For most people, taking a bath or a shower is a very relaxing experience. But for pets, bathing is the exact opposite. Between the confinement, the scrubbing, the suds, and the water, any cat or dog would run in the opposite direction of the bathtub. Unfortunately, bathing is one grooming routine that we can’t ignore. But to make the experience better for pets, avoid these bath-time mistakes:
Wrong temperature of the water
When bathing a pet, the water shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. Aim for a lukewarm bath so as not to create a negative experience for your cat or dog. To check if the water has the right temperature, try it on your forearm the same way you would do if you were testing the water for your baby.
Using a harsh spray
Although it’s easier to bathe pets using a faucet nozzle or a handheld shower head, the combination of the water’s pressure and the sound of the water coming out may end up scaring or upsetting your pet. To avoid this, place your hand between your pet and the nozzle, so the water hits your hand first and sprinkle comfortably over your pet’s body.
Using the wrong shampoo
Remember that the pH balance of a pet’s skin is much different from us humans. This means that our shampoo products aren’t right for them. If you aren’t sure what type of shampoo to use for your cat or dog, the best person to ask is your vet.
Poor application of soap
Most pet owners apply the soap on their pet then allow it to “soak” for a few minutes. However, this doesn’t remove all the oil and dirt from your pet’s fur. It’s better to agitate the soap by scrubbing to trap the grime then rinse it away.
Poor brushing technique
It’s important to brush your pet’s fur regularly as part of their grooming routine. But for some cats or dogs, brushing can be an uncomfortable and painful experience. This is especially true if you have a poor brushing technique. A long-toothed comb or a slicker brush works best for most types of pets. You can even use undercoat rakes or de-shedding tools to keep your pet’s fur shiny, healthy, and free of tangles.
Drying your pet’s fur hastily
Before bathing your pet, make sure to have towels ready both for your pet and for the floor. Bathing pets can get very messy, and it’s always useful to have towels on hand. After bathing, you should towel down your pet quickly while trying to get his fur as dry as possible. Do this rather than using a blow dryer which might end up burning your pet’s skin or fur.
Bathing your pet too frequently
Both cats and dogs can naturally self-groom. This means that you don’t have to bath them too frequently. About one time each month is enough. Bathing your pet too often might strip away all the natural oils in his coat and cause irritations on his skin.