It is not unusual for most people having multiple pets, making management and bathing double the fun! Bath time can be a pleasant experience with and for your dog in most but not all cases but add kitty to the tub and you may need to prepare for world war III!! Is it really a good idea to bathe both pets together? Does it really save time and your sanity? That is a matter of personal experience and patience in handling the two bathing beauties in one tub. The friendly staff at your local Rockford-area PetsMart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home can help you with advice on bathing both pets together as well as providing the best bath supplies for their needs.
You need to first get the cat into the water, alone, before introducing the pup to a spa day. You may have to work on getting your cat accustomed to the bath before even attempting a dual bath. It may take weeks of encouragement but it can be done. Begin slowly with a tiny bit of water on the paws and work towards fully emerging your cat up to the neck area over weeks of time. Ideally, starting this with your cat as a young kitten is best. When your cat gets used to the water, a tip in bathing it is to refrain from using a spray hose but use a cup and/or bowl to pour water over the cat. The spray hose may be too traumatic for kitty.
If you do want to achieve double-bathing your dog and cat, you must start doing so while the pets are both very young or it may be a losing battle. It can be difficult to get a more mature animal on its’ own to “love” the bath process; bathing the pets together will create more friction and in the process you will have a wet, lathered escapee or two.
Before you begin your double-spa day, there are some things to consider to make the event easier and less stressful for all involved, such as:
- First be sure that you have all the supplies that you will need to bathe the dog and the cat, such as dog shampoo, cat shampoo, cup or bowl for rinsing, and thick towels. You surely do not want to be in the middle of the bath and realize you forgot something.
- Having a helper can make the process much easier.
- Use a safe pet noose in the tub to keep the dog and cat safe and secure. Bath nooses can be purchased at the larger pet stores. They have a suction cup that attaches to the tub or large sink, with attached double nooses.
- Realize that dogs and cats must use two different types of shampoo which may be the number one reason to wash them separately. Cats, as finicky and fickle as they may be, are very delicate and cannot tolerate any of the ingredients that are found in dog shampoos. Never, ever use human shampoo on dogs or cats.
If you have two very happy and willing pets in the tub and are able to give them the individual attention that they they require, you are one lucky pet parent! It can be difficult enough to bathe two of the same species much less two of the most dissimilar personalities. You know your pets best so do what is easiest for you and for them.
If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy
For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua or other tiny dog in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at email@example.com for further information.
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