Tips for Bathing Your Persian Cats and Kittens

The following measures, which are very easy to follow, will ensure that your cat’s bathing experience is stress-free, pain-free, and safe:

STEP 1 – Our feline companions detest getting wet, and there’s no getting around that fact. When your cat becomes frightened during the bathing process, take precautions to protect yourself from any scratches that may occur. To begin, you might think about donning a blouse with long sleeves so that the cat does not have access to any exposed flesh that it can scratch. You can also use long-sleeved gloves as a substitute if you don’t have one of those. If you keep your kitten’s claws trimmed, there will be less of a chance that you will get scratched. Simply cut off the very tip of each of the claws. Be careful, because the claws include a pink fleshy portion on the inside that, if you cut them too short, could cause them to bleed.

STEP 2 – The Persian breed is characterized by its long, thick and fine coat and is prone to matte build up, knots and tangles. Before you give your kitten a bath, remove any matte build up and knots by sliding in a wide-toothed comb under them and cut with scissors parallel against the comb so that you won’t cut the skin. Such fur ordeals can be prevented by daily use of wire brush to remove her loose fur and minor tangles.

STEP 3 – Make sure that you already have a container filled with warm water for rinsing and a tub filled with warm water for washing (3-4 inches deep – enough to cover your kitten’s paws) before bringing your kitten to the bathroom. Our lovely furballs have the tendency to be unnerved by running water.

STEP 4 – Gently settle your kitten into the tub. The feel of water against your kitten’s skin (once it gets through the coat) can make her riotous so maintain a good grip on the neck or shoulders before you start pouring water over her body.

STEP 5 – Apply a shampoo made for cats and rub it against your kitten’s fur while massaging her body. Work your way from her neck, body, legs, belly and up to the tail. Be sure not to get some water or suds on her eyes, mouth and nose to avoid irritation. Cotton balls should be placed on both ears so that water won’t get into the ear canals. Our veterinarian said that getting water in a cat or kitten’s ears may disturb it’s pH balance which can make the ears more susceptible to infection.

STEP 6 – Rinse your kitten thoroughly. Press as much water as you can from her fur before you wrap her with a towel. Rub her gently with the towel and continue to do so until the kitten is damp. Comb her fur as she dries with a help from a hair dryer while keeping its heat setting as low as possible.

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