Advice on cat that gets dirty – does he need baths?


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Our question this week was:

My cat Mittens is black and white cat. Sometimes he gets dusty and I believe it's from the carpet in our house. Does cats need to have baths?

Angela Sims


Hi – thanks for your email. Sometimes cats do need baths. Most housecats keep themselves pretty clean and don't require regular baths. Sometimes just combing and brushing works well for cats.

If you do need to give your cat a bath, you might find this article helpful – "how to give a cat a bath". Cats generally aren't crazy about the whole bath thing – but others like it (they are the minority – trust me on that!).

In general, most cat owners don't routinely bath their cats unless there is some extenuating circumstance such as they get something on their fur.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.