As promised, today I’m about to introduce you the second part of the series effective flea control for cats, bathing. My focus here is what you should do next after applying the first part of the series. You don’t remember, that’s OK, just click here to re-read the method of removing fleas with one of the most simple tools in the world – comb.
Our task here can be described in 3 steps; you may have read other materials online that split the process into even 15 steps, I don’t think that may beneficial for you, I just want to KISS – keep it short and simple.
1. Preparing for bathing
1. Preparing for bathing
In this step, you should make sure that you have good preparation for yourself and your kitten
1.1 For yourself
You should find yourself a friend who is willing to help you to do this. Because as we all know, cats are very sensitive to water and if they’re forced to receive what they don’t like, they may react badly. Your partner’s main duty is to try his/her best to hold all four legs and the jaw so that the cat can’t hurt you. Be smart and safe, you better wear appropriate clothing; I strongly recommend a jumper or a long-sleeved because the said can help you to avoid scratches from your cute pussy. In case you don’t have one, try to find a pair of gloves.
1.2 For your kitten
Find a tub that suits the animal’s size, put a mat on the bed of the tub so that your cat can have a comfortable footing.
Pour the tub with warm water; you should do this before you bring your cat in the bathroom because some cats may “feel” endangered when they brought to places with water.
Try to purchase a good shampoo for your cats, remember that both normal shampoos and the ones that are used for flea treatment for dogs are not allowed because they may harm your cat’s skin and can be sometimes toxic to their health. Use shampoos for cats, fortunately in America you can find them quickly and quite cheaply in some veterinary shops.
One very important thing, trim the nails of your cat before take her to the bath. Cats are animal that like to travel many places in your house, so that on their fur remain stains that can’t be removed easily with shampoo and water. Try to clean these things before you bathe your cat, that’s good for you and for her, too!
The secret that makes your cat comfortable while bathing is talk to them with a quiet and soft voice. Show your love! Make sure that during the whole process, your cat has only two feet in the tub; this will prevent them to jump out of the tub and cause a mess around your house.
Begin with your cat’s neck first, this is where fleas usually target. Use just a little bit of shampoo and water, massage the cat slowly and carefully, then move to other areas: back, legs and tail, try to focus on the tail because it is also a target of fleas. Flea treatments for cats require patient and of course, carefulness.
Think about bathing your cat like bathing a small child; try your best not to get shampoo in their eyes, mouth and some other sensitive parts of the body.
After finishing your main course, let’s get down to next step, you better prepare other buckets for your cat to get rinsed. It’s necessary to get the shampoo and all dirt out of the cat’s hair coat.
Here we come to the last session, drying. Let’s give your cat a full spa. If you own a short-haired cat, you don’t have to worry about that, but if you’re the master of a long-haired one, you have to take it seriously. Because humid and wet hair coat can be once again the home sweet home of fleas, you need to be aware. Use the dryer, very simple, like we usually use for our hair. Wait until the whole body is dry; comb your cat once again to make sure that her hair coat is clean. And you accomplish you mission.