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post #31 of 55
The first cat had some scabs on his skin and the vet prescribed antibiotics and recommended trying the medicated bath. The skin cleared right up with 2 baths and never had another problem.

Cala is the second cat and she has severe allegies in the fall. I bath her every other week from Oct.-Dec. Without the medicated baths her skin gets red and oozy. With the medicated baths there is very little redness and no oozing. Giving her medicated baths keeps her off cortisone shots.
post #32 of 55
I have question as I live in england is it best to wash my kittys in summer than in winter.. Would they get chill if I did do it in winter?
post #33 of 55
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Originally Posted by PinkRhinos4 View Post
I have question as I live in england is it best to wash my kittys in summer than in winter.. Would they get chill if I did do it in winter?
I blow dry my cats.
post #34 of 55
I don't bathe mine. Seb absolutely hates water. If he needed to be bathed, a professional would have to do it.

My cats do not stink. They can keep themselves clean so far. I have washed Daphne's feet when she had litter stuck between her toes. She sounded like I was torturing her. Such drama

I don't see any problem with bathing cats. Some do, some don't. As long as the cat is healthy, happy and loved, I don't think the bathing thing is such an issue.
post #35 of 55
i haven't read all of the replies. but here's my answer.

after stimpy initially got a couple baths (he spent a month in a shelter, and previous to that had been fed something wretched that caused his fur to be super dry and brittle) we stopped bathing the cats.

stimpy is BIG. when he doesn't want to do something, he can throw your back out. and when he gets a bath, he makes it sound like you are trying to drown a child with all his thumping, banging, howling and carrying on. i was afraid the neighbors would call the cops on me every time i bathed him.

baths are now on an "as needed" basis. which isn't very often. we usually use a cat shampoo, preferably tearless, but sometimes an oatmeal one. usually when i have to bath them the shampoo is so old i have to buy a new bottle again.
post #36 of 55
Do you bathe your cat(s)?
Yes
If so, how often?
Show Abys and Norwegian - Once a month and before show, Persian - twice a month, all other cats - about 3/4 times a year.
What do you bathe them in?
A special sink in the bathroom just for the cats
Do you use shampoo?
Yes, and conditioner
If so, what kind?
Chris Christensen Gold on Gold system for the longhairs and Jerob's Mahogany Gold for the shorthairs (all my cats are red or brown or variations thereof)
How does your cat respond to the bath?
Very well
post #37 of 55
I've never bathed any of my cats because they've never needed it. Fingers crossed they stay that way. They are both very clean. There are reasons why you might want to bathe a cat - allergies, grooming (I know someone with persians who is a professional groomer and bathes her cats every 6 weeks to keep them tangle free), if they can't clean themselves due to illness or obesity, if they've rolled in something potentially dangerous, showing... I'm sure there are more. However, if there isn't a good reason I prefer not to as there are potential problems with bathing. It can strip the oils from the coat, although using suitable products should prevent that, but it can also cause problems in multi cat households with the bathed cat not being recognised by the other cats due to different smell. Not saying that will happen, but I have heard of it happening and causing problems. I also wonder whether too much bathing actually results in cats not cleaning themselves as much? I've no evidence of that, just something I wonder about. I do keep in wipes for spot cleaning if needed and would always prefer to use those or a dry shampoo than bathe my cats, tbh. Jaffa would freak out if I tried to bathe him as he hates being restrained. Mosi loves playing with water but I don't think he'd take too kindly to having a bath. Guess it's a personal decision. My choice is to not bathe unless there's no alternative.
post #38 of 55
Thread Starter 
See, that is why I am doing this when Zoey is still young! I want her to get used to it, and she always smells so fresh and clean after her bath, and her coat is sooooo soft! I think I'm going to use either Pert with medium conditioner, or Pantene with conditioner. I used Finesse on her last time and it worked well... And you can tell, she's throwing a fit because she's just being a little drama queen. But she obviously likes being massaged with the shampoo, because she eventually purrs!

