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post #1 of 24
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This morning I was taking a bath as usual before work when Anya decided that she wanted to be on the edge of the tub. She's still in her clumsy kitten stage so I was worried about her falling in and freaking out, but every time I put her back on the floor she jumped right back up on the side again.

Then she decided that she wanted in. She kept trying to carefully jump in but I would push her back and splash a little so that she would see that there's WATER in there and she wouldn't like it.

Eventually....she did topple in. I scooped her out quickly before she got too wet and thought, "Well, at least she'll stop trying to get in now."
WRONG. She hopped right back up on the side again. Shouldn't this have freaked her out? Do some cats not mind water? I haven't tried bathing her yet, but maybe this will be the first kitty that won't try to mutilate me while doing so.

Anyone else have a cat that is or seems attracted to water?
post #2 of 24
Emily always comes running into the bathroom whenever she hears water running. She has never tried to get in the water, but sometimes she does sit on the edge of the bathtub and look at it.
post #3 of 24
There are actually some breeds with more than your average number of cats that love water.
Most notably, Turkish Vans.

I have 3 that love to sit on the edge of the tub, and two that enjoy playing in water.
post #4 of 24
When I took Squiggles in , she was infested with fleas, I tried to wash her up first before even taking her to the vet. Ever since shes been a tub baby..I think some really do like water..
As well as Garfield, same thing with him...A bath when brought home, and now he jumps in...

Its worse when you have all your water drawn for the tub and they jump right in and swim around, be lucky it was just a shower..

I always thought maybe when I bathed her that she felt such a relief and good, that she associated the water with the good feeling..

who knows though
post #5 of 24
My kitten Leo did the same thing this morning. Once he toppled in to the shower, he made a hasty exit though! Even though he's curious about the shower, he definitely does *not* like being bathed... too bad!
post #6 of 24
Yep, some of them do like water - some of them look guilty if you catch them though, go figure - but please make sure not to let her into the bathroom with you if you've got anything in the water like bubble bath, bath salts, aromatherapy oil, in case she jumps/falls in.
post #7 of 24
Mosi loves water (he's a somali). The breeder warned me to be careful with him around baths as they have a bit of a thing about water but I don't have a bath so ok there! He is fascinated when I fill the sink with water though and likes to splash around with his front paws. He'd climb in if I let him.
post #8 of 24
Prego hates water, but Polly likes to splash around in the toilet. (I know, gross, but I always forget to put the lid down.) When she was younger she used to play in the water fountain, but thankfully, she stopped that. She also likes to jump in the tub when i'm down showering.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by emily_325
This morning I was taking a bath as usual before work when Anya decided that she wanted to be on the edge of the tub. She's still in her clumsy kitten stage so I was worried about her falling in and freaking out, but every time I put her back on the floor she jumped right back up on the side again.

Then she decided that she wanted in. She kept trying to carefully jump in but I would push her back and splash a little so that she would see that there's WATER in there and she wouldn't like it.

Eventually....she did topple in. I scooped her out quickly before she got too wet and thought, "Well, at least she'll stop trying to get in now."
WRONG. She hopped right back up on the side again. Shouldn't this have freaked her out? Do some cats not mind water? I haven't tried bathing her yet, but maybe this will be the first kitty that won't try to mutilate me while doing so.

Anyone else have a cat that is or seems attracted to water?
I had a cat that used to shower with us. He would paw open the stall door and sit in the streaming water. However, if one attepted to give that cat a bath you needed to have a doctor on standby. He only liked water on his terms, not ours.
post #10 of 24
We once got this little barn cat (Ebony) who was just covered in fleas. My husband was giving him a shampoo (from the vet) every 3 days. He got to like the bath so much that one night I ran my bath and got in. I didn't shut the bathroom door and before you could say Boo, Ebony jumped right in with me. I think the other person above might be right in saying that he may have associated it with feeling better (getting those dang fleas off him).
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
We once got this little barn cat (Ebony) who was just covered in fleas. My husband was giving him a shampoo (from the vet) every 3 days. He got to like the bath so much that one night I ran my bath and got in. I didn't shut the bathroom door and before you could say Boo, Ebony jumped right in with me. I think the other person above might be right in saying that he may have associated it with feeling better (getting those dang fleas off him).
I would just love it if my cats wanted to bathe with me.
post #12 of 24
My two are always on the edge of the bath.

Reggie once fell in and the second his front paw hit the water he was running downstairs. He looked petrified! Hasnt put him off though.

Everyday he sits in the sink and stares at the bubbles as if its the first time he has ever seen a bath with bubbles until the next day where he does all over again!

I am sure he is a bit simple - when having his injections and castration i even asked the vet as was worried about him. He does the silliest things

I havent dared bath them yet though!
post #13 of 24
Clover seems to like water too. When he was a little baby he would jump in our bath tub. He got a surprise when he jumped in one day and there was about 6 inches of water because my son just got out. He definitely wasn't expecting that. You have never seen anything move so quickly to get out. He was drenched and was shaking each leg as he was running through the room. It was quite humorous. It hasn't stopped him though. The next day he was on the edge of the tub and that seems to be one of the places where he likes to lay on his back. He seems to have a fondness for the toilet too (watching the water go down).
Lori
post #14 of 24
LOL i am not surprised to hear your kitty wants in. When i was younger and we had 13 cats a few of them would go for a swim in my father's jacuzi. We would let them on the back porch since it was screened in and they would get on the ledge above the jacuzi and dive in and swim and out than back up on the ledge and once again dive it. It was hilarious to watch, especially when the ones who didnt like water would be to close and get splashed, they just had this look as if to say "your a cat GET OUT OF THE WATER" rofl
post #15 of 24
A lot of my rex kittens loved playing in water - didn't phase them a bit. In fact, my first litter (6) with THREE red tabbies that were #1 troublemakers together, figured out how to jump from floor to chair, to bar stool, to counter and run across the counter to jump in the dish water!

