Can you bathe cats? Yes, you can. When it comes to fleas, it might be even necessary. We’ve heard it might be needed for cats, like dogs, need baths. You might also need to do it to remove dander and loose hair. You should wash them if your cat is really dirty and matted.
A lot of people think cat’s tongues do that job. There’s only so much mud you can eat before getting sick. And if the cat has been rolling around in dog poop in the victory of beating it in some competition, you don’t want the cat licking that off.
So How Often?
Our vet says outdoor cats need to be bathed every week or two. Unless the cat is filthy from mud or blood, once a month is fine. For indoor cats, every two or three months is fine unless your cat is a mess. So you don’t have to bathe them every week or so. Only if the cat keeps getting into paint cans, dog poop or other messes.
What About Hairless Cats?
Remember that hairless cats need more bathing than regular cats. The oil and dirt build up on them like on a dirty car. They have to get bathed every week or two, though it obviously doesn’t take as long as with a furry cat. We know thick fur makes it take more time to wash a dog. What about cats? The same is true. And like dogs, you can lessen the workload by brushing them with appropriate tools more often.
Some cats like baths. And some of them have been trained to poop in the toilet. That does not make it normal. Usually, cats freak out just at the sound of a running bath.