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How to Bathe a Kitten: A Kitten Owner’s Guide

Read on to learn more about how to bathe a kitten.

Your new kitten may not be excited for bath time. In fact, most cats dislike being around water. Although your furry friend may not want a bath, grooming is important for their health. While you may not have to groom your kitten as often as other pets it’s essential for your kitten’s care. Fortunately, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold to learn more about how to bathe a kitten and some tips to help keep your best friend clean.

Steps to bathe a kitten

Read on to learn more about the steps to take on how to bathe a kitten.

While your kitten may not want a bath, they may need one to stay clean. Nold breaks down some tips to consider when bathing your kitten below.

  • Use a spray hose to gently rinse your cat
  • If possible, have a family member assist and help hold your kitten
  • Use lukewarm water
  • Consider a soap-free pet shampoo
  • Rinse thoroughly and towel dry

Your kitten’s first bath

This is a new experience for you and your kitten. Take your time and if you need to stop that is okay. It may take time for your kitten to become familiar with bath time. Also, if you need a quick fix for grooming, a wipe may help your furry friend. For example, “I find it easiest to clean with fragrance and alcohol-free wipes. You can find cat-specific wipes at pet stores,” says Nold. Further, a kitten’s first bath may be frustrating, but with love, patience, and kindness you can get through it together.

The importance of grooming your kitten

Although your kitten may self-groom as they get older, it’s important for them to become comfortable or at least experience a bath. You may find that you may have to bathe them when least expected. In fact, “a kitten who is sick or has diarrhea may need to be cleaned,” states Nold. Also, you may need to groom your kitten because of parasites like fleas and ticks. Naturally, grooming is essential for your cat, but it may not be an easy task. Consider talking to your veterinarian more about grooming tips for your cat and recommendations for a local pet groomer in your area. Overall, proper coat and claw maintenance are essential for your kitten’s health.

Tips for kitten grooming

It’s important for your kitten’s nails and coat to be maintained on a daily basis. You don’t want the stress of your kitten having matted cat hair. For this reason, you may need to lean on your veterinarian on best practices for trimming your kitten’s nails. For example, “kitten’s nails should be trimmed frequently when they’re young, as often as every 2-3 weeks. It may be helpful for your kitten to become accustomed to the process, as well as it may make them less destructive when they play,” states Nold. Further, ear cleaning may become essential depending on any medical conditions that your cat has, like allergies.

Bathing a kitten may take time, patience, and a little bit of love! Just remember it's new to everyone!

Your kitten’s grooming may help their overall wellness

Bathing a kitten may take time for everyone involved. But by reaching out to your veterinarian and having patience with your furry friend, over time your kitten’s coat will gradually become clean, shiny, and new!

How do you bathe your kitten? Tell us in the comments!

To learn more about kitten energy, read When Do Kitten’s Calm Down? Kitten Owner Questions Answered

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