Cleaning the cats is one of the necessities that should be made one of the priorities of the home cat care by the breeder. As it not only gives her an elegant and attractive appearance after removing dirt, grease, and hair falling from her fur, but also removes dead skin, stimulates her blood circulation, and protects her from diseases and pests that harm her, which is reflected in the texture of her skin, fur, health, vitality, and activity, as well as It is a must when cats are old, or very fat, or sick and unable to require care of themselves and clean their body on their own, and it’s done through the methods that will be mentioned in the following article.
How to clean cats
Cats must be taken care of and cleaned from time to time when required, and this is done by following several different methods, most notably the following:
Bathing the cats
Some cats may hate bathing in soap and water, and tend to clean themselves in particular without the help of the educator, but they may be exposed to dirt, or some sprays, or toxic substances that fall on their hair or attach to their body, and therefore it must be cleaned, and this is done by following the following steps:
Buying a safe commercial shampoo intended for cleaning cats, and do not forget the need to verify that it is free from harmful chemicals, or perfumes, in addition to avoiding the use of human shampoo that harms cats. Due to the different acidity levels present in it.
Use a large plastic cat-sized bucket, or a bathtub with a non-slip floor, and fill it with warm enough water to wash it.
Giving the cat something to distract her while bathing, like a little piece of food, or a favorite toy.
Apply small amounts of shampoo from the top of the cat’s head down to its tail, in addition to the lower sides and the neck area, with the need to be careful not to introduce shampoo into her eyes.
Rinse the cat well with warm, clean water to remove the foam from it, with the need to avoid the eyes and inner ears.
Try to get the cat out of the surplus water the maximum amount as possible to softly squeeze it.
Rub the cat from the head to the bottom of the feet with a towel, then remove it from the bathtub.
Dry the cat in a warm room and do not let it come out until it is completely dry.
Clean the cat with the wipes specified for it
Cat bath tissues are used to clean them effectively and easily by removing the bad smell from their body and their fur, by getting rid of allergens, and distributing essential oils on their hair, which can be obtained from cat and pet supplies stores, or by purchasing them from the Internet, and it is advised to choose products The commercial recommended by the veterinarian, which in turn contains natural ingredients, such as lavender, or aloe vera, and is also alcohol-free, as it is used in the following way:
Choose the appropriate time for cleaning and deal with the cat gently so that it is relaxed and calm, and accepts cleaning and does not disturb the breeder or harm him, for example choosing a period after playing, or after eating her food, and in return leaving her in the event that she is not accepted, and returning at another time when she is much more gentle and easier to clean.
Place the tissue next to the groomer, caress the cat and touch it gently and warmly with the hand before starting the process; to form her feel comfortable and to relax and calm down, so that the hand that caresses her and the one that holds the tissues is alternately switched during the cleaning process until the end.
Massaging the cat with tissues and wiping its parts so that the massage swabs are wide and in the form of longitudinal strokes To allow the oils in the wipes to be distributed all over her body and fur, with the need to focus on the spots and the dirty parts of them.
Replace the dirty tissues with clean ones and clean the face, eyes, and ears gently and paper, in addition to gently fixing the cat’s head with the hand and patting it and wiping the dust, food residues, and dirt that may be attached to it, and do not forget to reward and pet the cat when it responds to the breeder; To create a more intimate bond between them, and to ensure that they remain calm until the cleaning is finished.
Wiping the claws and front and back feet of the cat to get rid of the remnants of dirt, dirt, or any chemicals that may be stuck to it.
Avoid using wipes in excess or daily. Because it may cause the cat’s skin to dry out, and on the other hand, this method is used in sick conditions or special cases that the veterinarian prescribes, such as infections and health problems, and when the cat is unable to take care of himself and clean his body on his own.
There are some types of cats that do not prefer bathing and refuse to clean water, and therefore it is possible to use specialized types of dry shampoo (without water) provided that the cat does not need a special shampoo or treatment prescribed by the doctor for her, and the types of dry shampoo include the following:
Shampoo in the form of foam that is sprayed on the hands of the breeder then massages the cat’s scalp and cleans it through it.
The shampoo is sprayed directly on the cat’s body, but sometimes cats may feel uncomfortable and upset when a foreign substance is sprayed on them.
Shampoo in the form of a spray placed on a soft cloth, then wipe the cat’s body and leave it until it dries naturally.
Use products that protect against fleas
The process of cleaning and caring for cats is not limited to their bath and getting rid of the dirt stuck on their fur and hair, but also includes removing insects that may attack them, such as fleas and ticks, which threaten their health and safety, and the cleanliness of the home and the health of its inhabitants as well, and these products may be in the form of preparations to prevent from Fleas, or collars to prevent them from attacking the cat, or pills, medicinal shampoos, etc. Dry it completely.
Clean cat’s ears
Cleaning the cat’s ears in most cases is considered a secondary and unnecessary procedure, as most cats are fine without it, but sometimes, types of cats are exposed to the accumulation of wax and the occurrence of problems in the ear such as infections, and then cleaning the ear becomes an indispensable necessity and an important part of the needs Hygiene, and veterinarians recommend the use of special cleaners for cats for this purpose, which contain anti-fungi to expel bacteria and fungi and prevent infections in them, but it is stipulated that they do not contain hydrogen peroxide or alcohol; Because it may cause irritation to the area.