Skip to comments.How to Bathe a Cat
Posted on 03/24/2014 3:20:46 PM PDT by Perdogg
How to bathe a cat with Cole and Marmalade
very nice little video but using a stuffed toy cat is NOT THE SAME THING as showing us that you can really, really do it to a real cat!
(with claws and teeth.....)
I have always found that if a cat his bathed in a container deep enough that it can not stand on the bottom, but must swim if I let go of it, the cat is much easier to bathe. Its life depends on not scratching me...
He was a brave man who first baptized a cat.
But not as brave as the man who first circumcised one.
I’ve heard this is a better way (liquids and keyboard warning!):
1. Put both lids of the toilet up. And add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.
2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.
4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a ‘power-wash’ and rinse.’
6. Have someone open the front door of your home. Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door
7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.
8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off.
9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean.
Sincerely, The Dog
Okay, he was successful with the stuffed toy, but what about the live CAT?
I never realized that you had to wash a cat. They do a pretty good job of that with their tongue.
“There are some dissenting views on this issue but in general there is usually no reason to bathe your cat especially a shorthaired indoor cat. Cats spend a large percentage of their days grooming themselves and they are experts at it. Using their barbed tongues they lick dirt and debris off their fur in order to keep it clean and odor free.”
I think you are on to something! :)
TV, thanks for the info. I’ll give it to my daughter to try out on the cat.
Listen to the whole thing. Subtle but funny.
It is funny and well produced. But showing us he can bathe a plush toy cat is like a sex ed class demonstration with a rubber girl doll. Not the real thing. (Not do we really know he can bathe an actual live cat, equipped with the standard teeth and claws. Let me give a hint: a good leather motorcycle suit with full helmet helps....)
One of mine almost died of a flea infestation. I took off about 100 fleas with a flea comb at one point.
I finally had to bathe her in the sink with a flea soap. It was so bad when I rinsed her off, the water ran pink with the blood from the fleas, larvae, and feces.
She recovered fine but avoids the kitchen sink when she's on the counter.
It was an exceptionally bad flea season that year. All of us with cats and dogs kept wiping out the flea control inventory at the local Petsmart.
Put a window screen in the bottom of the bathtub.
Kitty will latch on to that screen and NOT let go. Meanwhile, you can bathe him with impunity (and pet shampoo).
When you're done, just drain the water out of the tub and he'll jump out. Have the bathroom door shut and drop a beach towel over him and towel him dry.
My cats tolerated being placed inside the bonnet of an old-fashioned hair dryer very well, but not all cats can handle that.
I wouldn’t try that with a Maine Coon. You also forgot to mention the necessity of wearing heavy steel armour from head to toe, lest you be scratched upon release of the cat from the bathing receptacle.
I didn’t watch the video but if the first step does not involve putting on a pair of welding gloves the rest is suspect.
This is a job that I am willing to pay someone else to do.
What's great about this method is that the running water will wash away your bleeding.
Yes. A good leather motorcycle outfit includes a pair of good strong leather gloves. About 80 percent effective when attempting to bathe a cat. Better, safer way to pass the time however : go play marbles on the interstate expressway.
1) First . dress for the occasion. A 4-ply rubber wet suit is suggested, along with a helmet, face mask and welders gloves.
2) A Bathtub with a glass enclosure is preferred to the one with a shower curtain. A frenzied cat can shred one of these in about 3.5 seconds.
3) Have the Kitty Bubbles and towel in the enclosed bathtub area beforehand. No blow drying the cat after the bath is not suggested.
4) Draw the water, making it a little warmer than needed as you still need to find the cat. Position everything strategically in the shower, so you can reach it even if you are face down or prone in the tub.
5) Find your cat. Use the element of surprise. Pick the cat up, nonchalantly as if you were simply carrying him/her to the supper dish. No need to worry about the cat noticing your strange attire, the cat barely notices you anyway.
6) Once you and the cat are inside the bathroom speed is essential. In one single fluid motion shut the door to the bathroom, step into the shower, close the sliding doors, and drop the cat into the water. While the cat is still in a state of shock locate the Kitty Bubbles and squirt whatever part of him is above the water line. You have just begun the wildest 45 seconds of your life. Remember that cats have no handles and add the fact that he now has soapy fur. His state of shock has worn off and hes madder than hell.
7) As best you can, wearing welders gloves, try to field his body as he catapults through the air toward the ceiling. If possible, give another squirt of Kitty Bubbles with his body now fully exposed.
8) During the 5 seconds you are able to hold onto him, rub vigorously. No need to worry about rinsing. As he slides down the glass enclosure into the tub, he will fall back into the water, rinsing himself in the process.
9) Only attempt the lather and rinse process about 3 times. The cat will realize the lack of traction on the glass by then and will use the next attempt on the first available part of you.
10) Next, the cat must be dried. No, this is NOT the easiest part. By this stage, you are worn out and the cat has just become semi-permanently affixed to your right leg. We suggest here that you drain the tub and in full view of your cat, reach for the bottle of Kitty Bubbles.
11) If you have done step 10 correctly, the cat will be off your leg and hanging precariously from your helmet. Although this view of the cat is most disgusting, he will be in a much better position for wrapping the towel around him.
12) Be sure cat is firmly wrapped in towel before opening tub enclosure. Open bathroom door. Put towel-wrapped cat on floor and step back quickly. Into tub, if possible, and do not open enclosure until all you can see is the shredded towel.
13) In about 2 hours, it will be safe to exit the bathroom. Your cat will be sitting out there somewhere looking like a small hedgehog while plotting revenge. But doesnt he smell better?
I thought cats are doing a good work bathing themselves.
Sometimes a cat will mess himself or get into a place where he needs tobe bathed.
True, I washed mine about twice in a decade.
Don’t have to worry about fleas in Colorado.
I wasted 90 seconds on that poofter...
He has a very attractive girlfriend.
For what reason would one want to bathe a cat?
>>Sincerely, The Dog>>
I was having Miss Hissy Slashy groomed at the vet’s, but they couldn’t
handle her without a general anesthetic, so I never took her back again.
It takes up to six months to recover from a general (for humans, too),
and I didn’t want her to be medicated that often (every two or three
Misty is well-behaved at the groomer’s. Pretty sure she loves her lion cuts.
Miss Hissy Slashy has come a long way, but someone was very mean to her (I sure wish I knew who it was**) before we rescued her.
She hisses, slashes, and yowls when a stranger handles her at all, including vets and aides. Her tail is about 4” long, and she is HYPER
sensitive about it. It has taken me six years to be able to touch her tail without her making a fuss.
But still, there is no way on God’s Earth that I could ever give her a bath. Not happening, no how, no way.
I have to find another vet who can get her cleaned up. I do not think that Pet Smart is a good venue for her, either.
**So I could give them a piece of my mind.