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Any suggestions on washing big kitty?

post #1 of 7
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Hi everyone! Scruffy, who is a 25 pound polydactyl Maine Coon gets very dirty sometimes. However, being such a large cat, I do not dare try to get him in the bath. Just wondering how some of you guys clean your big kittys?
post #2 of 7
I have one nearly that size and he actually baths a little easier than some smaller cats, is there anyone who can help you by holding him while you wash him?
The main thing is to have something they can stand on and feel secure while having a bath, a lot of kitties get scared because you stick them in a tub and they have no traction and feel vulnerable, so I use one of those sponge baby mats that my sister doesn't need now my nephew is older and can sit in the tub without it.

This article from pier55.com basically explains HOW I wash mine, but holding them still is usually the more difficult part... mine have come to actually enjoy being bathed

Everyone knows that cats absolutely hate water, so why on earth would someone want to bathe their cat? Well, although cats don't enjoy paddling in the swimming pool with their doggie pals, they still can get just as dirty or flea infested as dogs. There are times when there is just no other option besides giving your cat a bath. As long as you do not bathe your cat more frequently than once a month, you will not damage his hair or skin.

Before you begin bathing your cat, you will need to gather a few supplies. At the minimum, you will need two absorbent terry cloth towels, a pet safe shampoo, a pet safe conditioner, a sponge, and a sprayer attachment for your sink or tub. If you don't have a sprayer attachment, you should have a pitcher or large cup that you can use to scoop clean water over your cat's body. Ideally, you should also have a non-skid mat to help your cat feel more secure.

If you decide to bathe your cat in the tub, you may have a harder time holding on to him if he becomes frightened. However, it is usually easier to keep him contained if he escapes in a bathroom than in the kitchen.

Place your non-skid mat in the bottom of the sink or tub. Add two to three inches of warm water and gently place your cat in the tub. Talk to him quietly and reassure him. He will most likely settle down within a few seconds. Once he is calm, begin to wet him down. If the sprayer attachment scares him too badly, you may have to pour water over him using your pitcher or cup, instead. Do not pour water on his head. You will clean his face later.

Once your cat is wet, squeeze out a palm sized dollop of shampoo and thoroughly massage the shampoo into his coat. If you use slow, calming motions, he may even actually relax and enjoy this part of the bath.

After the shampoo is sufficiently lathered, it is time to rinse your cat off. Be sure you get all of the shampoo residue out, as the residue can really irritate his skin if it isn't removed.

Now, work a palm sized dollop of conditioner into your cat's coat and then rinse it out. This step is actually optional if the cat has short hair. However, conditioner will not hurt a short haired cat, so, if he is not too upset, you may still want to use it.

Once your cat's body is clean, dampen your sponge and use it to carefully wipe down his face. Pay close attention to the area under his eyes.

Finally, wrap your cat in one of the towels and blot most of the water from his body. Replace the wet towel with your other dry towel and continue to blot his coat dry. After the second towel is damp, your cat should be dry enough to finish the job himself. If you have a long haired cat, you may want to see if he will tolerate a hair dryer on the lowest setting. However, be sure to keep the dryer moving constantly so you do not burn his skin.
If you feel really uncomfortable, you could try a groomers, if you have the fur around the bum and back legs shaved he will be able to keep himself cleaner for longer
post #3 of 7
yeah, it all depends on how your big kitty reacts to the bath. Have you ever bathed him/her before? Defenitely have someone give you a hand. I like what icklemiss21 said about trying hte baby sponge. something that isn't so large and bucket like, like a tub is. That gets my kitty nervous as we are all above her holding her down. Thats why I have moved my kitty's bathing area to the kitchen sink. Its not a big and deep and she feels more comfortable I guess. She isn't as big as your kitty, but if he can fit, it might be easier for you to bath him.
post #4 of 7
If it's only once in a while - I would suggest a groomer!
post #5 of 7
I have found that is is easier to keep Callie under control in the tub by using a cat leash. You can find them at pet stores everywhere. It's the kind of leash that tightens when she tries to get away and loosens again when she relaxes. She is fascinated by running water, so bathing her is not so bad.
post #6 of 7
When I bathe my cats first CLIP NAILS And then I put a dog harness on. its usually the start of water running that freaks mine out-so I keep water pressure reall low and have everything you need right there-also being a longhair cat COMB VERY WELL BEFORE the bath otherwise you'll end up witha matted mess. I usually have a kneeboard under the cat(dollarstore or walmart/klmart sell them in garden department to kneel on-its like half a foot by a foot and half and made out of foam ish material-cats can grip it a bit. If you have a bar in tub or sink you can wrap a leash around it a few times and then attach it to harness-make sure harness is tight enough that they cant back out tho RJ
post #7 of 7
You can also just use a warm wet wash cloth, or ask your vet for a product called waterless shampoo, made by Fort Dodge, and use that with a wet cloth, just make sure you wipe off all the excess. It smells good and won't scare your cat as much as a bath!
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