Because most cats don’t like water, it’s only fair that you don’t want to put cats through a bath without good reason. However, there are sometimes good reasons to wash cats. For example, if your cats are outdoor cats, they might bring in something less-than savory from the outdoor world into your home (dog poop in the yard can, unfortunately, sometimes be the culprit!). This being said, most cats are very clean animals and that kind of dirt will usually be the exception. However, if you spot (or smell!) something nasty on your cat’s fur, it’ll be time for a bath.
Housecats are also not immune from getting a little dirty and needing a bit of a spa treatment. Even if they won’t thank you for it, it’ll be good for them in the long run. For example, some cats can’t clean themselves very efficiently. This can sometimes be due to weight or old age, or long, high-maintenance fur that needs your help. In these instances, if you notice that your cat is a little dirty, it might be bath time!
Tip! If you’ve got a long-haired breed like a Persian or Maine Coon, you might get a lot of use out of our article on tips and tricks for getting rid of pet hair.