How often, if ever, do you give a cat a bath?

Asked by Atlas on Sep 18th 2007 in Bathing
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Giving a cat a bath depends on sevral things. Indoor cats obvioulsy need less baths than outdoor cats. Outdoor cats will need to be bathed whenever they are very dirty or you may need to give them a flea bath if they get fleas. Indoor cats generally do not need baths. There are several circumstances, however, in which you may want to give your indoor kitty a bath. In seasons where your kitty sheds a lot sometimes a bath can wash away dander and loose hair that dosn't come out with brushing. Some owners are allergic to their kitties so regular baths would help keep dander to a minimum. Sometimes bathing older kitties (if they don't get too stressed) is helpful because as they age they can no longer reach certain places on their body (especially thier behind)to properly clean and they can smell or their fur can get very durty or matted. It really depends on your situation and your kitty.

Winter answered on Sep 20th.

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Catster Cat

It depends on how dirty they are, but it ranges from anywhere between every two weeks and every two months.

Catster Cat answered on 9/18/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer

Beloved Maggie Moo (92-08)

Good Question. If the cat is a outside cat or spends half the time outside i would say give kitty a bath every maybe 3 months. My people well on give ne a bath if i rolled in somthing nasty (even though i am 24/7 indoor cat) or if i have fleas wich i have only had a flea bath a couple of times.

Beloved Maggie Moo (92-08) answered on 9/18/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 6 Report this answer


We are inside cats. We were bathed once when we first arrived to remove any fleas. Other than that, we are not bathed unless we are very dirty.
I'm the only one in my family who needed an extra bath. I got out of the bedroom before the newly painted walls were dried, and got some paint on me. Yuk!
Of course, if a cat is older or has some physical problems that prevents them from bathing themselves, Mom would bathe whenever it seems necessary.

Benjamin answered on 9/19/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 4 Report this answer

♥ Simba ♥ LOVED

My whole family lives indoors and we are, fortunately for Mommy, self-cleaning. I think a lot of cats are like this. If dander is becoming bothersome and a bath may seem like the solution, one alternative is kitty wipes: you can simply wipe down your kitty without having to go through the "fun" of trying to bathe him/her. They're pretty cheap so getting a small pack to try wouldn't be a big investment of time or money.

♥ Simba ♥ LOVED answered on 9/20/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 4 Report this answer


We are indoor cats and have never had baths. If Mom felt we needed them she would give them to us, but we keep ourselves very clean.
Mommy is a groomer and she says make sure to use a kitten shampoo or tearless shampoo. Also, try and find something with a conditioner in it. People shampoo is not good for coat or skin, we have different PH balance.

Member 41554 answered on 9/20/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


I have two cats Bambi and Sabu. I got Sabu when he was a kitten so I bathed him like every 6-months but Bambi was rescued and allready 8-months old and it stressed her out and she has only had two baths in the 3 years Ive had her. Really kitties bathe themselfs but it's nice if you have one that does water but most cats don't. If you start them off little then it's ok. I read that lots of shampoos can make kitties sick especially dog shampoo so be careful. We did Johnsons baby shampoo and Kitten shampoo only.

Bambi answered on 9/20/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


I am a sphynx and have no fur. Consequently, oil and dirt will build up on my skin and I get sticky if not bathed. My parents generally bathe me every week to two weeks, depending on how dirty I am. Bath time for a sphynx only takes a minute or two, mom and dad use baby shampoo, wet me down, lather me up, and rinse me off, then it's off to the warm towel for a dry off! They also have to clean my nails, ears, and eyes more often.

Nofuratu answered on 9/21/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer

Tiger Lily

Unless your cat is filthy dirty then you don't really need to give it one. Cat's groom and clean themselves.

Tiger Lily answered on 9/21/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


Definitely an "as needed" basis for Aden. Since he's a kitten he's gotten himself dirty a few times, and consequentially, he's had 3 baths at only 5 months of age! :D

He'll also get a bath before we put in the CitiKitty for him to use the bathroom in there rather than getting his paws soiled.

Aden answered on 9/21/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 3 Report this answer


I actually love baths so sometimes when moms taking a bubble bath I jump onto her! Then mom has to wash me with my cat soap because she doesn't want all the bubbles and human soap on me. Sometimes I fart and the smell just kinda stays on me so mom will give me a quick bath then. Basically I only get it as needed.

Harley answered on 9/25/07. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer