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Should I Bathe My Kitty?

Carly
May 7th, 2004, 10:36 PM
Do I need to give my cat a bath?

Luba
May 7th, 2004, 10:41 PM
Why do you want to? Is there a problem?

You just got this cat from the shelter right? This the same one with the eye trouble?

Cats clean themselves, I don't see a real need for you to have to bathe your cat. It would end up being a horrifying experience to you and the kitty IMHO.

Maybe some of the other cat experts can offer their advise.

chico2
May 7th, 2004, 11:37 PM
No,No,No...I've had cats all my life and very clean ones,there is never a need to bath a cat,unless he's fallen into pile of foul-smelling stuff :D
Also you might be risking your life!!!
Not good for you or your cat!!!

woodbyter
May 8th, 2004, 04:54 AM
I can only imagine you are attempting lunacy in considering bathing your cat.LOL
I have 3 Siamese and that is a cat with attitude to be sure. None of them have ever been subjected to bathing and they have no smell at all.
I cannot say two of them have never been in water however since one of them used to like to walk on the edge of our antique enameled tub while we were bathing. Cats cannot grip slippery surfaces and more than once Mr. Pye has misstepped and taken a header into the bath water. His next manuvere is to climb out of the soapy water with the speed of a fur covered rocket and using your body as a launch pad to higher and dryer ground. Needless to say injury can result as well as having to deal with a cat that is sure you have soaked them on purpose.
The only other time I have seen our cats in water was one day when I was topping off the chemical balance of the water in our hot tub. The tub is normally covered with a leather covered foam top on which the cats like to lay and absorb sunlight from the skylights and warmth from the hot tub cover.
One day Charlie jumped from the floor to the top of the hot tub-fully expecting to land on his favorite perch and rest. What he landed on was the water of the open hot tub. He came out like a submarine launched ABM and would not speak to us for hours. (A brief respite form his normal chattering I must admit).
Cats and water do not a happy mix make.

:D

amaruq
May 8th, 2004, 09:25 AM
ROFL@ wood!!!!!!!!!

chico2
May 8th, 2004, 09:31 AM
The funny thing is,two of my cats just love to play in water,as long as it's on their own terms.Right now we periodically empty the water on the poolcover and Chico and Vinnie will play with the hoses and get soaked,totally oblivious to the fact they don't like water :D To top it all off,Vinnie my white cat will happily roll himself in soil after being soaking wet,so you can imagine the effect!! But a couple of hours later he is clean as a whistle again,without any interferance from me!!
Also since the two of them like to drink from the tap,they occasionally get their heads soaked and it's ok with them :D My Rocky however,only goes near water to sustain his life :D
But putting them in a tub....nooooo way :D

Luba
May 8th, 2004, 10:09 AM
Wow I actually got a cat question right

Yippie doodles :D

Bill & Bob
May 8th, 2004, 12:22 PM
Personally, the thought of a cat with claws slipping into the bathtub with me sends shivers up my spine. I never want to be near a cat in water when I have no clothes on to protect certain 'personal interests'.
But no, I've never heard of a cat needing a bath.
Do cats ever get sprayed by skunks? Might be a dumb question, but I've never heard of it happening before.

Carly
May 8th, 2004, 12:26 PM
Yep, this is the same cat with the eye trouble. Her eye is looking so big and beautiful now. Her post-surgery eye drops will be finished on Tuesday.

Anywho...I just saw cat shampoo at the pet store and wondered if maybe there was a good reason for it. I've never heard of anyone washing their cat but I thought since they make cat shampoo maybe I was missing something. And in fact, I think my cat smells very good. She almost has a perfumed smell. I'm probably smelling the fragrance from her litter. HAHAHAHAHA. :p

So, she likes to sit between the liner and the curtain while we take showers. The liner is clear, so she just sits there and watches us shower. One time she decided to get in and found herself under the spray of water. Then she tried to get out the front of the shower where I had the curtain weighted down (so she can't get in in the first place). Poor thing, but she was pretty mellow about it all. I just picked her up and placed her out. Then last night she was being nosey at shower time, so I picked her up and brought her in. She was pretty curious for a little bit, looking around, then she got squirmy and I put her out. Again, she was very calm, but then again I didn't put her under the water. No plans to ever soak the kitty, that's for sure. :D

P.S. You guys know this is my first pet ever, right? :o My parents got a dog a few months before I moved out, but that is the extent of my pet experience. That may explain why my questions seem so silly. :D

chico2
May 8th, 2004, 12:35 PM
Not silly at all,we've had that question before,if you've never had a cat before,how would you know???Anyway,it's good you asked before trying :D
As for cat-shampoo,they also sell cat-tooth-paste and floss,that should tell you something :D :D :D
My vet actually asked me if I floss my cats teeth,I said SURE TWICE A DAY :D :D I don't think she believed me :p

Spoiled
May 8th, 2004, 02:08 PM
If you ever need to, make sure to put the cat into the tub with something that he/she can't slip on to stand on, and fill the tub gradualy with water. Never put a cat in a tub of full water.