How to Bath Older Pussy Cats


Older pussy cats require different care than cats 7 years-old or younger. This is not to say, by any means, that they have one foot in the grave, for cats these days, if well cared for, can reach the age of 30 years-old and more, still hale and hearty and enjoying life. But once cats reach the age of 8-10 years old, their bodily systems, temperament and disposition change and they require altered feeding, grooming and owner attention.

  • Cat baths are smoother when 2 people are bathing the cat. One holds the cat while the other bathes the cat. Bathing the cat should be done in the bathroom where you can close the door to prevent escapes. Noise like rushing bath water is always an issue for the cat so anything to keep the noise level down will help.
  • Preparation is everything – Run the bath water before you put the cat

  • in the bath and make sure the water is not too hot and not too cold. The height of the water should reach the cat’s underbelly.
  • A rubber bathmat placed in the tub will give the cat something to grip when it gets nervous and is a good idea.
  • Use a cat shampoo recommended by your vet, groomer or other qualified pet professional.
  • Do not wet the cat’s head. Instead use a moist washcloth or towel if the cat’s face and head are dirty. Gently wet the cat from neck to bum using a cup or small pail with the bath water itself and start shampooing at the neck and move toward the bum. Then wash the legs.
  • Meowing and yowling at this point are normal unless your cat is mute,
  • in a coma, or practically dead. Just continue rubbing in the suds gently. Don’t use too much shampoo.
  • The rinsing is the most important part as shampoo left on a cat’s skin will make your cat scratch itself thereby irritating its skin. Start draining the bath water. While it is draining, start rinsing the cat’s fur with the remaining bath water using cup or small pail. This gets the ‘big suds’ off. Use or buy a cheap shower attachment for this next part. With warm water from the shower attachment, rinse and rub the fur well from neck to bum. Once you think its clean do it again quickly making sure there is no shampoo residue.
  • While in the tub put a towel all around kitty and start gently rubbing
  • all around its body. It must be a gentle rub or pat down because especially in a longhaired cat, you don’t want the rubbing to create new knots. Remove kitty from the tub and use another towel to further absorb water from the fur.
  • If you have a hair dryer that does not make too much noise you can try rubbing the fur while blow drying. Make sure that if your cat is not completely dry that you put it in a warm room so that it does not catch a chill and get sick. This can happen easily.

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About the Author: Fred Goodson has a passion for pets and animals. He has 4 dogs and is planning to have another one. He is also a blogger who writes about pets and animals. Currently, he is living in New Jersey.

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