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post #31 of 58
I have given Karma 1 bath in the year I have had her, she had fleas. Shes three and hated it. She feels really safe when I am holding her so I went that route. I wore long pants and a long sleeve shirt. After the bath was set up I got in the tub holding her and myDH washed her. She stayed calm but cried and kept looking up at me with the saddest little face. She let me know when enough was enough. She didn't talk to me for the rest of the day but it had to be done.
I used Dawn dish soap. It kills fleas on contact and I figure if scientist use it to clean animals after an oil spill then it must be safe. It also makes them soft and smell good.
As you can see we all have different methods. Do what works for you.
post #32 of 58
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom View Post
I have given Karma 1 bath in the year I have had her, she had fleas. Shes three and hated it. She feels really safe when I am holding her so I went that route. I wore long pants and a long sleeve shirt. After the bath was set up I got in the tub holding her and myDH washed her. She stayed calm but cried and kept looking up at me with the saddest little face. She let me know when enough was enough. She didn't talk to me for the rest of the day but it had to be done.
I used Dawn dish soap. It kills fleas on contact and I figure if scientist use it to clean animals after an oil spill then it must be safe. It also makes them soft and smell good.
As you can see we all have different methods. Do what works for you.
Dawn dishsoap is perfectly safe. I use it as a prewash for Jake. I didn't know Dawn killed fleas but the vinegar rinse water helps with fleas too.
post #33 of 58
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
So who does this for the sake of doing?
I don't do it just for the sake of doing, but I do give frequent bathes to my cat. I bathe my adult Sphynx cat weekly, and do a nail trim and ear cleaning right afterwards. It isn't a big deal, she doesn't mind. I use a shampoo called Nova Pearls, I use the gentle formula.
post #34 of 58
Thius evening i smelled somthing and it was Missy. She was cleaning herself but wasnt able to get the feces out of the long hair , i finally gave her a treat and while she ate it i did a fast job of wiping it out. but there is stil gobs of it stuck in the long hair.. So my next thought is i am gonna have to wash it out.. and it wont be fast cause after looking closely there is a lot. Misssy isnt a huggy cat, in fact she seldom lets me love on her. an dshe never gets in my lap.. all my loving has to be done while she is on the floor. not very afectionate but i love her dearly, she is my baby.. My queston is. how can i safely clean her. she is not declawed.. i thought about wrapping a towel around her having my husband hold her over the sink and i would wash it real fast. Any suggestions will help at this point.. also if i can can i cut some of the long hair around her butt.. if we can hold her down that long that is..
thanks Hallycat
post #35 of 58
You could try clipping her nails first. And then following some of the bathing suggestions such as, put a rubber mat in the sink, run water before bringing her to the sink, talk to her softly and have your husband help. He could hold her and you could scrub. I wouldn't hold her over the sink. I would think that would feel more threatening then just putting her in it. The other thing you could do is take her to a groomer and have her bathe her and ask them to give her a sanitary trim around her privates.
post #36 of 58
I work for a pet products company. So I get all my dog & cat shampoo for free. Please people if you do bathe use a detergent & soap free formulation..

Anyway, I have not bathed Puff yet. I'm dreading the fight that will ensue when I try. But if I had him as a small kitten he would have been use to it by now.
Especially with long haired kittens I don't think they ever clean themselves good enough. I mean yeah he gets most of it. But there is that lingering smell at the back end that just has to be washed away after awhile. Plus I like the smell of the shampoo better than his saliva.
post #37 of 58
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Originally Posted by mzjazz2u View Post
Dawn dishsoap is perfectly safe. I use it as a prewash for Jake. I didn't know Dawn killed fleas but the vinegar rinse water helps with fleas too.

NO NO NO. Dawn Dishsoap is NOT fine. Any soap like that is going to strip the natural oils of the coat. Please do not use this.
post #38 of 58
I know many persian people who use Dawn. What's more important is to put a good quality conditioner on the coat after washing to restore the natural oils.
post #39 of 58
OK....I'm curious. What is the purpose of the vinegar in the rinse water?
post #40 of 58
I'm not sure, I've never used it - but I think its something to do with making sure the soap is all out of the coat.
post #41 of 58
Bijou loves to roll in the flower beds in the summer so he gets a bath about once per month to get any "stuff" he doesn't get himself. Mika gets a bath as well so they both smell the same and you know the old saying, misery loves company.

