How to bathe your Ragdoll cat

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Ragdoll cats are the result of crosses between different breeds of cats. They’re quite strong and large cats. In fact, they can weigh up to 19 pounds. Their hair is semi-long and they’re temperament is quiet, affectionate and gentle which has made them very popular pets.

The reason that the cat is called a ragdoll cat is quite an interesting one. While holding a ragdoll cat, the cat will instinctively relax its muscles which results in it going limp. While most cats can clean up quite well when left to their own devices, some of them need a bit of extra help. Here’s how you can bathe your ragdoll cat.

How can you get your ragdoll cat used to water?

The best way to go about getting your cat used to water is to rinse it while it’s a kitten. Your kitten must become comfortable with lukewarm water as well as the bathroom. Make sure it’s a pleasant experience for your kitten by speaking happily to him/her while giving her a quick rinse. Use warm water for a few minutes, to begin with. Forget about shampoo for now.

Drying your ragdoll cat

Make sure that you keep a dryer and bath towel ready before bathing your ragdoll cat. Follow these tips while drying your cat so that your cat has a pleasant experience.

  • Your cat shouldn’t be burnt with a high-temperature setting on the dryer.
  • Look for a quiet dryer for pets as a dryer which makes a lot of noise might scare your cat.
  • Avoid directing the flow of air through sensitive areas. Sensitive areas include the inner ears, eyes, and nose.

Here’s how to bathe an adult ragdoll cat

If you gave your ragdoll kitty a lot of pleasant rinses, he/she will be used to having a bath by the time he/she is a full-grown ragdoll cat. Once your kitty has become a cat, you can start using a cat shampoo on him/her.

There are plenty of different shampoos available at pet stores. A general rule of thumb is to stay away from shampoos which have parabens in them. Parabens have a lot of chemicals and are widely regarded as being really bad quality. Forget about using human shampoo on your cat, it’s not a good idea. When shampooing your cat, do not get soap in his/her eyes as well as his/her ears. After you’ve rinsed your cat, make sure you dry him/her well. Bathing a ragdoll cat isn’t very hard. Their temperament makes them very easy to bathe. However, it’s best to take it slow and introduce your cat to bathing while it’s a kitten. This will be a much easier task compared to introducing your full-grown cat to bathing.