When introduced to bathing at a young age, cats can come to enjoy an occasional bath. When bathing your cat, use only warm water and mild soap, preferably a cat shampoo. Rinse thoroughly, dry well with towels and keep your cat out of drafts until the fur is fully dried and fluffy (cats easily catch cold).Try using two tubs or a double sink to speed things up.
Grooming will not only keep your cat looking good, but will help you monitor any changes in his appearance that may be signs of illness, injury or parasites. Some things to check for as you groom your cat:
- Unusual lumps under the skin, rashes, bald spots, sores, cuts
- Unusually dull coat, flaky skin, fleas
- Red, inflamed, cloudy eyes or excessive tearing
- Tender or swollen ears and/or strong odor
- Bad breath, swollen gums, excessive tartar
If you see any of these signs, consult your veterinarian.