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How to Bathe a Kitten

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2. Time for her rubdown. The next time you repeat step one, wet the washcloth and give her a rubdown. Do not use soap in this step. She should enjoy getting “scratched” all over. Maintain eye contact while doing this and gently correct her if she tries to get away. Dry her thoroughly with one of the bath towels. Wrap her in the other towel and cuddle her with plenty of kisses. If she struggles, don’t give her treats and try again tomorrow. Do not move on to the next step until she successfully completes this one.

 

3. Rain on her parade. Before her washcloth rubdown, pour water from a cup all over her to get her thoroughly soaked. When wetting her head, gently lift her chin with your finger to keep water from running into her eyes. Dry her thoroughly with one of the bath towels. Wrap her in the other towel and cuddle her with plenty of kisses. If she struggles, don’t give her treats and try again tomorrow. Do not move on to step #4 until she successfully completes this one.

 

4. Soap her up. Before you begin this step, flip the shampoo bottle top open and place it out of kitty’s reach. Place a small amount (about the size of a dime) of soap on her wet coat and spread it around, being careful not to get it in her eyes. Use the washcloth to wipe the soap off of her head, rinsing the cloth as necessary. Pour the water from the cup to rinse off the rest of her body. Dry her thoroughly with one of the bath towels. Wrap her in the other towel and cuddle her with plenty of kisses. If she struggles, don’t give her treats and try again tomorrow. This is the last step in the process.

 

5. Final tips for success. Make sure the water is warm before plunking kitty down in the tub or sink. Have all your supplies (including treats within her view) ready and in place prior to starting her bath. Maintain a calm demeanor and speak lovingly in a soft tone to keep the experience positive. Tell her you love her and that she’s beautiful – she understands the meaning of these words. And most of all, bathe your kitten on a regular basis, using soap every other time to avoid drying out her skin.

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