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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Okay, I have an all white cat as we know, who is very very curious. You can tell from the begining of this equasion that:

White cat + overactive curiosity = dirty kitty

she does not like getting wet and freaks out. . .

how do you go about giving this cat a good bath without looking like we went through world war 2. . .

Any suggestions???
post #2 of 10
I used to have a friend that had a cat like that. Their shower was the kind that had doors on it instead of a curtain. She would put the cat in there with her and do the best she could... It wasn't perfect, but at least the cat got wet and some of the dirt came off. If you can't do that, I would put on some rubber gloves and warn the neighbors so they don't call the police thinking you have a screaming child in the house!
post #3 of 10
Thank heavens my wild cat is black!!

Can you give a "sponge bath"? I used to wipe down my orphaned kittens after feeding with a warm, wet wash rag. Maybe start with a dry rag to get her used to it and gradually dampen it.
post #4 of 10
Pull out the garden hose--just kidding we don't have this issue at our house, Jack loves water!

He almost got in the tub with me tonight...sat on the edge and drank water out of the tub (before I used any soap products).

Leslie
post #5 of 10
My first cat was terrified of water. You didn't give him a water bath period. So I got some of the pet shampoo the you rub in the coat and towel them dry. Worked well (he was a show cat) for when needed.

I'm not sure if they still would make something like that. It would be a "waterless" shampoo.

But you might try conditioning your cat to some water by dipping a comb in water and combing the cat - getting him wet a little at a time.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
My first cat was terrified of water. You didn't give him a water bath period. So I got some of the pet shampoo the you rub in the coat and towel them dry. Worked well (he was a show cat) for when needed.

I'm not sure if they still would make something like that. It would be a "waterless" shampoo.

But you might try conditioning your cat to some water by dipping a comb in water and combing the cat - getting him wet a little at a time.
They do still have that! You can get it in any pet store. They also have the petwipes that you can use on them.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well, she got her bath today!

Only two scratches!

DH and I closed the door on the bathroom, and made sure we had everything like towels and soap, and the water was drawn in the tub. I started getting her wet with a wash cloth and gradually got her into the tub, where she freaked out, but i held her by the tummy and gently by her scruff, and DH wet her down with a big cup. Once she was all the way wet, I started to rub her down with her shampoo, which she hated. . .

After scrubbing gently for a little DH started the process of rinsing her, which she hated also. . .

Finally she wiggled free of me (kneeling in the tub with her) and crawled up my chest onto my shoulders like a parrot. . .

DH grabbed her and wrapped her up in a towel and rubbed the water off, and then we tried to get her mostly dry with the blow dryer ( not too close, and not too hot). Which worked pretty well. . .

Then I gave her a dab of ice cream ( her favorite food ) for being such a good girl!!!!

She is so funny looking now because her fur is clean and fuzzy lol. But she smells so good, and looks great. Will have to get pictures of her! Thank you for the suggestions!
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by NoRachelHere View Post
Well, she got her bath today!

Only two scratches!

DH and I closed the door on the bathroom, and made sure we had everything like towels and soap, and the water was drawn in the tub. I started getting her wet with a wash cloth and gradually got her into the tub, where she freaked out, but i held her by the tummy and gently by her scruff, and DH wet her down with a big cup. Once she was all the way wet, I started to rub her down with her shampoo, which she hated. . .

After scrubbing gently for a little DH started the process of rinsing her, which she hated also. . .

Finally she wiggled free of me (kneeling in the tub with her) and crawled up my chest onto my shoulders like a parrot. . .

DH grabbed her and wrapped her up in a towel and rubbed the water off, and then we tried to get her mostly dry with the blow dryer ( not too close, and not too hot). Which worked pretty well. . .

Then I gave her a dab of ice cream ( her favorite food ) for being such a good girl!!!!

She is so funny looking now because her fur is clean and fuzzy lol. But she smells so good, and looks great. Will have to get pictures of her! Thank you for the suggestions!

Hmmm. have the mental picture of this and would have paid money to see!
post #9 of 10
I find that using a washcloth to wet them down is a lot calmer and easier then to pour a cup of water on the fur. The fur is somewhat waterproof and the cloth works better to get them wet to the skin.

Also Charlie loves the hand held shower head for rinsing. He complains when the bath is over cause he like the warm water spray
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
I find that using a washcloth to wet them down is a lot calmer and easier then to pour a cup of water on the fur. The fur is somewhat waterproof and the cloth works better to get them wet to the skin.

Also Charlie loves the hand held shower head for rinsing. He complains when the bath is over cause he like the warm water spray
I Like to use a washcloth in the beginning of the bath to wet down as well. I just get it dripping wet and keep dunking it in the water frequently.
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