I got advantage and wanna put it on my cats but should i give them a bath first?
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7/18/06 at 7:26am
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.
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.