Why You Should Always Bathe Your Cat in the Sink—Not a Bathtub

Perri Ormont Blumberg
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Woman holding a cat just been washed
Woman holding a cat just been washed

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You know that time. You know that look on your cat's face. You know that feeling of procrastination that hits you every time you've made a note on your calendar to bathe your cat.

Well, it's time to change that existential dread, cat owners. What if we told you there was a better, easier way to bathe your cat? A method that didn't involve multiple prayers and a very annoyed cat. Well, dear readers, it exists, and we're here to tell you the secret: Bathe your cat with a non-slip mat in your sink and save yourself the drama of them scampering all around the tub. "Sinks (or large plastic tubs) work better than human bathtubs for cats. (Less space for her to move around means easier maneuvering for you.)," writes Sarah Ashley in an article on how to bathe cats for PureWow.com. "It’s crucial to have a non-slip mat on whatever surface you use. Cats like traction and if the floor beneath them is too slippery, it’ll lead to greater chaos and distress."

If you're anything like millions of pet parents, you've been doing things completely wrong in the tub all of these years. Alas, better late than never.

Another savvy tip we picked up from Ashley's piece? Give you cat a post-bath treat. Just like humans love to chase bathtime with some chocolate or a tasty snack, so too does your cat deserve something special, in his or her case, directly following their washing. "You’ve got to deliver some extra tasty treats after a bath," writes Ashley. "It might be a good idea to reserve special treats for grooming events like baths, nail trimming, and brushing, so your cat associates those activities with positive and distinct rewards." Read the full article here.

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In addition to being a precious gift.

We think we'll be giving ourselves a little treat, too, after we put to use this smart technique for cleaning our cat. On that note, time to grab some clean towels.