Thursday, July 30, 2009

What to do?

My cat needs a bath. 1. Should I just put him in the shower and close the door. Stand on the toilet and reach over the shower door and spray him down? 2. Should I just put him in his travel box and spray him that way?
In case you are unsure how best to go about bathing the family feline, below you will find my detailed instructions for washing the cat...
1. Thoroughly clean the toilet.
2. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water. Lift both the lid and the toilet seat.
3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
4. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. (You may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape.)
5. CAUTION : Do not get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out for any purchase they can find. The cat will self-agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from your toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.
6. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power wash and rinse" which I have found to be quite effective.
7. Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.
8. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.
9. The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet, and run outside where he
will dry himself.
I am sure you will find this method very helpful. Please let me know when you plan to bath the cat. I want to watch.
The Dog
BTW this is the best answer
Grab him by the scruff of the neck (behind his head) so he curls up and quickly wash him done or take him to a groomer.
Groomer is the best bet. You run the risk of traumatizing the cat and risk your own injury if you do it on your own.
If you must do it at home, fill the tub up to the level of your cat's underbelly with warm water. Have another person catch the cat and hold firmly by the scruff. Place the cat in the tub with one person holding and the other washing and rinsing. Have plenty of old towels on hand to wrap the cat in. Then stand back because you have one clean, but very angry, cat.
Well I tryed to wash my cat in the sink by myself. DON'T do That. My advive is to get some one to help you and just use a wet sponge . seems to work here.
Assuming that you have a good relationship with your cat, the best way to clean him is just to get in there with him.
I find that my cats do not mind the baths so much, so long as I am holding them against my body and soothing them.
Usually, you will be able to effectively wet, lather, and rinse your feline in this manner.
If you are unable to manage bathing this way, there are a number of other alternatives.
You may purchase a harness and a short bathing leash to secure the cat in the shower/tub. They also have cat bath "bags" that you can place your cat in to effectively prevent any contact with his paws (nails! yow!).
If you are still unable to handle the task, please bring your baby to your vet or a reputable groomer. It will be far less stressful on you and on your cat.
My first question is why does he need a bath? Cats are continually giving themselves a bath, so unless he got into something foul, they really don't need baths like dogs do.
I have never bathed my cats. They are not show cats (show cats often get bathed before a show).
But if you try and get your cat wet and he sees no way out, such as in a carrier or behind a shower door, he may become very traumatized.
If he got just a part of his body fouled, then perhaps a damp cloth to clean just that area.
(Oh, there are those rare cats who really don't mind water.)
Both of those sound kind of mean. I have two cats , one takes the baths with no problems and the other is out for blood the minute you put her near the tub. Try as little water in the bath as you can get away with but don't have the cat in the same room as the running water they know what it means. Then in a calm manner bring the cat in the room, remember to stay calm if you get excited the cat will too and I guarantee the cat will get away. After that just make it quick, and good you'll need it :)
The TOILET? That's a new one.
To bathe your cat, you draw 4-5 inches of just lukewarm water in the bathtub or the kitchen sink. Set out the shampoo and two towels, one folded in half and spread on the dish drainer or the floor beside where you will kneel when the cat is in the tub. The second towel is the one you will wrap around him when he comes of of the water; have it fully opened and in a place you can just grab it. And a glass, cup, plastic container you will use to wet the cat and then rinse the soap suds off him.
Go and get your cat. You will pick him up by the scruff of the neck, in the place and in the way the momma cat carries her babies. This immobilizes the cat; he can neither bite nor scratch when held this way. In addition to picking him up this way, you go into soothing mode. From the minute you pick him up until the minute he stands sopping wet but clean across the room from you glaring at you, you WILL be soothing. Because if you freak, your cat will freak, so be soothing.
Pick up your cat by the scruff of the neck and take him to the bathtub/sink, and gently lower him into the water. While you are doing this, talk to him as though it was the most wonderful experience in the world for him. You don't have to make sense, you just have to make soothing, positive sounds. With one hand, keep a grasp on that scruff, and with the other hand, wet him down and apply the shampoo. Don't use too much, because it lathers up a lot, and then is hard to rinse out. It actually would be helpful if you had someone to hold him while you wash, but . . . First I used to wash your little pawsey-wawsey; now this little pawsey-wawsey (the cat is looking at you like a betrayed child; you ignore this). Now I wash your beeooootiful vest, then the back, then the tummy. Then the hind legs, then his bum and goodies. When I washed my cat's behind and goodies, he would go %26#039;oodle-oodle-oodle-oodle-oodle... It was not a happy sound. Then you rinse. I never washed his face. Just up to the top of the neck.
Once he is rinsed (and don't turn on the water, no matter how hard it is to get that soap out. They really freak if you do this) -- anyway, once he is rinsed, you just do this the best way that you can. Lift the cat out of the water by the scruff, grab the opened towel, twist it around him so you enclose those paws and everything, except his head. Then just hold him for a moment and let the towel blot up the drippy excess. Then aim his head in an appropriate direction, loosen the towel, and watch the jet-propelled cat launch himself airborne across the room where he lands, shakes his feet one foot at a time, and shoots you a look he hopes you will never forget. But he will be clean.
NO WAY! that would be soooo traumatic for him ...he would suffer mentally from that for a long time to come...just put about an inch or two of water into the tub you can even add the soap to the water and wash him and then rinse with fresh water ...i use a plastic cup to rinse him with...good luck you can do it
Why does your cat need a bath? They are pretty self sufficient in that department. If they smell badly that could be a sign that they are ill, a vet can help determine this.

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