“The absolute number one piece of equipment you need is patience,” says Lorkowski.
In addition, you’ll also need a place to bathe the cat, kitten-friendly shampoo, a cup for pouring water, and plenty of warm fluffy towels. (Bonus points if they just came from the dryer.)
A small plastic tub, roughly the size and shape of a litter box, will come in handy if your sink is too small or your bathtub is too big.
Add a few inches of lukewarm water, roughly 100 to 103 degrees. You also want to make sure the room is warm. If it’s cold outside, you don’t want the cat to catch a draft.
Start by placing just the kitten’s feet in the water. After she is comfortable with that, place a folded towel on the bottom of the tub. When kitty is ready to stand on her own in the water, this will give her something to sink her claws into (besides your hand).
“Giving kittens something to grip will make them feel more secure, which makes bath time easier for everyone,” says Bales.
Throughout the process, you want to make sure to keep the kitten’s face dry and above water to prevent her from drowning or aspirating the water. A small cup will help you rinse off the areas that can’t be submerged under water.