We generally do not need to bathe our LaPerms except for shows as they are extremely clean to begin with and since they have no guard hairs there is no dander. Excessive bathing would ruin their coat. As for our Norwegians, that is a different story. They shed so much and their hair is so long it requires bathing once a month although there are some Wegie breeders who claim to never have to bathe their cats. For the Wegies, we use a shampoo that brings out the best of their color which means different shampoos for different colored cats. Cats with a lot of white get a shampoo that really whitens the white, while torties get a completely different one. In the case of a long haired cat the secret is rinse, rinse and rinse again! You HAVE to get the shampoo out or you will have a real mess when the time comes for drying. Sometimes a tablespoon or two of vinegar in a gallon of water will help get the shampoo out by breaking it down enough to rinse out. The actual bathing is an adventure in itself as MOST cats hate the water and will fight you. It's best to draw the bath before introducing kitty as the sound of the running water may frighten him. Also, Donna and I bathe the cats together as it's much easier with two people. I perform the "death grip" (grabbing the cat by the scruff of the neck and holding on) while Donna does most of the actual washing. I do use my free hand to assist. Also, keep the cat's feet on the surface of the sink or tub as lifting them off it allows them to twist and claw, inflicting painful wounds! VBG A window screen on the bottom of the water gives them something to sink their claws into (instead of you) and can be helpful. Thoroughly towel dry before using the blow dryer and keep it on low, the idea is to circulate the air through the fur, not vaporize the water with it. Drying too hot can also frizz the hair, not a great idea if you are going to a show! We bathe our cats 2 days before a show to allow some extra time for additional combing and grooming, although with some breeds that may be too far in advance (Persians). Hope this helps.