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a good way to bathe a cat??

post #1 of 18
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I have a cat who is constantly getting into alot of messy stuff. Say muck in the garage, or ashes from the fireplace. Ive tried keeping her from those places of course, but she always manages to get into something.
If its etible i let her clean herself up. But if she gets out into the garage ( very likely) shes likely to get into something that goes in the car and she cannot eat that. To bathe her, ive been getting into the bath myself and holding her paws while my cuddling her and letting my husband clean her up, is there an easier way to cleaning her up? Ive been able to elimante alot of the messy things she gets into. But she just seems to LOVE trouble and messes.
Any ideas?
post #2 of 18
If it works for you, then I suppose it's an okay method.

I personally wouldn't put my body in the same tub as a wet cat. If the cat spazzes, it's you, water, and claws.

I find it best to fill the tub to a couple inches with warm water before I ever bring the cat into the bathroom. Then, I put him inside, kneel down outside, and give him a good wash. And coo at him to keep him calm.
post #3 of 18
You should also make sure all the poisonous stuff in the garage is out of reach, especially bottles of antifreeze, etc. You could also try the kitchen sink, if its more blocked off. Some people use a bucket with just a little water since its harder for the cat to freak out.
Fill the tub with just a little bit of water before bringing the cat in. It's like bathing a toddler, you can't fill the tub up much or leave them alone with it.
post #4 of 18
I always kept a cup handy so I could get them wet and rinsed as fast as possible!
post #5 of 18
Hi,
I have found a perfect product that I absolutely love, as a mom to 5 kitties I am always bathing somebody. I found at Petsmart a wire "ribcage" like product I am not sure what it is called, since I have had it for years, but you place your kitty in this totally enclosed "cage" and then your cat cannot get out but you can still shampoo and everything without all the mess and trouble. It took them a while to get used to it but now bathtime is no big deal! It even is great for blow drying your kitty, mine don't go for it but I am sure some kitties might enjoy it. Take a look at Petsmart online-it is a purple and blue "wire ribcage" I am sorry I cannot remember the name
post #6 of 18
I agree with the post above...if you've got a method that works, don't mess with it.
post #7 of 18
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thanks everyone!
post #8 of 18
I bathe Chester every other week or so with this special kitty shampoo I purchased at Petsmart 4 about $5. My mom is allergic to him (and all other furbabies...) & keeping him clean seems to help. All I do if fill the tub with a few inches of warm (NOT HOT!) water and then put him in, pour some water on him, and shampoo away, ppl say not to blow dry them but he actually seems to enjoy it. He purrs his little kitty head off when I am blow drying and combing him out (he is a short haired kitty tho so theres not that much to comb lol). Also, sometimes if I dont have time 4 a whole big bath I will just toss him in the shower with me 4 a few minutes (we have one of those glass showers that locks so he doesnt jump out lol. Hope that all helps!
post #9 of 18
I hate to say it but I am not ever giving Skittles a bath I am a mom of 3 boys I use the natural baby wipes or the pet wipes... She loves it
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Katzy
I bathe Chester every other week or so with this special kitty shampoo I purchased at Petsmart 4 about $5. My mom is allergic to him (and all other furbabies...) & keeping him clean seems to help. All I do if fill the tub with a few inches of warm (NOT HOT!) water and then put him in, pour some water on him, and shampoo away, ppl say not to blow dry them but he actually seems to enjoy it. He purrs his little kitty head off when I am blow drying and combing him out (he is a short haired kitty tho so theres not that much to comb lol). Also, sometimes if I dont have time 4 a whole big bath I will just toss him in the shower with me 4 a few minutes (we have one of those glass showers that locks so he doesnt jump out lol. Hope that all helps!

WOW how do you get him to do that??? Im afraid of getting scratched to all hell!
post #11 of 18
Ladys do not stress get baby whipes Vet said it was ok
post #12 of 18
I do not fill the tub at all with water. I use the shower nozzle. My cats dont freak out this way. They still dont like their baths but they handle it alot better.
post #13 of 18
We used to bathe Tak when she was little because she used to step in her poo all the time. She also would jump in the shower with us and stand in the spray (on her own accord!) I think a lot of it has to do with the personality of the cat...

But when I read your question, this is what I thought of!
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
Ladys do not stress get baby whipes Vet said it was ok
Honey i got tons of baby wipes. i got a 2 year old and i care for a 1.5 year old. Im never out. Ill have to do that
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by Malakaiii
We used to bathe Tak when she was little because she used to step in her poo all the time. She also would jump in the shower with us and stand in the spray (on her own accord!) I think a lot of it has to do with the personality of the cat...

But when I read your question, this is what I thought of!

OOOOHHH Thanks for that site, very cool!
post #16 of 18
I gave Julius a shower once - after an unfortunate diarrhea incident while he was in the car. (Don't ask...) Julius gets freaked out by the sound of running water, but he put up with him. It helps that the shower has glass doors, so he has no where to hide. I'd just have the focet running, and bring him close to get him wet, then shampoo, and then rinse off at the focet again. He hated the blow drying too (the sound scares him), but he was shivering quite a bit, so I had to get him dry asap.

-Mike
post #17 of 18
I think baby wipes are a gift from heaven they remove everything
post #18 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
I think baby wipes are a gift from heaven they remove everything
Unless you buy them from the petstore, at which point they magically become "pet wipes," and cost twice as much as they were.

-Mike
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