You are most welcomed!
To answer your questions:
Qn: How old was Daisy when you started bathing her?
Ans.Daisy was born on 19th of June 2001. i adopted her last November, 2002. i started bathing her just afew weeks after. Daisy is considered a young adult (cat years X 7)
Qn: How do you rinse your cat? Doesn't the bathtub water spout running, freak the cat?
Ans. i use her mini basin for ALL cleaning work. Both kitties recognize the basin, n everyday they see it. In the evening, i will fill the basin with some warm water, and wipe their eye, nose, underchin, face a little.
So, i fill the mini basin with warm water. This can be bought from any store. i live in San Francisco, and there are a lot of small chinese stores selling cute basins. i think you can buy one of these from Target or something.
i don't let her "experience " the spouting water. She is at the other end of the tub. i will fill the basin with water, then, bring the basin to her. The soft cloth (i use hello kitty's) is already in the basin. i use the soft cloth, soaked in water, to rinse and wash her.
Yes, at first, she really got scared as she seldom takes baths. Later, she got used to it, and realizes that it is okay. Just be gentle and loving <3.. it helps.. she can feel it, and she knows mommy will do nothing to hurt her baby.. smiles!
Qn: Gracie bites! So I am wondering how to handle that? I figure that bathing her will be a fight anyway, and how to avoid those teeth?
Ans: You know something? Daisy also bit me in the beginning, but not the really bite bite type, just to show a little aggression. i ignored all that, and went on. After a while, she would stop. i would STRONGLY STRONGLY recommend NOT and NEVER hitting your kitty. Animals are so sensitive, they don't like to be hurt, and they like to trust you. Trust me, i have my share of getting bites and scratches, but i just ignore all that and let time overcome the hurdles. It might sound ridiculous, but kitties over time, should not hurt you if they love you.
Also, to get out their aggressions, it is good to play with them! i use the slithering snake to play with her. Also, i buy a lot of toys of different types for her to play. She likes the ones with bells and catnips as well. Also, i got a very tall penthouse/tree for her to jump up and down, and to let her have an avenue to hide away, if she so desires.
i let her be, and guess what, she comes to me alot!! BIG SMILES!!!
Yeah, i can imagine being nervous and anxious having a first pet. Prior to Daisy, i already fed and took care of the outside cats. Also, i grew up with animals, so, i got some experience from there.
Cats need a lot of loving, i feel. Just like any other pets, they need to know they can TRUST you. One way is just by BEING with them, stroking them, kissing them. i kiss my kitties on the eyes and face ALOT.. hehe!! (make sure your lips are not oily .. hehe!)
You know, i read that it is very therapeutic to stroke animals. In fact, at San Francisco SPCA, they even have volunteers with animals who go to hospitals to let the patients stroke them, for comfort sake.
This website is excellent and we can learn ALOT of stuff here!!
Cheers! Hugs and kisses for Gracie!!