How to Give my Cat a Bath

Cat and bath in the same sentence? Who knew... it would work. If you had the pleasure of owning your kitten at a young age you have the honor of exposing them for their first time to the bathtub with a safe and positive association. If perhaps, you've adopted your cat later their reaction and association with the bathtub is more than likely complete and utter horror. Though rarer than their canine counterpart - there are situations where you may find yourself needing to bathe your cat.

First's things first - You (yes you!) need to be prepared:

Be sure that you're wearing clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet but are thick enough to protect you from the claws. Additionally, you'll want to move all the grooming materials into the restroom (rubber gloves, enticing treats, a hormone diffuser, fur-brush, shampoo, a non-slip mat with a towel placed on top (so that they don't panic about a slippery surface), a towel to dry them off, and cup for rinsing). Be sure that you partially fill the tub, sink or bin with warm water and lay down a towel on top of the non-slip mat, to prevent a panic on a slippery surface, before brining your cat into the bathroom.

Time to set your cat up for a successful bath:

Bring your cat into the bathroom with you and shut the door behind you. Once you are in the bathroom, you'll want to brush their coat and get rid of all their shedding fur. After a good brushing you'll want to place them into the bathtub. Keep in mind you'll want to place them on the wet towel in the partially filled tub (with warm water) and hold them down gently with one hand as you bring water up from underneath them and gently spread it on their fur. Once your cat is wet you can begin to lather them with shampoo. Afterwards, you will want to thoroughly dry your cat off with towels.

Every step is a big step - so let loose on the good praise and treats each time it's time for their bath. You will want to make this experience positive and exciting for them. So remember to give them plenty of praise, treats and patience.

39 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


  • Yelp
  • Twitter

DISCLAIMER NOTICE: By booking a session with Trained2Listen K-9, you acknowledge and accept that dog training and behavior modification work are not without risk to yourself, family members, strangers, and other pets. You waive your rights to any claim against Trained2listen K-9, including its trainers, and release Trained2listen K-9 from any and all liability of  any nature for injury or damage resulting from the action of any dog, whether by your own or someone else's. You expressly assume the risk of any such damage or injury while attending a training session, function, or event, wherever the activity takes place In consideration of and as inducent towards the acceptance of your booking with Trained2listen K-9, you hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Trained2listen K-9 from any and all claims (including claims by a stranger, by you, or by any person accompanying you to a training session, where it may be located) arising out of any action by any dog, whether it be your own or somebody else's, including without limitation responsibility for all damages, expenses, and legal fees. You understand by booking a session, you agree to abide by Trained2listen K-9's Dog Training Liability Waiver and such further recomendations and advice Trained2listen K-9 may make to you from time to time during our professional agreement.  

©2019 by Trained2Listen K-9. Proudly created with