Why do cats hate getting wet?
Instinctively, cats rely on their agility to thrive and feel safe. Being drenched in water makes a kitty feel weighed down and unable to escape. A cat’s top layer of fur is water resistant to some degree, but not enough to protect her during bath time, likely making her feel vulnerable.
Cats are also creatures of habit, and don’t always take well to new situations. If baths aren’t a regular occurrence for your feline companion, it’s likely she’ll feel anxious and fearful.
Do all cats dislike water?
The short answer is no, not all felines hate water. Cats have a natural curiosity, and you may even notice your kitty drinking from a running faucet or checking out a puddle with her paw. Some breeds, like the Turkish Van, are even known for being fond of the water.
Is bathing a cat really necessary?
Cats are typically able to do a good job of grooming themselves. However, there may come a time when a bath is necessary. If your feline companion gets into something especially dirty or smelly, it might be time to head to the tub. Also, elderly, sick, or injured cats may need some assistance staying clean. If you need to give your cat a bath, keep in mind that it will likely be a stressful situation for your feline friend. Try to pick a mellow moment for bath time (like right after a play session), use warm water, use a calming pet shampoo, and offer a reward when it’s all finished.