Should Cats Have Baths?
Cats were domesticated about 5,000 to 10,000 years ago (although really they own us, we don't own them) and since then they generally don’t like to get wet. This is because cats got used to being protecting from rain and snow by their caring owners.
It’s true that some cats adore water and even join their humans in the shower, however, many cats hate baths and find the experience very stressful. If you’ve ever had to bath a cat, you’ll know it’s unpleasant for all involved. However, it's a misconception that cats fear water, it's typically a fear of the "unknown" and with persistence, comfort and routine from a professional they can become used to and even enjoy the grooming process.
Healthy cats naturally have all the essential grooming tools required: their paws, a rough tongue and special kitty saliva. Cats generally don't need baths, unless they’ve rolled in something they can’t wash off themselves or have long fur that has matted. However, vets and groomers do recommend regular brushing and nail clipping, and there are times when a helping hand may be required.
Cats are very clean by nature, which is why they spend half of their awake time grooming. The obsessive grooming removes dirt and fleas, spreads natural body oils and improves circulation. On the other hand, obsessive grooming can cause fur ingestion creating hairballs and also the ingestion of fleas or flea eggs can cause intestinal parasites. Flea, tick and worm treatments for cats help control parasites and keep your furry buddy healthy.
What’s even more amazing is their rough pink tongues are actually hairbrushes, covered in tiny spines that are shaped like claws. With a single lick, a cat tongue moves in four directions, mimicking a super-flexible comb that detangles knots with ease. These tiny spikes were designed by nature to grasp meat off bones of their prey. These tiny little spikes also direct fur into the stomach causing hairballs and in extreme cases intestinal blockage requiring surgical removal.
So while it's true that cats don't need to be bathed like dogs, helping your kitty with grooming on a regular basis will also help you to keep an eye on its health, preventing common feline health issues such as digestive problems caused by hairballs.
Cat owners all over the world are going crazy for this handy cat glove that grooms your kitty, as well as removes loose hair from clothes and furniture.