Tips for Bathing Your Cat

Let’s face it, most cats don’t love bath time. Here are a few tips we use at Dermcare to help improve the bathing experience for you and your cat.


  • Cats often dislike running water. Bathing in a bucket of water or a bathtub is often better received.
  • Place a mat or towel on the bottom of the bucket/bathtub to prevent them from slipping.
  • Fill three buckets with body temperature water, rather than water that is too hot or too cold, to minimise a sudden change in temperature.
  • Gently immerse your cat’s body (not the head) in the first bucket of water.
  • Remove them from the water and gentle lather with shampoo.
  • If the shampoo requires a contact time, such as Malaseb® Medicated Shampoo, wrap them in a blanket to keep them warm and stop them from grooming themselves and ingesting the shampoo.
  • Use a wash cloth to carefully clean around the face and head, being careful not to get any shampoo in the eyes or mouth.
  • Use the remaining two buckets of clean water to rinse the shampoo from the coat.
  • Towel dry the coat and ensure your cat is warm while they are drying off.


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