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Bathing Your Kitty

Have you ever given your London kitty a bath? There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to bathing kitties. Some cat owners bathe their furballs, while others don’t. Cats are normally very fastidious when it comes to good grooming, and Fluffy should be able to keep her fur smooth and shiny on her own. That said, there may be a time when it becomes necessary to give Fluffy a bath. Perhaps one day she may get sprayed by a skunk, or accidentally get something spilled on her fur. To be prepared for such contingencies, or just to give Kitty a hand with her beauty regimen, it may not be a bad idea to give Fluffy a bath.

Here are a few tips on bathing your feline buddy:

Start Young

Your odds of getting Fluffy to behave during bath time are much higher if you start when she’s young. Kittens younger than eight weeks should not be bathed, though if your feline buddy is younger than that, you can get your little one somewhat used to the idea by wiping her down with a facecloth.

Prepare

Chances are, your cat will be less than thrilled with what you have planned. To keep yourself from getting scratched, it’s best to clip Fluffy’s claws before bathtime. Put a rubber mat down in your tub, so she doesn’t scratch the surface. It’s a good idea to wear long sleeves, and you may even want gloves. You’ll also want to brush your furball before bathtime, so her coat is free of knots and shed fur.

Bath Time

Fill your tub about four to five inches deep with warm water. Make sure the water isn’t hot, or you could burn your kitty’s skin. Talk to your kitty while bathing her, and try to make the process as quick as possible. If possible, use a detachable sprayer to rinse her. Be sure not to get any shampoo in her eyes. After you’ve rinsed your cat, use a towel to dry her off a bit.

Reward

Your cat may bolt as soon as you put her down after the bath, but make sure she gets some toys and treats, preferably immediately after her bath. Lots of cuddles and kisses are in order as well.

Cats don’t need regular bathing. In fact, bathing a cat too often can strip the oils from her fur. Normally, your kitty will spend up to a third of her time grooming herself, so she’s pretty much got things under control. Unless she gets really dirty or gets something unsavory on her fur, your London cat will do fine with just one or two yearly baths.

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