There may eventually come a time when you realize that you are eventually going to have to bathe your cat. There are some cat breeds out there that tolerate bathing and being around water much better than others.
Do Ragdoll cats like to get a bath?
Ragdoll cats typically do not enjoy being bathed any more or less than other cats do. If you plan on bathing your ragdoll cat regularly, you are going to need to make sure that you accustom it to baths as a young kitten, otherwise, it’s going to be difficult to bathe your cat.
Do Ragdoll Cats Need Baths?
More often than not, you really do not need to bathe cats in the first place. Cats are known for being incredibly clean animals in quite a few ways, ranging from their extensive grooming to their numerous habits. The only time you should really consider bathing a cat is if it gets into a mess that it shouldn’t try to lick off, such as getting sauce spilled onto its fur.
With that being said, some people may give their ragdoll a bath as a way to keep their fur in good condition. Because ragdoll cats have such long and thick coats of fur, one of the responsibilities that owners need to take on is being able to help out with grooming the cat. This will often be in the form of daily brushing, but some people want to take it a step further and incorporate bathing the cat.
Bathing your ragdoll cat is not going to be harmful to its fur in any way, as long as you use the right kind of shampoo to get the job done. In fact, many people argue that it can improve the condition of their fur, as you will be able to remove some of the dirt that a cat’s tongue simply cannot reach. The only reason why most people do not bathe their cats is because most cats will fight and resist baths.
As a whole, if you are planning on incorporating regular baths into your cat’s routine, you should aim to bathe your ragdoll cat approximately once a month. Bathing your cat any more than this will not only be a struggle for you and your cat, but it may also affect the natural skin oils that cats produce, causing irritation and discomfort.
How Do You Bathe a Ragdoll Cat?
Now that you know a little bit more about the process of bathing a ragdoll cat, you are going to want to make sure that you have a good idea on how to get the job done. First things first, you will want to make sure that you have a cat-focused shampoo that will be easy on their skin and fur. If you are working on adapting a ragdoll kitten to bathing, you are going to need to take a few extra precautions.
You will want to begin by running some warm water into the tub. The water should not be cold, but it also shouldn’t be too hot either. It may take a few tries for you to find a temperature that your cat seems to enjoy. The tub should be filled up to about the mid-chest of the cat. Depending on your ragdoll, this will be about four to five inches deep.
Now comes the hard part of getting your cat into the tub. When you eventually wrestle your cat into the tub, you will want to begin gently rinsing its body with the warm water. You should never try to bathe a cat’s head, you should stick to the main body of the cat.
You should lather up the shampoo, rubbing it all around the cat’s body and in some of the harder to reach areas, such as the underarms of your cat. Shampoo should be kept off the head (including eyes, nose, ears, and mouth) and off any other sensitive parts of the cat.
Next will be a final rinse before taking a dry towel and wrapping the cat up so that you can help to dry it off. If you want to make things easier, you will want to use a blow dryer to assist with the drying process. Remember to keep the blow dryer away from the skin and from the face, and have it on the lowest heat setting possible.
Finally, you will want to give your cat a treat for putting up with the bathing process.
More questions about Ragdoll cats answered
Do You Have to Bathe a Ragdoll Cat?
No, bathing is not necessary to keep your ragdoll cat in good health. The only benefit that comes from bathing your ragdoll cat is that its coat may end up being shinier and fuller, which can be good if you care about the cat’s appearance.
How Do You Bathe Kittens?
Bathing ragdoll kittens is a bit more difficult as their younger bodies are more sensitive to the temperature of the water and the chemicals in the shampoo. The rule of thumb is to not use shampoo on kittens and to only rinse their fur, rather than giving them a real bath.
How Do You Teach a Cat to Accept Baths?
Getting your ragdoll cat used to the water is going to be the hardest part about the bathing process. You should begin by introducing your cat to small amounts of water on its fur and paws at first, gradually increasing the amount of water you introduce it to as it becomes used to the sensation. While it may take time, it will be worth it when you can bathe your cat without worry.