When I once tried to bathe my cats myself, well, it was HORRIBLE. I had a ton of deep scratches afterwards and my cats ignored me for a long time. So I've never bothered even trying sending them to the groomer's, they would hate me and make me feel really bad!!!!........Anyway, I think your cat will forgive you, their favorite foods tend to make them forgive and forget pretty quickly.
Rajah didn't put no scratches on me. But he is so powerful it took every once of strength I had to give him the bath. By baby has very strong front quarters. He is very powerful cat. The Groomers said he was pretty good when they gave him his groom job. Believe me he needed it. He got in my neighbors trash after they cleaned some fish. He had a horrible fish smell.
The liver and Tuna did work. He forgave me rather quickly and sat on my lap and start purring. So my baby forgave me.