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Do Cats Need Baths? catipedia-icon2.png

Do cats really need baths? In a word, no. After all, grooming themselves is something cats do very well. And they should, considering how much time they spend at it. With their barbed tongues they are usually quite capable of keeping their own coats clean without any help from humans, thank you very much.

However, regardless of your cat’s opinion, there are some circumstances that make shampoo and water necessary. For example, if you discover external parasites, stubborn dirt (such as paint or sap) or smelly stuff in your cat’s fur, nothing short of a bath will safely get her clean.

Learn about Purina® Cat Chow® Complete and its essential fatty acids that help promote a shiny coat.

If your cat has long hair (yes Persians, this means you) keeping it clean may be more than she can handle, regardless of her grooming skills. On the other hand, hairless cats such as Sphynx need periodic baths to remove body oils that are normally absorbed by the hair they lack.

There are also medical reasons why your cat might need a bath. Cats that are elderly, obese or have mobility issues may find it a challenge to keep clean (at least to cat standards). Or, if you have a human family member with a cat allergy, giving your cat a weekly rinse can help reduce allergy-aggravating cat dander. Of course, while this may improve life for the allergy sufferer, we can’t say the same for the person bathing the cat. ;-)

Tired of the sneezing and itching? Check out “Pet allergies: 5 ways to manage your symptoms”

THE BOTTOM LINE

If done properly, a bath can be beneficial for your cat’s skin and coat. Just remember that this does not mean she will enjoy it. And that she has been sharpening both her claws, and her fighting skills, for an event like this.

To bathe, or not to bathe? At the end of the day, the decision is up to you and your cat. (Although you probably know how your cat would decide.) If you choose the way of the tub, be prepared to do battle… because chances are, your cat won’t go quietly. And if you have any questions about whether a bath is safe for your cat, always check with your veterinarian.

Read “Giving Your Cat a Bath” to learn how to survive bathing your cat with your skin still intact.

References

    • Becker M. Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet? 2006: 48–51.
    • The Cat Fancier’s Association – Sphynx Breed Profile http://www.cfainc.org/Breeds/BreedsSthruT/Sphynx.aspx
    • Brunner D. The Cat Owner’s Manual. 2004: 132–5.
    • Shojai A. The Purina Encyclopedia of Cat Care. 1998: 191, 197–200.

TOPICS: HEALTH

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Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our company, our products and caring for your cats. If you have a question that isn't addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

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A: Our top priority is the quality of the food that nourishes not only your pets, but the pets we share our lives with, too. So from source to bowl, the quality of our food is assured by taking the following steps:

Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
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Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

Q: Do you offer coupons?

A: We offer coupons in local papers, through direct mailing programs and via emails to registered members. We don't have a regular section on our website itself. We suggest you watch for sales or promotions at your local retailer.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While CatChow.com is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat.

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