PinkRhinos: you can bathe them in summer and winter! In summer, it washes out the dead undercoat better than just regular brushing (unless you invest in the furminator). In the winter, it helps prevent their hair from getting dry and coarse, as well as their skin, if they naturally have dry skin. And they will not catch chill if your dry them. Kitytize said she uses a blow dryer but I personally would not recommend it unless they were exposed to it as a very young kitten, because the noise and sudden rushes of air can be very frightening unless exposed to it as a very young kitty. Zoey goes bonkers when I turn on the vacuum and won't calm down for half an hour! What I do suggest, is warming a soft towel in the dryer during the bath. Then fetch itm afterwards, it'll be warm! Gently rub them dry with it... Zoey loves the second massage she gets with the towel!
post #39 of 55
Just wanted to add that my Lou (the Norwegian) is a good 6.7kg (around 14lbs) and is about 2.5 feet (if not more) from head to tail tip. He doesn't really like people, he's more of a cat's cat than a human cat and yet, he's very easy to bathe and groom. He actually likes being bathed and groomed

He's currently getting more baths than the usual once a month due to the fact that he's shedding big time (aarrrggghhh!) and he's being shown more since he's had two very successful shows!

Any cat, if trained from young can be bathed successfully and easily IMO. Most of my cats get bathed from one week after their 1st vaccinations and every month after that for the first 6 months of their life. Using a blow dryer (which I don't use anymore since I bought a pet dryer that looks like an oven) is easy when used from young. My shorthairs do NOT get blow dryed unless absolutely neccessary - they dry naturally and get brushed daily irrespective of whether it's a show month or not.
post #40 of 55
Someone from England asked about bathing in winter.... up until May I went to school in the middle of Pennsylvania (woot, graduation!) where it's freezing in the winter... I still bathed Oliver once a month - just made sure to crank the heat while he was drying and towel dried him very well (plus I hold him all wrapped up like a baby in towels to get as much water off him as possible)... I've never had a problem - some people put the towels in the dryer so they're nice and warm, I couldn't do that at my apartment since the laundry was at the end of my building and was $0.75 a load!
post #41 of 55
As long as the cat is kept out of drafts, fans, air conditioning vents while wet you can wash then anytime; summer, winter, spring, fall

If its a longhair, then you have to comb and blow dry - shorthairs can be air-dried away from drafts.

Zoey's mom - I would not use Pert - use the Pantane/Nexxus - its better (higher quality) shampoo and conditioner.
post #42 of 55
Thread Starter 
I'll look for Nexxus, somebody else recommended it... Dang. This cat is gonna get better baths than I do! She already eats higher quality than me! But anything for my princess... I do want her soft and shiny! If I can't find Nexxus (I really need to draw the line at ordering shampoo for my cat) I'll go for the Pantene, which we like anyway. Can I use Finesse shampoo? That way I can just buy the Pantene conditioner... Unless the Pantene "Sleek & Shiny" or whatever is okay, cause I use that...
post #43 of 55
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Originally Posted by KuntryKitty View Post
I don't think your white cat is an outdoor cat. Zoey is, and she's white almost all over! She tends to get a bit discolored, but that is not the main concern. She tends to get smelly... Who wants to sleep with a smelly cat? I think it's good for them to be exposed to it as well, and you are wrong, cats do not hate water. Haven't you heard of those who have cats that jump right in the shower with their employees?
My cat is mostly indoors but does go outside a little each day. Sometimes he comes back covered in brown dirt, but he gets himself white again within a few hours.

I'm not saying that some cats don't love water or that those ones shouldn't be allowed in it. Maine Coons and some other breeds love it. But most cats hate it.
post #44 of 55
Do you bathe your cat(s)? Yes
If so, how often? Whenever they need it
What do you bathe them in? Sink or Tub
Do you use shampoo? Yes
If so, what kind? Biogroom Ultra Black shampoo
How does your cat respond to the bath? Complains, but does not struggle.

I bathe my cat if/when she needs it. Sneakers is not the best about grooming, I'm not sure if she still has trouble grooming due to being overweight (she is almost down to her ideal weight, she was 17 lbs when I rescued her) or what. For example last week she came to me with something disgusting on her tail. I waited a little to see if she'd groom it off but she never did so I had to wash her tail... I am planning to bathe the kitten we are getting in a few months regularly so she is comfortable with bathing because I would like to show her.
post #45 of 55
Finasse would be last choice. The Nexxus you will have to get in a salon. I'd get the Simply Silver for white hair (its purple but don't worry).

And yes, the cats had more expensive shampoo then I did
post #46 of 55
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Finasse would be last choice. The Nexxus you will have to get in a salon. I'd get the Simply Silver for white hair (its purple but don't worry).