This was when they were about 2-3 months old. Got to the point that when they heard water running in the sink they would be right there. I had to lock them up in another room to do the dishes. After I was done, I'd let the water run in the one sink slow and they would be soaked but having so much fun playing in the water - even getting their heads wet didn't stop them!
post #16 of 24
My two were covered in fleas when I rescued them at about 3 or 4 weeks. Shortly after that, I saw that they had ringworm. By then they could be bathed and they both hated it! But everytime I open the bathroom door after a shower, they shoot right in, immediately going into the shower stall to investigate the wet without getting sprayed. They also get a kick out of trying to drink out of the sink, but mostly use their paws to lick the water from. They haven't figured out quite how to bend their heads to drink from the faucet without getting wet everywhere.
post #17 of 24
Cleo likes the tub too. She will sit in it while the water rises abit upon her. She was sitting in an inch of water until I picked her up and put her down on the bathroom rug. Then she looked at me as if I had interrupted something. Silly cat!
post #18 of 24
Emily,

As we speak, Molly is in my bathtub and Samwise is in Jim's. Being the good little Turkish Vans they are, they do like water. (Good???) (Little???) I should rather say that they like it until they see the soap appear, then they disappear.

They even like frozen water. Almost every morning Molly sits by her water dish, looking me in the eye, and I know the look -- she wants icecubes in her water. So I oblige, this usually lures Samwise to the scene, and rather messy play begins, two Vans, icecubes and water splashes all in a ball.

Ann
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Beach Bum
Emily,

As we speak, Molly is in my bathtub and Samwise is in Jim's. Being the good little Turkish Vans they are, they do like water. (Good???) (Little???) I should rather say that they like it until they see the soap appear, then they disappear.

They even like frozen water. Almost every morning Molly sits by her water dish, looking me in the eye, and I know the look -- she wants icecubes in her water. So I oblige, this usually lures Samwise to the scene, and rather messy play begins, two Vans, icecubes and water splashes all in a ball.

Ann

That's too adorable. Anya was on the edge of the tub with me again today. She hasn't jumpe din since that first morning, but we'll see...
post #20 of 24
my cat hates water like the exorcist hates holy water. XD what is a good way to get that cat in there to have a bath when she need it?
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by HUYI
my cat hates water like the exorcist hates holy water. XD what is a good way to get that cat in there to have a bath when she need it?
We posted this recipe for bathing a Turkish Van a long while ago, before you joined us on the Catsite. It answers your question at #12 -- we recommend either "the scruff of the neck method" or "the armpit method."

We see you are on the other side of the pond, so perhaps you are not familiar with what we in the 'States call "Goop." This is a cleaner often used by mechanics to clean their hands of grease. It has the consistency of face cream or a heavy mayonnaise. It comes in both white and orange colors. The Turkish Van's coat is rather oily, compared to most breeds, which some attribute to their being "The Swimming Cat," as it helps keep them afloat.

Here is Samwise asking for his bath, and here we see an unhappy boy after his bath.

But after he dries out and gets a good grooming, what a handsome boy he becomes. If you want to see the result, click on his name in our siggy. And if you want to see a pretty little Van girl, click on Molly's name.

Anyway, herewith, "Recipe for Bathing a Van." An exciting activity indeed.

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 “E-Z Groom Crystal White Shampoo†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. At times modesty itself has gone away as fur and water starts flying.
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 (and perhaps pray).
12. Put cat in bathtub 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 a 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.
17. 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.
18. Put the warm dilute Crystal White on the cat and lather. You only need to get the white parts.
19. Take the cat out and wrap tightly in a towel so only the head is out (a cat taco).
20. It’s a good idea to use some cotton swabs to clean the ears at this point swhile the cat is a cat taco.
21. Wait 5-10 minutes. Apologize profusely and lie to cat, telling him it’s almost over.
22. Unwrap and rinse well.
23. 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.
24. Rinse some more
25. 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.
26. Rinse the cat so he doesn’t smell like a pickle.
27. Wrap in a towel and apologize.
28. Unwrap, and use another towel or two to dry. Fluff the fur the wrong way for faster drying.
29. 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.
30 When the fur is partly dry you can brush it up to speed the process, but you don't have to.
31. Also optional: take pictures because your cat is funny when it’s wet
32. 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.
post #22 of 24
oh my cats love water!! they get in the bathtub all the time when no one is in it and when I see them in there i always pour a littel bit of the bath water in the tub and they start drinking it. its very cute!
post #23 of 24
yeah i will have to try that, like put a bit of water in a bowl or something and she how Nightshade feels about that. :S
post #24 of 24
try giving him a bath. see if he likes it.
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