Cats are really good at keeping themselves clean – they are very flexible so can reach most parts of their body, and their teeth and barbs on their tongues help remove dirt and loose fur. They also lick their forepaws and use them to wash their face. Often, simply grooming your cat can remove any debris or dirt that is in your cat’s fur. It is a good idea to regularly groom your cat – as well as helping to keep your cat’s coat in good condition, you can also built a great bond with them.
Sometimes your cat may need you to wash them, for example if they are old, ill, or find it difficult to reach parts of their body. Good bodily hygiene is important to keep your cat as healthy as possible, so it is important that you help them when needed. Unless you train your cat to be washed from an early age, it is unlikely that this will be an enjoyable experience for them. Please bear in mind that you should only bathe your cat if you really need to.
Here are some tips on how you should go about cleaning your cat and how to minimise their stress and make the experience as positive as possible: