Many cat owners can identify with the classic image of a cute feline sporting an angry expression during its inaugural bath.
Felines are popularly known for their self-reliant and occasionally unresponsive demeanor, and when it concerns water, they usually exhibit their dissatisfaction in a clear manner. For the cat, bathing can be an anxiety-inducing event as cats are very particular about their cleanliness and prefer to maintain their hygiene in private.
When cats are submerged in water, their normally calm and cute demeanor can quickly turn into a range of negative emotions, including anger and frustration. This is evident by the way their ears flatten against their head, their eyes widen with an annoyed glare, and their claws come out as they try to grab onto anything nearby. To express their dissatisfaction, cats may hiss, growl, or meow plaintively.
Even though cats can look funny and unhappy during bath time, it is important for their owners to make sure that the water temperature is comfortable and that the bathing process is gentle and fast to prevent stress. With time, some cats might even get used to taking baths and tolerate them better, but the first experience with water will always be remembered by cat owners as a charming and amusing moment in their pet’s life.