Cats can be very fussy when it comes to bath time. In fact, most domestic cats have a particular dislike for water; but don’t fret, for bath time does not have to be a cat-astrophe. Before tufts of fur start flying about, here are some tips to remember on how to properly bathe cats. Have all the necessary tools already set aside before you pick up your cat. Have at least two thick towels, mild pet shampoo, at least two large mugs and a shower spray nearby. The cat also needs to be prepared for the bath, and it is easier to handle it in a calm state. If you own a kitten, it is probably best to bathe it regularly at an early age so it learns to accept baths as part of its daily routine. An optional rubber mat is helpful in preventing your cat from slipping and sliding in the tub or sink. Fill the tub partially with warm water. You can test the water temperature by placing a few drops of it on your wrist. The water level should just be enough so that it just touches the cat’s belly. Give your cat time to get used to the water before proceeding. Stroking it gently and speaking to it in a soothing voice will help calm it down. Mix properly a capful of pet shampoo with warm water in the mug. This prevents shocking the cat’s skin with cold shampoo. Adjust the shower spray to the proper temperature. You can always use a dipper or a hose if a shower spray is unavailable. While keeping a gentle but firm hold in the back of the cat’s neck with one hand, use your dominant hand armed with the shower spray or hose to slowly wet the cat’s body from the neck downwards. Make sure the flow of the water is not too strong as it may scare away your cat. Never wet the cat’s head. Once the cat is completely wet, you can start applying the warm diluted shampoo. Lather up your cat’s coat for several minutes using gentle massaging. Rinse away the shampoo by gently spraying downward, starting from the base of the cat’s neck to the tip of its tail. Always maintain a gentle but firm grip with your other hand as the cat may suddenly try to break free. You can test for the presence of remaining suds by stroking the wet fur. Repeat the rinse as many times as necessary since residual shampoo that dries up can irritate the cat’s skin. After a complete rinse, you may now use a damp towel to wipe away any dirt from the cat’s eyes, ears and nose. Never apply soap or shampoo to these areas. You may now wrap your cat with a clean thick towel and pat it down. When all the excess water is gone, use another towel to completely dry it up. You may use a blow-dryer at its low setting to dry long-haired cats while brushing them. This gives a nice shine to their coat. Presto! You’re done! Don’t forget to praise your cat and reward it with a treat for a job well done. All these tips are useful when learning the basics of how to properly bathe cats.