How to Give Your Persian Cat a Bath
It’s common knowledge that most cats hate water. So when thinking about how to give your Persian cat a bath, you might freak out! Don’t panic! It’s really not that difficult. Remember the following: Be patient. Be prepared. Be consistent.
Be Patient : Before you even begin thinking about how to give your Persian cat a bath,, take a deep breath and calm down. A cat knows when you are nervous therefore she will be nervous too. There’s nothing to be nervous about anyway. It’s just a bath. No biggie. You’ve got this. Throughout the process, remain calm and patient.
Be prepared: Gather everything you need. Place everything in a convenient location ready to grab. This includes shampoo, conditioner, cloth towels (large and small), paper towels, nail clippers, toothbrush, a pet crate, a pet standing blow dryer or crate dryer, and anything else that you think you might need.
Be Consistent: Once you get past the first bath, you will no doubt realize that it’s really not such a big deal. Now keep it that way by bathing your cat on a frequent basis – perhaps once a month.
Bathing your Persian Cat – Step by Step Instructions:
- Step One: Decide where you will give your cat a bath. A deep sink or bath tub is preferable. Something with a spray nozzle is even better. Gather all your supplies. Towels and nail clippers should be handy. The crate door should be open. In a bowl of warm water, place a small wash cloth. This will be used to wipe the face, ears, and eyes after the bath.
- Step Two: Before retrieving your cat, start the water running. This will allow your cat to hear the water upon approaching the sink. I find this to be much better than turning on the water after the fact. This will also allow you to temperature test the water. The water should be warm.
- Step Three: Saturate your cat’s coat with water. This is where a spray nozzle comes in handy. Shampoo. Rinse. Condition. Rinse. During this process shield water and product from your cat’s eyes and ears.
- Step Four: Once completely rinsed, remove cat from sink and place her on a large towel. Wrap her up leaving front paws exposed. Now your cat is in what I call the “post bath mini comma”. This will literally last a few seconds. Trim her front nails. Then trim the back nails. Quickly!
- Step Five: Remember the bowl of warm water? Using the small wash cloth, wipe the face, ears, and eyes. Do not get water inside of the ears. However, you can wipe away any grease on the out edge of the ears.
- Step Six: Use the toothbrush to gently scrub away any eye crust typically found in the corner of the eyes.
- Step Seven: Using the towel, dry coat as best as you can. Use the paper towels to soak up even more water. This is a trick I learned from my hair dresser. It really works!
- Step Eight: Place your cat inside of the crate. Close the door. Start the dryer. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAT UNATTENDED WHILE THE DRYER IS RUNNING! Perhaps put a small bowl of water in the crate so your cat doesn’t get thirsty. It can take awhile for a Persian cat’s coat to completely dry.
- Step Nine: After your cat is dry, you can now start coat grooming. >>Learn More
As mentioned above, the most important part of learning how to give your Persian cat a bath is being patient, being prepared, and being consistent. This will make the process easier on you and more importantly your cat.