Bath time

Everyone loves a bath only the first time it might be scary for some things. You, of course, don’t remember your very first bath, but I have watched a few grandchildren with their first bath and every one of them took to it like water – pardon the pun!

As to bathing your animal, in particular your cat, it just might take a little getting used to for you both.  Sometimes it is even better to have someone helping you those first few times, just in case things get a little slippery – oh excuse me, I am in a fun mood today!  The washhouse tub would be a great place to start I should think, unless right from the start you are going to make room in your house for the cat’s very own bath tub.  Being firm with your touch would be the next thing – don’t let the cat think that you are the least bit nervous – he is too, don’t you worry – so the last thing you need is for 2 people taking part in the event feeling jittery.

Cathy suggests that, “you don’t let the cat turn over or face you and always keep his paws on the sponge you are using, starting at the neck and then moving down his back.”

  • Think about how you wash your own hair in the shower – do you make sure your hair is wet first? Then do the same for the cat.
  • Do you like turning your face up to the shower nozzle and feeling drowned in it? No, therefore do not let this happen to your cat either.

Shampoo once his hair is completely soaked and don’t miss areas where you know he will need cleaning like his bottom and his belly.  That belly drags along the ground a lot as he crawls under your house and I don’t need to say anything about his bottom I am sure.  If he happens to have fleas, then this is a good time to go over his fur with the fine toothed flea comb.  Not all fleas will fall out into the water, but as he dries later, more will come off then.  As with ourselves, he will flake and dead skin will come away easily during the bathing and towelling process.

Enjoy this time together – another great bonding moment for you both.  And in time both of you will look forward to the event and he will come out smelling so clean and cuddly – your entire time will not be wasted in carrying out this part of his grooming.

Have fun with your cat.

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27 thoughts on “Bath Time

  1. muskaan ali

    really cute clicks my fair lady and i think the furry creature enjoys the bath when you enjoy to give it one

    1. Debbie Post author

      They sure do – well in my experience they do anyway

  2. Eileen

    Great article!
    I bathed a cat once. I learned my lesson and have never bathed another cat since. Still have battle scars from that. LOL
    Although my Mother in Law had a cat that loved her baths.
    Guess if I had seen this article first, I may not have had issues with that frantic cat.

    1. Debbie Post author

      Yes there is a trick to it Eileen although until I met Cathy I didnt know either

  3. Mark Davies

    When I first left home at the tender age of 16, being relatively poor I moved in to a house with a couple, Robyn and Dave.

    They had 3 cats, 2 very boisterous males and then there was Leroy (pronounced Leeroy), also a male but had the misfortune of being oxygen starved for a minute or so when being born. So Leroy was slightly brain damaged and always had this slight shake to his head.

    But Leroy was the pick of the bunch because the slight brain damage gave him this endearing quality that would make you laugh out loud on many occasions, he was adorable.

    I remember looking out of the window into the yard seeing Leroy being chased by a small sparrow once, it was quite furious and Leroy was running at his fastest. He aimed for the hole in the hedge but missed as he always did and ended up in a tangle in the hedge, the sparrow gave up then, he must have thought that he had his revenge.

    Leroy was fine though, he was always a happy cat.

    I also remember one rainy night when the 2 other cats bought into the house a dead bird each and dropped them at Robyns feet as their gift, and Leroy followed behind with a mouthful of worms because he was terrible at catching anything and dropping those at Robyns feet.

    And he was so happy to bring this wonderful gifts of worms to Robyn, he was taller that night, he had done his duty.

    The other two cats could easily jump onto the beds or chairs but when Leroy would try it he would drop well short of his target or jump to the left or the right of the chair, I never saw him make a successful jump.

    But he was so adorable, he would curl up on my lap and purr for hours with his little head shaking, I like to think he really enjoyed his life.

    I don’t know what happened to Leroy, I moved away after a few months, but his wonderful presence has stayed with me all of these years.

    1. Debbie Post author

      You wonder if he had Parkinsons from an early age – thanks for this great story Mark – loved it

  4. Gil

    oh gosh love the photos; my cats that got baths had such condemning looks on their faces; I felt so guilty;

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