There are many reasons for a cat to need a bath. Whether it be from them making a mess, or having a breed of cat that needs regular bathing, it is something that neither the human nor the cat enjoy much. However when you have very little choice in the matter, there are some things you can do to make the experience the least traumatic it can be for the both of you.
First off, calling it a bath is a bit of a misnomer. It is more like a cat shower. If you fill up the tub, your cat is more likely to panic. However, if you let the tap run lukewarm water gently over them, being careful not to let it get in their eyes or ears, they will be calmer.
Next is where to give your cat their shower. You can do it in a sink, and the height will give you better advantage to keep your cat still. If you do it in a bathtub, you can choose whether to do it from outside the tub, which will make it so that you are less likely to get scratched, but more likely to lose control of the cat. If you join the cat in the tub, you risk scratches, but you can hold your cat more securely and calm them by holding them to your chest when they struggle.
Lastly is the soap. There are special soaps and shampoos out there for pets and for cats in particular. One of the best things you can do for your cat is to use one of these special shampoos, and not a human shampoo. Keeping in mind that the feline will ingest a little when grooming themselves after their bath, companies make the cat shampoo safe for feline ingestion. They also have kinds that will not harm their eyes, in case some gets into their eyes while rinsing them.
With that in mind, you may have an easier time with giving your cat a bath. Seeing as it worked on my seven cats, four at the same time, I do believe it will work for you.
Do you have any successes, or horror stories, when it comes to washing your pets? Tell us in the comment section below, I would love to hear it!