Actually, Escher is much better now, he will yowl while waiting for Phoebe to get bathed (it's much easier to take them both in the bathroom and close the door) but once he's in, he will try to escape a couple of times but finally give up. Neither of them have bitten or scratched (though I have bathed cats that do both), but Escher will wrap his paw around my leg and look up and whine (as if begging for mercy) but now that they're both well behaved, they know they'll only be in the water for a short amount of time.
Some basic tips for bathing a cat:
- make sur ethe tub is filled and the water is off before you gather them up, the sound of the rushing water will scare them even more!
- if you're not sure how they'll behave, have someone else in the bathroom to help you
- have towels ready to dry them off when they get out
- have a cup to use to get them wet, never dunk their head under water, this can cause serious trust issues!
- clear everything off the bathroom counter/sink area, I learned this the hard way when Phoebe escaped the bathtub and jumped up on the sink, knocking EVERYTHING over
- talk to them soothingly when they're in the water and gently wash them, some cats will even learn to enjoy their baths
Finally, for those of you who do have water loving cats, congrats! It should be nice and easy for the bath!