Bathing cats for treatment is different from bathing them normally. Bathing a cat for medicinal purposes is usually done when a cat has a fungal, mite or flea disease. The following are things that must be considered when bathing a cat that is attacked by mold, mites or fleas:
Prepare tools and materials: warm water, towels, toothbrush, hair dryer, cat brush in the form of a brush, medicated shampoo (anti-flea, anti-fungal or anti-bacterial shampoo).
Before bathing, check the affected areas all over the body. The fungus usually attacks the chin, armpits, groin, soles of the feet, tail and base of the tail. Scabies mites most commonly attack the outer ear and inner ear tips. Fleas often attack the top of the head, chin, armpits and groin. Remember the part that hurts, because it must be exposed to shampoo and brushed when bathing.
Wet the cat all over with warm water. Make sure the water gets all the way down to the hair. Treatment will not be effective if water and shampoo do not reach the skin. In cats with long, thick hair it is easier to spray using high pressure water, but not too hard because the cat can be in pain.
Evenly distribute the shampoo throughout the body while massaging / combing it using your fingers. Be careful when giving shampoo to the area around the eyes and nose. Try not to shampoo in your eyes. After evenly, brush and clean the sore areas with a toothbrush. Be careful when brushing the wound. Make sure the shampoo is in the body for 5-7 minutes so that fleas, fungi and bacteria that cause disease can die from the medicated shampoo.
Rinse the cat’s entire body with water until it is clean. Check the sore spots again. Shampooing was repeated one more time, while cleaning / brushing the affected parts. Roll out the shampoo and let it go back 5-7 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Towel dry the cat, then brush the cat with a hairdryer. Combing aims to remove hair loss and speed up hair drying. Make sure the cat’s coat and entire body is dry to the skin, especially in areas with thick and slightly tough hair such as the abdomen, hind legs, the area between the hind legs, the base of the tail and the soles of the feet. Because incomplete drying will create a suitable environment and humidity for mold growth.