Cats are known to be immensely fastidious about grooming and this trait is adapted early on by kittens as well. However, occasionally, you might feel the need to bathe your kitten, especially if they have become dirty. It is quite common to see young kittens that are going through the process of weaning to easily become encrusted with fecal matter at one end and food at the other. Moreover, kittens tend to catch a chill easily so people should try cleaning methods such as damp wiping if possible and only bathe them if other alternatives aren’t sufficient. A sick kitten shouldn’t be bathed either. You need to let the kitten know that having a bath is nothing to fear and make it an easy, fun and enjoyable activity for them. For this, you need to know how to bathe your kitten.
Follow the below mentioned steps for bathing and cleaning your kitten:
1- Use a slicker brush for brushing the kitten’s fur in order to remove any existing knots and preventing it from getting tangled during the bath. Keep the kitten’s ears dry during the bath by placing cotton balls in its ears.
2- Use a rubber bath mat for lining your kitchen sink as this will prevent the kitten from slipping on the slick surface.
3- Take several cups and fill them with warm water and place them beside the sink.
4- Shower mitts made from soft terry cloth should be worn on each hand. Scrubbing mittens should not be used as they can prove to be very harsh for the kitten’s sensitive skin.
5- Put the kitten into the sink. Pour one or two cups of warm water over the kitten’s body and keep the kitten gently and firmly in place. This method is less frightening to a cat as most of them are afraid of running water. Use shower mitts for working the water gently into the kitten’s fur.
6- In the palm of one of the mitts, pour cat shampoo about the size of a dime. Make sure that the mitt is wet and rub the shampoo between them. The soap will dilute.
7- The kitten’s body should be washed with the mitts including its tail, legs, chest, back, feet and bottom. Exercise caution when washing the face and be sure to keep the mitts away from the eyes, nose and mouth.
8- Rinse the mitts away from the kitten to get the soap off them.
9- Use the cups for pouring clean and warm water over the cat and get the soap off the kitten with the help of the rinsed and wet mitts. If the kitten will tolerate it, turn the tap of and run it over the kitten’s back to get off the soap. Otherwise, continue using the cups, but avoid the ears and the head.
10- Wrap the kitten in a dry and soft towel and remove it from the sink. Remove cotton balls from the ears and massage it gently with the soft towel to absorb as much water as possible and then remove the damp towel.