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Bathing cats.

PostPosted: 18 Oct 2009, 16:20
by MWB
I don't as I don't reckon they need to be.

But I was surprised to learn my sister in Australia does. She said she does it for a few reasons, (non of which I think warrant it) but the paralysis tick was one she mentioned.

Now I know this tick is bad, but would bathing a cat prevent them biting a cat?

My thoughts are - No.

Re: Bathing cats.

PostPosted: 18 Oct 2009, 16:30
by pinky
send her this
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Re: Bathing cats.

PostPosted: 18 Oct 2009, 16:59
by caththecrazy
My best friend had 2 cats which they used to regularly bath - don't think the cats liked it but as it was pretty much part of their lives so they learnt to accept it.

When I was in Turkey with her once we were visiting some distant relatives and they had one of those Turkish van cats which love swimming - I couldn't believe it - a cat swimming.

Claire I think that would just make the tick clean - don't they just climb up to the highest point on the animals and then hop off???

Re: Bathing cats.

PostPosted: 27 Oct 2009, 14:35
by pastafreak
I have to swing Caspar's bum over the bathtub every now and again...simply because he won't clean it himself sometimes. He doesn't seem overly bothered,but he is in for only a few minutes if that.

Re: Bathing cats.

PostPosted: 28 Oct 2009, 01:28
by pilvikki

we had a cat whose rear end went on him as he got older [still only 10 yrs] and we had to wash his rump every so often. ye gods what a chore that was for two adults to keep him from shredding us! you know the 'how to bathe a cat' routine? we almost considered it:

Following are instructions on the best way to bathe your cat:

1. Thoroughly clean the toilet.

2. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and have both lids lifted.

3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

4. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape). CAUTION: Don't get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out to grab anything they can find. The cat will self-agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from your toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet 3 or 4 times. This provides a "powerwash and rinse" which I have found to be quite effective.

6. Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

8. The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet and run outside where he will dry himself.



Re: Bathing cats.

PostPosted: 28 Oct 2009, 08:15
by threenorns
i like this one - it's similar to one i wrote but of course now can't find (i think there's a copy in the BF archives? maybe?):

Some people say cats never have to be bathed. They say cats lick themselves clean. They say cats have a special enzyme of some sort in their saliva that works like new, improved Wisk - dislodging the dirt where it hides and whisking it away.

I've spent most of my life believing this folklore. Like most blind believers, I've been able to discount all the facts to the contrary, the kitty odors that lurk in the corners of the garage and dirt smudges that cling to the throw rug by the fireplace.

The time comes, however, when a man must face reality: when he must look squarely in the face of massive public sentiment to the contrary and announce: "This cat smells like a port-a-potty on a hot day in Juarez."

When that day arrives at your house, as it has in mine, I have some advice you might consider as you place your feline friend under your arm and head for the bathtub:

-- Know that although the cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don't try to bathe him in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a very small bathroom. If your bathroom is more than four feet square, I recommend that you get in the tub with the cat and close the sliding-glass doors as if you were about to take a shower. (A simple shower curtain will not do. A berserk cat can shred a three-ply rubber shower curtain quicker than a politician can shift positions.)

-- Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how to dress to protect yourself. I recommend canvas overalls tucked into high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-mesh gloves, an army helmet, a hockey face mask, and a long-sleeved flak jacket.

-- Prepare everything in advance. There is no time to go out for a towel when you have a cat digging a hole in your flak jacket. Draw the water. Make sure the bottle of kitty shampoo is inside the glass enclosure. Make sure the towel can be reached, even if you are lying on your back in the water.

-- Use the element of surprise. Pick up your cat nonchalantly, as if to simply carry him to his supper dish. (Cats will not usually notice your strange attire. They have little or no interest in fashion as a rule. If he does notice your garb, calmly explain that you are taking part in a product testing experiment for J.C. Penney.)

-- Once you are inside the bathroom, speed is essential to survival. In a single liquid motion, shut the bathroom door, step into the tub enclosure, slide the glass door shut, dip the cat in the water and squirt him with shampoo. You have begun one of the wildest 45 seconds of your life.

Cats have no handles. Add the fact that he now has soapy fur, and the problem is radically compounded. Do not expect to hold on to him for more than two or three seconds at a time. When you have him, however, you must remember to give him another squirt of shampoo and rub like crazy. He'll then spring free and fall back into the water, thereby rinsing himself off. (The national record for cats is three latherings, so don't expect too much.)

-- Next, the cat must be dried. Novice cat bathers always assume this part will be the most difficult, for humans generally are worn out at this point and the cat is just getting really determined. In fact, the drying is simple compared to what you have just been through. That's because by now the cat is semipermanently affixed to your right leg. You simply pop the drain plug with you foot, reach for your towel and wait. (Occasionally, however, the cat will end up clinging to the top of your army helmet. If this happens, the best thing you can do is to shake him loose and to encourage him toward your leg.) After all the water is drained from the tub, it is a simple matter to just reach down and dry the cat.

In a few days the cat will relax enough to be removed from your leg. He will usually have nothing to say for about three weeks and will spend a lot of time sitting with his back to you. He might even become psychoceramic and develop the fixed stare of a plaster figurine.

You will be tempted to assume he is angry. This isn't usually the case. As a rule he is simply plotting ways to get through your defenses and injure you for life the next time you decide to give him a bath.

But at least now he smells a lot better.

Re: Bathing cats.

PostPosted: 22 Feb 2010, 19:08
by kg
    -- Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how to dress to protect yourself. I recommend canvas overalls tucked into high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-mesh gloves, an army helmet, a hockey face mask, and a long-sleeved flak jacket.

    Uh...NIX on the hockey face mask! They have holes through which kitty can reach and scratch your eyes out (and be assured...that's the first thing that kitty will go for!). In place of the hockey mask. I would recommend at least:

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    Notice that this face mask has a breathing unit that will relieve you of the smell when kitty gets really excited! Or something like this:

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    Alternatively, a full face helmet can be used:

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    Just make sure the eye shield can not be easily lifted or pulled off. And if you're a bit tight for money, something like this can be used:

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    Just make sure that you fasten it down securely to the flack jacket!

    Just thought I'd make a case on a glaringly obvious flaw in the protective gear. I probably should have cross-referenced this under "Animal Antics," but there it is. :lol:

    Re: Bathing cats.

    PostPosted: 05 Mar 2010, 14:26
    by pilvikki

    :lmaof3: you're well protected!

    we have a front loader washing machine, think that would work? :think: oh look at that, i see it has already been approved:

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    Re: Bathing cats.

    PostPosted: 06 Mar 2010, 04:05
    by kg

      Damn! Another wet cat! And he doesn't look amused, either! :gah:

      Re: Bathing cats.

      PostPosted: 06 Mar 2010, 20:20
      by pilvikki

      go figure, no pleasing some of them...