How To Bathe A Cat

Sep 2, 2021 | Pet Health, Pets, Tips and Tricks

Happy Friday everyone!  Did you know September is National Happy, Healthy Cat Month!????  It was Wednesday, September 1st and I totally missed it but better late than never I always say.  I had my notes ready and was planning on doing a cat post anyway on How To Bathe A Cat.  I’ve done many cats and dogs post together but few cats only posts and was excited to research how to give a cat a bath.  I’ve rescued kittens, taken care of cats, given diabetic cats their insulin shots but NEVER have I ever given a cat a bath.  So if you are like me, you might find this post interesting.
My sister who I’ve referenced many times while researching for my cat posts told me that Binky (black and white below) was like a little slinky under the faucet and one of her cats even cried and screamed during the bathing process. My sister is the owner of these adorable faces (below).  Binky was rescued by me when he was a kitten and Piggy was rescued by my sister and both are living the good life.


Binky was found as a kitten in the dead of winter at 11:30 pm by myself and my dog Bear.  He was hiding behind a row of shrubs against the foundation of the house trying to get warm. If it wasn’t for Bear sniffing through the shrubs, I would have never known he was there.  I spread the shrubs open enough to see what was going on and his little face looked up at me as if to say, please help me.  He didn’t run when I scooped him up. I brought him into the house, got him warm, fed him, and he fell fast asleep.  My sister saw him and it was love at first sight.  He is now one spoiled 17 year old cat!

Binky bathing a cat |
Information taken from Martha Stewart Living
What’s The Best Way To Bathe A Cat
According to Hanna Shaw, a Royal Canine cat expert and founder of, felines’ agile bodies and sandpaper-like tongues make them excellent self-groomers, so you can skip the dip unless yours develops a skin condition, like ringworm (consult your vet about using a medicated soap), or gets especially dirty.
  • Place your cat in a sink or tub refilled with warm water and avoid turning the faucet on and off, as the site and sound provoke stress
  • Use a large cup to gently pour the water over her body avoiding her head
  • Lather with cat-safe shampoo, and rinse the same way
  • Wrap her in a towel and dry vigorously
  • You can also back-comb her fur to help it to create more quickly
Information taken from Southern Living
How To Give Your Cat a Bath Without Being Mauled in the Process
  • Make sure the cat is tired or has a full belly in the hopes they will be calm.
  • If possible, trim and file nails before the bath.
  • Fill the sink or tub with a few inches of warm water before bringing the cat in as the sound of running water can make them panic.
  • Put all your bath supplies within easy reach, including a non-breakable cup for rinsing the cat, as well as cat shampoo and crème rinse. Crème rinse is important because shampoo alone may strip the cat’s fur of its natural oils and dry out the skin.
  •  If your cat likes a particular treat, have it ready to reward them afterwards.
  • If possible, find a helper so one can hold the cat while the other handles cleaning the cat.
  • Once you have the cat, get the dirty parts of the cat wet and then lather with shampoo, washing only the parts you need to and then rinsing thoroughly. Use a washcloth around the face and ears.
  • Follow shampoo with the crème rinse, letting it sit up to five minutes. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Towel dry as much as possible. Then, brush or comb to remove any loose hair to make the cat’s self-grooming process less hairy.


A mother cat showed up at my parent’s house 16 years ago and gave birth to three beautiful kittens under a large shrub right by their porch.  My sister took all three kittens and my parents took the mother.  Piggy is one of the babies and got his name because he is a total piglet and loves food!  Mama cat got the name Boo Boo Kitty and is the sweetest cat you have ever met.  Let’s just say that I’m a cat lover because of these sweet animals and all are living the good life.

Binky bathing a cat |
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before but I love Burt’s Bees products and have used Burt’s Bees Shampoo for dogs on Jake and Maggie before.  I searched to find a Burt’s Bees Waterless Shampoo for Cats, 10-oz bottle  The cost is $3.19 and if you use auto ship, the cost goes down to $3.03.  For $14.77 you can get the bundle which includes the waterless shampoo, dander reducing cat wipes, and dander reducing spray for cats.  This might be perfect for someone who has pet allergies especially to cats!  Also, if you are thinking of purchasing or adopting a hairless cat, think about the amount of grooming that is involved.  Hairless cats need to be bathed once a month to remove oils from their skin.  If you would like me to do a post on this in more detail, please comment below.

Great informational resources for cat grooming below.  And…if you have a cat bathing story and want to share, please comment below.  I would love to hear about it!  


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  1. Carla D Evans

    Aww look at my precious babies!???? Good info on bathing cats bc it can be quite the experience lol ???? I love Burts Bees products and always have them stocked in the house ????

    • Bobbi

      Thank you! Binky, Wilbur, Piggy, and Boo Boo Kitty are the sweetest!


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