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Cats Hate Water for Various Reasons



Cats don't all hate water, of course. Even in the early stages of socialization (between 3 and 8 weeks), cats that have had good encounters with water are more likely to like it later in life. Water-loving breeds exist as well. Keep in mind that each cat is an individual and should be treated as such.


Cats have a natural dislike towards water, which they developed through time


  • Cats are said to have been domesticated in the Middle East about 9,500 years ago. It is unlikely that they would have developed had they lived in wetter conditions like those found in the tropics. As a consequence, cats nowadays tend to stay away from water. Even the neighborhood cats will seek cover when it starts to rain or thunderclap. Cats nowadays have an innate need to avoid water at all costs.


  • However, this isn't true for all breeds; some cats, owing to their own ancestry, love being near water. Water-loving and swimming-capable breeds such as the Turkish Van and Turkish Angora are well-known. In order to swim and fish in the summer, they lose their hair in the Lake Van area of Turkey. Bengals, Maine Coons, and American Bobtails are breeds that love water more than others.


Cats Are Highly Perceptive to Aromas


  • Cats have a sense of smell that is fourteen times more sensitive than the average human being's. Shampoos and conditioners with strong smells may cause cats' dislike to water and bathing. Some people think that the smell of toxins in tap water bothers cats.


Cats like being clean and comfortable 


  • Naturally clean cats spend a lot of time combing their hair to keep it clean, detangled, and in good shape. Cats also have a greater core body temperature, which they control by grooming themselves. Wet cat fur gets thick, making it difficult for them to rapidly go back to a comfortable, dry condition. A damp coat may also make the cat feel sluggish and less agile than normal, making it feel trapped and unable to escape.


Water Sensitivity


  • Many cats have had negative experiences with water, therefore it's obvious why many cats dislike it. Examples include being stranded in a rainstorm without cover, being sprayed with water, and being forced to take a bath.


Is it Necessary to Bathe Cats?


  • Considering that cats are excellent at cleaning themselves, you may never have to wash one. They may spend as much as 40% of their waking hours cleaning themselves.


  • A medical bath may be required for a cat with a skin condition, and older, arthritic, or overweight cats may find it difficult to get to all of their body parts. Even if the cat doesn't roll in anything stinky or sticky, a bath may be in order if the cat does.


What Can I Do to Make My Cat Like Baths?


Prior to Bathing


  1. Become used to the surroundings. When it comes to getting your cat accustomed to bathing in water, consider exposing her to the tub many weeks before the actual bathing time. Use catnip, toys, or treats to help your cat form good associations with the space where it will be staying. Spreadable goodies, such as a little bit of cheese, whip cream, or anchovy paste, may be smeared on the tub and licked by your cat.
  2. Put a few inches of warm water in the tub, and then sprinkle cat toys all around the bath so she can have some fun with it after she's comfortable playing and eating goodies in there. Promote playtime for your cat by rewarding her with praise and tasty goodies when she engages in it.
  3. Organize everything before you begin to bathe the cat. Don't forget to bring anything you need. If you have a feline in the house, you'll need cat-specific products like shampoo, cat treats, and toys. If you're bathing your cat in the bathtub or sink, you'll need non-slip surfaces like rubber liners, a bath mat, and towels.
  4. Set a peaceful tone in the room. Keep the door closed and the volume down. Keep your cool and talk slowly. Rinse your cat with glasses of water instead of your spray attachment if it's too loud. Your cat will be worried if you are!


During the Shower


  1. Distract yourself with just the bare minimum of constraint. Do not suffocate or restrain your cat. Avoid yelling at your cat by being kind, watching their body language, and offering pleasant diversions like a special spreadable treat or a wand toy.
  2. Prevent water from getting into your cat's ears or eyes by taking extra care not to splash it in his face. Do not use soap on its bristles. It's normal for cats to hate having their touch receptors scrape with water, food, and dirt on their whiskers. Rinse off the shampoo completely to avoid irritating his skin.


Following a Bath


  1. Dry well with a towel. You may either carry your cat if it prefers to be carried out of the water, or allow the water to drain completely and towel dry your cat while he or she is still in the tub. 
  2. Your cat will naturally dry in a few hours, so keep them warm and out of drafts while they're drying. After that, reward your cat with his or her favorite toy and a hug or play session!

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