Originally Posted by Shawn90801
I was curious as to how many of you bathe your cats. I usually bathe Tousse and Bease every month or two, right before I apply their advantage. Do any of you bathe your cat(s) also?
We have never bathed Miss Kitty, an indoor spayed feral calico, as she, being the pretty girl she is, maintains her cleanliness and appearance faithfully.
As does Sam in the case of her show-Persians, we bathe Samwise, our Turkish Van, a couple of days before a show, which, during show season, is generally about every two weeks. In fact, he was bathed this morning -- having a show in San Antonio this coming weekend.
Bathing Samwise is quite an experience. I am going to attempt to paste the instructions we got from his breeder down below. If I exceed the alloted size of this post I will finish it up on a second post. A photo of a very sad post-bath Samwise is attached, since he hopes to get some sympathy from you.
Please recognize that there are probably as many "recipes" for bathing cats as there are cat-owners, and one size does not fit all. This "Turkish Van Bath Recipe" is for a relatively rare breed, a long-haired show cat with an unusually oily fur with no undercoat.
I am attaching this just as an example of how complicated the process of bathing a cat can be, not at all as a suggestion that you should use this process on your cat. Everyone should seek advice from others with experience with cats like theirs, particularly breeders.
AnnRecipe for a Turkish Van Bath
1. Clip claws
2. Get Goop hand cleaner, (not the orange variety) at Wal-Mart or auto-parts store..
3. Get a small bucket and use a spatula to scoop out the goop.
4. Fill the goop container with shampoo (Acclaim, Flex, or just plain cheap stuff)
5. Pour shampoo in with the Goop and mix 50:50 with a whisk.
6. Microwave Goop mix for 40 seconds
7. Dilute â€œE-Z Groom Crystal White Shampooâ€ about 8:1 with water. Mix and microwave for 30 seconds (needs to be warm when you put it on the cat so if you have a helper you can wait to microwave)
8. Gather 3-4 old towels
9. Put on clothes that can get wet. Alternatively, remove clothes within realm of modesty
10. Take cat and Goop and towels into bathroom and shut door.
11. Put one towel folded on the floor in front of the bathtub so you can kneel
12. Put cat in bathtub (or sink) facing away from you and hold by the scruff of the neck. Don't be afraid to hold on hard, it doesn't hurt them. You can also try the armpit restraint method. Grab ahold of the front leg where the leg meets the shoulder and hold on tightly. You can hold both front legs or one depending on the cat.
13. With one hand, pour part of the Goop down the DRY cat's back and tail, and use hand application to get other parts. You can use the tail to mop up extra goop.
14. Work the Goop mix into the dry fur, making sure to get the arm and leg pits and chest. Go up the neck but don't do the face.
15. Dilute some mix (very dilute) and use a washcloth for the face if necessary, being careful not to get it in the eyes or ears (It burns)
16. Rinse the cat. If you have a bucket, use that, or if you have a hand held shower head you can bring the water to the cat. Rinse the head with a washcloth.
16. Make sure you get all the mix out of the cat, especially the underside, chest and arm and leg pits. The fur should be near squeaky clean. You can't rinse too much.
17. Put the warm dilute Crystal White on the cat and lather. You only need to get the white parts.
17. Take the cat out and wrap tightly in a towel so only the head is out.
18. Itâ€™s a good idea to use some cotton swabs to clean the ears at this point since the cat is a cat taco.
19. Wait 5-10 minutes. Apologize profusely and lie to cat, telling him itâ€™s almost over.
20. Unwrap and rinse well.
21. Apply Flex shampoo (green cap) to cat, lather and rinse, rinse, rinse. Diluting the shampoo slightly and pouring it over the cat is easier than putting the shampoo on full strength.
22. Rinse some more
23. Mix 1/3 cup white vinegar to one gallon water and pour over cat to rinse. Use a lot on the tail and chest area.
24. Rinse the cat so he doesnâ€™t smell like a pickle.
25. Wrap in a towel and apologize.
19. Unwrap, and use another towel or two to dry. Fluff the fur the wrong way for faster drying.
20. Vans are wash and wear, after you get as dry as possible with towels let your now unhappy cat go and groom. They get over the bathing thing fairly quickly though.
21 When the fur is partly dry you can brush it up to speed the process, but you don't have to.
22. Also optional: pictures because your cat is funny when itâ€™s wet
23. If the cat is really squirrelly lift the cat partly in the air by the scruff. Much noise will probably be made but do not fall for the pity me ruse.