How to Bathe Your Cat in the Sink


Not all cats can stand to be bathed in the sink. They have to be rubbed with premoistened wipes formulated especially for felines with appropriate conditioners and antibacterials — or with a dry cat shampoo that comes in powdered form. But for cats who can handle a regular bath, here are some tips for making it easier for them.

  • Put a rubber mat on the bottom of the sink so your cat feels grounded and doesn’t slip and slide.
  • The sink should have no more than 4 inches of water. It’s a bath, not a submersion.
  • Make sure the water is lukewarm, never hot or cold.
  • If your cat can take it, put cotton balls in his ears to keep out water.
  • Dilute the cat shampoo to five parts water, one part shampoo.
  • Work the mixture from the back of his neck to his tail area, keeping the strokes in line with the direction of your pet’s hair growth.
  • Steer clear of the face and ears, which can be cleaned with a lukewarm washcloth.
  • Rinse the suds thoroughly with a handheld pitcher or hose.
  • Wrap your pet in a warm towel to dry him. Some cats don’t mind a blowdryer on a low setting.


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