Maine Coon Cats are known for being the gentle giants of the feline world, but what you may not have known is that they actually like water. This trait plays to your advantage when it comes to grooming. Maine Coon’s have beautiful, multi-layered coats which are extremely thick. They need brushed often and bathed once a month. Being playful in nature, don’t be surprised if they try to splash you.
- Give your Maine Coon a nice brushing. You’ll want to remove as much excess hair as you can. If you find any knots that can’t be brushed out, use a pair of scissors to trim the matted fur.
- Get everything ready for the bath. Fill your tub or sink about 2-4 inches full of warm water. Be sure you have a cup, shampoo, conditioner, clean towels and treats nearby.
- Get your cat in the tub and let them get used to the water before using the cup to get them good and wet. It’s best to start at the nape of the neck and work your way down the back. Be careful around the face and the ears, it’s the only places they don’t like water. Your kitty will probably be none too amused to have water in his face.
- Once you have your Maine Coon all wet, you’ll want to work in shampoo. Apply a line down the spine and gently work it into a lather, covering the whole coat and tail. Again, be sure to avoid the ears and face as soap and shampoo tend to burn.
- It’s time to rinse. Use the same method as you did when you first got your cat wet, start at the nape of the neck and work your way down his back.
- (optional) Your Maine Coon will be silky smooth without conditioner, but it is okay to use if you like. Apply and rinse just like you did with the shampoo.
- Getting your Maine Coon dry will take a little time and effort. Drain the water from your tub or sink and remove any excess water from your cat. Wrap your cat in a clean dry towel; you will more than likely need more than one to do the job. Pat down your cat to get as much water off of him as you can. Some Maine Coon’s will allow you to use a blow dryer, though most tend to be skittish around them. If yours is brave enough make sure you use low heat on a medium to low blower. Your Maine Coon will also want to lick himself dry.
- Once he is almost dry, you will want to brush him one more time. This will prevent any tangles and knots from forming in the hair.
That’s all there is to bathing your Maine Coon Cat.