How To Bathe A Kitten

By Amanda Rock
Adorable Kitten in A Bathtub Relaxing
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Do you have a dirty kitten?! First of all, that's adorable. Second of all, you're gonna need to give that kitten a bath. Bathing a kitten is different than giving an adult cat a bath, so pay attention!

What you'll need to bathe a kitten.

Bathing a kitten requires forethought and planning according to St. Francis Hospital for Animals. Before you start, gather all your supplies.

  1. large, fluffy towel
  2. feline-specific shampoo
  3. a few kitty treats
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Step 1

Fill the sink or tub with an inch of lukewarm water (test it with your finger to make sure it's not too hot). Stand your kitty in the water. If she's calm, keep going. If not, take her out of the water and try again later. You don't want to bathe a stressed out kitty!

Use the cup to gently pour lukewarm water over her, starting at her neck and moving down her body. Remember to praise her for being a good, brave kitty and give her a treat! And don't get water in her face!

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Step 2

Now it's time to get sudsy. Apply a dime-size amount of shampoo to your kitten and massage it gently through her fur. Be careful to not get any soap in your kitten's eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. Another important fact — you need to use special cat shampoo. Don't use human or dog shampoo; cats have extremely sensitive skin and need their own shampoo.

Tiny Kitten in a Bathtub With Bubbles
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Step 3

Once she's clean, rinse her off with lukewarm water using the cup. Wrap her in a towel and dry her off. Give kitty some treats and praise! According to Tipp City Veterinary Hospital, it's important to thoroughly dry off your kitten's face, ears, and eyes. Use a pet ear cleaner with a drying agent if your kitty has dirty ears.

Since cats keep themselves very clean, you're not going to have to do this very often. But kittens are mischievous and do get into messy things, so it's best to be prepared for whatever your kitten might need.

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