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to bathe or not to bathe???

post #1 of 14
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I got advantage and wanna put it on my cats but should i give them a bath first?
post #2 of 14
No need to give them a bath prior to using Advantage
post #3 of 14
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thats great thank you!!!!!!
post #4 of 14
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I was wondering is it waterproof?
post #5 of 14
I'm pretty sure that it is not waterproof, but frontline is.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Les0304
I'm pretty sure that it is not waterproof, but frontline is.

so if i wanna give my new kitten a bath i should do that before i apply the advantage huh? thanks!!!!
post #7 of 14
Why do you want to give your kitten a bath? Is s/he dirty? Cats do a pretty good job of bathing themselves and are best left to it unless you've got a very good reason for them needing to have a bath (such as getting covered in oil) as bathing strips away the natural oils in the fur.
post #8 of 14
Yes you should definately bath her before hand. But why do you want to give her a bath? If it is because she is completely infested with fleas, then yes definately bath her first with Dawn Dish Soap, not a flea bath. If you just want to give her a bath for the heck of it or if you normaly do it regularly then stop. It does nothing but dry out their fur and cause dandruff, it's just not healthy to do regularly.
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Originally Posted by urbantigers
Why do you want to give your kitten a bath? Is s/he dirty? Cats do a pretty good job of bathing themselves and are best left to it unless you've got a very good reason for them needing to have a bath (such as getting covered in oil) as bathing strips away the natural oils in the fur.

the reason for me giving him a bath is because before i got him he was an outside kitty and he stinks a lil, lil so i just wanted to give him one bath and let that be it.
post #10 of 14
Its ok to give him a bath. but don't make it a regular thing. Make sure trhe water is warm (not too hot) and that you wrap him in warm towels until he dries. And its probably best to use a little Dawn dish detergent. Not a lot cause its hard to rinse out. Good luck!
post #11 of 14
I don't have anything against bathing cats... Zissou gets one once a month, not cause she's dirty but because it's good for my allergies. No more often than once a month, they do a good job of being clean but it's precisely because she keeps herself clean with her tongue that I'm allergic to her.

How bad does he smell though? If it's a really bad odor it's probably caused by a health problem. Has he been to the vet recently? If it's just stinky outside kitty smell, then give him a little bath in the mildest soap you have in the house, and don't use much of it. And do not, under any circumstances, get his head wet. you can wipe his face with a damp washcloth, but that's it.

Don't be surprised if he's very unhappy about it, and make sure to dry him off as well as you can before letting him have his time to groom (inevitably the first thing they do. You've messed up all their fur!) Good luck.

And yes, do it well before you apply the frontline. As in, a few days. Bathing will strip the oils out of the skin/coat, which protect the cat from the frontline being absorbed and help the flea meds spread over the body like they're supposed to. So bath at least 3 or 4 days before frontline.
post #12 of 14
I'd give kitty a bath and then wait an extra day before applying the Advantage. BTW why are you using Advantage if your kitty will be completely indoors?

IMO totally indoor cats don't need flea preventative unless its a chance they will come in contact with an animal from the outside. Our dog gets BioSpot and I've never had to put anything on my indoor cats - the dog doesn't bring in fleas or ticks
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
I don't have anything against bathing cats... Zissou gets one once a month, not cause she's dirty but because it's good for my allergies. No more often than once a month, they do a good job of being clean but it's precisely because she keeps herself clean with her tongue that I'm allergic to her.

How bad does he smell though? If it's a really bad odor it's probably caused by a health problem. Has he been to the vet recently? If it's just stinky outside kitty smell, then give him a little bath in the mildest soap you have in the house, and don't use much of it. And do not, under any circumstances, get his head wet. you can wipe his face with a damp washcloth, but that's it.

Don't be surprised if he's very unhappy about it, and make sure to dry him off as well as you can before letting him have his time to groom (inevitably the first thing they do. You've messed up all their fur!) Good luck.

And yes, do it well before you apply the frontline. As in, a few days. Bathing will strip the oils out of the skin/coat, which protect the cat from the frontline being absorbed and help the flea meds spread over the body like they're supposed to. So bath at least 3 or 4 days before frontline.
He stinks from an outside kitty smell its starting to go away tho but my bf and i moved into our new apartment last night so we decided to put the advantage on the cats before bringing them into the new apart. i will be calling the vet this week to get appt for both of my cats just to make sure they are in good shape and because prince is so young abot 4 months i believe.
post #14 of 14
Our cats are indoor cats but we treat with Revolution once per month during the summer. We sometimes let Bijou outside and it's possible also for us to bring fleas in the house on our clothing, shoes, etc. We had a terrible flea infestation some years ago and had to have professional exterminators in so I never want to go through that again. My motto is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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