6 Situations in Which You Shouldn’t Wash Your Cat

6 Situations in Which You Shouldn’t Wash Your Cat

6 Situations in Which You Shouldn’t Wash Your Cat

“I just adopted a one-month-old kitten, I should give her a thorough bath.” “My cat is sick. I need to wash her for better hygiene.” Sometimes, we intend to provide better care to our feline friends. However, we may end up doing more harm than good. While there are some exceptional cases in which you need to wash your cat, there are also circumstances where you need to avoid bathing your kitty. With that in mind, should you bathe your one-month-old fur baby? Or can you wash your ill cat? Let’s check out the following six conditions under which you should keep your fur baby away from the bathtub.


They Are Under 6 Months Old

Veterinarians advise not to bathe your cat before it is at least six months old. At this stage, a kitten’s active immune system is immature and has not fully developed yet. A cat’s immune system is its defense against bacteria, viruses, and infections, and bathing a kitten can clean out their coat of bacteria, which weakens the defense effectiveness of their immune system. In this case, a kitten is more vulnerable to diseases and illnesses. Bathing them can also disturb the development of their immune system and microbiota.
Vaccinations for your cat are normally scheduled between their first and fourth months of age. A kitten needs to remain healthy to receive a shot, and baths can cause health problems and immense stress on your fur baby. Besides, a cat has weaker immunity after receiving their shots. You don’t want to risk bringing an illness to your beloved fur friend.
Given the size of your kitty, accidents may occur during a bath if you are not careful enough. For instance, accidentally drowning them or them falling off the bathtub can not only cause physical pain but also psychological trauma that lasts for their lifetime.
Adopted baby cats can be very tense when they first arrive in a new environment. In this case, they might be easily traumatized if you bathe them. Thus, always be more cautious with fragile kits.


They Are Pregnant or Have Just Given Birth

Although bathing itself doesn’t hurt a pregnant cat, it is not advisable to wash a mother-to-be cat. A bath can cause her a lot of stress, which can psychologically harm her and her babies. Besides, if she hates baths, she will fight tooth and nail and injure herself and the kittens in the process. In addition, the chemicals contained in shampoos may not be safe for your sensitive pregnant cat.
After having babies, your queen cat may experience more anxiety than usual. A bath can easily irritate her and trigger emotional trauma, as a mommy cat’s immune system is weakened after she’s given birth. Thus, a bath can cause her fragile body to fall ill. It might also lead to a uterine infection. Moreover, her sickness can affect breastfeeding. Finally, kittens can identify their mothers’ individual smell, and a bath or shampoo can wash off the mother’s identity scent, disrupting their newborns’ lives.


When Your Cat Is Sick

Vets don’t recommend bathing a sick cat. The process can generate a lot of stress on your poor kitty and distract them from regaining their health. A trauma caused by fighting a bath might result in an immunocompromised immune system for an ill feline, which may lead their health conditions to worsen, and consequently, make them more depressed and delicate. Boggling your cat during a bath can lead them to develop cat depression.
If your cat has a heart or lung disease, a bath can cause such serious results that you will regret bathing them. Such diseases or an infection of the upper respiratory tract can indeed cause shortness of breath for your kitty. In this case, and if they become too nervous in the bathtub, they could go into shock or even die from it.



After Surgery or When Your Cat Is Wounded

Do not bathe your cat right after surgery or when they are wounded. According to VAC Animal Hospital, you should “restrict your cat's activity for a period of 7-14 days, to allow the incision to begin healing. Do not allow your cat to jump or engage in any strenuous activity that could cause excessive stretching of the surgical incision, especially in the first few days after the operation.”
For example, the recovery time for a spay surgery is 14 days. Thus, you must wait 14 days before bathing your cat. Doing it before this time can bring bacteria into the surgery stitches and cause an infection. Besides, wrestling during bathing can cause the surgery cut to break apart, start bleeding, and delay healing. A cat can be very down after surgery or when wounded. Therefore, we don’t want to traumatize them and depress them more, which could postpone their recovery time.


Solution: Simple Wiping by Grooming Gloves

You may wonder, “What should I do if I have to wash my cat under these conditions?” For instance, if your adopted one-month-old kitten is just too dirty and smelly or if your pregnant cat is infected with fleas. You may also think, “What if my baby kitty rolls in the dust or the greasy oil?” or “My sick cat stops grooming themselves, but there is sticky stuff on their fur!”
Although it is not advisable to bathe your cat, you can clean them by simply wiping them. HICC GROOM! Pet Grooming Gloves are designed for special circumstances for pet hygiene. They can satisfy pet owners’ particular needs that require them to clean their pets when bathing them is not permitted.
This wipe is designed as a wearable five-finger glove that is very easy to use and efficient for pet owners. As a dry-wash product, it is a simple and fast alternative to the complicated process of bathing. The main ingredient, hypochlorous acid, can sanitize pet wounds and relieve pain. You can also eliminate dirt and oil on your wounded cat while speeding up the healing process. Plus, it can improve pet skin microbiota and soothe common skin problems.


This gentle ingredient has a neutral pH value and is very pet-friendly. It doesn’t contain alcohol nor ingredients that will irritate pets’ wounded skin. It is very safe for them and can help prevent potential infections in cuts and abrasions. After dry-washing with HICC GROOM!, your kitty’s fur will air dry quickly and won’t drip. It won’t make your kitty sick, even when their immune system is weakened.
HICC GROOM! is devoted to providing a careful hygiene experience for pets with special needs. We care for your pet’s health and hygiene above all else.