It is common knowledge that cats do not like to swim. Usually, each bath of a desperate meowing creature brings stress to both the animal and the owner who bathes it. So is it necessary to bathe a kitten and when exactly is it better to do it?
There is no definite answer to this question. First, you need to decide how hard your furry friend tolerates water procedures. After all, there are cats who do not mind sometimes taking a shower, especially in summer, in the heat. But if your pet gets furious from one type of bath, it is undesirable to wash the kitten. Cats are touchy creatures, therefore, after suffering stress, the cat can avoid contact with the owner for a very long time. And the cat may well begin to take revenge on you. And then, instead of an affectionate cute animal, you risk finding a tiny, but rather angry tiger at home. It's better to give up bathing in time than ruin your relationship with your pet. Household clean cats need not be washed at all. Very often, the animal tidies itself up on its own and does not need additional washing. But sometimes it is really necessary to wash the cat.
If you brought a small fluffy lump from the street, the kitten will have to be washed, regardless of his wishes. The smallest thing that the dirty fur of a street kitten hides is fleas. Therefore, it is necessary to bathe the baby before going to the veterinarian. And if the procedure is unavoidable, you need to prepare for it properly. So, it is advisable to bathe a kitten together, preferably in a basin. Now there are a lot of different shampoos for cats on sale. Foamed shampoo is applied to the animal's coat, gently rubbed into it and immediately washed off with water. Your helper must firmly hold the kitten, otherwise you risk leaving the animal unwashed. Bathing water temperature should be at least 22 degrees. Cats are afraid of drafts and easily get sick from hypothermia, so the water temperature is especially important. After you have washed off the shampoo, wrap the kitten in a soft towel for about five minutes to remove excess water from the coat. And then your furry friend is quite capable of finishing the coat on his own.
There is also an alternative to traditional washing. Something like a perfume powder has now been invented for cats. It is rubbed into the animal's fur and then combed out. The coat becomes clean and shiny, but such a powder is not cheap. And besides, there is a slight scent of perfume in it, which can also scare off both some cats and their owners.