They are both used to baths now so it's no problem - they are both very tolerant.
post #42 of 58
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Originally Posted by SophieC View Post
OK....I'm curious. What is the purpose of the vinegar in the rinse water?
The vinegar in the rinse water helps to get out all the shampoo and also helps to restore skin ph. The cat will be less likely to develop dry or irritated skin.
post #43 of 58
My question is, how do you bathe a moody cat? My Foofy tends to hate the world 3/4 of the day (she's just old and grumpy, but oh-so cute) and I know that putting her in a tub is NOT going to help... BUT, she really needs a bath. She's not an unclean cat, but I can tell that with her age she's in need of more "assistance" in the grooming department.

Is there any way to do this without making her hate me? I'm the one person Foofy sort of trusts in life, so I don't want to ruin that. :-(
post #44 of 58
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Originally Posted by MsKtty89 View Post
My question is, how do you bathe a moody cat? My Foofy tends to hate the world 3/4 of the day (she's just old and grumpy, but oh-so cute) and I know that putting her in a tub is NOT going to help... BUT, she really needs a bath. She's not an unclean cat, but I can tell that with her age she's in need of more "assistance" in the grooming department.

Is there any way to do this without making her hate me? I'm the one person Foofy sort of trusts in life, so I don't want to ruin that. :-(

A Dry shampoo is a good idea. That way you do not have to go through the stress of bathing but still get her nice and clean. See my post in the Members marketplace for brand recommendation.
post #45 of 58
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Originally Posted by MsKtty89 View Post
My question is, how do you bathe a moody cat? My Foofy tends to hate the world 3/4 of the day (she's just old and grumpy, but oh-so cute) and I know that putting her in a tub is NOT going to help... BUT, she really needs a bath. She's not an unclean cat, but I can tell that with her age she's in need of more "assistance" in the grooming department.

Is there any way to do this without making her hate me? I'm the one person Foofy sort of trusts in life, so I don't want to ruin that. :-(
There are a lot of tips for bathing in this thread. The important thing is to be confident, and talk softly to the cat. I bathe mine and they don't hate me at all. In fact they follow me all over the place!
post #46 of 58
Well, maybe after Foofy is done with her cold (whenever she's finished all the medicine) I'll give it a try. I bathed 1337 yesterday, thinking he'd be okay since he's the mildest of all three of our cats, but he hated it to bits (so I made it as simple as possible). I must say, he smells MUCH nicer now, though. :-P Other than his gas, that is. *Rolls eyes*
post #47 of 58
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Originally Posted by SalemWitchChild View Post
NO NO NO. Dawn Dishsoap is NOT fine. Any soap like that is going to strip the natural oils of the coat. Please do not use this.
Yes it is fine. Groomers use it all the time. I use it on Jake all the time and his coat is far from stripped of oil. In fact he tends to be over oily. Dawn is common practice with groomers and professionals. And we usually follow up with a conditioning shampoo and a vinegar rinse to restore the ph of the skin, which is key.
post #48 of 58
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Originally Posted by MsKtty89 View Post
Well, maybe after Foofy is done with her cold (whenever she's finished all the medicine) I'll give it a try. I bathed 1337 yesterday, thinking he'd be okay since he's the mildest of all three of our cats, but he hated it to bits (so I made it as simple as possible). I must say, he smells MUCH nicer now, though. :-P Other than his gas, that is. *Rolls eyes*
Glad you had some success and your boy smells nicer. I bathed Peaches 2-3 times before she trusted me with it. But even those first couple times weren't nearly as bad as I thought they would be!
post #49 of 58
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Originally Posted by mzjazz2u View Post
Yes it is fine. Groomers use it all the time. I use it on Jake all the time and his coat is far from stripped of oil. In fact he tends to be over oily. Dawn is common practice with groomers and professionals. And we usually follow up with a conditioning shampoo and a vinegar rinse to restore the ph of the skin, which is key.
Please Your stripping and restoring. Why not don't strip at all!

All I'm going to say, is that 7 years in the pet shampoo industry has taught me that your statements are wrong!
post #50 of 58
Dawn is great for messy pets and regardless of stripping and restoring, when they get into something, I find Dawn works better to clean them than any pet shampoo I have tried.

Personally I use an oatmeal conditioning shampoo on the boys, but when Boomer rolled around in a bag of flour that dropped on the floor, the shampoo did nothing to help the mess
post #51 of 58
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Originally Posted by MsKtty89 View Post
Well, maybe after Foofy is done with her cold (whenever she's finished all the medicine) I'll give it a try. I bathed 1337 yesterday...
OMG...I LOVE your cat names. Right when I read "Foofy" I started cracking up so loud! 1337? Your kitty names are so adorable!

My question for bathing experts is...what kind of conditioner do you use? Human conditioner? I have Dr. Foster & Smith's oatmeal shampoo for pets but would LOVE to know if you can use human conditioner as my Tyler has long hair.