And yes, the cats had more expensive shampoo then I did
drug emporium carries Nexxus, also
post #47 of 55
Thread Starter 
A hair salon? Sorry, but I'm really not willing to go to a hair salon and spend money on expensive shampoo for my kitty. The Finesse worked great on Zoey, truth be told! She was so shiny and her coat was luxurious... That lasted all of what, 2 days? Will try the Pantene.
post #48 of 55
Truthfully since I know what is in most shampoos I would NOT use any .... I have actually found many "salon" types contain more caustic agents... Just FYI from the OVERLLY causious
post #49 of 55
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Truthfully since I know what is in most shampoos I would NOT use any .... I have actually found many "salon" types contain more caustic agents... Just FYI from the OVERLLY causious


I see a lot of posters are talking about washing their cats in Human shampoo, but are you also including cat/pet shampoo's in there too?
post #50 of 55
Chris Christensen, Bio Groom, All Systems #1 are all high quality pet grooming products ...
post #51 of 55
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Originally Posted by IsisBaby View Post
I see a lot of posters are talking about washing their cats in Human shampoo, but are you also including cat/pet shampoo's in there too?
Many cat shampoos are the same ingrediants as human so yes

Bio groom is good I used to use that alot
post #52 of 55
I use oatmeal shampoo designated for pets... but for those of you who are "overly cautious" I believe you can't go wrong with a little bit of Dawn dish detergent... it's what wildlife rescuers use on penguins and other wildlife that get caught in oil spills... if you are going to use this, I personally wouldn't bathe more than once a month, as Dawn is designed to strip out oil and some oil is essential in a healthy coat... if you're going to bathe more often, maybe switch between the Dawn and another shampoo
post #53 of 55
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Originally Posted by KuntryKitty View Post
Have been wanting to ask this and it keeps slipping my mind...

Do you bathe your cat(s)?
If so, how often?
What do you bathe them in?
Do you use shampoo?
If so, what kind?
How does your cat respond to the bath?
Yes, I bathe my cats. Jake I bathe about once a month. Peaches gets bathed only occassionally. She doesn't need it nearly as often as Jake. I use a conditioning cat shampoo and bathe them in the kitchen sink. I find they like the smaller space better and it's easier on my back. My cats respond pretty well to the bath. They only start fussing when I take too long and they're bored!

By the way.... run some rinse water in a plastic tub or the other side of the sink and add a couple tablespoons of white vinegar to the water. Rinsing with this helps restore the ph balance of the skin and helps to get all the soap out better. Dawn dishwashing liquid is also fine to use on a cat in a pinch. It's also excellent to use if you have a cat with a greasy coat. Jake's first shampoo is with dawn and then I follow up with the conditioning shampoo. His coat is really greasy so it helps.

I hate to dissagree with some of the good folks here. But I don't recommend human shampoos unless you really know what you're doing and know how your cat will react to each ingredient. I understand some have used them with no problem. But not everything that is good for humans is good for a cat. Cats are much more sensitive and their kidneys and livers can't process things as well as us humans. For example, Ibuprofen is ok for humans but a half of a 200 mg pill will be toxic to a cat. And they do absorb things through the skin. Especially stay away from shampoos with tea tree oil in them. It can be very toxic to cats and believe it or not, can sometimes be found in some cat shampoos. Not as much in the U.S. but I believe it is used more in other countries. And it is found a lot more often in human shampoos everywhere.
post #54 of 55
I used the Nexxus on my rexes because one of the top breeders of rexes is also a hairdresser and he recommeded me using it (they use it on their cats). So its safe. Its not that expensive $8 for a bottle but the bottle lasts a long long time as you don't use much and its only for the cats

We have used Charlie's special shampoo (pets) on us to see the results - works on people too

I would not use the expensive shampoos on me on a regular basis - but for the cats its very cost effective.
post #55 of 55
I give my kitty a bath when she's messy "back there" or if her fur is getting a bit greasy.

As for those who think that giving a cat a bath is traumatic for them, it normally is not unless you use one of these stupid new inventions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUwpecMsFjU

Pet Spa was invented to supposedly help groomers give animals baths and is supposed to be less traumatic than a normal bath. HA! Whoever thought up that idea is a total idiot and doesn't understand animals at all. BOO!
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