Domestic cats have always grown attached to humans, much like humans become attached to them. The bonds that are shared between cats and their owners are so special that only the two can understand.
Owners understand this bond between cat and human, which is why giving them the best care possible is so important.
An important thing to do for your feline is to give it a bath, especially if your cat is has long hair.
Upkeep on a long-haired cat is easier if the fur is regularly cleaned. All cats sweat, but in long-haired cats, the sweat remains on the body and fur for longer periods and can cause it to become tangled.
Cats do clean themselves regularly, but they need human help with keeping clean. Much like a young child, they will fight and do whatever they can to not have to endure a bath.
However, if baths are given regularly, the fighting will subside and eventually they will remain calm during bath time.
Many owners wonder what you need prior to giving them a bath.
Something you want to make sure you have is dish soap. As strange as this sounds, Animal Planet has noted that it is beneficial to the fur and skin. Dish soap helps remove the sweat and grease, while not being too harsh on the skin.
You will also need a good comb, nail clippers, and a blow dryer.
Be sure to comb the fur completely prior to bathing. This will help you rinse out the dish soap and any specialized pet conditioners completely.
While bathing, be sure to rinse the fur extremely well. If not rinsed well, the chemicals in soap will cause itching and irritation.
If your cat is not declawed, clipping its nails prior to bathing will be beneficial to you, especially if your cat is not used to the bathing process.
The blow dryer you choose needs to be selected carefully as the wrong choice can become too hot or overheated.