And maybe I skimmed over this but how many parts of vinegar do you use to water?

One other question. I read that rinsing is very important to get out all the shampoo but how long do you usually spend on a long-haired cat?
post #52 of 58
I use human conditioners (Nexxus, Paul Mitchell, etc.) - top quality - not the Sauve kind

But if you are using Foster/Smith shampoo, I'd get the F/S conditioner too.

As far as how long to be sure all soap is out of a longhair, you have to go by the feel of the coat and if you see any soap left. On darker cats, you can do visual, on lighter/white cats you'd have to go more by feel.

We used the shower sprayer to help rinse off the cats - that way you are not putting the soapy water back onto the cat.
post #53 of 58
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Originally Posted by jiazzi View Post
OMG...I LOVE your cat names. Right when I read "Foofy" I started cracking up so loud! 1337? Your kitty names are so adorable!

My question for bathing experts is...what kind of conditioner do you use? Human conditioner? I have Dr. Foster & Smith's oatmeal shampoo for pets but would LOVE to know if you can use human conditioner as my Tyler has long hair.

And maybe I skimmed over this but how many parts of vinegar do you use to water?

One other question. I read that rinsing is very important to get out all the shampoo but how long do you usually spend on a long-haired cat?
You use about 2-3 Tablespoons of white vinegar to 2-3 gallons of water. It really helps to get all the soap out too. Be careful of any human conditioners you use. Make sure they don't contain any tea tree oil in them. I would be very cautious about human conditioners. Personally, I wouldn't use them just because I get paranoid about things like that. What is not harmfull to us can be deadly to them.
post #54 of 58
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Originally Posted by SalemWitchChild View Post
Please Your stripping and restoring. Why not don't strip at all!

All I'm going to say, is that 7 years in the pet shampoo industry has taught me that your statements are wrong!

I'm just giving my 25 + years of experience and the experience of people who breed and show cats for many many years. I'm sorry if you dissagree but it is my job to put forth my experiences on thecatsite. The shampoo industry, of course, is trying to sell shampoos. Sometimes very expensive ones at that. I'm not saying you are and I don't believe it. It's just may be what you were taught and what your experience is. I'm trying to offer an unbiased solution from experience. I have no ties to any company. In reality, the oils don't come from the actual hair but from the scalp and follicles. I appreciate your opinions!
post #55 of 58
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
Dawn is great for messy pets and regardless of stripping and restoring, when they get into something, I find Dawn works better to clean them than any pet shampoo I have tried.
Absolutely! And it's a good alternative if your cat gets into something and that's all you have around because you don't normally bathe your pet!
post #56 of 58
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Originally Posted by mzjazz2u View Post
Yes it is fine. Groomers use it all the time. I use it on Jake all the time and his coat is far from stripped of oil. In fact he tends to be over oily. Dawn is common practice with groomers and professionals. And we usually follow up with a conditioning shampoo and a vinegar rinse to restore the ph of the skin, which is key.
When I was staying at my mom's last summer, the dogs (3) and cat had fleas. The vets (1 canine and 1 feline specialist) both recommended Dawn. I ended up bathing all three dogs twice, and the cat once.
One dog is a 7-year-old Flat Coated Retriever, whom I bathe whenever I'm visiting, as my mom has trouble with it. She has an incredibly thick, wavy coat, and washing her is a real chore. The Dawn worked wonders!
post #57 of 58
I just have to pipe in here. We bathe Bijou and Mika about once every 2 months. They are both used to it now and although they don't "love" it, they are well behaved. We use Avon's Bubble Bath, no conditioner and make sure we rinse well.

We have had many comments on how soft our kitties are. I personally do not feel it is necessary to buy specific cat shampoo and pay the extra bucks. It's really like human shampoo - they are pretty much the same no matter what the advertising says. You gotta love that marketing game.

There was a study done recently on cosmetics and the conclusions were that the drug store variety were as effective as the high priced items that claimed to reduce wrinkles and all that propaganda. I have never been one to buy into all the hype that the spin doctors put out for us lowly mortals.

But, those are just my personal feelings.
post #58 of 58
I only used to bathe Alley about once a year because she was truly a clean cat and always kept her coat in good condition. She had very long hair on the bottom half of her body (similar to maine coon pattern) but it never matted or tangled so she didn't require frequent brushing or bathing. When I did give her a bath however, she would stand with her front two paws on the side of the tub and howl. She didn't move or try to get away or scratch at all, just stood there frozen, but howling!

Just make sure they dont get cold after. Keep them in a heated bathroom or use the blow dryer, etc.
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