When you first take your kitten home, you will not need to bathe him.
However, eventually, you will have to give him a bath as he gets older, in order to maintain his hygiene. Normally, kittens are washed by their mothers, who will teach them how to groom themselves. But when you take a kitten into your home, this becomes your role since he depends on you for all his needs.
Here are some of the things you will need to bathe kittens. Remember that it will take time and patience to get your kitten accustomed to bathing since this is not really natural for cats. It should be noted that you don’t need to give your kitten a full bath unless he has fleas or is dirty and smelly.
Here are some of the things that you will need:
• A bowl large enough to accommodate a half-grown cat.
• A soft washcloth.
• Comb or brush.
Start by assembling all the things on the floor. This will allow the kitten to get used to them so that he won’t panic when he sees these things. Place the cat in the bowl but don’t wash him yet. Just firmly hold the kitten there in a standing position. After doing this a couple of times, you can start washing the kitten. Begin by moistening the washcloth with warm water; you don’t need soap or shampoo to give your kitten a general cleaning. The cloth should be wet but not dripping.
Wipe down the kitten, starting in a non-intrusive area such as the back, and follow the direction of the fur. After finishing the back, start on the legs and end with the stomach and head. Make sure that you pay attention to the cat’s behind since this is the area that the mother cat cleans because the kitten cannot efficiently clean it himself.
While cleaning, soothe your kitten by talking to him and comforting him. If he gets scared, wrap him in a towel and hold him close to reassure him.
Once you’re done wiping him, keep him wrapped in the towel to blot away the excess water. Don’t rub him down since this can irritate the kitten’s skin. Take the kitten to a warm place to dry and give him a treat. You can take this opportunity to bond with your kitten. In addition, you should also start getting your cat accustomed to grooming with a brush.
If you want to accustom your kitten to baths, you can start by placing some lukewarm water in the dish that he can stand on. Since kittens are naturally scared of water, you will need a lot of time and patience to get your cat accustomed to the sensation of the water, which may take a few weeks. Once he’s used to the water, you can start to raise the level slightly until it covers his paws completely. Eventually, you can accustom your cat to bathing, although you should not expect that he will ever completely accept or like it.