of their skin, fur, health, vitality, and activity, and it is also a must when cats are old, very fat, or sick and unable to take care of themselves and clean her body is alone.