Even though cats are well equipped to clean themselves, some situations call for a good scrub. Bath time doesn’t have to be a dreaded experience, follow these tips for a clean and happy kitty.

Timing is everything: Try to avoid bathing your cat when he or she is most active. Scheduling a play session with a favorite toy can help to tire your cat and make bath time a little easier.

Clip the Claws: To help prevent scratches, we recommend trimming your cats claws before giving your cat a bath.

Prepping the tub: Fill the tub with 3-4 inches of lukewarm water before placing your cat in. It may also be helpful to place a rubber bath mat in the bottom of the tub to keep your cat from slipping.

The scrub down: Using a spray hose or a plastic cup, pour water over your cat while avoiding their face, ears and eyes. Working from head to tail, use cat shampoo and water to gently lather up your pet.

Rinse off: Using lukewarm water rinse the soap off your cat. Be sure to remove all the soap residue, as it can irritate the skin and attract dirt.

Face time: Use a washcloth and either water or extra-diluted shampoo to clean his or her face. Be extra cautious around the eyes and ears.

Dry off: After bath time is complete, wrap your cat in a large towel and dry them in a warm place. If your cat isn’t bothered by noise, you can use a blow dryer on the lowest setting to dry your pet.

After your cat is clean and dry, reward her with praise and a treat!