Even though cats have a regular self-grooming regime, regular fleas and skin irritations.
Both long-haired and short-haired cats require grooming in order to stay clean and to keep from shedding heavily. Professional grooming usually includes a bath, trim, style, de-matting and toenail trim for between $20 and $50.
Cats, unlike dogs, rarely need a bath but can be given one to reduce odor, if infested with fleas or after becoming dirty outside. Most cat owners are aware that cats hate water, so it is up to you to make your cat comfortable when being groomed and bathed.
How to Give a Cat a Bath
To make a grooming more comfortable for your cat:
- Give your cat something to cling onto in the bathtub - a wooden platform, a carpeted scratch post or a wire screen will ensure she doesn't slip in the tub or use you as a scratch post.
- Place cotton balls loosely in the cat's ears to keep water out.
- After bathing, towel-dry your cat and gently comb out any mats.
- Dip a wet cloth in salt and baking soda and rub it over your cat's teeth to clean them. Or consult your veterinarian for help selecting a feline toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Clean your cat's eyes by rubbing a mild salt/water mix around the eyes with a cotton swab.
- Trim your cat's toenails to protect your furniture and help them walk easier.