Training your cat to enjoy a bath – Part 7

Sopping wet and soapy, your cat just flew out of the kitchen sink and disappeared.

It isn’t that your cat doesn’t want a bath; he doesn’t want your version of a bath. You are involved now, however, and you need to give chase. There’s a good chance he’s now under a bed, in the dark and way back, huddled into a ball. Following all the wet splatters will probably lead you in the right direction and you must complete the mission to find the cat because, after all, the bath was not the cat’s idea, it was yours.

Let’s back up. First, you need to know why you are giving this cat a bath.

Is there a specific reason? Fleas? Has the cat gotten into something such as weeds, mud, some unknown gunk due to having run off to places unknown?

Where do you live Apartment? House? Cabin?

Is this an indoor cat or outdoor, or occasionally both?

Is this the cat’s first bath?

Is this your first cat bath?

Cats don’t need regular baths; they wrote the book on grooming. But it’s too late to make new decisions. This cat is wet and can’t be abandoned. On your hunting expedition right now, have two towels, one in your grasp and one flung over your other arm. Somehow coax your little darling out from its hiding place with a dry towel, and when you’ve succeeded, cuddle your cat in the towel and rub and massage, drying the wet fur. Drop off this soaked towel and grab the second, dry towel, for comfort. Do not attempt to resume the bath. Let the cat win; it will not learn a thing from you through force.

Under these conditions with an unfinished bath, you will need to use the soft brush, highly recommended, to dry, brush out and soothe Kitty. It’s rather like a spa technique and the session will end well. You train by showing respect.

About The Kitchen Sink Method: be prepared. Give yourself elbow room around the sink by removing the unnecessary. If possible, keep a chair near by. Place a towel on the bottom of the sink for your little feline to stand on. The water should be tepid, never hot or cold, and, very important, do not fill the sink with water. You want to keep the depth just enough to keep the cat’s feet wet, and start slow and easy. Get that cat into the sink nicely, no rough stuff. Use a wash cloth or your hand with gently running water to wet the cat down, starting with the feet and legs. Speak nicely with a conversational tone.

Start to move faster now; get through in as little time as possible. Keeping a light stream of

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