Do cats really hate to bath?

Why do cats hate to bath?

If you’re curious to know the reasons cats hate to bath in water, here are five possible reasons:

Their evolutionary background

The domestic cats you’re keeping in your homes are descendants of African wild cats which have their origins in arid lands with very few or no water bodies such as lakes and rivers.


Your felines have the instincts that they will become more vulnerable when they are wet. Their fluffy furs are soaked up in the water, adding to their weights and limiting their movement. Also, cats may get cold because wet furs take a long time to dry.

Water is not odorless to cats

We humans do not perceive a particular odor in clean water. However, cats can detect the odor of certain substances in water. Felines smell chemicals that are present in water, thus, they avoid being soaked in water because they do not want to be smelling that way throughout the day.


Cats always fear being submerged in water, especially running water such as rivers. The fear of being carried away by the moving water or being harmed by a predator that may be hiding somewhere in water bodies will make your felines jump out of running water.

Cats don’t need water for grooming

Cats have a natural way of grooming themselves by licking their bodies. They also use their paws to scratch out any dirt that clogs their furs.

Do all cats hate water?

The answer to this question is, “No,” not all cats hate water. It is common to see domestic cats avoiding baths in water but big cats such as tigers and lions like to go for a dip in the water.

How to bath cats that hate water

We’ve mentioned that most domestic cats hate to bath in water. They avoid water because unlike humans, they do not need water for cleaning their bodies.

Be organized

You don’t want to immerse your cats in water before looking for the necessary materials to bath them. Ensure you have prepared everything you need.

Hold firmly

Your cat will most likely feel uncomfortable and want to jump out of the bathtub at the first pour. Hold them firmly but be gentle with it.

Use a cup to rinse

After washing your cat with feline shampoo, do not rinse them directly under the faucet or shower, instead, use a cup to pour water gently on their fluffy coat. This is less frightening than the running water from a shower.

Use a warm fluffy towel

Using a blow dryer on your cat’s coat will irritate them more. Instead, wrap your feline in a warm fluffy towel and place them in a warm room. Ensure they remain indoors until their coat is dry.

How to clean your cat without water

Your cat may become so wild when you attempt to bath them in water. So you may try cleaning them without water. If you fancy learning about cleaning your cats without bathing them in water, here are a few things you can do:

Use cat wipes

Cat wipes are available at market stores. You can get them and use for cleaning your felines. Cat wipes help to remove allergens and unpleasant oils from your cat’s coat. They also deodorize the cat’s fur.

Use a waterless shampoo

Purchase non-toxic waterless shampoo that contains natural ingredients that will not irritate your feline’s skin. You may seek a veterinarian’s advice for a recommendation to buy a suitable product.

Use the right grooming tools

A pin brush, thinning shears, and grooming gloves are necessary tools you should have to groom your cats. Use thinning shears to remove tangles and knots from their furs. Ensure you brush their coats regularly to remove any parasites that could have clumped to their furs.


Most domestic cats hate to bath for many reasons. Getting their coats wet tends to make them more vulnerable to attacks from predators, thus they avoid water. In addition, water impedes their sight and hearing ability, making them less sensitive to their environment.

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